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Viewers complained the comedian's strong opinions were not challenged

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Compliance. It's a spooky word, like some kind of euphemism employed by the Ministry of Torture in a totalitarian regime. If a female is "compliant" you imagine her as a limp doll that might be anyone's for the taking. But compliance, apparently, is big in television. And Jimmy Mulville and Stephen Fry have been making industry headlines by lambasting broadcasters at the Edinburgh TV Festival for what they call the box-ticking culture of "compliance" in television.

Writer of 'little poems' wins festival comedy award

He riffs quirkily on which animals he could (or couldn't) fit into and the domestic conundrums of characters called Gladys and Anne – but the performance poet and stand-up Tim Key was speechless when he won the main Edinburgh festival comedy award yesterday.

David O'Doherty, Pleasance, Edinburgh<br/>Laura Solon, Assembly, Edinburgh<br/>Andrew Lawrence, Pleasance, Edinburgh<br/>Alun Cochrane, The Stand, Edinburgh<br/>Paul Sinha, The Stand, Edinburgh

Laura Solon is frighteningly talented, and Alun Cochrane had some people laughing so hard they didn't seem able to stop

Janeane Garofalo, Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh<br/>Alistair McGowan, Assembly, Edinburgh<br/>Idiots of Ants, Pleasance, Edinburgh<br/>Anna & Katy, Pleasance, Edinburgh

The savviest comedian to hit Edinburgh this year is a doll-sized dynamo with a side-splitting line in jokes about sick

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Tony Blair might have got in touch with a higher being by embracing Catholicism, but even he has succumbed to that hard drug few can resist: bargain-hunting. Our former prime minister spends his time these days jetting around the world trying to kick-start peace in the Middle East, but he rearranged his schedule to be first through the door at the Armani sale in swanky Knightsbridge – they even opened an hour early so Tony could spend thousands on clothing discounted up to 50 per cent, unmolested by fellow shoppers.

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He's known for his racy humour, working-class background and love of football, but there's so much more to the comedian

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The Secret Policeman&rsquo;s Ball, The Albert Hall, London

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