The night of light entertainment that never leaves a dry eye in the house
Comedy: I liked Roisin Conaty at the Soho Theatre. She won Best Comedy Newcomer at Edinburgh. She was her own support act, so supporting a character she played who was nothing like her real self.
When I wrote, from my own jaundiced viewpoint, that Manchester had a greater claim to beEngland’s second city than Birmingham, I was braced to expect a torrent of missives from angry Brummies.
A background of ethnic ambiguity inspired David Baddiel's new film, <i>The Infidel</i>
Eddie Berg, the artistic director of the BFI, who has been inviting in actors to talk about their 'Screen Epiphanies' – films which made an impact on them at a formative stage in their lives – picked out his own for this column. "It would be Kaneto Shindo's 'Onibaba' which I first saw when I was in my early twenties at a film society in Liverpool. The plot focuses on a pair of women in feudal Japan who live in the marshlands and eke out a meagre existence by murdering passing soldiers and selling their clothes and armour. It's beautifully photographed and edited, has an extraordinary musical score and the film is ripe with potent symbolism about sexual desire and death." The film producer Stephen Woolley will talk on 6 April about why he loves 'Zulu', at a screening for members, while French director Agnes Varda has chosen Fellini's 'Amarcord' and the actor David Morrissey selected Ken Loach's 'Kes'. John Hurt has already picked 'Jules et Jim', shown to members while Frank Skinner picked 'Lenny'.
Frank Skinner has signed up to front his first BBC2 series since Fantasy Football in the 1990s.
Comedian says his cinema debut will tackle material until now regarded as off-limits
You couldn't have scripted better inaugural winners than the Cambridge Footlights, who numbered Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Tony Slattery and Emma Thompson, for whom it's not so much a case of "where are they now?" as "where haven't they been?" Fellow members included Paul Shearer, who is best known for his work on The Fast Show, and the late Penny Dwyer, who chose a career in metallurgy over one in entertainment and worked on the construction of the Channel Tunnel.
He's known for his racy humour, working-class background and love of football, but there's so much more to the comedian