On 26 February, Spitting Image will celebrate its 30 birthday. BBC Four will mark the occasion with a special episode of Arena which promises to tell the “vexed and frequently hilarious story” of the sketch show which ran for 21 series between 1984 and 1996 and marked a high point in British satire.
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Wednesday 20 October 2010
Monday 11 October 2010
Who better, I thought, to shake us out of credit-crunch fatigue and the cuts commotion than the scything Scottish comedian Frankie Boyle? It's a last act of "kindness" before his early retirement from live performance, announced two years ago and which finally begins at the end of this tour.
Sunday 26 September 2010
If Delhi is a disaster, who would want to stage a future Commonwealth Games (apart from Glasgow in 2014)? Step forward Hambantota, a tiny port on the south-east coast of Sri Lanka, with a population of 15,000, as one of only two bidders for the 2018 Games. A tad ambitious, surely, for a place still recovering from the effects of Sri Lanka's civil war and the 2004 tsunami. Yet it has surprisingly declared itself as the other candidate alongside Australia's Gold Coast, where the mayor, Ron Clarke, is one of the world's finest former distance runners. Hambantota has the dubious backing of India, but more significantly of China, who have invested £973 million in its redevelopment as one of the region's economic and sporting hubs, with a 37,000-seater cricket ground being built for next year's World Cup. The Commonwealth Games Federation will choose between the two bids at their West Indies gathering in November 2011, but after Delhi's doomsday scenario the Aussies must be feeling rather chipper.
Friday 04 June 2010
Judging by the nine-picture deal which Samuel L Jackson has apparently signed to reprise the Iron Man films' eyepatch-wearing superspy Nick Fury, the appetite for US superhero films isn't expected to die down soon, with outings for Kenneth Branagh's Thor, Captain America and The Avengers also in the pipeline.
Sunday 30 May 2010
Monday 17 May 2010
Friday 30 April 2010
Wednesday 28 April 2010
The BBC Trust's editorial standards committee (ESC) has apologised over a joke made by Frankie Boyle which compared Palestine with a cake being "punched to pieces by a very angry Jew".
Friday 16 April 2010
Monday 12 April 2010
A fear creeps up on me. I hear my late mother's exhortative voice, her frequent warnings: "Don't show your anger to them. They will take away your passport. Then where will you go?" They are those faceless men and women with the power to decide who may enter this country, who has citizenship, who can be incarcerated, handcuffed and thrown back to their sad badlands. The millions of migrants in this country have ingested the message. We are here on sufferance and must never forget that. Capricious new regulations could whip away our hard-earned rights at any time. As the uber-patriot Norman Tebbit once told me on the Today programme, we may have British passports but can never really belong. Last year at Heathrow airport, for reasons that remain unexplained, I was escorted away for a long interview with two non-uniformed men whose tone and manner left me feeling so afraid and helpless I wet myself. All my brio dissolved into piddle. Not funny.
Sunday 11 April 2010
"For God's sake Dom, stop looking at the prostitute and keep your eyes on the road." My wife had a point. Our two right-hand side wheels had briefly skirted the deep ditch on the side of the Tuscan country road.
Friday 05 February 2010
Sunday 24 January 2010
Friday 01 January 2010
Wednesday 23 December 2009
His novels have been described as "the literary equivalent of painting by numbers, by an artist who can't even stay within the lines".
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
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Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
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