Arts and Entertainment On the cutting edge: Johnny Vegas, from the Face of Satire exhibition at the BFI

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.

A Quick Chat With: Steve Jones

"The idea of being a politician makes my skin crawl."

A Quick Chat With: Carol Vorderman

"I was really surprised my dress didn't fall down at the Baftas"

Who wants to win a £177m legal case against Disney?

Ian Burrell reports on the TV company with the Midas touch on screen and in court

A Quick Chat With: Paul Daniels

"If things get worrisome I just throw myself into work"

Broadcaster rapped over chicken killing stunt

A broadcaster has been criticised for allowing a talent contest to go to air in which an entertainer cut off a chicken's head and drank its blood.

Capello will make another late decision over keeper

Green winning back confidence of squad but manager refuses to change criticised policy of revealing line-up on match day

Vegas hopes to hit right notes as he prepares to play his comedy hero

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TV panel shows - I'm sorry they haven't a clue

The same few hackneyed comedians keep cropping up on TV panel shows. Fiona Sturges doesn't see the funny side

Danny Boyle lined up to direct 2012 Olympics opening ceremony

When the Chinese film director Zhang Yimou was enlisted to orchestrate the inaugural ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, the world waited with excitement and later praised the breathtaking results.

What makes Coren so cross?

As Matthew Bell found out at a (very) brief interview, pretty much anything and everything

Duchess of York 'devastated' after newspaper sting

The Duchess of York was said to be "devastated" and "deeply regretted causing any embarrassment" yesterday after being caught on film accepting a $40,000 down-payment as part of an apparent cash-for-access deal to her former husband, the British trade envoy, Prince Andrew.

Producer rejects Mastermind 'dumbing down' claim

Mastermind programme-makers defended the show against "dumbing down" claims.

Simon Carr: Mr Speaker... author of a great Jekyll and Hyde psychodrama

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