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.

City's 'ridiculously good' squad helps Hart to remain positive

They may have been dismantled by Arsenal at the weekend, but Joe Hart maintains Manchester City are "ridiculously good".

The Sketch: Bercow just keeps on disappointing his many enemies

What his enemies had wanted, expected and prayed for most devoutly was an 18th-century morality tale along the lines of the idle apprentice. John Bercow would be led by his prejudices desires and defects into situations he couldn't control and would be dismantled by them.

Miners plan how to make most of their survival story

First they want to hug their loved ones. Then they’ll party. Finally, once the dust has settled and their hangovers have cleared, the 33 men who will have survived being trapped inside a Chilean mine for almost 70 days, intend to leverage their international fame to make sure they never have to put on a hard hat and venture back underground again.

Nintendo 3DS delay casts gloom over games giant

Nintendo's struggle to bring its hotly anticipated 3D-capable player to the market has sparked concerns over the outlook for the company, with sales of its existing products sliding in key US and European markets.

The Armstrong & Miller Show Live, Hippodrome, Bristol

I can't recall yet seeing a stage show derived from a TV series that has ever been a wholly satisfactory venture, though perhaps, like the pile of Armstrong & Miller merchandise on offer tonight, a live arm is deemed a necessary accoutrement to a brand, as much as it is an exercise in going back to one's original roots.

The Week In Radio: Small wonders that should be spared the axe

This week the new controller of Radio 4, Gwyneth Williams, settled into one of the best jobs in the British media. She has had a long summer to decide what she will bring to the cultural treasure-house, but to be honest, what everyone really wants to know is, what will she cull? Which programmes will be making their way to broadcasting Dignitas? Can Quote Unquote, the Methuselah of game shows, continue to defy its listen-by date? What possible rationale allows You and Yours to run for a full hour? And will she be the one to think the unthinkable on Thought for the Day?

Millionaire cheat loses toes in accident

An ex-Army major caught cheating his way to £1 million on a TV game show has sliced off three toes in a freak gardening accident.

Bruce Forsyth: Hasn't he done well?

There's never been a showbiz career like it. And as 'Strictly' returns to our screens tonight, the BBC is once again looking to this octogenarian king of the catchphrase to spearhead its battle for ratings.

Our Edinburgh: The Penny Dreadfuls

Humphrey Ker, David Reed & Thom Tuck...

Funny girls: The women bringing political satire back to the Edinburgh Fringe

Just a fifth of the comedians on the Edinburgh Fringe are women but, as Alice Jones discovers, they include the acts who have had the courage to rise to the challenge of the new landscape in Parliament and the wider world

Brace yourself for competitive consumption

Extreme eating is America's fastest-growing sport. And now Britain is getting a slice of the action. Alice-Azania Jarvis reports on an unappetising new trend

L'Auteur turns his poison pen on himself

Michel Houellebecq's latest novel is set to propel the writer to even greater notoriety

Ready To Wear: The 'Fatal' dress acts like plastic surgery – but without the mess

Interactive fashion – that genre rare for its democracy in a world of diktats – comes in many shapes and forms. For those old enough to remember Bodymap, it might once have entailed buying a skirt that could be worn long or short, a sartorial miracle achieved merely by folding over a super-stretchy waistband more or fewer times. Rocket scientists need not apply.

Mark Steel: Not all their careers will end in failure

It looks like the next stage of the New Labour project is for the leaders to become proper celebrities. Mandelson's doing well so far, with his advert for The Times being impressively putrid, in which he publicises the serialisation of his book by sitting in a camp Gothic pose purring "I am the Prince of Darkness". But it fails in one respect, that the reason he's called the Prince of Darkness isn't because he played Dracula in a film or always wore a cloak, it's because he really is the Prince of bloody Darkness. It's like the difference between one of the Chuckle Brothers doing an advert where he says: "I'm a nutcase I am", and one in which a similar line was said by Raoul Moat.

Peter Wheeler: Actor and broadcaster who became the voice of ‘What The Papers Say’ and ‘Crown Court

The genial Peter Wheeler epitomised the breed of broadcaster happy to remain an off-screen voice for decades. His output ranged from current affairs to comedy and quiz shows. While active nationally, he never strayed too far from his home area of the north-west, enjoying long associations with Granada Television and BBC Manchester. He was particularly noted for his work as reader, and voiced telling headlines and extracts on the long-running, channel-crossing newspaper review What The Papers Say (1956-2008).

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