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Roger McGough has added his own medicinal properties to Molière's The Hypochondriac, upping the laugher quotient in an elixir that's easy to swallow though you might want to hold your nose. This "McGoughiere", as Liverpool Playhouse and English Touring Theatre describe their latest co-production, is certainly a cure-all for those who like their 17th-century French comedy watered down. With plenty of farts and faeces gags, some of the rhyming couplets McGough has inflicted on Molière's prose are plain potty. But given that the playwright himself wasn't averse to occasional grammatical mistakes and mixed metaphors as well as finishing some lines with filler words, McGough's concoction may be more faithful to the original than it seems.

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Jon Wright's slasher horror tugs its forelock to the American high-school genre, though its vernacular ("you twisted dyke slut") clings profanely to our native tongue.

Top grammar school will abandon GCSEs

A leading private school is to drop GCSEs because the courses are not challenging enough. Manchester Grammar School will switch to the International GCSE (IGCSE) from September.

Agonising wait for 11-year-olds

Parents will "go through hell" this week as they wait to find out if their child has secured a place at the secondary school of their choice, campaigners warned yesterday.

Book of a Lifetime: Molesworth, By Geoffrey Willans and Ronald Searle

Rummaging through the furthest reaches of my grandparents' bookshelves one evening in the early Eighties I discovered (among maths books, Reader's Digest guides to England and – oddly, impressively –The Female Eunuch), a slim, red hardback depicting a dishevelled schoolboy. Since this was what I was, and with The Female Eunuch arousing only bafflement, I took Whizz for Atomms for my bedtime reading – and so in a flash earned myself great joy and a new understanding of the comic possibilities of English Lit.

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