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Consortium prepares to take the home of Britain's film industry into the digital age

EALING STUDIOS, one of the most famous names in British film, is to be turned into a digital studio in a deal announced by the National Film and Television School yesterday.

Cricket: Surreal, like a Harry Enfield sketch

ALL MY life I have dreamed of playing for England. I have imagined walking out to bat, savouring the atmosphere, conjuring up the circumstances in my mind's eye. All sorts of permutations have flashed through my mind at various times down the years. A sunny Saturday afternoon with the score on 250 for 3 on a flat one has been a particular favourite; 2 for 4 and about to face a hat-trick delivery from Allan Donald after 17 balls of the match never featured. Never.

Six more bedrooms cause residents of fashionable resort to rise up in revolt

THE CORNISH town of St Mawes is becoming too fashionable for its own good. With five hotels, including one owned by Olga Polizzi, daughter of Lord Forte, this old-fashioned seaside resort attracts an increasingly cosmopolitan crowd. Recent visitors include Pierce Brosnan, Kofi Annan, John Le Carre and Frederick Forsyth. It is also a favourite of David Baddiel and Harry Enfield.

Media: Turn on, tune in, switch over

At least two of the recent defections from the BBC have involved Peter Bennett-Jones, a man who acts as agent for the cream of British comedy. And it is greater artistic flexibility - rather than greed - that is motivating them, he insists. By Paul McCann

Sky has a cunning plan to grab Blackadder

SKY TELEVISION'S attempts to poach BBC talent set off a massive row last night after Sky said it has exclusive television rights to a special Millennium Blackadder programme.

Derek Laud; Melvyn Bragg; Harry Enfield; PJ Harvey; Ivan Massow; Simon Bates; Paula Hamilton; Gary Bushell; What do all these people have in common? They support hunting

The old battle lines that were based on class are being blurred in the reaction to Labour's proposed ban

Comedy: Situation vacant

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You ask the questions: Spike Milligan

(Such as: Has your relationship with Prince Charles soured since you called him a `grovelling bastard'?)

Leading Article: The library campaign that misses the point

SOMETIMES THE warm, comforting conservatism of the liberal left can make the gorge rise. If Joan Bakewell, Deborah Moggach, Ben Elton, Harry Enfield and Alan Bennett are against something, it is tempting to feel that it should be defended. If they are complaining about closures and spending cuts, planning sit-ins and demanding a meeting with the Culture Secretary, Chris Smith, it must be right to close and cut. And if we are talking about branch libraries in Hampstead, whose doors have never been darkened by these celebs, then bring on the bulldozers now.

Libraries saved after outcry

LIBRARIES HAVE won a reprieve from closure after the threat of court action and a massive public outcry.

Celebrities sue council over library closures

AS DEMONSTRATIONS go, it was a rather civilised affair; a far cry from the great unwashed waving placards and chanting slogans. But then it was made up of the cream of London's cultural society. And it was about libraries.

The secret of my success: Charlie Higson

CHARLIE HIGSON is best known for his characters Swiss Tony and Ralph from The Fast Show. But he is also an accomplished producer and writer. His novel King of the Ants has recently been re-released by Abacus.

On air: Serious about being silly

Father Ted's scriptwriters are busy re-inventing the sketch show and bracing themselves for a panning. No need, guys.

Televison: The people's satirist

Harry Enfield turns his sights on the murky world of Westminster in two new comedies
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