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Jack Whitehall was crowned King of Comedy at the ceremony in London

Burke posts British triumph but Cannes critics unmoved

The British actress Kathy Burke last night won Best Actress at the 50th Cannes Film Festival. Burke, known to millions of television viewers as Waynetta Slob in Harry Enfield & Friends, won for her performance in Nil By Mouth, directed by Gary Oldman.

Watch out, she's a Rottweiler

Easter Sunday's Desert Island Discs personage is none other than Virginia Ironside of The Independent. Why, she does not know. But the way Sue Lawley introduced her was enough to bring a blush to the cheek of any agony aunt

Nice one, Eric

He may be deaf and almost blind but, at 73, Eric Sykes can still teach us a thing or two about comedy. Which is why Sir Peter Hall has given him a show-stealing role in his latest production. Interview by Jasper Rees

Harry's game

Enfield front of camera, Enfield directing, Enfield scripting. For today's celebrities, a generous fee for an advertising campaign, sometimes in six figures, is no longer enough. They want to take charge. By Meg Carter

Football: Geordies on the mind for Everton

Everton 2 Bradford City 3

Review: The history women

THEATRE The Shift Young Vic, London

Stephen Brenkley watches a deserted sidekick endure a long afternoon

AS THE Newcastle team bus pulled into Villa Park yesterday the caretaker manager Terry McDermott stared intently ahead. He looked apprehensive and tired and his grey mop of curly hair drooped slightly. Photographs would doubtless have demonstrated that in four days he had aged four years.

NO SLOB STORY

Actress KATHY BURKE talks with James Rampton If someone's casting for a bit of rough, you can't get rougher than me

YES PLEASE;

Just how long can I go without featuring a bra on these pages? Not long. But the thing I really liked about this one, from Marks & Spencer's new "Gardenia" collection is that it goes up to a size 40DD, which, considering how gorgeous it is, is rather a refreshing change. Normally us bigger girls have to make to with straps the size of weight-lifting belts, and so many fastenings at the back that hooking yourself into or out of it becomes a yoga move.The bra (style 2678) costs pounds 15, in sizes 32B-40DD. The matching high-leg knickers (3221) cost pounds 6.50 and come in sizes 8/10 to 20/22 (again, nice and generous). Colours are purple, white, cream, red and black.

LOADSA CHARACTERS

The Eye Profile: Master mimic HARRY ENFIELD talks with James Rampton

Here is Islamic Barbie, complete with chador and devout expression

Call me a drooling pervert, but I've become obsessed with Barbie dolls. I love the way they're supposed to embody, in nine inches of plastic, the supposed dreams and career plans of today's girls; and the way, in the interests of offering an eclectic portfolio of hobbies to the nation's seven-year-olds, the manufacturers keep coming up with more and more ridiculous things for her to do. With the help of my indefatigable assistant, Sophie (nine), I've identified: Mountain-Climbing Barbie, Skiing Barbie, Magic Songbird Barbie, Twirling Ballerina Barbie, Beach and Lifeguard Barbie, Barbie And Her Horse Nibbles, Teacher Barbie and Mermaid Barbie. Then there are the smutty variants for aspirant good-time girls - Gymnastic Barbie, and "Overnight Barbie With Overnight Bag" and, I dare say, one or two bags under her eyes as well ....

The Investment Column: Jury still out on United Biscuits

Harry Enfield, Jane Asher and Linda McCartney have all been enlisted recently by United Biscuits, the McVities biscuits and KP snacks group, in an attempt to win the high-stakes battle of the brands with rivals such as PepsiCo. It is not clear that it will be enough to placate the City.

I Stole Freddie Mercury's Birthday Cake by Malcolm Hardee with John Fleming, 4th Estate pounds 8.99.

What could a man who has built a career around the public display of his genitalia (albeit occasionally shielded by a hard-pressed balloon or three) possibly have left to reveal? A fair bit, it turns out. This characterful and not overly ghost-written autobiography contains a feast of scabrous reminiscence. It is also a great deal more fun than Malcolm Hardee's act - but then again, so is having your appendix removed.

Losers on sofas: a funny way to sell a snack

PETER YORK ON ADS: No 126: HULA HOOPS

The ads that get lost in translation

Companies seeking to sell their products to ethnic communities must cross cultural as well as language barriers with their marketing material
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The Bach Choir has been crowned the inaugural winner of Sky Arts’ show The Great Culture Quiz
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After another poor series in Sri Lanka, Alastair Cook claimed all players go through a lean period
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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas