Life on the Fringe: One hour and counting down, every hour

In "About a Boy" Hugh Grant's character (I'm not intellectual enough to directly reference Hornby's original, just the film version that seemed to advertise poor hairdressing and stealing other people's children) talks about breaking his day down into units of time.

Simon Carr: Without the right contacts, you'll never get Graham Norton on the phone

In networking terms, you wouldn’t ask a networker for a celebrity’s number

Album: We Are Scientists, Brain Thrust Mastery (Virgin)

We Are Scientists have cleaned up among the demographic whose other favourite bands are Weezer and They Might Be Giants; 'Brain Thrust Mastery' will be just as pleasing to anyone who likes their rock music to wear a squirty flower in its lapel. The trio specialise in radio-friendly harmonies and fill-every-gap guitars, with lyrics about relationship recriminations and martyr-like break-ups. Their best moment comes when they ditch the rock entirely: "Lethal Enforcer" is one of the most accurate pastiches of New Romantic pop this side of Hugh Grant in 'Music And Lyrics'.

Lund an open secret in the new model England

Sale flanker a joker as Robinson's inventive selection face tough initiation

Timeless or tedious? 'Pride and Prejudice may not address the social problems of the time but it is as relevant now as the day it was written'

As Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy reappear in yet another dramatisation, we ask if Jane Austen's classic really is the most perfect English novel - or just a 19th-century Mills & Boon

THE SKETCH: Richard and Judy bring out the Hugh Grant in chat- show Tony

IT'S THE Prime Minister, actually. On Richard & Judy at 5.25, perhaps you saw it. It was a bit like Love Actually from the night before, but with Tony Blair playing Hugh Grant. He was very good; did you see him?

The trees up above us

'Yes, dear reader, this is a nature column today. It does have a sensational development later on, but only of an arboreal nature'

Monitor: Liz Hurley And Hugh Grant

When the earth shook

The map: Locations, locations, locations

Where did Elizabeth really reign supreme, why is Ireland in the Isle of Man, and whatever happened to Sherwood Forest? A film buff's guide to Britain

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Tuesday Radio: Pick of the Day

FOR MANY, Christmas has become a crassly commercial, TV-dominated festival. But for some, it is still the time of year when we celebrate the arrival of the Blue Peter annual. In Annual Delights (9pm R2) Hugh Dennis surveys the history of the annual, from its Victorian origins to the first recognisably modern children's annuals.
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