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Thursday 15 December 1994
Victorian is out; Regency is in. Sheila Johnston on Princess Caraboo an d this week's other new releases
Monday 09 May 1994
Impressionists were once the social lepers of light entertainment, banished to colonies with names like Seaside Special and Summer Season. Rory Bremner has changed all that. Thanks to him, liking impressionists is no longer terminal to your street cred. He has brought a sharp edge to an art that used to have the cutting capacity of a blancmange in a heatwave. In the post-Bremner era, it is no longer enough for impressionists to churn out 'Ooo, Betty's interspersed with the odd 'Matron' and 'Nay, nay and thrice nay.'
Tuesday 15 December 1992
IT'S USUALLY a mistake to identify an actor with the roles he plays, but Terry Molloy makes it hard to avoid. Time after time he ends up as a macho hardhead, a man with deep convictions about what it means to be a man - a testosterone-fuelled Picasso in the Radio 3 drama Guernica, Mike 'A man who can't hold his beer ain't a real man' Tucker in The Archers, and now Maurice, a Derbyshire butcher with the accent on the 'butch', in Big Boys Don't Cry (Radio 4, Tuesday). You just know it would be a bad idea to spill his pint.
Sunday 04 October 1992
AN EVERYDAY scene in Islington: playwright Jim Cartwright has come round for a cup of tea with actress Jane Horrocks (who has been in the stage and TV productions of his first success Road). They're sitting in the back garden and she's talking about the showbiz voices that she's imitated since childhood. 'Go on then', he says, 'do some for me.' So she does her Shirley Bassey and her Marlene Dietrich. He finishes his tea and says he's going off to write a play: she doesn't think any more about it.
Wednesday 29 July 1992
IT LOOKED like a Monty Python sketch: three comedians dressed in black sat in a row while a sober presenter outlined the principles of the experiment. Each would deliver a short routine, containing jokes which some among us might find offensive. Then, with the help of a large studio audience, we were going to try to analyse exactly where laughter stopped and indignation began. The task of adjudication would be a lot easier, you reflected after listening to the first victim's act, if we had actually started to laugh at any point. Lou Lewis, a club comedian, had clearly sussed that he was the fall guy in Nation's (BBC 2) first studio debate but soldiered on bravely none the less, delivering his material with the easy confidence of a man trying to serve an extradition order on a coke baron.
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More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Osborne to cap family benefits at £23,000 – announced ahead of his post-election Budget
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
- 1 Autistic teenager beaten up by bullies makes them watch 20-minute video about autism
- 2 Greece debt crisis explained: A history of just how the country landed itself in such a mess
- 3 People all over the world are getting semicolon tattoos to draw attention to mental health
- 4 Greek debt crisis: Yanis Varoufakis's funniest (and most memorable) quotes
- 5 Swedish minister gives strongest case yet on why EU should stop turning away asylum seekers