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Arts and Entertainment Face values: Paul from Channel 4’s ‘My Tattoo Addiction’

Roll up, roll up! See the tattooed man with no job and £71 a week to support his whole family

Editor-At-Large: Sex on the beat – indecency gets a slap on the wrist

We know the police are fed up with the amount of paperwork the job now entails, but they seem to have a pretty weird idea of how they should be spending their time. At a time when we're increasingly concerned about anti-social behaviour, new guidelines being given to senior officers seem to imply that they should ignore some indecency offences.

Escape from suburbia: Simon Doonan's best-selling memoirs have been turned into a BBC2 sitcom

Thirteen-year-old Simon, the central character in Beautiful People, a new BBC2 comedy series, is a delicate flower struggling to blossom in what he sees as the cultural desert of Reading, circa 1997. Incapable of opening a fridge door without breaking into a show tune, he is appalled by the vulgarity and ordinariness of his surroundings. His sense of horror peaks when the family's blind lodger, known as Aunty Hayley, gives him a purple and pink shell suit as a present. "Two fashion pointers," he sighs. "Never wear nylon. And never wear nylon bought by a blind person."

Joseph Pevney: Director of journeyman versatility

The film and television director Joseph Pevney had an immensely varied career. First a child performer in vaudeville, he became involved in the left-wing Group Theatre in the Thirties and Forties. In Hollywood, he was an actor before becoming a prolific director at Universal in the Fifties, guiding such stars as James Cagney, Joan Crawford and Frank Sinatra and shaping the talents of three of his studio's young contract players, Tony Curtis, Rock Hudson and Jeff Chandler. Though he excelled at gritty urban thrillers, he could not be pigeon-holed and was equally proficient with exotic eastern adventures, romantic dramas or war stories. Moving into television, he directed episodes of many popular series, including Bonanza and Star Trek. He directed 14 segments of the latter, including at least five of the most celebrated episodes.

Road to Hong Kong

Directed by Norman Panama

Interiors: Berry nice

Turning a drug den into a stylish home isn’t a breeze, but designer Mimi Berry did it with panache, says Charlotte Philby

How We Met: Julian Clary & Immodesty Blaize

'The most surprising thing about Julian is how calm and quiet and solid he is'

Lloyd Bochner

Cecil Colby in 'Dynasty'

Savage feud with Richard and Judy

UKIP sprouts as celebrities make a stand on Brussels

Joan Collins yesterday became the latest celebrity to back the UK Independence Party, which is on course to make large gains in next month's local elections.

FILM: He can't take his eyes off her. Who can blame him?

Over his 30-year career, Andre Techine has employed France's finest actors - Jeanne Moreau, Isabelle Adjani, Isabelle Huppert, Daniel Auteuil, Philippe Noiret, Gerard Depardieu. But he also has an eye for new talent. In Alice et Martin, he casts Juliette Binoche as Alice, and the unknown Alexis Loret as Martin. Although the film is notable thanks to Binoche, Techine's encouragement of Loret is to be admired.

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Forget Joan Collins - what about some arts on TV?

`Her artistic significance could be anatomised on the back of a postage stamp'

Television: What the general didn't see

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