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Observations: Dardentor is not just another teens' movie

Film production can be pretty gruelling. From raising the finance, to bringing the stars on board and overseeing the smooth running of the shoot, the buck stops with the producer. Normally, it doesn't involve having to pass A levels at the same time. Yet, not much is normal about the production of Dardentor. Producers Adrian Bliss, Benjamin Robbins and Toby Stubbs are all in their teens for a start. They are currently attempting to raise £1m for their first feature film with an unorthodox financing plan.

The unsung heroes who ensured campaign's success

Joanna Lumley has, of course, become the very public face of the struggle for Gurkha rights and yesterday the Prime Minister's spokesman was asked whether she will receive an honour for her part in the campaign.

Joss Whedon - And they call it Buffy love

On the tenth anniversary of Buffy The Vampire Slayer hitting British screens Julian Hall talks to its creator Joss Whedon about the show’s Englishness and its resonance from beyond the grave

Alan Watkins: He had no lines, yet he fluffed them

In the Gurkha revolt, Mr Brown was invoked as an all-powerful, off-stage presence. It didn't last 24 hours

Sarah Sands: Lumley for president? I'd keep the Queen

She is magnificent, but too risky to wield power

Brown promising new Gurkha solution, says Lumley

Gordon Brown is to unveil a new policy on Gurkha residence rights by the end of the month, campaigning actress Joanna Lumley said today after talks with the Prime Minister.

Mark Steel: It's almost heartbreaking – these people are so clueless

You can imagine Ed Balls crying out: ‘Let’s get Harriet on Britain’s Got Talent

Brown's downfall: The PM's worst weeks since moving into No 10

Gordon Brown has no one else to blame for an unprecedented week of blunder upon blunder. Jane Merrick and Brian Brady report

Joanna Lumley: The avenger

With her triumphant espousal of the Gurkhas' cause, a much-loved actress has added political clout to her very English brand of charm

Brown defeated over Gurkha ruling

The Government suffered a shock defeat in the Commons today when a Liberal Democrat bid to scrap new settlement rules for Gurkha veterans was backed by a majority of 21.

Edwin Bramall: Don't be sentimental. We have treated the Gurkhas well

In common with anyone who has ever served with the Gurkhas, I think they are marvellous, the very best and most loyal of fighting men. Some years ago, I became involved in a campaign to help the Gurkhas and some people, – quite wrongly and over-generously – credited me with having done a lot to save them. In any event, I would like to think I could always see myself as a loyal supporter of theirs. I am sure, too, that Joanna Lumley admires them every bit as much as I do, and I admire the conviction she has brought to bear in defending their interests. But I have to sound a note of caution. The deal the Gurkhas have had from the government is nothing like as bad as some of the newspaper headlines ("Gurkhas betrayed" etc) will have you believe.

Joanna Lumley: Make a pledge to protect our pigs

When you see the tail-docking and castration, you are tempted to despair

Bob Spiers: Director of 'Absolutely Fabulous', 'Fawlty Towers' and 'Dad's Army'

For more than a quarter of a century, Bob Spiers proved a master of directing intelligently written, madcap television sitcoms that proved groundbreaking and far removed from the mainstream of television comedy.

Lumley demands justice for Gurkhas

Actress Joanna Lumley stood alongside hundreds of Gurkhas today to campaign for justice.

The Weekend's Television: Ian Fleming: Where Bond Began, Sun, BBC1 <br> The Story of the Guitar, Sun, BBC1 <br> Breaking Bad, Sun, FX

Ian Fleming: Where Bond Began featured Joanna Lumley at her most breathily excited, proving herself capable of getting audibly flushed even at the sight of a nondescript Whitehall office. The point was, you understand, that this was Room 39, in which Fleming had served as a Naval intelligence officer during the Second World War, and against whose ornate black-marble fireplace he'd posed for a photograph.

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