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BSkyB has signed a new five-year deal for exclusive rights to HBO shows including 'Game of Thrones', 'Girls'

Letter: Facing the age of uncertainty

Letter: Facing the age of uncertainty Sir: As a 50-year-old admirer of Joanna Lumley (profile, 11 May), I wonder if it is possible that she has not "above all ... triumphed over the menopausal years", but like many of us triumphed during the menopausal years and perhaps even as a consequence of the menopause. And would you make this type of remark about a male actor? I think not. Fifty-something men are not marginalised and seen as batty, scary or a joke.

From actress to national institution

Profile: Joanna Lumley; The naming of an Oxford fellowship after her is an apt tribute to the absolutely fabulous British heart-throb, says Liz Hunt

This sounds absolutely fabulous

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Who's moving

Who's moving

Lumley heads East of Edina

THE CRITICS THEATRE

Whichever way it swings, the play's the thing Pull the other one, it's got belles on

They announce Burning Blue is to close and pop! there goes the pink bubble. So that's the end of the commercially acceptable gay play, then.

Theatre: THE LETTER Lyric Hammersmith, London

It may seem perverse to begin a review of The Letter with the scene-shifters rather than with Joanna Lumley - but never let it be said that I get my priorities wrong. Based on a real-life case, Maugham's 1927 play is set in the Malay peninsula and focuses on a planter's wife who fires six bullets into her clandestine lover, cries rape and evades hanging. It's not the melodrama, though, that gives the play its bite nowadays but Maugham's disenchanted and acute outsider's eye for the knee-jerk racism of the snooty British colonialists towards the indigenous population.

Goodbye to all that?

Has debut novelist Adrian Edmondson turned his back on comic mania for a life of letters? Mark Wareham finds out

HOW WE MET JOANNA LUMLEY AND STEPHEN BARLOW

People often ask what we talk about. As far as an actress is concerned, a musician is considered pretty senior service

The bad news for black role models

No one says sorry these days - except condom-and-walnut Gladiators who take illicit drugs

How to cope with winning the National Honours Lottery

This is a busy time of year for Sir Jeremy Pig-Iron. Who is Sir Jeremy Pig-Iron? Well, Sir Jeremy Pig-Iron is the head of the National Honours Lottery counselling service.

TELEVISION / What a sight - not an insight

YOU ARE having a nightmare. Your Auntie Elsie, never previously seen beyond Belper, has strayed into New York fashion week. She has that squiffy sherry look and has just buttonholed one of the world's top designers. He is lightly tanned, succulent with success: he gives Auntie a get-this-woman-outta-here smile. You rush forward to plead with her to take off the ginger wig and come home. But your nose hits the TV screen. This is not a nightmare. Well, it is; but not one starring your aunt.

Bunhill: Success spills over with tiny bubbles on the air

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