Arts and Entertainment Matt Lucas (left) and Harry Hill. Lucas is to play the twin of comic Hill as the madcap TV Burp star makes his movie debut.

Matt Lucas is to play the twin of comic Harry Hill as the madcap TV Burp star makes his movie debut.

REVIEW / Good intentions and added incentives

BABY MONTHLY (BBC 2) is a canny piece of programming which manages to combine extreme economy of means with a fair guarantee of audience obsession. Several prospective parents have been handed video cameras and told to record the progress of their new babies over their first year. A casual remark from one of the participants hinted at the true appeal of the series: 'We always intended to keep a video diary,' she confessed, 'but this will give us an added incentive.'

TELEVISION / A smashin' time was had by all

Neil Diamond did it with laryngitis, Bruce Forsyth did it on a grand piano with all his contestants, Diana Ross did it with Placido Domingo in Vienna. Bing Crosby didn't do it, for once. All showbiz was dreaming of a 'White Christmas'. But outside, Nature, with exemplary taste, took her cue from the crystalline hush of the King's Chapel boys. Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone.

ETCETERA / How We Met: 66. Julie Walters and Victoria Wood

Writer and comedienne Victoria Wood (39) grew up in Lancashire and went to Birmingham University. Her first play, Talent, premiered at the Crucible Theatre Studio, Sheffield in 1978. She appeared in the TV adaptation with Julie Walters (42) who went on to star in the award-winning film Educating Rita. The two have also worked together on the comedy series Wood and Walters and Victoria Wood - As Seen On TV. Wood lives in London with her husband, Geoffrey Durham, and their two two children. Walters lives in Surrey with her boyfriend, Grant, and their daughter.

TELEVISION / Hard lessons from the autocue: David Sexton on problems met by presenters, Samaritans, chaperones and schoolteachers

Putting a programme out live at 11 o'clock on Friday night has its advantages. On the one hand, the viewers tend to be indulgent, having a drop taken. On the other, the critics cannot conveniently arrange to review it.
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