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The BBC has released more pictures of 'Adventure in Space and Time', a drama about the first Doctor Who series.

British film-maker returns pounds 1m lottery grant as he hits jackpot at box office

A bored chartered accountant set up a film company. A former comedy double act came up with a script. The bizarre plot concerns two Americans living inside a London gasometer. And the end result looks like being one of the biggest British hits since Four Weddings and a Funeral.

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Theatre Clocks and Whistles The Bush, London

"I was reading a grippin' article in the Independent - that is my chosen organ - yesterday, all about diminishin' interest in London as a settin' for contemporary novels. Didja see it?" asks pansexual Paddington- dwelling Trevor in Clocks and Whistles, an attractive first play by Samuel Adamson which is premiered now at the Bush. Third and last in the "London Fragments" season, it's a piece which shows that, whatever may be true of the novel, some of the strongest recent work by our younger playwrights has been firmly plugged into the tribal culture of the capital.

Theatre Sweetheart Royal Court, London

Nick Grosso's Sweetheart unfolds in a cultural scene where to be almost 30 is to be guilty, virtually, of a crime against life. Wrinklies may take heart, though, from the fact that it shows how being young, cute and sexy can constitute a liability, causing the sufferer to drift from futon to futon and bed to bed in an indefinite postponement of finding any real purpose. It also reminds you that, in the relationship stakes, a healthy bank balance can be a potent recompense for middle-aged baldness.

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also showing; UNDER SIEGE 2 Geoff Murphy (18) HAUNTED Lewis Gilbert (15) THE LIFE AND EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF PRIVATE IVAN CHONKIN Jiri Menzel (15) TAKE CARE OF YOUR SCARF, TATJANA Aki Kaurismaki (no cert)

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