Arts and Entertainment

Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill, London

Treasure Island, Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London

Long John meets Shakespeare in a posh panto

Pandora: Bigmouth strikes again: 'Don't buy my new DVD'

Few people, surely, form feuds with quite the same level of gusto as the Mancunian miserablist Morrissey.

Armstrong to quit Robin Hood

Jonas Armstrong, the actor who plays Robin Hood in the BBC remake of the tale, is to quit the show at the end of the third series.

My Life In Travel: Keith Allen, actor and comedian

'I like to find live music – it tells you about the pulse of a place'

Grow Up, By Keith Allen

I saw Keith Allen perform at The Comedy Store in 1979. His act wasn't the funniest, but was the least predictable. Well, it was fairly predictable, comprising swearing and pouring drinks over people's heads. But the point is, when he was on stage, you had to watch him. I had a similar response to his autobiography – it isn't funny or well-written, yet you carry on reading just to see what he got up to next.

Cultural Life: Alfie Allen, actor

Books
I'm now 21, but I definitely read more books when I was a teenager. These days, I'm reading more film scripts than books – but I can't say what for because it's secret! I enjoy reading books on criminology about hard guys and drug dealers. I read the autobiographies of Curtis Warren, Roy "Pretty Boy" Shaw, Lenny McLean, and Charles Bronson. I had a crack at No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies by Naomi Klein, but didn't finish it.

The well runs dry

Inkjet cartridges don't come cheap and there's no way of knowing how long they will last. Is anyone standing up for consumers? Michael Pollitt reports

Television: He's even better when he's bad

BRIAN VINER ON TELEVISION

Arts: A bloke for all seasons

Comedy? Music? Acting? Keith Allen makes it all look easy: `My career plan is that I have no career plan.'

Usual rules suspended

The rest of the year, you'd call it infidelity. At Christmas time, it's just a bit of fun, isn't it? Claire Seeber hears tales of festive hanky-panky

Comedy drama: What's less believable than Dr Who?

Shifting their Autumn schedules up a gear, ITV and Channel 4 have invested in an expensive, contemporary, six-part comedy drama each. ITV's is Cold Feet, which piloted last year. This film won the Golden Rose at the Montreux Television Festival - appropriate, as the hero ended up standing in the street with a rose lodged in his naked behind - but ITV took their time about commissioning a series. I can see they had cold feet.

Preview: win V98 tickets & Tommy goodies

There's good news for anyone who missed out on tickets for V98 in Chelmsford next month. Though the event - which takes place on 22 and 23 Aug and boasts headlining sets from both The Verve and The Charlatans - is sold out, one of its sponsors, Tommy Jeans, has given us a pair of VIP tickets for the whole festival to give away. Also featuring in this year's line-up at Hylands Park are Seahorses, Texas, Green Day, Space, Iggy Pop, Robbie Williams, James and Chumbawamba. Tommy Jeans's role at V98 includes sponsoring a celebrity five-a-side football match, starring Bob Mortimer, Keith Allen, Dodgy and Goldie, and giving each V98 artist a Tommy Jeans goody bag containing a pair of jeans, a Tommy T-shirt and an exclusively designed Tommy bag.

Hot stuff? Sadly, I don't think so

Grown-ups have fiscal might and a burning fear of losing touch to assist their pursuit of terminal trendiness

Keith Allen: born to be a great actor?

"DO You know what I've been watching recently and really enjoying?" asked the award-winning woman columnist, her voice full of genuine enthusiasm. I did know. For many of us Debbie Horsefield's Born To Run (BBC1, Sun), which finished this week, is what we pay the licence fee for.
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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?