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More than the sum of his parts; Interview; Deborah Ross talks to Keith Allen

Whatever people say about Keith Allen as a person, he is always a powerful and compelling screen presence. Dangerous. Threatening. Sexy in a masterful, I'll-have-you-whether-you-like-it-or-not sort of way.

'I give good baddy, me'

Yet there's more to Keith Allen, he'd have us know, than just a talent for acting the thug. He's played both a Tolpuddle Martyr and a gay footballer in his time. Now he's a philosopher in Pinter's 'The Homecoming'. So don't pigeonhole him, OK? By Robert Hanks

Mel Gibson meets Derrida

It's one of the most popular university courses. But is cultural studies of intellectual value, or a refuge for lazy charlatans?

Musical; Maid Marian and her Merry Men Bristol Old Vic

Maid Marian and her Merry Men, the musical, starts off as a panto in the usual heroic mould with Robin Hood centre stage; but Marian instigates a feminist revolt and takes over the show with the rallying cry, "Sexist git!" A battle ensues between Marian and a posse of women and Tony Robinson, representing the theatre management. Marian's show runs out of steam at the interval and Robinson, as the Sheriff of Nottingham, stages his own version in the second half.

Fancy some schmoozing? Join the club

Are London's private media haunts really bursting with winners and wannabes slurping Bolly? Stephen Davies finds out

The interview JENNY ECLAIR, COMEDIAN TALKS TO BEN THOMPSON

Failed popstar, one-time punk poet and now, finallly, a famous comedian. But even star billing and a Perrier Award are no insurance against `dying on your arse'

Kevin Costner. Oh dear

There he was. The babe toast of 1985. An actor who could direct. A film-maker who could call the shots. Then there were bad haircuts. And bad movies. And then, Waterworld. By David Shipman

`Nobody sets out to be a star-maker'

French, Saunders, Sayle, Coltrane, Mayall: without Peter Richardson where would they be? James Rampton on a comedy kingmaker's return

TELEVISION / Street theatre: The good people of King's Lynn have seen it all. First there was David Copperfield, then came Revolution, and now here's Martin Chuzzlewit, the latest costume drama from the BBC. They're old pros, the locals, more relaxed in fact than the actors themselves. Owen Slot reports from on set

Tucked away in a side-street near the church in King's Lynn, some 20 locals have gathered with their cameras to watch the filming. 'I'm getting the hang of this,' says one grey-haired woman, handling her Instamatic with confidence until a loud clatter sends her scuttling back up the road to check that the noise hasn't set her dog off. The noise has come from a young autograph hunter who has tripped over a tripod and is picking herself up, red-faced. She and the street are coated in compost - the street on behalf of 1830s authenticity - which adds to her embarrassment at bringing filming to a halt.

Opinions: Would you mind living in Reg Jones Close?

WENDY COHEN, mother, resident of Daley Thompson Way, London SW8: When people ask where I live and I say 'Daley Thompson Way' I feel obliged to tell them that I'm not winding them up, that I really live there. We immediately thought of ourselves when we saw the Reg Jones thing on TV.

Why Jim Lees is a very merrie man: After 40 years' work, he's cracked it: Chris Arnot meets a Robin Hood expert who is sure he knows the real name behind the legend

The man dubbed 'the world's foremost authority on Robin Hood' by CBS Television pushed his zimmer frame into the living room. Jim Lees has been pursuing the legendary outlaw with obsessive zeal for 40 years. At the age of 82, he has finally pinned him down: to his own satisfaction, at least.

Music fraud

Keith Allen, 49, from Harbourne, Birmingham, was jailed for 18 months for stealing 56,000 pounds from childrens orchestra funds while the city council's head of instrumental services.

Boris looks punched out, but there's still Robin Hood

'Boris was one of the finest heavyweights Russia ever produced. He has been a great champion in his day. People will always love Boris and what he did. But now, frankly, it is time for Boris to get out.'

Show People 63: Success and how to produce it: Bill Kenwright

BILL KENWRIGHT is 45 minutes late, so there's time to check out his office on Shaftesbury Avenue. It's the size of a tennis court. There is a four-foot bear, wrapped in an Everton scarf, in one corner, and a white grand piano in another. Rows of production photos on the walls include one of playwrights Alan Bleasdale and Willy Russell, signed 'with a good percentage of love'.
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