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Obituaries: Jim Allen

VERY LITTLE about Jim Allen's interest as a writer can ever be fashionable. Political struggle, class betrayal and what he saw as the perennial injustices dropped on ordinary people hardly make for "entertainment" - multiplex or multi-channelled. But the best of his work will survive because it has the qualities of the man: heroic, unflinching, committed to putting art strictly at the service of raw life and struggle.

THE SITTER'S TALE; Ken Loach

New faces at the National Portrait Gallery: football is responsible for this one, reveals the film director

Film: The Big Picture: Like a motherless child

Orphans (18) Director: Peter Mullan Starring: Douglas Henshall, Gary Lewis 95 Minutes

The Saturday Profile: Robert Carlyle, Actor: A man for all regions

NOBODY LIKES to criticise Robert Carlyle. Fans of lo-fi kitchen sink misery love him for his work with Ken Loach, and point out that he's one of the few actors whom the director has cast twice.

The Three Best Films

Out of Sight (15)

Christmas books: Film - Sinking under the weight of the first hundred years

Alistair Owen struggles titanically with guides and histories

How we met: Ken Loahc and Jim Allen

Ken Loach was born in the Midlands in 1936. He worked as an actor and director before joining the BBC in 1963. He has been making films and documentaries ever since, including Cathy Come Home, Kes and Land and Freedom. His latest film, My Name is Joe, is on general release now. He has four children and lives in Bath with his wife. Jim Allen, 72, was born in Manchester. He left school at the age of 13, and worked as a docker, miner and seaman before becoming a labour organiser. In 1965, he started writing for Coronation Street. His work with Ken Loach includes Days of Hope, The Spongers and Raining Stones. A widower with five children, he still lives in the outskirts of Manchester

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Letter: It's how you say it

Sir: Hamish McRae ("Living on pop music and film", 27 October) attributes lack of British success relative to the USA in cultural exports to the lack of an attractive popular culture to which global youth can relate.

Preview: Comedy - Perrier pick of the fringe

The Perrier Award traditionally has TV producers buzzing round it like wasps at a picnic. This year's winner, Tommy Tiernan (right), an inspired story- teller, has already recorded a Channel 4 special. In addition, he has a part in the latest Ken Loach film, Hope Floats, which is released next month. Channel 4 is also showing interest in Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding, the creators of the wonderfully surreal show The Mighty Boosh, which picked up the Best Newcomers award. Expect to see them soon on a TV screen near you. Both acts feature in tomorrow's Perrier Pick of the Fringe show.

Books: Processed meat

Kim Newman acclaims a fable from the fencing trade

Director dedicates Cannes prize to Ulster

VETERAN film-maker John Boorman last night dedicated his Cannes Film Festival win to Northern Ireland's "Yes" vote, writes Diana Blamires.

Film: Down a dark alley with Meadows

Shane Meadows' eagerly-awaited first feature is based on the director's own youth. He talks to James Mottram
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Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
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These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

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Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
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Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

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Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
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The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

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