From cycling stars to best-selling authors, they were the reminder of Britain's extraordinary range of talents. Nick Clark surveys the special guests
Matilda the Musical dominated UK theatre's most prestigious awards ceremony last night as the adaptation of Roald Dahl's book picked up a record seven Olivier Awards.
It may not be the royal wedding, but next Saturday's nuptials at Kirkstall Abbey, in Leeds, will be no ordinary do. Frankenstein's Wedding... Live in Leeds will be a re-imagining of scientist Victor Frankenstein's wedding to his childhood sweetheart Elizabeth, complete with a congregation of 12,000 people. The whole event will be broadcast live on BBC3.
Nick Dear's taut, fiercely focused version of Frankenstein – a project that has brought Oscar-winning film-maker Danny Boyle back to his theatrical roots – offers a radically different ending from either Mary Shelley's 1818 novel (on which it is based) or the movie versions spawned by James Whale's 1931 classic. Here, in a luminously ice-green Arctic, the scientist Victor Frankenstein and his Creature both survive, umbilically linked in the kind of perpetual deathly symbiosis that would pass muster in Dante's Inferno.
It's the only one of its kind still in existence and features the silver screen's most famous monster
'The Thick of It' was a treble winner at last night's Bafta awards. Rebecca Front won best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme for her role as the ineffectual MP Nicola Murray while Peter Capaldi, who played the foul-mouthed spin doctor Malcolm Tucker, took the best male award for a comedy. The political satire was named best Situation Comedy.
The case goes cold
Kenneth Branagh's 'Wallander' captivated TV viewers. Now, as BBC4 shows the Scandinavian original, Geoffrey Macnab examines their different emphases on detectives, darkness and alienation