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CRITICS MAY have received his most recent film, Celebrity, with some equivocation, but that was due to the weak performance of its star, Kenneth Branagh, rather than any flaw in Woody Allen's direction. Sleeper (8.30pm FilmFour) sees Allen, almost 30 years earlier, at his uninhibited best, playing a vegetarian musician who dies during a routine operation, is preserved and brought back to life 200 years in the future.

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Down to every last gesture, Kenneth Branagh has turned into Woody Allen. What does he think he's playing at?

e likes to come across as an ordinary lad, Kenneth Branagh. He's a Spurs supporter. He's partial to a drink. And when not penguined out for some gala performance, he wears jackets and trousers that look slept in. The impression is reinforced by his laid-back RSC Cockney accent, which gradually replaced the original Ulster vowels after Branagh's family moved from Belfast to Reading in 1970. So keen is he to swap Shakespearean diction for man-in-the-street inarticulateness that our Ken keeps getting his syntax in a tangle, adding another "so" or "but" or "cos" and only then realising that he's let himself in for a whole new dependent clause, just when the sentence is running out of steam. In a sense, his career's a bit like that.

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