Why is it this buttoned-up drama is such a hit in the US?
OperaUpClose veer towards greatest-hits territory while a lupine concert holds toddlers transfixed
'Sometimes it all gets too much: two hours in a room with Ricky can seem a long time'
"Work is more fun than fun," Noel Coward once declared. As far as we know, though, Noel never had to drudge from nine to five in an office processing the timesheets of care-workers. That happens to be the fate of Marie, the twentysomething harried and likeable central character in Mongrel Island, Ed Harris's accomplished, if slightly trying play.
Books: I've just started reading 'The Black Hand' by Chris Blatchford. It's a biography of a guy who dissented from the Mexican Mafia. Reading it you can tell he was super-intelligent and could have had a very different life. I've also been reading Freddie Foreman's autobiography. He was one of England's biggest criminals, bigger than the Kray twins, but he didn't do the press. I've known him for 15 years – he's a good friend of mine, and it's always interesting reading about someone you know.
Mackenzie Crook is famous for playing Gareth in that sitcom but, as his recent stints in the West End prove, he's no gormless sidekick
Modern sitcoms may seem cutting age, but they are more conservative than ever. And they are driven by old-fashioned virtues
'Peep Show' proves that a television series doesn't have to be a ratings blockbuster
Leicester Square is no stranger to celebrities and their fans, who regularly turn out to see the stars tread the red carpet before Hollywood premieres.