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KEN DOHERTY says he is under pressure but you would be hard put to find evidence of it. Like David Gower, who looked as though batting was merely an extension to his social whirl, he has been playing at the Embassy World Championship as if an enemy's life depended on it.

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Comedy: Simon Day today

Simon Day had just returned from shooting an advert. No doubt he'll be invited to do a lot more such work now that The Fast Show has turned him into one of the hottest properties this side of an England World Cup ticket.

my tech; Technophobe? Well, I like a good juke-box

In the first of a new series, Simon Day of `The Fast Show' talks to Jennifer Rodger about his favourite gadget - an Audiolab 8000A amplifier

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Three men and a canvas: it doesn't sound like a hit play. But since it opened in the West End in 1996, `Art' has run and run, with five casts playing to packed houses. Will the same magic work on Broadway, where it opens tonight?

BOX CLEVER: Famous-to-be?

Morwenna Banks is happy to own up to the fact that she's suffered from the "Who's she?" problem in the past. "I've been approached by the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 to do a series before," she says. "It would all be going really well, then suddenly they'd say, 'Ah well, you're actually not famous enough. We can't do it'."

Snooker: Plight of the twilight game

'What sponsors want is good snooker; they don't want to be picking up the papers and seeing everyone slagging each other off'; Andrew Longmore reports on calls for peace moves behind the velvet curtains

Letter: `Boring' politics

Sir: How depressing to read your leading article "The broadcasters say politicians on television are boring: They're quite right" (28 January).

Big bum, bigger laughs

A woman's insecurity, coupled with her ability to laugh at herself, is a great recipe for comedy. `Fast Show' gang member Arabella Weir is living proof of this but, says Kate Hilpern, her ego will never be as big as she thinks her bum is.

Comedy: They shoot guest stars, don't they?

The live link-up between the casts of Shooting Stars and The Fast Show has all the traditional accoutrements of a major rock gig

Education: Passed/failed: Arabella Weir

Arabella Weir, 40, is "Insecure Woman" and "No Offence" in `The Fast Show' on BBC2. She had a very small part in the film of `The French Lieutenant's Woman' and a very big part with Alexei Sayle as a lesbian double act running a bike shop named Menstrual Cycle, and later as a chummette in `Harry Enfield & Chums'. The paperback of her novel `Does My Bum Look Big in This?' will be published in March and `The Fast Show Live' opens at Labatt's Apollo, Hammersmith, on Saturday.

Arts: BBC's cheapest ever comedy

With jaw-dropping candour the producer of an experimental new BBC comedy series has admitted that the "potential for the show to be terrible is great."
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