Arts and Entertainment Ben Affleck as Daredevil, a Marvel superhero. The character is being given a Netflix series

Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist will get their own 13-episode series

IN BRIEF 'Spiderman' gets life

'Spiderman' gets life

He flies through the airwaves

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Spiderman, and he's on a mission to redefine radio as we know it. Nicholas Barber reports

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Obituary: Anona Winn

THE OBITUARY of Anona Winn (by June Averill, 18 February) was rightly enthusiastic about this diminutive star's long contribution to British radio from Savoy Hill days onwards, writes Peter Cotes. Moreover, it served to remind us of the considerable number of Australian entertainers who have enhanced BBC radio series by their presence - Anona was but one of those who made the war years brighter by their unique talents, especially to the lighter side of life, including Dick Bentley, Kitty Bluett, Wilfrid Thomas, Michael Charlton, Joy Nichols, Roger Cook and of course, not always generally remembered, Ted Kavanagh (creator of ITMA), who was one of the funniest Irish Australians of them all.

FILM / Bang, bang, you're alive: If death did not exist, the cinema would have had to invent it. Seldom is the screen so animated as when some actor is breathing his last. David Thomson considers dying in the movies, from the original 'Scarface' to 'In the Line of Fire', and nominates Hollywood's greatest expirer

THE SEVEN screenwriters are decent men and women. Their children have been in Non- Violence Awareness programs. They are devout in the faith that there are too many guns in America. Not to mention greater Los Angeles. But they have a problem with this script.

Obituary: Alexander McKendrick

IN 1939 I got a job as a trainee art director in the J. Walter Thompson Company, an American-owned advertising agency then resident in Bush House, in Aldwych, writes Ruari McLean (further to the obituary of Alexander McKendrick, 28 December).

Obituary: Richard Wordsworth

Richard Curwen Wordsworth, actor: born Halesowen, Worcestershire 19 January 1915; twice married (two sons); died Kendal 21 November 1993.

Obituary: Bill Bixby

William Bixby, actor: born San Francisco 22 January 1934; married Brenda Benet (died 1982; one son deceased), 1993 Judith Klivan; died Los Angeles 21 November 1993.

'Hulk' dies

The television actor and director Bill Bixby died at home at the age of 59 after a long battle with cancer, Reuter reports from Los Angeles. Bixby starred in several television shows, including The Incredible Hulk and My Favorite Martian.

ROCK / Pete and Ted's excellent adventure: Pete Townshend, a milder, older Pete Townshend, has been working on a children's rock musical with the poet laureate Ted Hughes. Kevin Jackson reports

An American songwriter of Pete Townshend's generation once counselled his fans never to create anything, because creations have the nasty habit of staying with you and plaguing you for the rest of your life. One of the creations that has dogged the former leader of The Who is a line yawped by Roger Daltrey in 'My Generation', devoutly wishing the consummation of a young death.

Obituary: Roger Woddis

Roger Woddis, poet: born London 17 May 1917; married Joan Hobson (one son, one daughter; marriage dissolved); died London 16 July 1993.

Obituary: Robert Lapoujade

Robert Lapoujade, painter and filmmaker, died aged 72. Best known for his portraits of French literary figures like Andre Breton, Georges Bataille and Francois Mauriac. Jean-Paul Sartre wrote the preface of a catalogue for one of his exhibitions. Won a Cesar in 1975 for his animated short film Un Comedien Sans Paradoxe ('An Actor Without Paradox'). In 1973, he shocked the Cannes Film Festival with Le Sourire Vertical ('The Vertical Smile'), a full-length feature later banned by French censors because of its sexually explicit and violent scenes, including castration.

BOOK REVIEW / A finger in every cosmic pie: Eva Salzman on Scott Bradfield, whose new short stories display a wonderfully perverse charm - 'Greetings from Earth' - Scott Bradfield: Picador, 14.99 pounds

IN DR Simonson's West Coast office-come-guest room, original Dalis, Braques and Chagalls co-habit with a Marvel comics collection. This is the Land of the Fruitcakes. This is World Headquarters for the Captain Kirk School of Cosmology. This is California - where else? - and Scott Bradfield's territory in his book of short stories - Greetings From Earth. Laugh if you dare, but there's some fairly deep philosophising going on.

Obituary: Pinky Lee (CORRECTED)

CORRECTION (PUBLISHED 15 APRIL 1993) INCORPORATED INTO THIS ARTICLE

Obituary: Robert Shayne

Robert Shayne, actor, died 30 November, aged 92. Played Inspector Henderson in the television series The Adventures of Superman.
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