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Let's ditch the boring sketch shows

Graham Linehan, the creator of Father Ted and The IT Crowd, is annoyed by the lack of risk-taking in British TV comedy, he tells Mark Hughes

Bad boy does good: Jason Isaacs' new project is all heart

Jason Isaacs plays tough guys in the Harry Potter movies and US TV series Brotherhood. But, he tells Geoffrey Macnab, his new project is all heart

Janet Street-Porter: Public art has become a vile pollutant

One of my most treasured possessions is a dog-eared copy of Alfred Wainwright's Coast to Coast guide – the table of each day's progress he so thoughtfully provided was filled in by me during the wettest summer on record, adorned with a splodge of rook poo. It's about the best tribute anyone could give grumpy old Wainwright, patron saint of fell walkers, lover of gloomy weather and unspoilt northern scenery.

Fears of a clown: Walliams on guns, girls and gloom

Terror of being on his own drives his creativity, ‘Little Britain’ star tells ‘Desert Island Discs’

The comedian: Barunka O'Shaughnessy

Barunka O'Shaughnessy once worked in a jam factory in order to make ends meet. It was mind-numbing work. "My job was to pick up any jam-jars that had fallen over," she recollects, "but one only fell over every five hours. I was going mad there!"

All-female ensemble for E4's first sketch show

Women can be funny too

Civil partner of Lucas set for £1m payout after split

Britain's first celebrity gay divorce was cleared by the courts yesterday when the comedian Matt Lucas was granted a legal separation from his partner in a case reported to be worth £15m.

Guy Adams: Who are these limey creeps?

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Cole Moreton: These Limeys may be too slimy for the States

We have stood shoulder to shoulder through times of war and crisis, but now the special relationship between Britain and America faces its biggest challenge yet. Can it withstand Little Britain USA? The show starts there tonight on HBO, but advance screenings have had the critics howling with dismay and indignation.

MBC PR and Little Britain

In an item in Tuesday's 'Pandora', 'Strange but is it true? The mysterious boycott of Little Britain', we quoted a New York radio presenter who said that he thought that the claimed West Hollywood Gay Lesbian Alliance protests about Little Britain's series for the USA were most likely planted by someone's publicist to generate publicity... ' We accept that MBC PR, publicists for Little Britain, did not do thiis. We also accept that 'Little Britain's new US show is not the 'most politically incorrect , offensive and obnoxious material ever seen in this country' and is suitable for broadcast. We apologise to all concerned.

Sport On TV: ITV and England on first-name terms with futility

Happy birthday for last Thursday, Clive. Sorry we forgot.

Lost in translation: British TV goes abroad

'Shameless' and 'Little Britain' are going to America, 'Life on Mars' to Spain and 'The Office' to Russia. But British humour doesn't always travel well. Alice Jones reports

David Walliams' stalker sectioned

An obsessed stalker who threatened to kill Little Britain star David Walliams during a four-year campaign of harassment was sectioned yesterday under the Mental Health Act.

Matt Lucas hires royal legal team to 'divorce' his partner

The comedian and Little Britain creator, Matt Lucas, has announced that he is splitting up with his partner of six years after getting "married" in a high-profile civil partnership ceremony 18 months ago.

BBC cleared of overpaying stars

A review of how much the BBC pays stars such as Jonathan Ross has cleared the corporation of distorting the market for talent.

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