Arts and Entertainment The League of Gentleman perform at the Royal Free Rocks With Laughter show

Adelphi Theatre, London

Sally Hawkins: From a bit-part in Little Britain to the toast of Berlin

It is a long way from the role of girlfriend of Little Britain's stage hypnotist Kenny Craig to the best actress Silver Bear award at the Berlin film festival, but with a bit of help from one of Britain's most prolific directors, Sally Hawkins has managed the journey with startling ease.

Peter Stanford: David Cameron, disability, and the nasty party

There is an enduring stereotype, firmly rooted in the British psyche, that holds that disabled people are basically trying it on. Think the Little Britain character Andy, a wheelchair-user only when it enables him to exploit his carer, Lou, and the rest of society. As a child with a disabled mother, I lost count of the number of people who made clear by their remarks that they assumed she could walk if only she tried a bit harder.

Little Britain, Guildhall, Portsmouth

Stars of stage? Yeah but no but

Little Britain Live, Guildhall, Portsmouth

Grotesque and gaudy comedy kings take show on the road

Julie Burchill: Me and my big mouth

Britain's most controversial journalist, who once regularly held court in the Groucho Club, is now setting herself up as a new figurehead - for chavs. The outspoken Times columnist talks to Ian Burrell about how this resolutely working-class girl made good

'Little Britain' cuts risqué scenes

Scenes from the new series of the award-winning comedy show Little Britain have been deemed too controversial for BBC1 and will be cut before it is shown in December.

Mortimer reveals secret, lonely life of Benny Hill

Sir John Mortimer, creator of Rumpole of the Bailey, has written a television screenplay chronicling the life of the comedian Benny Hill.

Pop review: Into the world music zone

Dreadzone The Junction, Cambridge

Auntie talks Parky back into chat

He flirted with Shirley Maclaine, was verbally assaulted by Muhammad Ali and almost castrated by Emu, the manic puppet. Now Michael Parkinson, doyen of chat show hosts, is being wooed back by the BBC. The corporation is expected to make an announcement about Parkinson, 61, in the next few weeks and he is poised to sign a lucrative deal. He is likely to interview some of the stars he has sparred with before, including Diana Rigg, Raquel Welch and Richard Harris.

Edinburgh Festival: Fringe round-up

Sir Bernard Chumley's Gangshow

Brixton: laughter capital of Europe

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Pru goes shopping

PRUDENTIAL Corporation, Britain's biggest investor, is extending its property portfolio yet again by paying pounds 73.5m for the 650,000 sq ft Cwmbran Shopping Centre, the largest retail plot in Wales. This year the Pru has also bought Wolverhampton's Mander Centre and the Little Britain office complex in the City of London.

Gloomy week in store for builders

A ROUND of dividend cuts from top building companies will this week deal a further blow to the sector, which has already been ravaged by falling profits in the wake of the prolonged housing slump and a sharp decline in commercial building.
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Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

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Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

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