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NOW YOU'RE TALKING; TV EYE

Jeff Pope, the executive producer of a chat show, is in a lift firing off enough swear-words to keep the National Viewers' and Listeners' Association busy for weeks. He is dashing to placate Michael Winner who has been left waiting in reception because a runner failed to meet him. Having mollified the film director, Pope begs him to go on and tell an unflattering story about Bob Monkhouse. Refusing point-blank, Winner heads for a dressing-room where he proceeds to kick up another fuss when he is kept waiting a further 45 minutes before going on. The whole scene could have come from The Larry Sanders Show.

SCREEN WATCH

The Wind In The Willows astonishingly has never been made into a film - until now. The force behind the new project is former Monty Python man Terry Jones, who has adapted Kenneth Grahame's book, directs, and plays Mr Toad into the bargain.

Who gives a monkey's?

A time-travelling vision of hell on earth should have been right up Terry Gilliam's street. If only he had been able to break free from his past, says Adam Mars-Jones

COMEDY / As good as gold: Dominic Holland threatens to usurp Michael Palin's reputation as the Mr Nice of comedy. Benjamin Mee met him on the tube

Michael Palin's position as the nicest man in comedy may at last be under threat. Dominic Holland is a very, very nice man.

RIGHT OF REPLY / In answer to his critics, Nick Broomfield says, 'Narcissistic? Moi?

'IS Alan Whicker called narcissistic? Is Michael Palin? Or interviewers like Robin Day? By virtue of being in front of the camera, does that mean you're narcissistic? My films are to do with storytelling - not with any need to show my fine features - in a way that involves the

Dead parrots and all that: Michael Palin tells Michael Leapman how he couldn't hack it on a local paper

Any journalist could have told Michael Palin the first rule of writing a column: if you are going to make a joke, be sure to flag it unmistakably. In the first of his four columns for the Isle of Wight County Press last autumn he wrote: 'My stay in Vectis (surely this must be the only island named after a bus company) . . .' The ink was scarcely dry before the inevitable letter arrived from Disgusted of Shanklin. Doesn't he know that the bus company was named after the island?

THEATRE / Too sweet a pill: Paul Taylor reviews The Weekend, Michael Palin's new play at the Strand

Michael Palin once wrote a fine TV play called East of Ipswich which gently but powerfully evoked what it's like to be trapped on a seaside holiday with bickering parents when you are an adolescent whose hormones are just starting to hum. The piece had the authentic texture of reimagined personal experience, so the news that Palin's first stage play, The Weekend, also drew on the oppressive married life of his mum and dad was quite an appetite-whetter.

The unlikely lads: There was no press preview for the big screen break of the comedian Roy 'Chubby' Brown. Why? Because the distributors decided that nobody would like it. Not an unreasonable hunch, as it happens: from Hancock to Smith & Jones, British comics have been a bit of a joke in the cinema. By Sheila Johnston

Heard the one about the British comedian who made a major motion picture? Tony Hancock, for example, in The Rebel. Morecambe and Wise in That Riviera Touch. Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones in Morons From Outer Space. The Comic Strippers in Eat the Rich. Rik Mayall in Drop Dead Fred. Lenny Henry in True Identity. Julian Clary in Carry on Columbus. Eric Idle in Splitting Heirs and Nuns on the Run.

BOOKS / Bestsellers of 1993

----------------------------------------------------------------- BESTSELLERS OF 1993 ----------------------------------------------------------------- HARDBACK FICTION ----------------------------------------------------------------- 1 Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle, Secker pounds 12.99 2 Honour Among Thieves by Jeffrey Archer, HarperCollins pounds 15.99 3 Adrian Mole: The Wilderness Years by Sue Townsend, Methuen pounds 8.99 4 The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous by Jilly Cooper, Bantam pounds 14.99 5 Decider by Dick Francis, Michael Joseph pounds 14.99 6 A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth, Phoenix House pounds 20 7 The Night Manager by John le Carre, Hodder pounds 15.99 8 Mrs de Winter by Susan Hill, Sinclair-Stevenson pounds 12.99 9 River God by Wilbur Smith, Macmillan pounds 15.99 10 The Queen and I by Sue Townsend, Methuen pounds 8.99 ----------------------------------------------------------------- HARDBACK NONFICTION ----------------------------------------------------------------- 1 Delia Smith's Summer Collection BBC pounds 14.99 2 The Downing Street Years by Margaret Thatcher, HarperCollins pounds 25 3 Some Other Rainbow by John McCarthy & Jill Morrell, Bantam pounds 14.99 4 Bravo Two-Zero by Andy McNab, Bantam pounds 14.99 5 The Guinness Book of Records 1994, ed Peter Matthews, pounds 14.99 6 Taken on Trust by Terry Waite, Hodder pounds 14.99 7 Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 1994, Mitchell Beazley, pounds 7.99 8 Diaries by Alan Clark, Weidenfeld, pounds 20 9 Pole to Pole by Michael Palin, BBC, pounds 16.99 10 Eat Your Greens by Sophie Grigson, Network, pounds 15.99 ----------------------------------------------------------------- PAPERBACK FICTION ----------------------------------------------------------------- 1 Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, Arrow pounds 4.99 2 The Firm by John Grisham, Arrow pounds 4.99 3 The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller Mandarin pounds 3.99 4 The Men and the Girls by Joanna Trollope, Black Swan pounds 5.99 5 The Queen and I by Sue Townsend, Mandarin pounds 4.99 6 Fatherland by Robert Harris, Arrow pounds 4.99 7 The Secret History by Donna Tartt, Penguin pounds 5.99 8 The Copper Beech by Maeve Binchy, Orion pounds 4.99 9 The Rector's Wife by Joanna Trollope, Black Swan pounds 5.99 10 The Pelican Brief by John Grisham, Arrow pounds 4.99 ----------------------------------------------------------------- PAPERBACK NONFICTION ----------------------------------------------------------------- 1 Wild Swans by Jung Chang, Flamingo pounds 7.99 2 An Evil Cradling by Brian Keenan, Vintage pounds 6.99 3 Diana: Her True Story by Andrew Morton, O'Mara pounds 6.99 4 Food Combining for Health by Doris Grant & Jean Joice, Thorsons pounds 4.99 5 Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby, Gollancz pounds 4.99 6 The Rock & Water Garden Expert by D G Hessayon, Expert pounds 4.99 7 Gardens of England & Wales Open to the Public 1993 National Gardens Scheme pounds 2.50 8 Every Living Thing by James Herriot, Pan pounds 4.99 9 The Food Combining Diet by Kathryn Marsden, Thorsons pounds 4.99 10 The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson, Abacus pounds 5.99 ----------------------------------------------------------------- Compiled by Bookwatch -----------------------------------------------------------------

What's More ..

Into 1994: If the Save the Lyric Hammersmith Campaign reaches its pounds 350,000 target new artistic director Neil Bartlett's first production will be The Picture of Dorian Gray starring Maria Aitken and Bette Bourne . . . Emma Thompson is first choice to play Mary Poppins in a planned stage musical . . . Michael Palin takes Great Railway Journeys for the BBC . . . Palin is also slated to star in Death Fish II, the first of two long delayed and much anticipated sequels to A Fish Called Wanda . . .

FILM / Painting the great walls of China

The Story of Qiu Ju (12). . . .Zhang Yimou (Ch)

Obituary: Paul D. Zimmerman

ON HIS working trips to Hollywood, Paul Zimmerman would stay at one de luxe hotel or another, on the studio's ticket, writes David Freeman (further to the obituary by Paul Schuman and Michael Palin, 8 March).

Therapy centre opens to help children who stammer

CHILDREN who stammer are to receive treatment under a sponsorship scheme at Britain's first specialist centre, which opened yesterday.

TRAVEL / Memorable Journeys: Around the world in 216 trips: Michael Palin - From London to Southwold, Suffolk

HERE, for a change, is a Michael Palin journey we can all take. Normally he flits from Pole to Pole as nonchalantly as other people visit aunts in Hartlepool, whizzing through parts of the globe so remote the inhabitants have never seen a BBC cameraman. Yet the epic trek strongest in his mind is the 120-mile rail journey from his home in Gospel Oak, London NW5, to Southwold on the Suffolk coast, where his parents lived from 1966.

William Donaldson's Week: I had the PM in my pocket

I'M SURPRISED that last week's British Book Awards 1992 didn't receive wider coverage in the press. It was a strange evening, enlivened by an unusual number of incidents off the ball - most of them, I'm embarrassed to say, occasioned by my two main publishers, Geoffrey Strachan and Michael O'Mara.
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