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Newcastle United's supporters witnessed a glorious Premier League redemption led by a number nine for a new generation.

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Newcastle are back, Joey Barton is back, but more ominously, facial hair is back.

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"I'm going to die a virgin," maintains Michael Cera's Nick Twisp in this patchy adaptation of C D Payne's novels.

Richard Herring: On the offensive

Richard Herring grew a Hitler-style moustache for his last stand-up show. When it comes to comedy, everything is fair game, he tells Simon Hardeman

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It's no mean feat to reduce a 1,200-page book with a huge number of characters to a three-hour play featuring just six actors. But that is what adapter Joel Horwood and director Alan Lane have done with Alexandre Dumas's great adventure story The Count of Monte Cristo. The plot is condensed and simplified and given a thoroughly modern gloss.

Forget Bond, MI5 wanted its spies short and static

Wanted: nondescript individual, 5ft7in to 5ft8in in height, with good hearing and the ability to stand still for long periods in extreme heat and cold. The ideal candidate must also have a fondness for hiding behind trees in parks and a strong aversion to false beards and moustaches.

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The Sketch: He's got a moustache &ndash; and that's about it

They don't tell lies, these people, but that's very different from saying they tell the truth

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