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NOEL COWARD'S social life in Jamaica reads like a special issue of Hello! - he welcomed the likes of the Royal Family, Charlie Chaplin, Peter Sellers and Audrey Hepburn into his island home, Firefly. All the glamour of the celebrity lifestyle is captured in a new book with previously unpublished pictures of Coward with his friends and contributions from those who knew him. Starting in 1948, it covers the least-known years of Coward's life.

Column One: At last, some plain English from Mr Prescott

IT WAS a poor kind of consolation. Returning from India in the small hours of yesterday morning Mr Prescott might have felt his spirits momentarily lifted by the news that he'd won an award.

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Ravenous (18) Antonia Bird; 100 mins The Italian Job (PG) Peter Collinson; 103 mins Stop Making Sense (PG) Jonathan Demme; 88mins A Kind of Hush (15) Brian Stirner; 96 mins Skin Flick (no cert) Bruce LaBruce; 70 mins Varsity Blues (15) Brian Robbins; 105 mins Mouchette (no cert) Robert Bresson; 90 mins

Obituary: Len Lowe

ALTHOUGH LEN Lowe will always be recalled by variety lovers as one half of that once highly popular double act, Len and Bill Lowe, he had a lone solo career either side of that particular high point in hilarity. The talented brothers were in fact but two-thirds of a trio, the other brother going under the double stage names of Chester Ladd and, latterly, Don Smoothey. All three were soloists in laughter and were, at one time or another, partners in doubled-up acts of traditional crosstalk comedy.

Edinbourgh Festival '99: Reviews - Diary

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Theatre: Darling of Drury Lane

Ivor Novello ruled the West End from the Twenties to the Fifties. It's time to bring him back, says Carl Miller

Why, Grandma, what big heels you've got!

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Noel Coward: an audio biography

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