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Early years in Liverpool gave him the perfect voice for John Lennon in the animated ‘Yellow Submarine’ film

PROFILE : FOOLS IF YOU THINK IT'S OVER

Actor DAVID JASON talks with James Rampton

Obituary: Gwilym Lewis

Gwilym Lewis was the oldest survivor of the Royal Flying Corps and, having shot down 12 enemy aircraft, their last ace. He numbered among his friends Mick Mannock VC, who was credited with 72 enemy aircraft. There now remains only one surviving RFC pilot, Cecil Lewis, the author of Sagittarius Rising.

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Why would 200 people from as far apart as Arizona and Japan choose to drive more than 2,000 miles across Europe in ancient cars barely more powerful than lawn-mowers? Michael Booth joins them to find out

THEATRE Shakespeare For My Father Theatre Royal, Haymarket

They fuck you up, your mum and dad - or, rather, some mums, some dads do some children that service. For, as Alan Bennett has commented, if you want to be an artist, and your parents don't fuck you up, then they fuck you up good and proper. So, while Lynn Redgrave's one-woman show, Shakespeare For My Father , puts on public display the psychic wounds caused by being the least favoured child of the great actor, Sir Michael Redgrave, it is also - quite rightly - a celebration of him and an acknowledgement that it was a privilege to have been even that close.

Liars on a grand scale

Philip Hoare investigates the tricky business of film biography The Real Life of Laurence Olivier by Roger Lewis, Century, pounds 17.99 Rosebud : The Story of Orson Welles by David Thomson, Little, Brown, pounds 20

Go where you like, there is no holiday from homosexuality

Ibiza, a gay bar. I have accidentally locked myself in the men's toilet, outside someone is spinning German Techno (music you can march to!), the vocalist is Teutonically intoning "I am dancing" in a voice that suggests he is only following orders, and I'm tearing at the handle, rattling the door. Thinking if God shoehorns me out of here I'll never lay a finger on another person of the same sex for as long I live, well, perhaps above the waist occasionally, maybe at Christmas and on the Queen's official birthday, and then there's ... OK, never, just please release me, let me go, and someone turn off that bloody tape before the dance cover of The Lord's Prayer begins again.

Theatre All's Well That Ends Well Royal Exchange, Manchester

"All in black" is Shakespeare's opening stage direction for All's Well and Matthew Lloyd takes the cue to give us an undistracted vision of this famously "dark" comedy. It is a sobriety, however, that unfolds an unusual richness of interpretation and much thoughtful acting.

Olf factory ... Rolf's lunchbox ... vote for Di

There you are. Let's talk about science which, as you know, I have a mission to popularise, to strip away preconceptions about dullness and jacket breast pockets full of different-coloured pens. All last week, my science correspondent, Prof A Wright Britequark, was in Birmingham, for the Association for the Advancement of Science meeting, from where he sent this exclusive assessment of the session's most fascinating facts: 1) The unit of evaluation of the quality of building ventilation is the olf. One olf is defined as the amount of aroma, subjectively measured by a panel, given off by a single person at rest. 2) Nearly all the camels in parts of Africa are infested with the camel nasal botfly. Its Latin name is cephalopina titillator. 3) Einstein (see below) once said: "The most inexplicable thing about the universe is that it is explicable." Professor Thomas McLeish of Leeds University said: "I'm always impressed by that quote." 5) Sabanthine mosquitoes bite you exclu- sively on the nose. 6) Sandflies drink blood at a rate equivalent to a human drinking 100 pints in 10 minutes. 7) Fans of heavy metal rock music are significantly more likely than fans of other sorts of music to have a positive attitude towards premarital sex, drug and alcohol abuse, and Satanism. 8) Australia is moving north at a rate of 10 centimetres a year. 9) Tests by Nasa have found that chrysanthemums are the most effective plant for clearing the smell of formaldehyde from the air. Thank you, Prof!

You won't find sex in my biographical sketches

The Agreeable World of Wallace Arnold

THEATRE Private Lives, Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith

At last, a Noel Coward production that does its author proud. David Benedict toasts the Mike Alfreds Cocktail - a perfect mix of wit, passion and heartbreak

The curse is on me

At the Covent Garden Festival, 'Camelot' lives down to its reputation.

The master of reinvention

A season of his early films shows that Alfred Hitchcock's directorial trademarks were born in Britain.

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CLASSIC FILM COLLECTION: When love ruled the world: a film buff's guide to Brief Encounter

Obituary: Simon Cadell

Strangers would still come up to Simon Cadell in the street and yell the catchphrase "Hi-de-Hi!". This was something he had become used to in the 15 years since the hit series Hi-de-Hi! was first shown on BBC television, believing it to be "part of the job". It was while playing the role of Jeffrey Fairbrother in the series, the scrawny, well-spoken entertainments manager of the fictitious Maplins holiday camp at Crimpton- on-Sea, that he first found fame.

Theatre An Ideal Husband Theatre Royal, Haymarket

The casting of Martin (The Professionals) Shaw as Oscar Wilde's languidly foppish Lord Goring might sound on paper as perilously perverse a plan as, say, inviting Sean Connery to play the lead in a biopic about Proust. In practice, though, Shaw is quite wonderful in the part - even better now than he was when Peter Hall's splendidly enjoyable and thought- provoking production of An Ideal Husband was unveiled in 1992.
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