Arts and Entertainment Paul O’Grady, best known for his drag queen comedic alter ego, Lily Savage, has strong views on benefit reform

Viewers complained the comedian's strong opinions were not challenged

Matthew Norman: Beware of the Bangalore Express

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O'Grady recovers after adder attack

Paul O'Grady has recovered after being attacked by a 2ft adder, his spokeswoman said today.

Biography and memoirs: Literary or showbiz, foodie or rude: 10 stories of journeys out of the jungle

It's a funny year in which the most successful showbusiness biography, the funniest, cleverest and most insightful, the one that says the most about the art of memoir-writing and the human condition, is the one that was written by a chimp. It is also a curious state of affairs when a highly paid television presenter, as if to promote his new book called Why Do I Say These Things?, says something so stupid and utterly crass that he nearly loses his squillion-dollar job.

We get more out of our guests than Paxman, say Richard and Judy

As the husband-and-wife team leave their successful Channel 4 slot to go digital, the couple reflect on the future of the talk show. By Senay Boztas

Cilla to make comeback with TV dating show

Cilla Black is making her return to TV with a new dating show, it was revealed today.

Last Night's TV: Extermination without inspiration

Doctor Who, Sat, BBC1; Casualty, Sat, BBC1; Top Gear, Sun, BBC2

Philip Hensher: You and your friends can come out of the closet now, Mr Humphries

In the 1970s, the likes of John Inman had to deny their homosexuality in spite of their obviously gay acts. But why are modern gay comics still peddling the tired old stereotypes?

Savage feud with Richard and Judy

Edinburgh Festival `99: Comedy Review 'Dominic Holland'

Dominic Holland

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WHO SAYS there is no such thing as progress? Anyone reading the Institute of Management's recent survey comparing our sad lives in 1979 to our glorious existences today will swiftly conclude that the world - or at least Britain - is getting infinitely better. In the late Seventies, the abstract average Briton was barmy enough to drive a Ford Cortina, drink Hirondelle (wine) and watch Blankety Blank in its pristine Terry Wogan period. Ten years on, the Fiesta had arrived in our hearts, we adored Piat d'Or, and Coronation Street was the viewing of choice.

Education: Passed/Failed Craig Charles

The actor, writer, `Red Dwarf' comedian and Renaissance man reflects on his experiences in the education system

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Football: Plymouth win blankety blank

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Woman sent to three Nazi death camps describes surviving gas chamber
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One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
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People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

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25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

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Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

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A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

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