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Lennon Naked began with a splash – a late-period John in what appeared to be mint condition plunging into the pool of his stockbroker belt mansion to the sound of "Come Together". The device might have felt a little overfamiliar (how many times has the off-the-peg transcendence of an underwater shot been employed in such things?), but it was all but impossible to resist the jolt of that music – a cameo appearance by the real thing in a drama that was largely going to be a triumph of similitude. Even more reassuringly, Robert Jones's script instantly showed that it had got the weight of Lennon's wordplay. A jump cut deprived us of the final resolving cadence of the song and plunged us again, back to Beatlemania, as John and Brian Epstein made a scrambled getaway down a fire escape and John demonstrated the rasp of his wit. "Kiss 'im," he says as fans beg for contact. "'E's never been kissed by womankind... or unkind." And the joke scrapes close to unkindness itself, a teasing poke with just enough thrust in it to hurt, but not enough to make the malice deniable should things turn nasty.

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Last year, Bola Agbaje invited Gordon Brown to come and see her play. It would, she said in her letter, help him understand what makes Britain's young black population tick, get to the bottom of knife crime, take a look inside the head beneath the hoodie. Bold claims for her first ever attempt at a script, but Gone Too Far! lived up to her hype. Fast, furious and very funny, the tale of two brothers – one brought up in London, the other in Nigeria – making their way through their estate to buy a pint of milk, with petty fights and street dancing along the way, had critics lining up to anoint her as the brightest, sparkiest new dramatic voice on the block. Another successful graduate of the Royal Court's young writers' course (along with Polly Stenham), Agbaje picked up an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement, a nomination for Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Awards and the chance to make her debut play into a film.

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Liverpool lawyer Jennie Rooney was in her late twenties when she started writing in her lunch hour. Her funny and tender debut, set in sunny South London and Forties Cairo, is an impressively mature story of wartime separation and lost love. When her pigeon-fancier boyfriend, Michael, leaves to fight in North Africa, Stevie is left behind working in the canteen of the local Sun-Pat peanut factory. Michael doesn't return, and Stevie marries.

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It sounds like the marketing job from hell. A top public relations firm has been hired to give a good name to one of Britain's most notorious housing estates. The 7,500 residents of the Aylesbury Estate in south London are well aware that their home has become a byword for all that is worst about the concrete jungles built in haste during the 1960s housing boom.

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