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Not many of us have heard of playwright Perry Pontac. More's the pity, says Alan Bennett – his Shakespeare spoofs, now in print, are perfect parodies
Fancy watching a film about groovy London beatniks eating a tin of cat food? Or one that has Peter Cook playing a policeman who travels around an absurd post-apocalyptic landscape by hot air balloon?
And neither is Mark [Mitchell's character in Channel 4's Peep Show]. But I'm shy about revealing which other elements from his character are actually mine, as he's such a terrible, selfish loser. I console myself with the thought that at least I've always known what I wanted to do – Mark has no such clarity.
He is Shakespeare's gloriously Machiavellian monarch-in-waiting, who machinates and murders his way to the throne during the 15th-century Wars of the Roses.
The formidably intelligent and witty writer performs a one-man show at Edinburgh but his work reveals very little of his real self
... but also the founder of a Soho venue where subversive humour flourished in the 1960s. And yesterday a plaque was finally unveiled in honour of Peter Cook and the Establishment Club. Andy McSmith reports
The Brit Insurance Designs of the Year exhibition, which runs from 12 February - 14 June has announced this year's nominations.
Christie Brinkley's lurid divorce trial came to an abrupt end Thursday when lawyers for the supermodel and her fourth husband reached an out-of-court settlement that gives her custody of their two children.