The return of the Pink Prankster

`He wanted life to be a movie with the dull bits edited out.' peter lydon, director of a new Arena profile, explains the fascination with Sellers

Snapshots from Cookyland Peter Cook, who died on Monday,has been eulogised by many an old lag. Harry Enf ield, a young lag, remembers a friend

`Something very important's happened,' he said. `Jimmy Hill's grown two inches in the course of an hour'

The last of the Goons He is comic genius, angry old man and manic depressive. David Lister meets them all : profile

LAST week the Prince of Wales was called "a little grovelling bastard" on television, and ITV received only four complaints. Perhaps only Spike Milligan could have got away with it. A national institution, even if Margaret Thatcher's Nationality A ct means that he is no longer British. A genius of comedy, acknowledged as godfather to Monty Python, even though he can't get a script accepted these days.

Show People: Buttoned-up no longer: David Suchet

THERE is an hour to go until curtain-up, and the star of the show has sweaty palms. Nothing unusual in that, you might think. Except that this is not the West End, it's the relatively modest Richmond Theatre in Surrey, and the star in question is David Suchet, one of the most accomplished, experienced, and, above all, best-prepared actors in the business.

FILM / Getting the Gump: Forrest Gump not only tells the story of a blank, it draws one too, writes Adam Mars-Jones. Plus round-up

Forrest Gump has taken America by storm. More fool America. Forrest Gump is an orgy of fake wonder. Robert Zemeckis's film tells the story of three decades or so of American life - from the Fifties through into the Eighties - as seen through the eyes of a man with no intellect and a big, big heart. The people behind the camera present a complementary personality profile, being smart enough but shameless.

'Flintstones' characters star in pounds 12m CPG float

CINEMA fans of The Flintstones will shortly be able to buy shares in the company that owns the licensing rights to its characters, after 30 per cent of its shares were placed in the market yesterday, writes Heather Connon.

Aprons at the Alamo: Everyone has the right to wear a mini-pinny

Davy Crockett was a mason. So was Jim Bowie. So was Colonel Travis. In fact most of those who defended the Alamo were part of the same Texas Lodge,' confided Lesley, a volunteer who was running the gift shop that day at the Freemasons' Hall in Covent Garden, which houses the Grand Lodge and is the epicentre of English Freemasonry worldwide. The Duke of Kent, the present Grand Master, pouted down from a photograph, looking not unlike Widow Twanky in that pretty little apron the craft is wont to wear. I was trying to come to terms with D Crockett et al holding lodge meetings in bejewelled mini-pinnies as they fought General Santa Anna. John Wayne, who played Crockett in the film, was a keen Mason too.

How we met: Doug Hayward and Terry O'Neill

Doug Hayward, who is 59, was born in Kensington and brought up in Hayes. Having done two years' National Service in the Navy, he set up as a tailor in 1963, moving to his Mount Street premises in 1967. He is divorced with one daughter, and lives in Mayfair with Bert, his Jack Russell terrier.

Peter Sellers's daughter jailed

The daughter of the late actor Peter Sellers was jailed without bail yesterday after failing to surrender to police, Reuter reports from Los Angeles. Victoria Sellers, 29, was charged last month with receiving jewellery stolen in an armed robbery.

BOOK REVIEW / Jaws drop and fists clench: Christopher Bray on a biography of Peter Sellers which uncovers the cruelty behind the Inspector Clouseau mask: The life and death of Peter Sellers - Roger Lewis: Century, pounds 20

PETER SELLERS was seriously screwy. Spike Milligan, his long time colleague, thought him 'psychiatrically cruel'. Each of his four wives suffered violence at his hands. After one argument Sellers piled his Rolls Royce into a wall. When his wife wouldn't take back what she'd said he reversed the car into another wall. Only his mother and a few sycophantic hangers-on has ever had a good word for him. During the four years he worked on this book, Roger Lewis lost count of the people who told him they ended up hating Sellers.

Obituary: Lynne Frederick

Lynne Frederick, actress: born Hillingdon, Middlesex 25 July 1954; married 1977 Peter Sellers (died 1980), 1981 David Frost (marriage dissolved 1982), 1983 Barry Unger (one daughter; marriage dissolved 1991); died Beverly Hills, California 27 April 1994.

Long runners: No 29: Brookside

Age: 111 2 . The first episode went out on the opening night of Channel 4 - 2 November 1982.

Former wife of Peter Sellers is found dead

LYNNE FREDERICK, the former wife of Peter Sellers, has been found dead at her home in Los Angeles, writes Phil Reeves.

Actress dies

The Swedish actress Mai Zetterling, 68, has died of cancer in London. She was nicknamed 'Britain's swede-heart' and 'the passion girl of 1951'. Her Hollywood co-stars included Peter Sellers in Only Two Can Play, Tyrone Power in Abandon Ship and Dirk Bogarde in Desperate Moment.

Rewind: The ladykillers: Herbert Lom, the actor, recalls filming Ealing Studio's classic 1955 comedy

I must say that The Ladykillers is one of the few films I'm not ashamed to be associated with. It's a perfect little movie. I was appearing on stage in The King and I, in my second year, and was desperately looking for something to get away from playing the King eight times a week, so I accepted an offer from the producer Michael Balcon to do The Ladykillers.
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