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These letters appear in the Monday 14th October edition of the Independent

TV Review: Father Ted & The Last Salute

There are few things as heartless as an audience in search of pleasure. When a venerable Hollywood actor dies, for example, it is slightly shocking how often the first thought is "Oh good, now we'll get a retrospective season of the films". The news of Dermot Morgan's death was rather different - because he was still in middle age and because his role as Father Ted was just opening up a larger career. But for English audiences, who knew him only because he played Father Ted, any sadness felt was still subject to some selfish consolations. They had managed to complete the series, for one thing, and we all knew it was to be the last anyway because the writers (and Morgan himself) wanted to move on to other projects. And despite its title, the series had always been very democratic about its comedy, sharing it out evenly amongst an ensemble of actors - so that even in imagination the idea of Father Ted (C4) without Father Ted would never have been quite as unthinkable as, say, Porridge without Ronnie Barker.

Pantomime: Hot porridge with Bruno

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

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Utensils have come a long way since your mother's Prestige pressure cooker. Aoife O'Riordain selects three pages of the most covetable kitchen kit. Photographs by William Taylor

Preview: An eye on ...; national celebrations

National Porridge Day: The launch of National Porridge day on Monday was marred by the theft of hundreds of packets of Quaker Oats from a promotional trailer at New Street Station in Birmingham. "Why would anyone want to steal hundreds of packets of porridge?" a spokesman asked.

Books: A beastly holiday

MISSING THE MIDNIGHT by Jane Gardam Sinclair-Stevenson pounds 10

Deadly charade of Russia's boy soldiers

Children as young as nine are gearing up for war, writes Phil Reeves

Letter: Bogus interpretation of Queen Mary

Sir: I see that "Planners go to war against the Queen of Scots" (11 June).

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Firefighter finds taste for porridge

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Porridge mixed with politics

The Kilmainham Jail in Dublin sheds light on a dark age. By Alan Murdoch

Cracking disc, Gromit!

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Would your child choose fish with fennel or porridge?

Designer babyfoods are aimed at guilty parents says Ruth Picardie

Porridge and confidences

Coupling by Wendy Perriam Flamingo, pounds 15.99

The Monday Interview: Messing about on the river

Fun is never far away when Jonny and Greg Searle are around, even when a second Olympic gold medal beckons. They spoke to IAN STAFFORD

Porridge diet brings snails back from brink

An endangered species of snail is being brought back from the brink of extinction by feeding them on porridge.
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