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The foul-mouthed, dysfunctional Mrs Brown is hoping to change all that with her new BBC celebrity quiz show
Tuffers is torture, and yet still the punters come. They must be offering them free porn, or sandwiches
More so than Miranda Hart, Stephen Fry and David Mitchell, Alexander Armstrong seems to be the acceptable face of posh comedy. With his comically large ears (a gift from his father), crinkly smile, affable demeanour and (crucially, perhaps) lack of smarty pants, he's the cuddly side of the upper classes in an age when, rather oppressively, toffs seem to be taking over again. Even Armstrong's overgrown Hooray Henry, 'Harry', in those adverts for Pimm's – alcopops for the privileged – is cherishable. Not that he drinks the stuff in public, he says, for fear of wags shouting, "It's Pimm's o'clock" – one of the great advertising campaigns, by the way, that helps explain some of Armstrong's wider appeal. The more you parody the posh, as the creatives at the advertising agency Mother realised, the more accessible they become to other groups.
Welcome to Hancock's half-minute (and other utter failures)
First it was Stuart Wheeler, now ... Neil Hamilton.
View From The Sofa: A League Of Their Own/Snooker, Sky One/BBC Red Button
Not to be confused with game shows, here are some classic quiz shows. Some are to win money, some just to win points, but they've probably all made us get involved at some point
As the elated cast and financial backers of Slumdog Millionaire woke up to savour their triumph yesterday, they could begin the sobering task of calculating just who will pocket the hundreds of millions of dollars the movie is racking up at box offices around the world.