Rowan Atkinson’s Archbishop of Canterbury sketch for Comic Relief has received another complaint-this time from his own brother.
Atkinson gives a masterclass in awkward for return to the stage
Ultimately, players are more important than a manager's media profile or his comfort with the metrics of the modern game. Harry Redknapp's current set at Queens Park Rangers are inherently inferior to the familiar figures whose allegiance is to Andre Villas-Boas and Tottenham Hotspur.
Dawn French has revealed that she almost turned down her starring role in The Vicar Of Dibley because she did not think it was funny enough.
He's an English actor who's as authentically bluesy as a game of cricket – but Hugh Laurie does a great impression of an American roots original
The UK Independence Party has more reason than any other to complain about the British election system: despite winning 900,000 votes at the last general election it has no MPs. In the European Parliament, which is elected by proportional representation, the party has a dozen MEPs.
Guest contributors include John Bishop, Jimmy Carr, Rob Brydon and more…
Tackling The Issues
Some of the biggest names in theatre descended on London’s Old Vic over the weekend to write and perform six plays from scratch as part of the theatre’s seventh “24 Hour Plays” celebrity gala.
It's all very well David Miliband quitting front-bench politics to spend more time with his family, but where does that leave the London Symphony Orchestra? Without one of their second violinists, that's where. Louise Shackelton, aka Mrs Miliband, is a professional violinist with the LSO but hasn't been spotted performing much recently. Naturally, she wasn't on stage for the opening concert of the season, conducted by Valery Gergiev, two weeks ago as it clashed with the fateful Labour Party conference in Manchester. Might she make it back for this Sunday's concert? "She is not playing at the moment," a spokesman at LSO tells me. Oh. At least when she does return to work, her husband might have a little more space in his diary to show his support. Are they expecting him any time soon? "From time to time David Miliband attends concerts of his choice." Jolly good – though he may want to avoid the Baghdad movement of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade on 15 December.
When it comes to galvanising support for the fight against climate change, many methods have been tried, from switching out the lights in London skyscrapers to handing out free low-energy bulbs. Until now though, no one had thought of detonating two schoolchildren in front of their blood-smeared classmates.
E4's hit teen shows include Skins and Misfits but it's still criticised for making 'vacuous pap'. The controller Angela Jain argues her case to Ian Burrell
Four Weddings: funny. Notting Hill: not bad. Bridget Jones: decent. Love Actually: barely passable. Mr Bean's Holiday: oh dear. And so to TBTR, Richard Curtis's latest, which continues the plummeting trajectory.
It doesn't seem that long ago since, crammed into one of the smallest, stuffiest rooms of The Pleasance venue in Edinburgh, I watched a slightly nerdy-looking, curly-mopped comedian act out an entire comedy play using mime and sound effects.
The screenwriter and director Richard Curtis talks to Ian Burrell about his enduringly popular creation