Carry on up the revolution

The Scarlet Pimpernel seems melodramatic. But the writers have toned down the original. By Robin Buss

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Alistair Owen struggles titanically with guides and histories

Two takes on a decadent city; Monday Books

BY DESIGN: A HOLLYWOOD NOVEL BY RICHARD E GRANT, PICADOR, pounds 15.99 RESENTMENT: A COMEDY BY GARY INDIANA, QUARTET BOOKS, pounds 10

Art: The theatre steals the show

Dance: RAMBERT DANCE COMPANY, SADLER'S WELLS THEATRE, LONDON

First Night: New Sadler's Wells opens to social whirl

Rambert dance company sadler's wells

No, really, it's funny

Actors, particularly comic actors, often fail dismally at writing novels, but Nigel Planer can prove he's the right man for the job.

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Richard E Grant is best at playing the neurotic, manic luvvie, perhaps because that's what he is. But he has turned his back on the past and reinvented himself so successfully, it's hard to tell

How Ann Widdecombe wriggled out of hard covers

In all the profiles, one question has never been asked. What about that novel then, Ann? Eh?

Why Richard E takes his brother for Granted

PETER YORK ON ADS: No 236: B2

Interview: Paul McGann - Dickens and I

The first indication we have of Eugene Wrayburn, Paul McGann's character in the new BBC adaptation of Our Mutual Friend, is a devil-may- care plume of cigar smoke emanating from behind an armchair. The camera then moves round to show a man draped languidly across the cushions, well away from the crowds at a society wedding. It is an image of yawning, nonchalant detachment.

Review: Laugh? I nearly cried

Theatre: Dracula Hackney Empire, London

Film: From Withnail to downtime ... and now the big time

Interview: Paul McGann

Film: Fan Facts - Richard E Grant

Cult fave: Grant credits much of his later success to his role in Withnail and I (1987), which only played in the cinemas for between six to eight weeks. It later became a cult classic.
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