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It seems a suitably Orwellian reward to the extraordinary success story that is Nottingham Playhouse’s co-production of 1984.  On the day that tickets for its keenly-awaited opening at the Almeida in London went on sale, the company was told - without warning - it faced losing all of its funding from Nottinghamshire County Council.

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Matt Smith was today named as the new Doctor Who, the BBC said, becoming the 11th Time Lord since the programme first aired in 1963.

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The bus driver Stan Butler in On The Buses was the former variety artist Reg Varney's most famous screen role. The cheery-faced, 5ft 5in star, who steered the No 11 to the cemetery gates and through 73 television programmes, made Stan one of the small screen's most popular comedy characters at the turn of the 1970s.

Blade Runners, Deer Hunters and Blowing the Bloody Doors Off, By Michael Deeley with Matthew Field

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Darling plays to left with attack on bonuses

Unions welcome an apparent shift away from Conservative thinking. Chancellor calls for tighter regulation to protect banking system

Armstrong to quit Robin Hood

Jonas Armstrong, the actor who plays Robin Hood in the BBC remake of the tale, is to quit the show at the end of the third series.

Robin Hood and the wrong sort of leaves

For a man who spent his life in Sherwood Forest robbing the rich and giving to the poor, it is a strange excuse: Robin Hood's latest Hollywood outing has been postponed because of a failure to grasp a fundamental of botany.

Massive under-reporting of fish catches leads to declining stocks

The total amount of fish being caught in the world is significantly under-reported because official statistics do not take into account the substantial catches made by some of the poorest nations that rely on fishing as a food staple, a study has found.

Equestrianism: Whitaker still thriving despite Olympic heartbreak

Ellen Whitaker proved her competitive spirit was sharpened rather than blunted by disappointment when she gained her second international victory since being omitted from the Olympic team. In the process of winning the Stoner Jeweller's Vase on the second day of the British Jumping Derby Meeting, she had the satisfaction of defeating Ben Maher and Tim Stockdale (second and fourth respectively) who were both named for the Olympic team on Wednesday.

Cut! Actors' strike threatens to bring Hollywood to a standstill

To have one trade union paralyse Hollywood was strange; two doing it in quick succession feels like carelessness. A threatened walkout by actors, which could begin as early as next week, is throwing major film and television studios into chaos.

My Life In Travel: Keith Allen, actor and comedian

'I like to find live music – it tells you about the pulse of a place'

Ollie Johnston: Last of Disney's 'Nine Old Men'

Ollie Johnston was the last surviving member of the legendary group of animators dubbed "the Nine Old Men" who worked at the pioneering Walt Disney studios from the mid-Thirties. He graduated from animating Mickey Mouse shorts to work on such classics as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Bambi, Cinderella and The Jungle Book.

David Watkin: Oscar-winning cinematographer

An Oscar winner for his ravishing photography of Sidney Pollack's film Out of Africa (1985), David Watkin was one of the finest and most innovative of British cinematographers, his work ranging from the unconventional pyrotechnics of Richard Lester's offbeat comedies to the magisterial sweep of Hugh Hudson's Chariots of Fire (1981) and the surreal flavour of life on an army camp in Mike Nichols's Catch-22 (1970).

Konnie Huq: Land ahoy! Huq ready to jump 'Blue Peter' ship

After 10 years on the high seas presenting the BBC's flagship children's show, Konnie Huq tells Sophie Morris that she's looking forward to a life free of scrutiny and sticky-back plastic

The Third Leader: Here we go...

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