Arts and Entertainment English TV host Sir Bruce Forsyth poses on the red carpet as he arrives at the British Academy Television Awards in London on May 12, 2013

Audiences get a one-week respite from the TV veteran's jokes

The Long Blondes - they're so modern

Having famously dissed the history of rock The Long Blondes admit to Nick Hasted that they might be Mods after all

The 5-minute Interview: Rob Brydon, Actor and comedian

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Brucie at 80

He's an old-school entertainer who came up the hard way to become a national institution. Andrew Johnson on why it's still nice to see Forsyth on television

Amec raises £707m from sale of French division

Amec, the engineering and project management group, yesterday unveiled the £707m sale of its French arm to the private equity group which owns Kwik-Fit and United Biscuits.

Interview: Ronnie Barker - It was goodbye from him (and it should be goodbye from me)

`I don't think I ever got to meet Ronnie Barker. Yes, he was there. But there was little to distinguish him from the bank manager he nearly became. He can't be like this, surely? I should be sacked, I think, and quite promptly'

Obituary: Lew Schwarz

IF THE name of Lew Schwarz, comedy writer to the television trade, does not ring a familiar bell, switch your set over to Granada Plus. Within one week you will see Bernard Bresslaw as the oversized Private Popeye Popplewell ("Well, I only arsked!"), Bill Fraser as ex-Sergeant-Major Claude Snudge ("You should not ought to do that there, Bisley!"), and Hylda Baker as Nellie Pledge ("Oo, I must get a small hand put on this watch!"). The shows were The Army Game, Bootsie and Snudge and Nearest and Dearest and this is to name but a few. Lew Schwarz's full list of comedy credits could fill a small book, such was his creativity for almost 30 years. Not bad for a Glaswegian taxi-driver.

Obituary: Jerold Wells

JEROLD WELLS was a versatile actor, whether appearing in a television adaptation of a literary classic such as Great Expectations or as the fall guy in a Benny Hill sketch. During the 1960s and 1970s he became a favourite with light entertainment directors, and appeared regularly on television with artists such as Ken Dodd and the Two Ronnies.

Arts: Comedy - Almost ready to rock

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Teeth, wigs and humps

Straight stand-up? Traditional sketches? Using their theatrical background, The League of Gentlemen have found a third way

The Agreeable World Of Wallace Arnold: 'Tis a desperate man who takes the Duchess hostage

A GRIM week for those of us in the international golfing fraternity; a very grim week indeed.

Theatre: This miscast Misanthrope needs a change of heart

AGEISM is certainly not a crime you'd want to pin on Peter Hall. Often at his productions, you wonder whether you're watching a play or a pension scheme. Alan Howard's Lear, for example, must have been all of five when he sired his eldest daughter, so formidably mature did she seem in the recent Hall staging. And is Felicity Kendall anybody's idea, these days, of the vivaciously careerist high-class tart Hall had her play in Feydeau's Mind Millie For Me?

Television: Our Brucie: hasn't he done well?

"I WILL survive!" sang Diana Ross, as the finale to Sunday Night at the London Palladium (ITV). It was an apposite act of defiance in the face of imminent extinction - both hers and the specific light-entertainment tradition that the Palladium represented. The fabulous pink dress wrapped around her extraordinarily preserved body could not make up for the fact that the voice is going. It and 40 years of TV history.

Comedy: A not-so-funny man came over from Japan

JAPAN'S most famous comedian doesn't tell jokes. Nothing wrong with that: a barrage of jokes can become wearisome. What may be of more concern is that the man described in his own programme as "Tokyo's Woody Allen", "Japan's answer to Rowan Atkinson" and, alarmingly, "a blend of Robin Williams, Eric Bogosian and Lily Tomlin" doesn't make you laugh.

Stars rally round pioneering school for dyslexic children

Liz Gifford and Matt Rodda report on the race to find funds for youngsters who are failed by the state system
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