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

Arts: Too `Disney' to be life-affirming

The week on radio

People: BBC rolls back the years for Lottery show

Never let it be said that the BBC can't squeeze a little more out of a light entertainment formula that was set in stone in 1973.

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Silly Season

Off the boil

THEATRE Steaming Piccadilly Theatre, London

Cherie Booth honoured by her peers

Cherie Booth, the QC and wife of Tony Blair, the Labour Party leader, was last night named Legal Personality of the Year in the annual Lawyer magazine awards.

Blair's office asks for the funny side

Labour has asked a television producer to find jokes to liven up Tony Blair's speech to the Labour Party conference next week, it was claimed last night.

new golf ... where dennis hopper meets ronnie corbett

Kevin Costner does it. So do the Beastie Boys and Patti Smith. Once the preserve of the middle-aged and style-free, golf has become the last word in sporting chic. Eleanor Bailey on the how the greens turned trendy

Sky's gruelling feast brings on indigestion

Sport on TV

Puffing away on the grand old meaning of life

The Agreeable World of Wallace Arnold

French without knickers

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Fame: who needs it?

Bill and Ted launched Keanu Reeves on a fast track to superstardom, leaving his co-star Alex Winter in the starting gate. Not that he's bothered

Comedy: CHRIS BARRIE

Aylesbury Civic Theatre

Height is might but small can still walk tall in land of giants

The comedy moment of the week came during television coverage last Saturday of the Five Nations international at Cardiff. As the Welsh team sang "Land Of My Fathers", or "Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau" as a couple of them managed to pronounce it, the camera panned along their faces. Its elevation increased higher and higher until it reached the grimly determined features of Derwyn Jones, fixed 6ft 10in up into the clouds. The cameraman then moved on down the line expecting the next player to be on the same level, but instead had to plunge, like some sit-com scene involving John Cleese and Ronnie Corbett, down to discover Robert Jones singing away some foot-and-a-half nearer the ground.

COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR : Is there a comic in the house?

The most popular film-maker in history got into history, and stayed popular. Glyndebourne rose again, handsomely. Pop ate itself, but survived. Steve Coogan was everywhere, and so was Hugh Grant; only one of them is praised here. The theatre had a thin time, but television drama serials made up for it. People defined themselves on Mondays at 9pm: were you for `Cracker' or `Chuzzlewit'? And again on Saturdays at 8pm: did you really believe that a 14m-1 shot would win?(Or did you do it for love of the arts?) It wasn't the best of years, but it had its moments. And here they are, in the fourth annual `IoS' Awards

In some corner of a foreign veld . . .: Things are looking up for Tory expats in South Africa - Jeffrey Archer and 'The Two Ronnies' are on their way

'LET'S face it, if we wanted to watch The Two Ronnies the only way we could do it was by getting the videotapes flown out all the way from Britain - it really was deprivation]'
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Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

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Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

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