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IT WOULD be most dreadfully sad, nay tragic, were Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother to - how should one put it? - 'drop off her perch' before the next general election. But, as the wise old adage has it, every cloud has a silver lining. Beneath the stark tragedy of the event, the benefits accruing from the various funerals, memorial services, documentary series, commemorative trinkets, etc, would give an inestimable boost to Conservative fortunes.

INTERVIEW / Plowman's half hour: Jon Plowman is the straight man behind the funny women played by French and Saunders. Life's a gag, the TV producer tells Sabine Durrant

Murder Most Horrid and Absolutely Fabulous have several things in common. They both rest on the shoulders of Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. They're both predominantly directed by Bob Spiers. And they're both produced by Jon Plowman - the man behind the original French & Saunders series, behind Smith & Jones and Fry & Laurie, behind Comic Relief, the man who is BBC Head of Comedy Entertainment. He must be very powerful, this Jon Plowman. 'You could look at everything I've produced over the last few years,' he says, trying to help, 'and analyse a very sick man who has a very sick, sad sense of humour and lives a tragic life, surrounded by a lot of very dominant women'.

COMEDY / Arena is no joke

FORGET James Brown. The hardest working person in showbusiness is Newman and Baddiel's PR. The appearance of these 'rock star' comics at Wembley Arena on Friday was preceded by the sort of hype normally reserved for, er, rock stars. Almost inevitably, the show failed to live up to it.

COMEDY / Oldie but golden

A MAN in a gold-patterned waistcoat is perched on a barstool. His relaxed musings are punctuated with confidential questions: 'Isn't it irritating when . . ? Have you ever noticed how . . ?' This is the archetype of stand-up comedy, embodied by Barry Cryer (Assembly) in his show, 'That Reminds Me . . .'. Elsewhere in Edinburgh, there seems to be a move among comics away from such conventional stand-up. But if it were all as accomplished as this, they wouldn't need to bother.

Media: Still looking for the right light touch: Michael Leapman on an unfunny truth for the BBC: its mass audience for mainstream comedy has vanished

THE BBC has officially taken the 'light' out of light entertainment. On Monday it announced the appointment of David Liddiment as head of the Entertainment Group for Television, replacing Jim Moir, head of the Light Entertainment Group.

TELEVISION / Talking out of his class

MAKING a documentary about the British and class can only be compared to shooting the proverbial fish in a barrel. Is there anything more to be added to this strip-mined topic that the famous Sixties John Cleese / Ronnie Barker / Ronnie Corbett 'Upper class, middle class, lower class' sketch didn't wittily announce and denounce in a record four minutes?

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TELEVISION / And the outlook: more clouds: Lucy Tuck reviews Every Silver Lining, Simon Block's sitcom debut

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BBC to seek partners for satellite channels

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ROCK / Camp without the kicks

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ROCK / Young, gifted and white

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