As so many people have said, Mel Smith, who has died at the age of 60, was a comedy giant. And his talent was evident – obvious – when I first saw him 40 years ago. I was then trying to make my way in comedy at Cambridge, and he, then president of the slightly loftier Oxford University Dramatic Society, had agreed to take part, rather to amuse himself, I suspect. He was by a mile the best thing in it. Clever, and very, very funny, as he always was subsequently.
Rowan Atkinson’s Archbishop of Canterbury sketch for Comic Relief has received another complaint-this time from his own brother.
TV star Tony Robinson has admitted Channel 4's decision to axe its archaeology series Time Team has left him "frustrated".
It has raised over £800m in all, but this year's pre-watershed language wasn't funny, say furious viewers
Ben Elton has written a new sitcom set in the dysfunctional world of local government.
He's an English actor who's as authentically bluesy as a game of cricket – but Hugh Laurie does a great impression of an American roots original
Criss-cross between England and Scotland on this scenic Northumberland walk, says Mark Rowe
The UK Independence Party has more reason than any other to complain about the British election system: despite winning 900,000 votes at the last general election it has no MPs. In the European Parliament, which is elected by proportional representation, the party has a dozen MEPs.
Tackling The Issues
A meaty, fun tour rounds off a long, hard season – and smiling at the haka is a perfect way to bow out
Rugby's governing body to host conference in Dublin next month in attempt to address major problems afflicting the sport
As Ricky Gervais's new film, Cemetery Junction, opens, James Mottram asks what it takes for TV comedians to be successful at the movies
Griff Rhys Jones, 55, is a writer, comedian and television presenter, who came to prominence through his performances in Not the Nine O'Clock News. His latest series, Greatest Cities of the World, aired earlier this year. He will be appearing in a new edition of Three Men in a Boat over Christmas. He lives in London with his wife
As a 'melancholy' John Cleese's third marriage comes to an end, Oliver James wonders what is it about comic geniuses that seems to make it so hard for them to be happy?