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Last Night's Television: Gavin &amp; Stacey, BBC1 <br />Jess: Britain's Youngest Sleepwalker, Channel 4 <br />The Restaurant, BBC2

I can see why people like Gavin & Stacey, I really can. It's warm. It's cuddly. It's the celluloid equivalent of on a mug of tea and a slab of Dairy Milk.

Cardiff confidential: Saying farewell to Gavin &amp; Stacey

'Gavin & Stacey' returns next week &ndash; but it will be for the last time, writes Gerard Gilbert

Ruth Jones: 'Gavin &amp; Stacey generated a lot of warmth. It's good to warm your cockles'

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Meeting prostitute helped Friel relate to Street role

Anna Friel has told how she met up with a prostitute while researching her new role for drama The Street and said that as a mother she can empathise with the desperate measures her character takes.

David Lister: A Poet Laureate should work harder

Who'd be the Poet Laureate? They have to write verse about those increasingly unfashionable and largely unpoetic royal occasions, births, marriages and birthdays. They traditionally receive a quantity of sherry for their pains, but no actual dosh. And, as the departing Poet Laureate Andrew Motion, pictured, complained this week, they are subject to mockery. No wonder some of the names of those being bandied about to succeed Motion are letting it be known that they are not interested.

Rachel Trezise: This St David's Day, I thank the Lord I'm Welsh

Throughout the 1980s, the Welsh had very little to celebrate and St David's Day was simply a matter of a bunch of daffodils on the coffee table. Rejoicing about our nationality was an infrequent occurrence, generally reserved for rugby victories. I was always bewildered by the way parents dressed their little boys for school concerts – rugby jerseys or miners' caps, as if the whole country revolved around rugby balls and our problematic coal industry. Nobody even thought of impersonating Tom Jones.

Janet Street-Porter: Martin Amis is right about the elderly

With the banking system narrowly averting meltdown and the queues at Job Centres lengthening, what further unpleasantness awaits us in 2009? According to Martin Amis, whose novel Money painted a chilling portrait of the excesses of 1980s Britain, we can look forward to mounting civil unrest as the younger generation realise the elderly are starting to make costly demands on public services, clogging up hospitals, filling up restaurants and monopolising social services.

My Secret Life: Ruth Jones, Actress, age 42

The home I grew up in... was a Victorian terraced house 100 yards from the sea-front in a lovely Welsh town called Porthcawl. My Nana lived with us and my Gramma lived round the corner. It was a happy time.

Josko Vlasic: The Split personality who is best bar none

It is fair to say that Blanka Vlasic was always destined to put her name on the map. After all, she was named after Casablanca, the city where her father, Josko Vlasic, won the decathlon for Yugoslavia at the Mediterranean Games in September 1983.

Obituary: Professor J. D. Pearson

J. D. Pearson was the most influential librarian in Oriental and African studies ever known in Britain. When he was appointed to the library of London University's School of Oriental and African Studies in 1950, the library had 17 staff members and a stock of 100,000 volumes; when he gave up the librarianship 22 years later the staff stood at 40, the stock at some 500,000 items, and it was the most important library of its kind in Europe.
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