Arts and Entertainment John Oliver has now landed his own show with the premier US network HBO

Birmingham-born comic will front satirical news programme on Sunday evenings

It was no joke for me, ambushed by Ali G

Richard D North was one of those humiliated on Ali G's show last weekend. Fair enough. But he has a bone to pick with his tormentor

Why do I squirm whenever Ali G is on the box?

I LOVE watching Ali G, the weird character who appears on Channel 4's The 11 O'Clock Show, the naughty, news-based programme that is fronted by two very clever and offensively young presenters.

Food allergies may be linked to autism

ALLERGIES MAY play a role in autism, a child health specialist said yesterday.

Television: The raw and the half-baked

Whatever has happened to Food and Drink (BBC2)? I stumbled across it last week, for the first time in a year or two, and I was shocked. It used to be an agreeably middlebrow, Middle-England sort of affair, amiably presented by Chris Kelly, a man any Rotary Club would be proud to call its own. There was also a little deft cookery by the chappie who invented Classic FM, and robust consideration of an issue or two.

Science: Why men become anoraks

Evolution may have programmed an autistic element into men's psyches which makes them prone to obsessive, train-spotterish behaviour.

A different way of thinking

Autism affects roughly one in 1,000 babies, most often boys. While around 75 per cent of autistic people also have some form of mental retardation, the syndrome itself does not involve retardation but characteristically features difficulties in communicating and relating to other people and what appears to be a quite different way of perceiving the world.

Got the evolution blues...

We are accustomed to attributing depression, anxiety and other mental disorders to faulty brain chemistry or childhood trauma. But there may be another explanation: the legacy of the apes.

SCIENCE / Unscrambling Synaesthesia

RICHARD Cytowic has spent a decade studying the history and causes of synaesthesia. At the core of his research is evidence that the brains of synaesthetes are organised differently from those of the rest of the population. But is this substantiated by other trials? Are other scientists even convinced that the condition exists?
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