Arts and Entertainment On the cutting edge: Johnny Vegas, from the Face of Satire exhibition at the BFI

On 26 February, Spitting Image will celebrate its 30 birthday. BBC Four will mark the occasion with a special episode of Arena which promises to tell the “vexed and frequently hilarious story” of the sketch show which ran for 21 series between 1984 and 1996 and marked a high point in British satire.

Katy Guest: Happiness is... not being told about the latest stupid survey

The Government gave us all food for thought last week when it finally published the first data from its long-awaited report on happiness. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) interviewed 80,000 people for its National Well-being Programme, and now it can tell us with some certainty that, on a happiness scale from 0 to 10, people in the UK are, on average, 7.6 happy.

DVD: In Time, For retail & rental (20th Century Fox)

Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried are lovers on the run in a future world where the rich can stay young for ever, while the poor are killed off when their money runs out.

Sacha Baron Cohen as The Dictator

Sacha Baron Cohen hijacks Oscars to promote new film

And the first big winner at this weekend’s Academy Awards is... Sacha Baron Cohen. The British comedian won’t be getting within a country mile of a golden statuette, of course, but that hasn’t prevented him from already managing to successfully hijack Sunday’s event for PR purposes.

The Winter of Our Discontent, Arcola Tent, London

What better for a cold January night in double dip Britain than an injection of warming political satire?

DVD: Project Nim, For retail & rental (Icon)

Another better-than-fiction documentary from James Marsh (Man on Wire), Project Nim looks back at a 1970s experiment to turn a baby chimp into a hairy human being.

Haunted Child, Royal Court Downstairs, London

The scintillating actor Ben Daniels is back on stage, with Sophie Okonedo (from The Slap), in an eagerly awaited premiere by Joe Penhall. This is the first play in four years from the author of Some Voices and Blue/Orange: portraits of mental illness that rang painfully true. Alas, though, Haunted Child, directed by Jeremy Herrin, proves peculiarly unconvincing.

Arts review of 2011 - Television: You've no idea how much we liked watching

Mr Drew of Passmores school was my hero, in a year in which the reality show got a bit more real

We Have A Pope (PG)

Starring: Michel Piccoli, Nanni Moretti

There But For The, By Ali Smith

There is usually a moment in an Ali Smith story when I ask myself "where can this strangest of beginnings lead?" and another moment when I think "why is half of this chapter written in parenthesis?"

The Missing Marriage by Sarah May

Reviewed by Emma Hagestadt

Larry Flynt: Freedom fighter, pornographer, monster?

He's been lauded as a crusader for free speech. But he got rich by depicting women being raped in concentration camps and has been accused of molesting his daughter. Who is the real Larry Flynt?

DVD: Morning Glory (12)

Harrison Ford stars as Mike Pomeroy, a grumpy veteran journalist who has fallen from grace and is forced into co-presenting an ailing morning television show in a bid to boost ratings, in this satire.

The Last Picture Show, By Larry McMurtry

Lights, camera - and gentle, comic action

A Vision of Loveliness, By Louise Levene

Like an episode of Mad Men, Louise Levene's winning debut novel brings back to startling life the social fabric and fashion fetishes of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Jane is a war orphan living with her slovenly aunty "Reen" in suburban Norbury.

Feathers, glitter and nipple tassles: it’s burlesque

Christina Aguilera’s 'Burlesque' gives a cheeky peek into the dance sensation that's seen a resurgence in the last few years.
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