News Claudia Winkleman says producers need not redress the gender imbalance on TV panel shows

Men are more competitive and 'that's possibly what works'

Madness singer Suggs, who is writing a memoir

Suggs to perform in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK

Madness singer Suggs will perform in a star-studded evening of music to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK.

You won't be Missing Julie; and heckling Simon Amstell might mind

Alice Jones' Arts Diary

Wisecracks, drum solos and star turns

Combining stand-up with jazz is a winning formula, says Alice Jones

The Horne Section: Wisecracks, drum solos and unusual celebrity star turns

Combining stand-up with jazz is a winning formula, says Alice Jones

Heads up: Simon Amstell

The tortured mophead seeks a comic cure

DVD: Black Pond (15)

Chris Langham excels as cowed Tom Thompson, a well-off family man who bonds with a damaged stranger, Blake ("Sometimes I just come here and cry"), by a peaceful pond.

Phill Jupitus: Stand Down, The Stand, Edinburgh

There are moments when I wonder if the air conditioning at The Stand will add undue weight to the already pregnant pauses between some of Phill Jupitus's routines. The Never Mind the Buzzcocks regular hasn't done stand up for 10 years and he admits that he is "feeling his way back in".

Chris Langham returns to screen with film role

Former 'Thick of It' star makes his first acting appearance since release from prison

Mark Watson: Do I Know You? Hammersmith Apollo, London

On his journey from cult Edinburgh Fringe favourite to big venue comic, Mark Watson has notched up the kinds of TV appearances a graduating stand up might be expected to make, including Mock the Week and Never Mind the Buzzcocks, but it's clear tonight that performing to his largest live audience yet is the feather in his cap that is tickling him the most.

Diary: Bigmouth strikes again

Slight stand-up Simon Amstell has again turned his lashing tongue to the abuse of a music-based national treasure.

Album: Josh Groban, Illuminations (143 / Reprise)

Multi-platinum-selling pop-opera sensation Groban doesn't get much of a fair hearing this side of the Atlantic.

DVD: Simon Amstell: Do Nothing Live, For retail & rental (Universal)

Ever since Popworld, Amstell has come across as a highly intelligent yet awkwardly anxious geek – and his stand-up is no different.

Last Night's TV: The Taking of Prince Harry/Channel 4<br />Never Mind the Buzzcocks/BBC2

With churning inevitability, The Taking of Prince Harry has the pundits in a lather. The latest in a mini-string of Channel 4 shockumentaries, last night's 90-minute flight of imagination showed the hypothetical kidnapping of the Queen's better-looking grandson (snigger), playing out the drama with interjections from experts in the field of... well, royal kidnapping.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links