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A Dance to the Music of Time (15), C4, pounds 19.99 This rich, though ridiculously condensed, adaptation of Anthony Powell's epic introduces 43 characters in the first two hours - a gallop through the music of time. Simon Russell Beale takes centre stage as Widmerpool. HHHH

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Hear... some charitable talk. The Limegrove Appeal has set up some evenings of literary discussion, with proceeds going to raise money to build, equip and run a hostel and day-centre for homeless people. Tonight John Julius Norwich is in conversation with Ronald Harwood and Simon Callow. Nights to come are The Art of Biography with Melvyn Bragg, Claire Tomalin and Victoria Glendinning (6 May), and The Art of Writing Fiction with Ruth Rendell and PD James (10 June). At Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 0181-357 5353). Tickets pounds 15. Begins at 7.30pm.

Arts Campaign: My greatest night out - Simon Callow Actor

I was lucky enough to be part of the ILEA schools parties thing, and they took us to the Old Vic and the National Theatre in the days when they were doing the Royal Hunt of the Sun. It was one of the most extraordinary performances I have seen. It's a play about the invasion of Peru and the subjugation of the Incas by the Spanish, and it was a most thrilling, physical thing; they had a great big gold sun, and Robert Stephens, then young and lithe, was playing the sun god king. I had never seen anything like it. I was overwhelmed and astonished, and started going to everything I possibly could at the National. I eventually wrote Laurence Olivier a letter, and he wrote back saying, 'If you like it so much, come and work here.' So when I was 18, I went to work in the box office.

Television: Men behaving crapulously

Television's prevailing fantasy of Christmas is a roaring fire, deep snow, a mountain of perfectly wrapped presents under a 20ft tree and delirious levels of bonhomie (such that passers-by chortle merrily as they snowball each other in the streets). All is warmth and prosperity, with the turkey gleaming as if it has been french-polished and every face around the table shining with contentment. Christmas trees don't have needles, toys don't need batteries and drinkers don't get hangovers.

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US lesbians come out to play. UK ones don't even come out

A prime-time heroine on US television is openly gay; on Saturday night Bill Clinton met her at a formal gay rights dinner. In Britain, male homosexuals, cabinet ministers and all, enjoy a new era of acceptance. But, says Kathy Marks, lesbians remain largely hidden in professional and public life.

HOW WE MET; SIMON CALLOW AND SNOO WILSON

Simon Callow, 48 (right), was born in London, and educated at Queen's University, Belfast and the Drama Centre in London. He is best known as an actor, on stage and in films such as 'A Room with a View'', yet he has also directed numerous plays and operas, and written acclaimed biographies of Orson Welles and Charles Laughton. He is 48 and lives alone in London. The writer Snoo Wilson, 49, was born in Reading and educated at the University of East Anglia. He was a BBC TV script editor in the Seventies, has taught script writing at the National Film School, and is the author of three novels and numerous plays for TV and theatre (including 'HRH', currently being directed by Simon Callow). He is married with three children and lives in south London

No Terfel, but still an excellent show

It was the promised coup of this year's Festival: Bryn Terfel easing into the supreme bass-baritone role, Wotan, which the whole world knows him to be destined for. His first stab at The Big One, and a major entry on the Edinburghian record of you-heard-it-heres.

Obituary: Dionys Mascolo

Dionys Mascolo was a largely self-educated son of poor Italian immigrants and one of the most original thinkers of his generation. He lived up to his pagan name: ni dieu, ni maitre was his motto - neither god nor master. And, I might add, neither the devil himself. Yet his Dionysian nature was always tempered by Apollonian critical and rational discipline.

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The Importance of Being Oscar Savoy Theatre, London

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A Greek classic gets a walk-on part in The English Patient: suddenly it's a hot item. John Lyttle on the trend-setting power of the movies

Exclusive: the schedules for the launch of the new gay TV station BGuyB are out today

Channel Five launches in two weeks' time. But did you know that on the very same Sunday, BGuyB, the nation's first 24-hour homosexual television network also hits the airwaves? You didn't? Here...

CLASSICAL MUSIC McBurney premiere / BCMG Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham

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