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Shearsmith suggests new series would be with different characters

Roger Lloyd Pack’s 'Trigger' graffiti train tribute under police investigation

A street artist tribute to Trigger might have moved commuters, but it seems staff at Southern didn't share their appreciation

David Beckham will have a cameo role in the Only Fools and Horses reunion sketch on Sport Relief in March

David Beckham to make a guest appearance in Only Fools and Horses Sport Relief sketch

The footballer will join Del Boy and Rodney for their first reunion in a decade

Sasheer Zamata made a low-key but notable debut on 'Saturday Night Live' this weekend as the first black female cast member since 2007

Sasheer Zamata becomes Saturday Night Live's first black female performer since 2007

Sasheer Zamata made a low-key but notable debut on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend as the first black female cast member since 2007.

Wild? A National Park warden sits with an orphaned mountain gorilla

Mike Unwin: Too late to be a purist over The Not-Really-WildShow

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The Weekend's TV: Catherine Tate’s Nan (BBC 1)

This spin-off character could easily hold her own in a full series

Del Boy and Rodney to return in Only Fools and Horses sketch

Familiar faces will return to British screen after a ten-year absence

Charles Zhang speaks to journalists during a press conference in Beijing

Saturday Night Live: US satire comes to China – but will the government see the funny side?

A popular online video site is bringing the irreverent, topical humour of Saturday Night Live to China.

Fortune was at his best in the Long Johns' sketches that poked fun at authority

John Fortune: Comedian and author best known for collaborations and sketches that poked fun at the powerful and self-important

John Fortune was the comedian and satirist best known for his work on the long-running television comedy series Bremner, Bird and Fortune, together with fellow comics Rory Bremner and John Bird, that ran for 16 series from 1999 to 2010.

How is the New Year celebrated in your culture?

In Japan, New Year's Eve itself is called oh-misoka, and is a day to spend quietly at home for most people. It is not a day for fireworks at all in Japan (fireworks are reserved for summertime). You reflect on the old year, watch some year-ending entertainment programmes on TV such as Kohaku Uta Gassen (a long-running singing contest show), and perhaps go to the local temple at midnight, while hearing the 108 rings of the bell to ring away the evils of the old year. People looking for a party on New Year's Eve are often disappointed.

2013 - the year in review: The best comedy of the year

"Bo Burnham: What", Pleasance Grand, Edinburgh Fringe, August

Christmas TV review: Mel Smith: I’ve Sort of Done Things was a spirited tribute to a hell-raising comic who was a master of playing it by ear

Mel Smith was a gambler, a smoker, a drinker, a liver of a life. As such, Christmas Eve’s tribute to his work, Mel Smith: I’ve Sort of Done Things (BBC2), was less a maudlin tribute to a man who died young– whatever his excesses – at 60 in July than a tribute to his powers of imbibition (they called it “getting Smithed”).

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Would sir like a waffa-thin reform?

Sometimes Nick Clegg  is so forthright that – endearingly – he  frightens even himself

Jack Whitehall and Gemma Chan attend the British Comedy Awards

British Comedy Awards 2013 winners: List in full

Jack Whitehall was crowned King of Comedy at the ceremony in London

Jack Whitehall and Gemma Chan attend the British Comedy Awards

Jack Whitehall crowned king of British Comedy Awards

'Fresh Meat' star sees off stiff competition from Alan Carr, David Mitchell, Graham Norton, Lee Mack and Sarah Millican to win top prize

The League of Gentleman perform at the Royal Free Rocks With Laughter show

Royal Free Rocks With Laughter, comedy review

Adelphi Theatre, London

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