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Shearsmith suggests new series would be with different characters

JB Shorts 10, Joshua Brooks, Manchester: Theatre review

This twice-yearly festival of short plays for the theatre – by writers who make their living from television soaps and dramas – is now in its tenth incarnation and gets better and better. JB Shorts is named after the Joshua Brooks pub across the road from the old BBC headquarters in Manchester which produced much of seminal radio drama of the last century. There must be something in the air there.

The five remaining members of Monty Python are expected to announce a comeback on Thursday

Monty Python reunion tickets sell out in 43 seconds as group announce four new shows

The group have announced four more shows following their sell-out gig

The five remaining members of Monty Python

Monty Python reunion: Dead parrot lives – but artificial hips put paid to silly walks

Ageing comics promise new material for O2 show - and did not rule out the possibility of future performances

The five remaining members of Monty Python are expected to announce a comeback on Thursday

Monty Python team show, old surrealists never die like... they just make comebacks

Next to today’s sketch troupes, Python is not looking so strange

Miley Cyrus angers health support charity after saying she sticks out her tongue because she 'keeps having mini-strokes'

The singer's latest controversial comments have now come to the attention of the UK's Stroke Association

Page 3 Profile: Cilla Black, entertainer

Surprise, surprise!

David Mitchell, left, is a team captain on 'Would I Lie To You?'

Peep Show star David Mitchell defends panel shows after attack by Fast Show co-creator Charlie Higson

Panel show regular answers criticism that format crowds out sketch shows

Video: Bret McKenzie

Watch the videos below to see recent projects from the comedian, actor and musician Bret McKenzie, including his latest film ‘Austenland’

A screengrab from the 'Distinct Lines' video on YouTube

Feminist parody of Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines removed from YouTube

New Zealand law students had gained 300,000 views since Friday

In a class of their own: David Walliams and Catherine Tate in 'Big School'

Grace Dent on TV: Big School, Channel 4

Today's lesson - how to produce a pleasurable comedy that passes the perils-of-primetime test

Bridget Christie – 'A Bic for Her'

Edinburgh Fringe Comedy Awards stand up for stand-up

Stand-up has returned to dominate Edinburgh’s showcase comedy awards after a big year for mime in 2012, with one shortlisted comedian even bringing back mother-in-law jokes.

Oscar-nominated American actress and singer / songwriter Elizabeth McGovern, star of Downton Abbey

My Edinburgh: Elizabeth McGovern - Goodbye, Lady Cora, I'm all ready to rock the festival

On Saturday morning, one day after wrapping Season Four of Downton Abbey, I gently laid Lady Cora down, and put her  to bed for a while. (In a lovely Four Poster, His Lordship, securely by her side). I then packed my bags, and headed  to Edinburgh to perform with my  band "Sadie and The Hotheads". We have played with each other, on and off, for a decade, but this is the first time we have performed at the Fringe festival.

Liam Williams

Edinburgh 2013: Liam Williams - A comedian of existential introspection

If the hero of John Osborne's Look Back In Anger, Jimmy Porter, had ever performed stand-up, he'd look and sound a bit like Liam Williams. Similarly deracinated and disillusioned, Williams sets out to extricate himself from the restrictions of a lower middle class upbringing and thereby express his dissatisfaction with the world as a whole.

Andrew Maxwell finds independence a laughing matter

Edinburgh comedy review: Andrew Maxwell's Banana Kingdom - Alex Salmond, and the funny side of medieval theology

A year before the referendum,  Andrew Maxwell deserves credit for doing material about Scottish independence, not least because he’s a London-based Irishman whose jokes could easily divide the room. But such is his skill, charm and Banana Kingdom’s faultless construction that he takes the crowd with him.

'30 Rock' star, Tina Fey

Tina Fey to produce new 'Cheers-style' comedy after 30 Rock ends

Tina Fey is planning a new comedy series after 30 Rock -  but the comedian has decided her next role will be behind-the-scenes.

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People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

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A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

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These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
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A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
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A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
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