As the latest Ricky Gervais mockumentary approaches, key players in TV comedy tell Gerard Gilbert why British shows lost their mass appeal and how they aim to regain it
Sandra Bullock is to appear in Ricky Gervais' new comedy series.
In her latest film, Emily Watson plays a social worker who devotes her life to helping children. The mother of two tells James Mottram why it's a role that's close to her heart
Alice Jones ventures beyond theatreland to experience the vibrant fringe where 'The King's Speech' first cleared its throat
It's time Nicolas Cage ditched the duds and focused on the kind of blistering character work he's capable of, says Ben Walsh
Famous faces, infamous story, but the screenplay leaves you cold
Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant spent two series of Extras scoffing at Hollywood clichés and sitcom banalities, so it's bizarre to see the pair embracing those very clichés and banalities in the first film they've written and directed together.
Extra-tall man with the IT factor seeks love
Ricky Gervais has revealed he was moved to lose weight after gorging himself on 11 sausages in one sitting.
Notting Hill for carnival, Cameron, and now, Carmelite nuns
Ricky Gervais to appear opposite Steve Carell as Slough's finest comes face-to-face with his American alter ego
With new films from old masters Mike Leigh and Ken Loach, fresh comedy talents behind the camera and two Roman epics in the pipeline, these are exciting times for homegrown movies. Geoffrey Macnab looks ahead
It is not the usual stuff of celluloid blockbusters – a quirky "dramedy" about two twenty-somethings in the 1970s who work as building society clerks in the dull suburban surrounds of Reading. Then again, nobody thought that about a comedy set in an office in Slough either.
Charity gigs are often ramshackle affairs and this show, in aid of children's charity NCH, was no exception. Jessica Hynes (formerly Stevenson) put the Daisy into lackadaisical, exhibiting all the neurotic characteristics of the role that made her famous in the sitcom Spaced, but to no great effect.
Paul Merton is best known for the dry humour he brings to Have I Got News For You, but his talent as a tour guide to a hidden side of China has now caught the eye and earned him a nomination for a prestigious television award for the 11th time in his career.
Some say digital radio is dead – go tell that to Radio 6. On the station's sixth birthday, Stephen Merchant, Russell Brand and a quirky cast of DJs reveal how the BBC's first major music station for 35 years conquered the airwaves