Arts and Entertainment John Oliver has now landed his own show with the premier US network HBO

Birmingham-born comic will front satirical news programme on Sunday evenings

Val Kilmer and Warwick Davis as Madmartigan and Willow in 1988 film of the same title

Willow co-stars Val Kilmer and Warwick Davis to reunite in Life's Too Short

Fans of 1988 fantasy adventure film Willow will be pleased to see the title's dwarf farmer and swordsman Madmartigan reunited on our television screens.

Dance partners: Rafe Spall, left, and Stephen Merchant play best friends in I Give It a Year

Nicholas Barber on I Give It a Year and Warm Bodies

Not much rom and very little com. What this needs is bit of zom…

Give it a miss: Rose Byrne and Rafe Spall in the patchy romcom ‘I Give It a Year’

Film review: I Give It a Year (15)

Dan Mazer's fitfully amusing but horribly contrived romantic comedy (released in time for Valentine's Day) takes the Working Title formula patented by Richard Curtis a decade or so ago and adds a bit of lads'-mag humour to the mix.

Rose Byrne arriving for the European premiere of I Give It A Year

I Give It A Year actress Rose Byrne developed fear of birds while filming

Bridesmaids actress Rose Byrne revealed she discovered she had a terrible fear of birds while filming with a live dove for her new comedy.

Someone at a Somerset school still loves Piers Morgan

Schools: Someone still loves you, Piers Morgan

In order to practise the skill of persuasive writing, Year 11 pupils at Chew Valley school in Somerset were asked in early December to write to their favourite celebrity asking for an autographed picture.

Long lost friend: Matt LeBlanc plays a version of himself in 'Episodes'

The TV stars just being themselves

A little self-parody can go a long way in an acting career, says Gerard Gilbert. Just ask Matt LeBlanc...

Long lost friend: Matt LeBlanc plays a version of himself in 'Episodes'

The TV stars who are just being themselves

A little self-parody can go a long way. Just ask Matt LeBlanc...

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Exclusive interview with Josh Widdicombe

Sarah Marsh talks to Josh Widdicombe about gigging with Michael McIntyre, future plans and why comedians are insecure.

Can TV’s biggest names make sitcoms cool again?

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 to star in Ricky Gervais' comedy

Sandra Bullock is to appear in Ricky Gervais' new comedy series.

Emily Watson - A woman of substance who's still making waves

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

How Islington is giving the West End a run for its money

Alice Jones ventures beyond theatreland to experience the vibrant fringe where 'The King's Speech' first cleared its throat

A fresh pass from the Farrelly brothers

The kingpins of dirty comedy's comeback film aims at a mature audience, but they haven't given up on gross-out gags. Gill Pringle hears how the toilet humour titans keep the laughs coming
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Britain's mild winters could be numbered

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The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
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Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss
Tony Blair joins a strange and exclusive club of political leaders whose careers have been blighted by the Middle East

Blair has joined a strange and exclusive club

A new tomb has just gone up in the Middle East's graveyard of US and British political reputations, says Patrick Cockburn
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Operation Save Danny Alexander shifts into high gear

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury didn’t forget his Highland roots in the Budget. But the SNP is after his Commons seat
The US economy is under threat because of its neglected infrastructure

The US is getting frayed at the edges

Public spending on infrastructure is only half of Europe’s, and some say the nation’s very prosperity is threatened, says Rupert Cornwell
Mad Men final episodes: Museum exhibition just part of the hoopla greeting end of 1960s-set TV hit

New Yorkers raise a glass to Mad Men

A museum exhibition is just part of the hoopla greeting the final run of the 1960s-set TV hit
Land speed record: British-built hybrid rocket car aims to be the fastest on Earth

British-built hybrid rocket car aims to be the fastest on Earth

Bloodhound SSC will attempt to set a new standard in South Africa's Kalahari desert
Housebuilders go back to basics by using traditional methods and materials

Housebuilders go back to basics - throwing mud at the wall until it sticks

Traditional materials are ticking all the construction boxes: they are cheap, green – and anyone can use them
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Daniel Brühl: 'Envy is very German'

He's got stick for his golden acting career and for his beloved restaurant - but Daniel Brühl is staying put in Berlin (where at least the grannies love him)
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Celebrating 100 years of Leica

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