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

The hottest star in Hollywood – who owes it all to Ambridge

Felicity Jones (aka Emma Grundy in 'The Archers') wins top prize at Sundance Festival

Nicolas Cage: From the sublime to the ridiculous

It's time Nicolas Cage ditched the duds and focused on the kind of blistering character work he's capable of, says Ben Walsh

Last Night's TV: How Science Changed Our World/BBC1<br />Being Ronnie Corbett/BBC2<br />Christmas with Gordon/Channel 4

As claims to fame go, it's not a bad one: Wilhelmina, pet rabbit of Professor Robert Winston, was one of the first living beings to be photographed by MRA scan. Winston had been down the pub with some friends who had, he explained, rushed in bearing news of a machine they'd built. An old TV, a few bits of wire, and there you have it: one of the first MRA scanners in the history of the universe. Understandably, they wanted to try it out right away. And so off they went to collect Winston and his rabbit.

Burke and Hare, John Landis, 92 mins (15)<br/>Out of the Ashes, Tim Albone &amp; Lucy Martens, 90 mins

Famous faces, infamous story, but the screenplay leaves you cold

Burke and Hare (15)

Starring: Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis

New York hit show Celebrity Autobiography arrives in West End

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. Take a stack of well-thumbed memoirs, a cast of comedians and actors, and lashings of deadpan delivery, and you have the makings of a cult hit. Fresh from a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe, the New York hit show Celebrity Autobiography arrives in the West End next week, giving UK audiences another chance to marvel at the writerly pretensions of the rich and famous, or at least infamous .

Last Night's TV: Trinny &amp; Susannah: from Boom to Bust/Channel 4<br />Nigella Kitchen/BBC2

As with so many momentous cultural shifts, the tipping point came with Les Dennis. There was a time when a celebrity sending himself up felt genuinely fresh; then Les, and myriad others, gratefully submitted themselves to Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant for Extras. They emerged looking an awful lot stranger, but also more knowing, more self-effacing, and considerably more employable.

DVD: Cemetery Junction, For retail & rental (Sony)

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.

Ricky Gervais: I'm taking The Office to China

Comedian Ricky Gervais is making a version of his hit show The Office for Chinese television, he said today.

Stephen Merchant, Work in Progress, Jacksons Lane Theatre, London

Extra-tall man with the IT factor seeks love

Tooth Fairy (PG)

Three people I never imagined playing comedy together: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Stephen Merchant and Julie Andrews. But you can never say never where family entertainment's concerned.

Gervais's next project: a dwarf's life

The BBC has commissioned Ricky Gervais to write a new comedy about the day-to-day frustrations of a dwarf.

Cemetery Junction, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, 95 mins, (15)<br/>The Market, Ben Hopkins, 93 mins, (15)

No love lost in a smirking spoof that's just a sitcom writ large

Stephen Merchant: The sidekick

The Ricky Gervais phenomenon couldn't have happened without him, and now he's brought his unique brand of drollery to the big screen
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee