Alan Partridge, played by Steve Coogan, will likely be hitting cinemas in 2013

Boof! Eat my role: Partridge bounces back with film deal

"Back of the net!" "Kiss my face!" "Jurassic Park!" The disclosure by comedy writer Armando Iannucci that Alan Partridge is finally to have his own film shot later this year prompted a wave of triumphant Partridgeisms.

Alan Partridge, played by Steve Coogan, will likely be hitting cinemas in 2013

From Radio Norwich to silver screen: Partridge gets back to the big time

Writer Armando Iannucci reveals DJ's return

Last Night's Viewing: White Heat, BBC2<br />Sex and Sensibility: The Allure of Art Nouveau, BBC4

The return of Mad Men this week should have left White Heat badly exposed, although the scale (if not the ambition) of the two dramas is so unequal as to make comparison almost meaningless. For a start, Mad Men has advanced a mere six years in more than 50 hours of television, a luxurious pace that has been able to absorb social change incrementally, while White Heat has so far encompassed 14 particularly tumultuous years in just four hours – a sort of Reduced Shakespeare Company approach to British post-war history – feminism, race relations, Irish nationalism, gay liberation and the implosion of the left (abridged).

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Private investigator Glenn Mulcaire has been given permission to appeal to the Supreme Court against orders that he cannot rely on privilege against self-incrimination in the phone-hacking proceedings.

Leading article: Hacking avoids its day in court

It is not hard to understand why many of the celebrities and politicians who had their phones hacked by journalists from News International have accepted out-of-court damages payments from Rupert Murdoch. It has saved them the time, money and stress that would have been involved in court hearings, from which details – lurid or otherwise – would have been laid bare for all to read.

She Stoops to Conquer, Olivier, National Theatre

I was amused to see a credit for an Etiquette Consultant in the programme for the National Theatre's new She Stoops to Conquer.

Dickensian rags to riches: Lee Evans

Comedy: Ungagged comics

For publishers, the big comedy Christmas book is central to the festive season – as familiar as cold turkey or an unwelcome visit from an annoying relative. Trouble is, most publishers are pretty useless at predicting smash hits.

Mulcaire names NOTW hacking chiefs

The private detective at the centre of the phone-hacking scandal, Glenn Mulcaire, has revealed the names of the staff at the News of the World who instructed him to carry out the hacking.

Can TV&rsquo;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

Tim Key: Masterslut, Pleasance Dome

Bard of the bath is making a big splash

On the road again: A cinematic version of The Trip has set the US talking

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon's TV comedy travelogue has made stars of the bickering duo, says Sarah Hughes

Diary: Rupert facing a holy war?

While I was taught from an early age to show proper respect to the confused and the elderly, the sight of a beaming Rupert Murdoch proudly clad in his shorts this week made me think more Mr Burns from The Simpsons than all-powerful head of a morally bankrupt media empire.

Vic and Bob raise a cheer with Afternoon Delights

Following on from its partnership with Steve Coogan, which produced some acclaimed internet shorts featuring Alan Partridge, corporate comedy sponsor Foster's is about to unleash Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer's Afternoon Delights on the web.

Anthony Wiener: A Cock and Bull Story

Congressman Anthony Wiener held a press conference yesterday morning to admit he sent a picture of his boxered penis to a myriad of tweeting young women, and then lied about it in almost every news medium.
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Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

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We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
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If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

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Licence to offend in the land of the free

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From farm to fork in Cornwall

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