A gentleman player assured at both touching sincerity and twinkling comedy, John Horsley was a charming actor with plenty of strings to his bow, who played an adroit second fiddle throughout his 60-year career. A household face on television, he will best be remembered as Doc Morrissey, the quack severely in need of a doctor in The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (1975), who showed enthusiasm for his work only when faced with secretaries who were feeling a touch chesty, and who prescribed "two aspirin" for anything and everything.
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France's National Front: After a series of political setbacks, it seems Marine Le Pen is not so mighty as all that
Thursday 23 January 2014
After three years of almost unbroken success, the National Front leader Marine Le Pen has begun to stumble in her drive to steam-clean and re-brand the French far right.
Tuesday 21 January 2014
You may also worry you're not conversant enough in current design lingo to get much out of new BBC2 series The Great Interior Design Challenge. Fear not. The only vocab you needed to enjoy last night's episode was "upcycle". It's a verb meaning "to take a perfectly decent piece of furniture and ruin it by the addition of some old tat you bought at a car boot sale".
Monday 20 January 2014
Iraqi authorities say a series of bombings across Baghdad, targeting marketplaces and two court buildings, has killed 21 people.
Friday 17 January 2014
I was waiting for the Australian author, Christos Tsiolkas to begin his first UK event this week and, as the audience filed in from the drizzle, I noticed a particular absence in the room. That of women. It was just me until – phew – three others slunk in. Tsiolkas's reading at a Bloomsbury basement bar had been organised by the bookshop Gay's the Word, so the clue was in the title, but I was thrown at first, to be among an audience with shared affinities that reared themselves – fascinatingly – during the discussion.
Wednesday 15 January 2014
Please do not mention Ms Helle Thorning-Schmidt in front of the hostess
Friday 10 January 2014
Friday 03 January 2014
Fans never know quite what to expect from a Curtis Sittenfeld novel. Her debut, Prep, was a coming-of-age story set at a New England boarding school. This was followed by American Wife, inspired by the life of former first lady Laura Bush. In Sisterland, she changes direction once again with a richly imagined tale about identical twins with paranormal powers.
Tuesday 31 December 2013
In Kent, you can order a Mummy-style service - if you're willing to pay
Tuesday 31 December 2013
Brave shop worker says a pure ‘rage’ drove her to fight back
Furore over Nicolas Anelka's 'quenelle' intensifies after picture surfaces of an unknown man making the gesture outside the Toulouse school where three Jewish children were killed in 2012
Tuesday 31 December 2013
The row over the “quenelle” gesture deepened today after it emerged that a picture had been posted on the internet of a man making the reportedly anti-Semitic hand signal in front of a Toulouse school where three Jewish children were murdered.
Monday 16 December 2013
Students, Bollywood actresses and women’s groups held rallies and candlelight vigils across India on Monday in memory of a young woman whose fatal gang rape on a bus a year ago shook the nation.
US rocked by latest school gun attack in Colorado as America marks anniversary of Sandy Hook massacre
Saturday 14 December 2013
Colorado police ask why a ‘charming, humble’ teenager became the country’s newest student gunman
Eric Brandon jailed for life after shooting teenage stepson Alex Koser dead during row over the volume of his computer games
Friday 13 December 2013
48-year-old, from Georgia in the USA, was jailed after calling 911 and confessing to the crime
Wednesday 27 November 2013
Jonathan Brown meets the protesters hoping to create the spirit of Balcombe
Monday 25 November 2013
A new student-led organisation is stepping into the breach in an attempt to teach schoolchildren about sex
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
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