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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Thursday 23 May 2013
The United Nations Secretary General has warned armed rebels in Eastern Congo that the organisation's new “intervention brigade” would prevent any repeat of the fighting which has driven thousands of refugees out of camps this week. In a visit to the embattled lakeside city of Goma, Ban Ki-moon said the 3,000-strong force which has begun deployment will “enforce the peace”.
Thursday 23 May 2013
A car bomb targeting a police vehicle killed 11 policemen and one civilian Thursday in an area of southwest Pakistan wracked by a separatist insurgency and Islamic militancy, police said.
Wednesday 22 May 2013
Gangs of youths have smashed shop windows, set cars ablaze and burnt down a cultural center as riots that started in one Stockholm suburb after a fatal police shooting spread to other low-income areas of the Swedish capital.
Monday 20 May 2013
Russia's counter-terrorism agency says it killed two militants it believes were planning a terrorist act in Moscow and detained a third.
Sunday 19 May 2013
Thursday 16 May 2013
Mr Rattenbury said he came off second best in the clash
Thursday 09 May 2013
Eight people were killed when a fire swept through a clothing factory today, as the death toll from the collapse of another factory building two weeks ago climbed above 900.
Tuesday 07 May 2013
A petrol tanker has exploded in Mexico City, killing at least 18 people and injuring dozens more.
Sunday 05 May 2013
According to a police report the attack on Ricardo Portillo happened on April 27 at a youth match at Eisenhower Junior High School in Taylorville
Friday 03 May 2013
Her 2010 album of Glass, Tavener and Nyman pieces was a more effective showcase for Amy Dickson's soprano sax than this collection of popular classics and classic pop. Fauré's “Pavane” works fine – her sleek , pure timbre, closer to clarinet or even oboe at times, floats weight-lessly over the gentle pizzicato and swish of strings; but the sax lacks the emotional flexibility of the human voice when taking the vocal line to “Casta Diva”, from Bellini's Norma.
Thursday 02 May 2013
Welsh workers flown half-way around the world to New Zealand to avoid nightshifts
How to wash a child's brain: Designer Richard Littler creates fictional world based on terrifying public service films
Wednesday 17 April 2013
Somewhere in the north-west of England a town stuck in a hellish vision of the 1970s
Saturday 06 April 2013
If you're going to take the name Kurt Vile – although the 33-year-old from Philadelphia claims he was born with it – then you have some serious living up to do.
Friday 05 April 2013
At least 11 children among the dead after half-constructed building collapsed in Mumbai suburb
Second tragedy for French version of Survivor reality show as staff doctor kills himself following death of contestant
Tuesday 02 April 2013
A doctor working for France's version of the television reality show Survivor committed suicide yesterday, leaving a note saying he had been unfairly criticised over the death of a contestant, the programme's broadcaster said.
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
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Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
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