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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Bushfires continuing to wreak havoc across island state of Tasmania as 100 people remain unaccounted for
Monday 07 January 2013
Whole state has been shaken by the disaster, which shows no signs of abating
Sunday 06 January 2013
A lottery showered €840m (£680m) on ticket-holders in five regions of Spain yesterday in the midst of a deep recession and high unemployment.
Saturday 05 January 2013
The trip wasn't about celebrating Cinco de Mayo. I wasn't even sure what Cinco de Mayo was. Few people in south-western Ontario, the industrial heartland of Canada, did. All I knew for sure was that it was both American and Mexican, which seemed like an odd combination, interesting but potentially volatile.
Tuesday 01 January 2013
Five women among the dead as gunmen open fire on van in remote region of Pakistan
Saturday 22 December 2012
Laptop bag in one hand and BlackBerry in the other, investment banker Saurabh Chawla slid into his black Mercedes-Benz one morning and headed to his job in the Indian capital.
Sunday 16 December 2012
Guns are one constant in the recurring massacres in America, whether they are in places of education like here in Sandy Hook or at Virginia Tech five years ago or much earlier in 1999 at the high school in Columbine near Denver, or in cinemas, places of worship or shopping centres.
Saturday 15 December 2012
An epic account of how Britain's capital city became the behemoth of greater London
Sunday 09 December 2012
Former hostage meets captors during return to Lebanon
Tuesday 04 December 2012
What utterly wonderful news. You must be thrilled! Naturally the whole nation is chuffed for you. The letters of congratulation will come flooding in, the emails, tweets, royal Facebook messages with special elbow length white gloves, and so on. And deservedly so: even rascal republicans like me take delight in that most simple and superior of joys, the arrival of a new life on Earth, and find ourselves smiling at your blissful news.
Rejoice! An open letter to dear Kate Middleton and Prince William, who are expecting their first child
Monday 03 December 2012
Including a few tips on how to make the issue of their love appeal to the masses
Wednesday 28 November 2012
Two car bombs killed at least 34 people in a district of Damascus loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in the deadliest attack on the Syrian capital in months.
Monday 26 November 2012
Thousands of angry textile workers demonstrated on the outskirts of Dhaka after a fire swept through a garment workshop at the weekend, killing more than 100 people in Bangladesh's worst-ever factory blaze.
Monday 26 November 2012
Rebels claim strike on school playground is proof of regime's use of controversial munitions
Friday 23 November 2012
The former three-time world boxing champion Hector “Macho” Camacho is brain dead following a drive-by shooting, a doctor said yesterday.
Sunday 28 October 2012
Government warplanes and artillery struck suburbs east of Damascus while rebels attacked regime positions elsewhere near the capital today as violence marred the third day of what was meant to be a four-day holiday ceasefire, activists said.
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
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- 2 The BBC has just done more to eradicate ‘terrorism’ than all our wars since 9/11
- 3 Dog thinks owner is drowning in lake, dives in and tries to pull him out
- 4 Thank heavens for Louise Mensch and her foul-mouthed tweets to world leaders