Arts and Entertainment Brace yourself: Bob Mortimer and Vic Reeves in 'House of Fools'

Vic and Bob have done sketch shows (The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer), web series (Vic & Bob’s Afternoon Delights), comedy dramas (Catterick, Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)) and the greatest quiz show of all time (Shooting Stars), but until now they’ve never done a sitcom as sit-commy as this. Their new show, House of Fools (BBC2), is filmed in front of a live studio audience, and the duo play Odd Couple-style flatmates in a home filled with bizarre bric-à-brac and beset by unwelcome visitors.

Guy Bourdin's shot for US Vogue from 1978

Review: A Message For You, By Guy Bourdin

Photography

The Saturday Quiz answers

1. Stations on the London Tube network.

Catherine Deneuve, 1968 by Man Ray
Private Lender

Man Ray portrait of Catherine Deneuve on display in UK for first time

A National Portrait gallery exhibition of the modernist's work is entirely dedicated to his photographic portraiture, much of which has never been displayed in this country before

Theatre review: Di and Viv and Rose - Anyone fancy a girls' night in?

Amelia Bullmore's funny, filthy dialogue propels three old mates through the highs and lows of friendship

Speak no evil: Gina McKee, Tamzin Outhwaite and Anna Maxwell Martin

Theatre review: Di and Viv and Rose - Anyone fancy a girls' night in?

Amelia Bullmore's funny, filthy dialogue propels three old mates through the highs and lows of friendship

The Shard's view is a new joy, but taking the high ground has always elevated the senses

Plus: A four-letter word arrives on Radio 4 and the latest spin on a misused word

Gerard Byrne, State of Neutral Pleasure, Whitechapel Gallery, London

A country road. A tree. Evening. Irish artist Gerard Byrne has borrowed these stage directions from Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot to title a series of photographs. They show just that – trees on roads in the evening.

I'm Amazed – the graphic art of Ed Ruscha, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London

Where does Ed Ruscha fit in to the post-war US art scene? Some, aligning him with Warhol, have claimed him for pop art.

Five ladies leaning ... Salvador Dalí’s Dawn, Midday, Sunset and Dusk (1979) was inspired by the female figure in Jean-François Millet’s Angelus, which has been loaned to the Pompidou for this show

IoS visual art review: Dali, Pompidou Centre, Paris

Over-familiarity with the Surrealist has bred contempt, but beyond the showmanship there was a true talent for invention

The Vivisector: Group show curated by Todd Levin, Sprüth Magers, London

A naked doll with long synthetic hair greets the visitor to this inspired exhibition, which explores "the idea of opening up and exposing a living body".

'The Sapphires' is flimsy but full of good music and banter

IoS film review: The Sapphire
Alps

Great music, great story, but the script needs serious tuning

Thom’s sideman has a new sound

Music producers rarely leap from mixing desk to live room – even Ian Broudie of Lightning Seeds fame had form on the Liverpool band scene before he worked with Echo and the Bunnymen.

Great Works: Maîtresse, 1996, by Mimi Parent

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My Secret Life: John Cale, 70, musician

'I love the PR lady in Twenty Twelve'

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Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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