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.

Pablo Picasso - La Lecture: £25.2m

Art world's big spenders help Sotheby's to a billion-pound year

It might seem that everything is crashing down around us in Austerity Britain, but judging by the bumper sales figures disclosed by one London auction house, now could be the perfect time to cash in on those artistic masterpieces gathering dust in your attic.

Pablo Picasso - La Lecture: £25.2m

Do I hear a billion? Sotheby's sales surge as art market bucks downturn

It might seem like everything is crashing down around us in Austerity Britain, but judging by the bumper-billion-pound sales figures disclosed by one London auction house, it appears now is the perfect time to cash in on those artistic masterpieces you've left gathering dust in your attic.

Ego and super-ego: Freud (Viggo Mortensen) and Jung (Michael Fassbender) in A Dangerous Method

Artistic tendencies: How long have you felt this way, Darth?

As a film chronicles Freud and Jung's battle of wits, Phil Boucher puts 10 artistic moments on the couch

Dreams turn to reality for surrealist film director

The Czech film director, Jan Svankmajer discusses a troubled childhood and the inspiration for his new film.

Feast Day of Fools, By James Lee Burke

Graham Greene's religious faith was often fragile. When in one of his periodic moments of doubt he suggested to Evelyn Waugh that he was considering resigning from the Catholic novelist coterie to which the two belonged, Waugh was outraged and insisted Greene carry on writing novels with a religious basis, however uncertain his belief had become.

David Shillinglaw's new exhibition: a picture preview

A new collection of works by David Shillinglaw will bring together a selection of art hoping to reflect 'the constant search for and consumption of that which makes us complete'

It's so Surreal... the artist who forged himself

A new exhibition shows how Margritte could copy. But was it clever irony or just desperation?

The Ground Aslant: An Anthology of Radical Landscape Poetry (ed Harriet Tarlo)

Odes to nature, but with a cutting edge

Miró: Works on paper and rare graphics

The playful, cartoon-like paintings of Joan Miró are instantly recognisable. Bright in colour and childlike in form, the Catalan artist flirted with both abstract expressionism and surrealism to create his vivid celebrations of the Catalan landscape.

Rare Dali sculptures on show in London

An outdoor installation of Salvador Dali's 'Alice in Wonderland' sculpture, previously unseen in the UK, opened today at the Moor House Gallery.

La Perla Negra: A tribute to Frida Kahlo

A major exhibition of paintings by Spanish artist Lita Cabellut in tribute to late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo opens at the Opera Gallery London today.

Invisible Ink: No 70 - Maurice Richardson

Here's a forgotten author, Maurice Richardson, with a single remembered book to his name – but what a book! The paper shortages of the Second World War gave rise to Lilliput magazine, a diminutive periodical that survived thanks to the quality of its writers and illustrators, who included Richardson, Nancy Mitford, Stephen Potter, Mervyn Peake, VS Pritchett, Ronald Searle, Robert Graves, Aleister Crowley, Patrick Campbell, Gerard Hoffnung and Sir Max Beerbohm. It helped that they published fairly saucy (for the time) pictures of unclothed ladies. Every cover featured a scene combining a man, a woman and a dog.

The Unseen Dali: The simpler side of Surrealism

The Unseen Dali is an exhibition of 40 or so works, spanning the artist's entire career, many of which have never been shown in the UK before (seven of the drawings have never been exhibited at all). While Dali's reputation as an exhibitionist is made explicit here by the show's semi-naked centrepiece, "Bust de Femme Rétrospectif" – a milliner's bust with cobs of corn across her shoulders, ants on her face and a baguette on her head – the exhibition reveals another side to the artist: a simpler, more low-key draughtsman, painter and sculptor interested in colour, landscapes and the human form.

Angelos Epithemiou and Friends, Bloomsbury Theatre, London

BBC2's Shooting Stars provided the big break for Angelos Epithemiou and in a very short space of time, the dishevelled clown, who owes so much to the stylings of his hosts Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, has enjoyed a suitably stellar ascent.

A Town Called Panic (PG)

Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar may be the funniest Belgian surrealists since René Magritte. Their stop-motion animation invokes a head-in-the-clouds papier-mâché otherworld that keeps shattering into pieces and then cleverly reconstituting itself. It centres upon a hilltop house where plastic figurines Cowboy, Indian and Horse all live in chaotic harmony; their bathroom routine is enough to make you giggle by itself.

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