DVD: Cockneys vs Zombies (15)

“Shut up, you soppy tart, those things are zombies,” barks Alan Ford's pensioner, Ray, in this vigorous slasher, which lampoons and lionises London's East End in equal measure.

I hate conference. It's like queueing at an abattoir

Exclusive column: What do politicians really think of their annual shindigs? This leaked memo from Coalition minister Peter Mannion to a long-standing Tory friend reveals all...

Funny business: Simon Bird in 'Friday Night
Dinner'

'I don't really view myself as an actor'

Simon Bird, of The Inbetweeners fame, tells Gerard Gilbert about his new sitcoms — and why his mum wishes he'd get on with his PhD

Funny business: Simon Bird in 'Friday Night Dinner'

Simon Bird: 'Danger with The Inbetweeners is that it will no longer be believable that we are under the age of 30'

Actor tells Gerard Gilbert about his new sitcoms and reveals his mother's real ambition for him

Who knew that Roseanne Barr was brought up half as a Mormon, half as a Jew?

Who knew that Roseanne Barr was brought up half as a Mormon, half as a Jew? Who knew, indeed, that since she is the Peace and Freedom Party's candidate for the White House, there are in fact one and a half Mormons running for president this year?

The holiday:
Puerto Rico is the location for Western & Oriental's new salsa holiday. The one-off trip (1-8 Feb 2013) offers the chance to meet Sir Bruce Forsyth and costs £2,649pp (wandotravel.com).

Sir Bruce Forsyth acknowledged for long career with Guinness World Record

Strictly Come Dancing host Sir Bruce Forsyth has been acknowledged for his colossal career with a Guinness World Record.

Last night's viewing - Citizen Khan, BBC1 Hunderby, Sky Atlantic

I had seen the hat before, I was sure of it. Mr Khan's, that is, from Citizen Khan. So I Googled it and sure enough, it was the very same hat worn by the Asian man in Mind Your Language – not the one with the turban but the other one who smiled unctuously and shook his head from side to side every time he spoke. Mr Khan didn't shake his head in the same way, but he may as well have done, and he certainly wore the same hat, which must have been gathering dust in ITV's costume cupboard since the late 1970s, before being taken up now, three decades later, by the BBC.

Michael J Fox returns to full-time television

NBC is making it official: Michael J. Fox is coming back to series TV more than a decade after he left to concentrate on fighting Parkinson's disease.

Rev up for third series of sitcom

Award-winning comedy Rev is being resurrected for another series.

Coronation Street star Geoffrey Hughes dies aged 68

Coronation Street and Keeping Up Appearances actor Geoffrey Hughes has died aged 68, his agent said.

On the road: Ricky Gervais and Jerry Seinfeld in the latter’s new internet comedy series, ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’

Seinfeld's back on the road with his friends

After an absence of 10 years, the comedian's launches an innovative new show but it is only available on the internet. By Guy Adams

How We Met: Arabella Weir & Jan Ravens

Arabella Weir, 54

Downton and Mad Men go head-to-head in Emmys

A humble housemaid will take on a blue-blooded dowager in the battle for a prestigious TV honour after Downton Abbey led the British pack at the Emmy Awards nominations.

Jonathan Ross to become cartoon star

Jonathan Ross is to become a cartoon character in TV hit Phineas And Ferb.

Tributes pour in for 'comedy great' Eric Sykes, who has died aged 89

“Comedy great” Eric Sykes, whose entertainment career spanned half a century from The Goon Show to Harry Potter, has died at the age of 89.

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas