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For Evelyn Waugh, it was nothing less than "that original garden from which we are all exiled". Now it is the BBC that has strayed into the paradisal precincts of Blandings castle, bringing woolly-headed Clarence, ninth Earl of Emsworth, his indomitable sister Lady Constance Keeble and the irreverent Galahad Threepwood (last of the Pelicans) to the small screen for the first time since the 1960s.

Edinburgh Festival '99: Too close for comfort

THEATRE Riddance Traverse Theatre, Venue 15 (0131-228 1404) to 4 Sept

Film: Coming attractions

November 27: Since Hammer Productions were staked in the late Seventies, there have been sporadic attempts to breathe new life into the British vampire film. The Wisdom of Crocodiles is the latest, bringing a coven of British stars together under the aegis of a Chinese director (Po Chih Leong) for a less gruesome take on the usual story. Jude Law stars as Steven Griscz, an undead Lothario who's made miserable by his vampiric existence. Timothy Spall plays the Van Helsing figure, and Jack Davenport - of This Life and the bloodsucking TV thriller Ultraviolet - is also in the cast. Alternatively, if you still haven't been sated by the boom in Seventies costume drama then The Slums of Beverly Hills - Tamara Jenkins's comic memoir of her LA childhood - will be sure to please.

Arts: Still likely after all these years

Clement and La Frenais have done their Porridge. Now they're taking on the rock band.

TV Reviews: Neville's Island and Diana: The Secrets Behind the Crash

Neville's Island (ITV), Tim Firth's adaptation of his own stage comedy, usefully supplied its own synopsis. "They make films about this don't they," says Neville brightly, after he and his three colleagues find themselves stranded during a corporate team-building exercise. "People on islands ... shipwrecked... and what happens is they gradually go back to nature and shed 20th-century values, and the power relationships change, and they tell each other dark secrets that release hidden qualities, and, in the end, there's a showdown between the one they thought was weakest and the one they thought was the leader."

Today's pick: Dispatches

Dispatches (9pm C4) Another revelations-lite attempt to cut through the fug generated by the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. Al Fayed's "sober chauffeur" line is attacked, as are some ludicrous alternative theories - the surreal notion that Prince Philip ordered a secret service "hit", for example. Martyn Gregory is the reporter employed to read such mawkish lines as: "that night there would be tragedy" without gagging on his script. Not much new to report here, and Chris Morris does it so much better.

interview: Andie MacDowell; The comeback queen

According to the press, Andie MacDowell's film obituary should have been written years ago. Except this winsome supermodel-turned-actress is much, much tougher than she looks

Film: Trendspotting: Four's shot in the arm for new movies

The relationship between cinema and television was changed 15 years ago with the launch of `Film on Four'. Not just because television ceased to be merely a consumer of films but, as Sarah Gristwood argues, because it created some of the finest of our contemporary movies.

Win a mobile phone and Secret & Lies

To celebrate the retail video release this week of Mike Leigh's Oscar- nominated, Bafta- and Palm d'Or-winning comedy drama Secrets & Lies - The London Eye and VCI/Film Four have joined forces to offer readers a first prize of a Philips Xalio DECT mobile phone (left, worth pounds 250), plus a copy of the video and a screenplay of the film, which stars Brenda Blethyn (right), Timothy Spall, Phyllis Logan and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. Twenty- four runners-up will receive a copy of the video and screenplay.

The Critics: To the mannered born

The Young British Artists grabbed all the headlines, but it was a good week for BritPop and young British actors too

The week on Radio: A messy business, this thing called life

Everything leaks. We ourselves begin life leaking out of every available orifice, and we carry on leaking all the way to the grave (even there, we don't stop for a while). Our control may improve for a while in the middle, but we can't ever hope to stop the leaking altogether.

The Big Picture: Nostalgia merely obscures the truth that life is not so sweet

Mike Leigh's flawed but witty Career Girls follows a reunion between old pals Hannah and Annie, whose wistful recollections of their early friendship seem incongruous until the root of their emotional bond is revealed

Anyone for Demis Roussos?

It's the autumn of 1977. Mike Leigh has begun to make his way as a director of highly distinctive, improvisational drama. And then comes Beverly and `Abigail's Party'. Glenda Cooper looks back

You may have met these two somewhere before

Mike Leigh's trick is to turn his characters into real people. He's done it again with his new movie. Suzi Feay meets the actresses who play the `Career Girls', while, overleaf, we revisit the infamous Beverly, 20 years after `Abigail's Party'

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