Arts and Entertainment Catherine Tate and David Walliams bond in Big School

A dated and mild-mannered sitcom is saved by  its casting, but a social experiment goes phut

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Grown-ups have fiscal might and a burning fear of losing touch to assist their pursuit of terminal trendiness

Secretarial: My children just don't speak the same language

Nicky Maitlis and her husband want their children to be bilingual. It can be a slog at times, but it's worth it

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'Panorama' scarcely had any more independent evidence for its charges of abuse and coercion than the Saudi police did for theirs of lesbianism and calculated murder

What a difference a decade (or three) can make

MP Malcolm Bruce is marrying a woman half his age. The happy couple say they don't mind the gap, but Virginia Ironside sees plenty of pitfalls ahead

For your freedom years

Flexi-sex means never having to say you're straight, gay or bi. Hester Lacey on the sexual pioneers who won't be labelled

Hostels go soft on the rough stuff

Walkers, weep no more. The YHA is fitting mod cons. By Rachelle Thackray

New Labour is old at heart. It's no place for the young

Youth culture is full of new ideas for reshaping Britain. But the Blairites are deaf to innovation

Sleaze hits the high street

Jennifer Rodger looks at a newcomer to the crowded youth magazine market

In thing; Silk combat pants

As an alternative to jeans, combat trousers (common-or-garden variety) have been around for a good few years. Once a ubiquitous accessory on the travelling rave scene, combat trousers never really had to withstand conditions more arduous than the odd blackcurrant-and-cider stain. Nevertheless, they were co-opted by the more militant fringes of the alternative communities of the early Nineties who felt the multiple pockets and khaki hue lent them an air of martial purposefulness - fair enough, perhaps, in the rough and tumble protests against the Poll Tax and the Criminal Justice Bill.

Musicians battle to hang on to their benefit

BUDDING musicians' right to draw benefit while living in bedsits and playing hopeless gigs in half-empty pubs was at the centre of a political row last night.

After Dark: Beating the rap

Rap and hip-hop have an undeservedly bad reputation in this country, as police and punters shy away from their `gangsta' associations. But now a London promoter aims to up their image

Profile: Wayne's world

From selling second-hand clothes in Camden Market, Red or Dead's Wayne Hemingway has parlayed himself into a position of influence in the fashion world. And now he is about to be big on the TV, too. Here, he talks to Andy Zneimer. Photograph by Neil Drabble

Do the pop charts matter any more?

The pop charts are 45 years old. But do they have any meaning, either for record companies or for the public? David Lister looks at a national institution.

Ulrika has it. William and Nicola do not. Welcome to Middle Youth

It is 6am on Sunday morning and two people are leaving the Cross night-club in north London. One is 35 and one is 33. They have been up all night dancing. After a few hours' sleep they go to a garden centre. The are living the life of the Middle Youth.
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