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  1. March 27, 2014

    Muppets Most Wanted – film review

    The Muppets are the gift that just keeps giving. Every time you think Kermit, Miss Piggy and company have taken their...

  2. July 13, 2012

    Thank heavens for a few silver linings

    Do you remember what you were doing exactly five years ago? Being rained on, probably. Plus ça change. Et après ça, le...

  1. July 2, 2012

    Slough aims to shed its image crisis

    “Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough! It isn’t fit for humans now.” It was 1937 when John Betjeman wrote his brutal...

  2. May 9, 2012

    Recruitment Diary: May 10 2012

    ● Taxing time Danny Alexander, chief secretary to the treasury, has begun a review of contractors working in government...

  3. May 3, 2012

    Bad managers seen as threat to growth

    Many of Britain’s 8m managers do not realise how bad they are at managing people, according to a report that says poor...

  4. FT Tech Hub

    January 3, 2012

    Wendi Deng spoof account throws doubt on Twitter’s verification system

    With a slow start to the new year, much has been made of Rupert Murdoch’s arrival on Twitter. Within hours, his wife Wendi...

  5. December 28, 2011

    Comics have last laugh from podcast profits

    After being sacked from his nationally syndicated radio show in the US, Adam Carolla sat on his couch with a microphone and...

  6. November 25, 2011

    David wins battle of TV comedy giants

    The title of Ricky Gervais’s latest series is an indication of its sensibility. Life’s Too Short (BBC2 Thursdays) marks a...

  7. November 25, 2011

    Lunch with the FT: Stewart Lee

    The comedian Stewart Lee arrives at Pizza Express on Upper Street in north London looking more like a wary gnome than the...

  8. September 9, 2011

    Star quality

    Having your product featured in a film or TV drama can do wonders for its popularity. The American TV series Sex and the...

  9. July 23, 2011

    Death Takes a Holiday, Laura Pels Theatre, New York

    Death isn’t the only thing that takes a holiday in the new musical that has just opened at the Laura Pels. Unostentatious...

  10. February 11, 2011

    Think outside the box

    “Then there was the Sitwells’ party at which it was proposed to read aloud a sentence of banishment upon Ottoline, but this...

  11. January 7, 2011

    The List: Stars playing themselves

    You’re no one in Hollywood these days unless you’ve played yourself at least once. It’s partly the last bulwark of the...

  12. April 14, 2010

    Film releases: April 16

    In over his head: Ewan McGregor as the hapless hack in Roman Polanski’s ‘The Ghost’ Roman Polanski, the tortured genius, is...

  13. January 16, 2010

    Laughing in the face of fashion

    Tomorrow the Golden Globes will mark the official beginning of the international 2010 fashion year. Unroll the red carpet...

  14. December 15, 2009

    Ee, this irritates

    For some years I have had the mild and slightly puzzling ego-boost of being in Who's Who , the so-called establishment...

  15. November 2, 2009

    Guide Arts around the world

    New York NY Comedy Festival From Wednesday, a host of American and a smattering of international comedians will occupy some...

  16. May 12, 2009

    Just another good day at the office

    Chances are you will have looked at a colleague and thought: David Brent. The fictional boss played by Ricky Gervais in the...

  17. May 11, 2009

    A good day at the office

    Chances are you will have looked at a colleague and thought: David Brent. The fictional boss played by Ricky Gervais in the...

  18. November 2, 2008

    Arts around the world

    ValenciaParsifal Film director Werner Herzog and conductor Lorin Maazel’s new production of Wagner’s Parsifal opened last...

  19. October 25, 2008

    Films on release - Karl French & Nigel Andrews

    Ghost Town David Koepp 102 mins (12A) ** On paper this must have seemed a sure thing. A pleasing romantic comedy brought to...

  20. October 22, 2008

    Love, loss and the mourning after

    By an odd coincidence the two most interesting films this week – one an engaging Italian domestic drama, the other a...

  21. October 18, 2008

    DVD releases - Karl French

    Rashomon Akira Kurosawa, 1950 Optimum Asia Rashomon is a film of some historical importance, having introduced a western...

  22. June 19, 2008

    ITV in production deal with Fox

    ITV has signed a potentially ground-breaking deal to develop new programmes with Twentieth Century Fox TV using joint...

  23. January 26, 2008

    Paxman, pants and the retail problem

    So what has been getting everyone excited this week? In the US it has been collapsing markets and a bit of politics. In...

  24. January 25, 2008

    Outside Edge: Paxman, pants and the retail problem

    So what has been getting everyone excited this week? In the US it has been collapsing markets and a bit of politics. In...

  25. September 25, 2007

    Comics who laugh all the way to the bank

    I always say to foreigners that if they want to understand the British they need to realise the importance we place on a...

  26. September 18, 2007

    Observer: A gong for Gore

    Hollywood's infatuation with Al Gore reached new levels on Sunday night when the former vice-president won an Emmy for...

  27. September 13, 2007

    Authors in a bind

    The clash of the sporting and literary types at talent agency CCS Stellar sees the group now pin its hopes on the little...

  28. September 13, 2007

    Mr Blue Sky on EMI hard ground

    EMI - responsible for the remastered versions of Electric Light Orchestra's albums - now has a Mr Blue Sky of its very own....

  29. September 1, 2007

    Off the stage, on the page: unlikely children's authors

    Prince Charles The Old Man of Lochnagar is based on a story HRH used to tell his brothers about an old man who lives in a...

  30. July 25, 2007

    Pick of the Day

    Do the Simpsons deserve a Culture Show Special on BBC2 (7.30pm)? Even given the BBC's essentially popular concept of...

  31. July 19, 2007

    Stake sale boosts CSS Stella

    CSS Stella, the talent management company whose clients include Keira Knightley and Ricky Gervais, jumped 11.8 per cent to...

  32. July 9, 2007

    Pick of the Day

    Years ago either Dennis Norden or Frank Muir recollected on radio a continental au pair/nanny who had learnt English from...

  33. May 14, 2007

    Guide Arts around the world

    New York HIGH LINE FESTIVAL Manhattan gets even noisier this summer with the inaugural High Line Festival, bringing...

  34. January 27, 2007

    TELEVISION KARL FRENCH

    In putting together The Comedy Map of Britain (BBC2 10.10pm), the first of six films exploring the regionality of British...

  35. December 23, 2006

    TELEVISION

    Saturday You may think that piety and rock and roll, the devil's music, are mutually exclusive, but Dr Robert Beckford...

  36. December 22, 2006

    TELEVISION

    Many people - well, couch potatoes and broadsheet readers at least - have become familiar with Christopher "Christo" Lloyd...

  37. December 21, 2006

    BBC shows nifty footwork in US ratings

    Amid the countless cop shows, legal dramas and medical series that clutter the US television airwaves, the runaway ratings...

  38. October 19, 2006

    40 Minutes On

    Although it's true that there are precious few boxers whose life stories could be described as uplifting, Herol "Bomber"...

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