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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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