Alan Bennett: mistaken for a Coronation Street star. Photograph: Marco Secchi/Getty

In 1982, when Nina Stibbe was 20, she moved from Leicestershire to London to take a job as nanny to two young boys. Her employer was Mary-Kay Wilmers,(...)

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In his home in southwest London, which is filled with sunlight and books, Michael Frayn lives a serene life surrounded by chaos. That, at least, is th(...)

Chris Rock: “You know what’s not funny? Thinking about it.”

A few years ago, in London’s Comedy Store, the performers in an improv group met a heckler they couldn’t deal with. Until then, the show had been goin(...)