Leonard Rossiter who played the title character in the TV adaptations of David Nobbs’s Reginald Perrin noveks. Photograoh: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Comedy writer David Nobbs, best known for creating the television character Reginald Perrin, has died. The 80-year-old from North Yorkshire also cont(...)

BJ Novak with his children’s book The Book with No Pictures. Photograph: David Becker/Getty Images

Steve Martin has done it. So has Madonna. Even John Lithgow and Whoopi Goldberg have had a go. Famous folk have frequently found a sideline in chil(...)

You know how it is. You wait ages for a quality drama about a brilliant Cambridge mathematician and then two come along at once. Following hot on t(...)

A lawyer for  Kate Upton has called the leaked photographs “an outrageous violation”. Photograph: Reuters

The FBI and computer giant Apple are investigating the apparent hacking of nude photographs of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and other femal(...)

Catholic formula: Mrs Brown’s Boys

When I was a child my favourite sitcoms often featured scenarios like this: a bucket of water is balanced on a door jamb. Characters wander in, around(...)

Francesca Martinez: ‘Happiness lies in accepting who you are.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

After the hot chocolate that comedian Francesca Martinez has ordered is placed in front of her, she asks for a straw. The waiter can’t quite disgui(...)

Velcome to my gulag: Nadya (Tina Fey) gets her clutches on wee Kermit

The last Muppets film really was sensational. It was more than that. It was also inspirational, celebrational and – this hardly needs to be sai(...)

This Is Spinal Tap: the US Library of Congress has finally smelled the glove

If you’re good you’ll get these immediately: what is the link between Metallica’s 1991 Black Album, (...)

From left, Dolly Wells and Emily Mortimer: ‘We were family friends. It was like cousins meeting when we met’

My favourite scene in the new Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells sitcom is one in which Mortimer marvels at Wells’s ability to cry spontaneously an(...)

How To Train Your Dragon 2: Coming July 4th

Welcome to our bumper guide to another year of sequels, remakes and leftfield experiments. The most comprehensive preview available is, f(...)