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John Oliver confronted Hoffman about allegations of sexual harassment in 1985, during a 20th-anniversary screening panel for the film Wag the Dog in New York. Photographs: Charles Sykes, left, and Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Dustin Hoffman and John Oliver tangled publicly Monday night at a panel discussion where Oliver, the comedian and host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, que(...)

If we approach every new piece of digital information with an initial scepticism, we surely risk a cynical contamination

I have always been wary of promoting any particular company in this column, but I must make an exception for Skitster. Skitser, announced just this (...)

Armando Iannucci: “We demand politicians be word-perfect every time they do an interview.” Photograph: Tim P Whitby/Getty Images

Where do you go after satirising Westminster and the American vice-presidency? What more dials are there to twist? The incomparable Armando Iannucci, (...)

A woman walks past electoral posters of French presidential election candidates in Paris. Photograph: Gabriel Bouysgabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

Every leading candidate in the first round of the French presidential election promised a revolution in French politics, so I talked to voters where t(...)

The Fake News Show team:  Stephen Mangan (centre) hosts with, from left,   Richard Osman, Richard Ayoade , Katherine Ryan and Jon Richardson

You know we’ve reached a strange point in human history when even the purveyors of “fake news” try to set the record straight. That’s what happened r(...)

 Gerry Adams, Taoiseach Enda Kenny,  Joan Burton and Micheál Martin at the TV3/Newstalk television debate: subjective newspaper articles on Mr Adams’s performance were passed off as hard news. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The US election is a straight-to-video movie that can only be rescued by Kurt Russell in an eye-patch, walking from a slow-mo fireball as parts of Tru(...)

Writer/producers David Benioff (left) and DB Weiss accept the Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for ‘Game of Thrones’ episode ‘Battle of the Bastards’ during the 68th Emmy Awards show on September 18, 2016 at the Microsoft Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. Photograph: Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images

Fantasy drama series Game of Thrones and comedy Veep proved repeat winners for cable giant HBO at the Emmy awards on Sunday, but newcomers also made t(...)

The Get Down: Netflix’s most expensive series yet

‘Welcome, welcome, welcome.” John Oliver, the British expat who may now be the most influential satirist in US, likes to stick to a formula, right fr(...)

‘Boris Johnson’ and ‘Donald Trump’: a buffoonish “cocktail of charm, bluster and obfuscation”. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

I did something in Paris last Saturday night that I’ve never done before. I went to a restaurant alone for dinner. I know, it’s lame that I’ve always (...)

Comedian John Oliver has earned the ire of Chechen leader Ramzan A Kadyrov after mocking his search for his missing cat. File photograph: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

When people disappear in the Russian republic of Chechnya, rights activists, journalists and government critics, there is usually no public discussion(...)

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