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Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon following in the footsteps of Socrates and Aristophanes on the set of The Trip to Greece. Photograph: Sky Atlantic

Comedy has played a central role in philosophy from the days of ancient Greece. Diogenes was renowned for oddball stunts. Zeno of Elea traded in amusi(...)

Steve Coogan: ‘I don’t like doing the easy stuff that just pays well. I like risking failure.’ Photograph: Jason Kempin/Getty

‘The decisions I make on comedy aren’t made on a whim. That whole history between the British and the Irish runs through me,’ says Steve Coogan, as(...)

Nell Williams, Aaron Phagura, and Viveik Kalra in Blinded by the Light.

There has long been an implicit (almost certainly accidental) challenge in Gurinder Chadha’s work. Going right back to Bend it Like Beckham, the films(...)

Paul McKenna, hypnotist, behavioural scientist, broadcaster and author of self-help books. “I had big ups and downs in relationships before,” he says. “My life was very much a pleasure-driven life, it was all about the next thing, the next achievement.”

When Paul McKenna veered away from his day job as a radio presenter and began investigating mind matters in the early 1990s, no wonder it was seen as (...)

Rob Brydon:   “No one can say: ‘Oh, not another film about middle-aged men taking up synchronised swimming,’’’  Photograph: Jeff Vespa/ WireImage

Days before I meet Rob Brydon, the affable “None-More-Welsh” comedian and actor pops up on Graham Norton’s couch to compare sporting achievements with(...)

Denis O’Brien at the Champ Mars refugee camp in Port au Prince, Haiti in 2010. Photograph: Antonio Bolfo/Getty Images

Good Girls Tuesday, Netflix Christina Hendricks heads up a cast of criminal moms in this comedy-drama that sounds like Desperate Housewives mixed with(...)

Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark in ‘Poldark’. Photograph: Mammoth Screen/BBC/PA

The Graham Norton Show Friday, TV3, 9pm The guests on Graham’s sofa include Olympic and world champion sprinter Usain Bolt, who is taking part in Socc(...)

Dug (Eddie Redmayne) in Early Man

The thumbs of Aardman Animation work as effectively on the inner child as they work on the clay that gives their famous characters life. Early Man is (...)

Actor Gillian Anderson is among the celebrities seen auditioning in sketches in front of comedian Asim Chaudhry for BA’s new safety video. Photograph: Stephane Cardinale/Corbis/Getty Images

British Airways is making a new safety video which will be released in September. In the meantime the airline has release the director’s cut featuring(...)

Bela Lugosi in Dracula (1931)

Even the doziest domestic observer will have noticed that Irish cinema is passing through an unprecedented period of fecundity. Others are blowing ou(...)

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