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Master-clown Max Wall dies - archive, 23 May 1990

23 May 1990: The British comedian died after a long Indian summer of fame during which critics applied the praise he had always craved ‘genius’

Max Wall, last of the protean master-clowns of music hall, died early yesterday after a fall as he left his favourite restaurant, Simpson’s in the Strand.

He fractured his skull and did not regain consciousness. He was 82. ‘I suppose he had a nice ending, dining with friends and telling showbusiness stories,’ said his agent, Joan Pritchard.

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Richard Callanan obituary

My friend Richard Callanan, who has died aged 70 after a fall, made important contributions to two great educational endeavours: making TV programmes for the Open University and co-ordinating groups for the University of the Third Age (U3A).

He was a maker of arts programmes for the Open University between 1969 and 1979; and among those he recruited to appear in Ou productions were Patrick Stewart and Ben Kingsley. Richard was largely responsible for the famous appearance of Max Wall as Vladimir opposite Leo McKern as Estragon in Waiting for Godot in 1977. He went on to become well known too as a producer and director of children’s programmes: in 1990 he won a Bafta as producer of the BBC series Maid Marian and Her Merry Men; and in 1993 a second for Archer’s Goon.

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John Moffatt obituary

Classical actor who graced the stage with decorum and stillness

Although perhaps best known as Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie's moustache-twirling detective, on BBC radio, John Moffatt, who has died aged 89, was a devastatingly clinical and classical stage actor of irreproachable taste and valour. He seemed something of a throwback, but there are very few today who could rival his armour-plated technique, his almost uncanny empathy with comic style ranging from the Restoration to Rattigan – his trademark stillness and decorum on stage was at odds with false notions of flounce and frilliness – or his incisive articulation.

He was a beacon in his profession, greatly admired and loved, not least because he had worked with almost everyone of note in the business, from his idols Noël Coward and John Gielgud, to his best friends Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Alec McCowen and Joan Plowright, but chiefly because he was so funny and modest about his own contribution.
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Miranda Hart: Call the Midwife delivers fans for BBC's latest comedy eccentric

Self-deprecating former Pa follows long tradition of comedians going straight for hit Sunday-night drama

When the author Jennifer Worth first saw Miranda Hart on television, she knew immediately she should play Camilla Cholomondely-Browne in the BBC adaptation of her bestselling memoirs, so she sent the comedy actor her books in the post. Hart was intrigued.

"I flicked straight to Chummy's entrance in the book – well, you would, wouldn't you? – and thought, 'I really hope I get to play her.'"

Worth died last June, before she could see Call the Midwife become a massive Sunday-night ratings hit – its first episode outshone the much-hyped Sherlock to become BBC1's most-watched drama debut episode ever – with Chummy one of its most-loved characters.

In her first straight dramatic role, albeit one with comedy elements, Hart has proved a hit: Chummy's awkward flirting with Constable Noakes, wobbly cycling and surprise medical ability delighting the show's more than 10 million viewers.
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Looking back at Terry Gilliam's Jabberwocky

Terry Gilliam turned his surreal talents to directing in his debut solo feature, Jabberwocky. Andrew takes a look back at a flawed yet entertaining black comedy…

Firstly, before you read further, I just want to mention this: if you have any plans of seeing Jabberwocky but have not seen it before, then stop reading this immediately. I know it goes without saying that these articles contain spoilers, but this film is one where there's a significant chance of you not having seen it before. It's not Spider-Man 3, which a great many people have seen it (whether they like it or not).

Jabberwocky is a film which is all the more impressive if you go into it without being spoilered, and it may lose its inability to surprise if you read the rest of this article. However, if you want a cross between Monty Python And The Holy Grail and Brazil,
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The life and times of Ian Dury | pop

He could be warm and witty... or cruel and obnoxious. But there was never any doubt he was a true artist. We recall the life and times of Ian Dury, now the subject of both a new film and biography

In Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, the new Ian Dury biopic, there is a scene that faithfully records the first time Dury met his songwriting partner, Chaz Jankel. It is May 1976 and the singer has just hobbled off stage after a particularly ramshackle London pub gig with his band of bedraggled misfits, Kilburn & the High Roads. The young, clean-cut Jankel strolls into the dressing room, grinning widely, and introduces himself. "Do I know you?" asks Dury, fixing him with a malevolent stare. "No," replies Jankel, still grinning. "Well do us a favour then," barks Dury, "and fuck off!"

Kilburn's guitarist Ed Speight convinced Jankel to return to the dressing room. In doing so,
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