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Addison Cresswell obituary

25 December 2013 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Influential comedy agent who wheeled and dealed to turn his clients into stars

The colourful comedy agent Addison Cresswell, who has died suddenly at the age of 53, changed the face of British entertainment by steering the stand-up "alternative" comedians who emerged on the Edinburgh festival fringe in the 1980s into the heart of the radio and television schedules. Such was his success that he became the subject of some controversy – even notoriety – for negotiating an £18m three-year contract for his client Jonathan Ross with the BBC.

An ebullient "Jack the Lad" with a penchant for shiny satin suits and big cigars, he was the modern equivalent of such showbiz greats as Lew Grade or Bernard Delfont. His first star proteges were Lee Evans and Jack Dee, both remarkable talents in different ways, one physical and explosive, like an angrier Norman Wisdom, the other laconic and so laid back as to be virtually horizontal, »

- Michael Coveney

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My Crazy Obsession: how many toy rabbits is too many?

22 November 2013 10:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

'For those who'd seen all this and thought "let's visit these weirdos", Candace and Steve have a trump card: they freeze dry all their deceased pet rabbits'

My Crazy Obsession (Tuesday, 9pm, TLC) is another eminently self-affirming show, in that most satisfying of ways: the way that allows you to look at a bunch of freaks and feel better about your own life. I have watched the first two episodes which serve up a couple of interesting cases: in the first part, it's a couple who are crazy for bunny rabbits; in the second, a family who just love their weightlifting.

The bunny collectors are Californian couple Candace and Steve who have acquired a collection of 29,000 toy rabbits of various shapes and sizes simply as a result of one of them calling the other "honey bunny". There are so many toys they have got rid of furniture to make way for them. »

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TV highlights 01/11/13

1 November 2013 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Chris Tarrant Goes Fishing | Hollywood's Best Film Directors | Rugby Union: Worcester vs Bath | Marvel's Agents Of Shield | Man Down | Pink Floyd: A Delicate Sound Of Thunder | The Walking Dead | Stand Up For The Week

Chris Tarrant Goes Fishing

7pm, Channel 5

Lucky Chris Tarrant. The self-confessed fishing nut gets a dream gig as he indulges his passion in the Maldives. As he waxes lyrical about the mighty wahoo fish, he makes everything sound as if he's giving the answers on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?. It's actually quite endearing and the scenery is beautiful, but the most refreshing thing is when Tarrant addresses the issue of whether fishing is cruel, before proudly holding his catch aloft and then throwing it back in the ocean. Hannah Verdier

Hollywood's Best Film Directors

7pm, Sky Arts 1

William Friedkin is best known for directing The Exorcist and The French Connection. More recently, however, »

- Hannah Verdier, David Stubbs, Lanre Bakare, Martin Skegg, Mark Jones, Ali Catterall, Rachel Aroesti, Ben Arnold

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Living in Seann Walsh World means having it both ways

2 August 2013 4:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Brighton stand-up has weaved his boozy lifestyle into his act. "Some other comics are a lot worse than me," he tells us

The life of a stand-up comedian often revolves around late nights, even later mornings and plenty of booze. Seann Walsh has had some of the latest nights of them all. "I'm the guy people can always ring when they want to go out," he admits. "They know other people will be with their girlfriends or will make an excuse about having an early start the next day. But then they always think, 'Oh, Walsh'll be up for it.'"

It's a reputation enhanced by Walsh's expressive stage persona, all scruffy charisma and laddish charm that stays just on the right side of boorishness. Without having to alter his naturally funny delivery, the 26-year-old has found himself – via regular stints on Stand Up For The Week and all the big panel shows, »

- James Kettle

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