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'When I heard Jimi Hendrix, he made me want to play the violin like a guitar': Why Nigel Kennedy is heading out on the road with the music of the Purple Haze star

Comedy: It's no lasting matter: The cliché of the sad-faced clown became all too real when Robin Williams died. And he was far from alone ...as a new film reveals

The documentary Misery Loves Comedy looks at the inextricable bond between the comedian and unhappiness, and poses the question, 'Do you have to be miserable to be funny?'.

'I wear goggles when I fry an egg. It stops the fat getting in my eyes': Inside the head of... Ann Widdecombe

The former MP wishes she could sing in tune, refuses to get her teeth fixed and has such a fear of heights that she won't... drive across the Forth Road bridge.

TOM PARKER BOWLES: It's highway rubbery...The suits at Little Chef have dropped Heston Blumenthal - and the food is back to its grey, chewy, Seventies worst

Service is sweet and almost entirely Eastern European. Perhaps the best thing about our entire lunch. For this is a meal of barely edible depression, in an overlit room with all the charm of a mortuary. Which is fitting, as this is where good taste comes to shrivel up and die.

OLLY SMITH: One thing Aussies can do: Yes, we thrashed them in the Ashes. But their superb wine-makers are producing more winners than ever

Australia is moving away from big brands and consistently easy-drinking plonk. There's a new wave of stellar winemakers, such as Luke Lambert, with his high-quality bottles reflecting the character of individual vintages and vineyards while maintaining an admirably Aussie spirit of informality.

THEATRE REVIEWS: Houdini in the West End? That's magic! From Impossible to American Idiot

The spirit of Houdini looms large in this magic show, devised by producer Anthony Owen, but it comes with lasers, screens and impossibly bendy women. It's well worth catching

CRAIG BROWN: The son of poet Stephen Spender's waspishly readable account of sexual shenanigans, epic name-dropping... and a stunning secret from beyond the grave

A month after he began writing this book, Matthew Spender's late mother appeared to him in a dream. 'She was furious. "What makes you think you can write a book about us?"'

It's highway rubbery...The suits at Little Chef have dropped Heston Blumenthal - and the food is back to its grey, chewy, Seventies worst

One thing Aussies can do: Yes, we thrashed them in the Ashes. But their superb wine-makers are producing more winners than ever

Six million dollar vin? No, it's biodynamic - not bionic! And while the methods are bizarre, the results can be stunning

The more I taste these wines - based on Rudolf Steiner's teachings from the Twenties - and find far more hits than misses, the more I'm fascinated by the methods.

Crozes to perfection: If Hermitage makes your wallet wince, snap up its less snooty neighbour (while you still can!)

In years gone by, bottles of luxuriant Hermitage weren't exactly cheap, and today their prices make my wallet wince. But just nearby is an appellation with similar wine and friendlier prices.

Look no hands: A massive leap forward from the Segway and not as expensive as a car

Yes! Yes! DS! The new 'luxury' Citroën is irresistibly sexy and cool. Now all it needs is some power to go with those luscious looks

How do we solve this problem from Korea? What could be so bad with the Ssangyong SUV that made me turn around and go straight home? Well, everything...

From the side it looks like something my three-year-old, Eli, might have scribbled while attempting to figure out if he is right-or left-handed and choosing the wrong one.

No joie de viva: It's the reincarnation of Vauxhall's classic Seventies budget car. But it's not even particularly good value... and it's certainly not much fun

It looks like they have produced the cheapest car possible in the hope that some people on a tight budget will fall into their 'bargain white goods with wheels' trap and go out and actually buy one.

Cilla Black kept the audience enraptured by being so funny, feisty, revealing, emotional and entertaining

'I'm worth £50million... and I love spending it on myself!' Queen of Mean Anne Robinson admits she blows her TV and property fortune on designer clothing

Dancing, roller-skating, surfing and skipping through fields of corn...The strange case of Agatha Christie's secret photo album 

My murdered dad would get a real kick out my life now: Patrick Kielty flew 5,000 miles to woo Cat Deeley - but behind the charm lies the tragedy of his father's death

Patrick Kielty flew 5,000 miles to woo his future wife Cat Deeley. But behind the charm lies the tragedy of his father's death in 1988, killed by Ulster Loyalists. As he returns to stand-up, he opens up to.

'I ended up throwing the gun at the actor I was meant to shoot - the audience fell about laughing': Inside the head of... Nicholas Parsons

Excruciating moments on stage, a lifelong fear of strong winds and some stern words for cyclists. It's a good job we gave the radio veteran more than just a minute...

CRAIG BROWN: A brilliantly candid account of a hugely complicated relationship between father and son

The father: a dementia-stricken former legal giant with liberal views on everything except homosexuality. The son: gay writer Adam Mars-Jones.