❉ Once Britain’s biggest star… and then gone. Why?
❉ The Beatles’ Christmas records were as as joyous as anything they produced, if much sillier.
❉ John Rain on Dog Man Star, Galton & Simpson, Peter Cook, Twitter and, of course, Smersh Pod.
❉ Darren Dutton is director and co-creator of Big Field, which returns to BBC Three today.
❉ A book about growing up in the dark side of the 70s with the darkest, most inappropriate pop culture ever.
❉ An appreciation of the quickfire comedy and anarchic spirit of the Marx Brothers.
❉ We’re asking, they’re answering. This week: West End leading lady and indie comic creator, Jessica Martin.
❉ We’re asking, they’re answering. This week: A blaggers’ guide to David Quantick!
❉ Sean Dickson on his new album, The Soup Dragons, the late Alan Vega, John Peel, T. Rex, and getting banned from TV-am.
❉ We Are Cult’s James Gent in conversation with Monty Python’s Terry Jones, published for the first time.