Adopted into a family of Pentecostal Evangelists, Jeanette Winterson grew up in a fervently religious home. She was raised to believe that she "belonged to God and had been chosen by God, and because God was empowering her, she could do anything."
From the age of eight she began writing and deliv
In 1994 Dennis Potter knew he was going to die. The writer of such television theater masterpieces as "The Singing Detective" and "Pennies from Heaven" had just been diagnosed with untreatable cancer of the liver and pancreas. In a strange move, he agreed to talk with the BBC about his life and immin
With names like "Run for Your Wife" and "Wife Begins at Forty," Cooney's plays are ready to pratfall easily into the puddle of "take my wife, please..." humor or to lollygag about the "garters-'n-boxers" school of comedy Ã la Benny Hill (where nothing is funnier than a dropped pair of drawers). Ho
Until the 1980s, British humor stayed largely in the vein of Benny Hill and Monty Python. It was not a good place for women, who generally got laughs by falling out of corsets, bending over in mini-skirts, or fleeing dirty old men. That all changed when Jennifer Saunders arrived on the scene, smearin