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He has impeccable left-wing credentials and is famed for preaching tolerance… but Eddie Izzard has found himself at the centre of protests over a gig he performed in Tel Aviv tonight. Campaigners have likened the gig to playing apartheid-era South Africa – and the former organisers of the Palestine Marathon have called on him to be banned from the event. Right To Movement, which organised the marathon through Bethlehem for the last four years, has protested that: 'British comedian Eddie Izzard cannot run for freedom this Friday if he entertains in Tel Aviv on Thursday.

A spin-off from classic political sitcom The New Statesman could be on the cards – three years after the death of its star Rik Mayall.

Chris Addison is to direct the female-led remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

MATT LUCAS's memoirs, Little Me, are to be published on October 3, it has been announced.

David Baddiel has become an ambassador for the Alzheimer's Society.

Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders are to receive this year's Aardman Slapstick Comedy Legend Award.

Sarah Silverman is entering the topical comedy talk show game.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge could bag her first Bafta – or two – for Fleabag.

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