BBC Two is to pay poignant tribute to Rik Mayall in a programme to air this Christmas. The retrospective, Lord Of Misrule, will be narrated by Simon Callow and features contributions from Michael Palin, Simon Pegg, Lenny Henry, Ruby Wax and Ben Elton. It will cover his career from investigative nerd Kevin Turvey until his sudden death on June 9 this year.

Lee Evans might have just announced his retirement – but his new live DVD has gone straight to the top of the comedy charts.

The comedy week ahead.

Venues are cancelling live shows by Bill Cosby as more women come forward to accuse the comedian of sexually assaulting him.

Radio 4 has commissioned a series from sketch trio So On & So Forth.

• 'I love him dearly like a boyfriend.

Mark Thomas has launched legal action against the Metropolitan Police, claiming they unlawfully spied on him.

Mike Nichols, the former comedian who went on to direct acclaimed movies including The Graduate, Catch-22 and Postcards From The Edge, has died at the age of 83.

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