The Front


JIMMY PERRY, t - creator of Dad’s Army, It Ain’t Half Hot, Mum and Hi- De-Hi, chooses five sitcoms - old and new.

Robert De Niro, the greatest actor of his generation? Get outta here! The guy’s only got four facial expressions: the thoughtful, the amused, the puzzled and the constipated. I De Niro stars in City by the Sea, general release from Fri 70 Jan.


1 Dad’s Army What can you say? It made a historical statement and showed Britain at its best. It was a great time to be alive.

2 The Office Ricky Gervais is a fantastically funny man. He's taken a certain kind of humour and given it a new style. Any one that stupidly harks back to the “good ol' days’ needs to watch an episode.

Mmmmm’ 3 It Ain’t Half Hot, Mum This was political incorrectness at its very THE AMUSED best and that made for great ,. {4 television. 4 Hi De Mi Sue Pollard remains a great friend. She was a joy to work with on this. She's got such a wonderful sense of comic timing.

5 Father Ted I love this show. Although I told a Catholic priest that once and he didn't seem too happy!

KEVIN DOWNES, manager of Ster ,/ Century / Cinemas at the Ocean Terminal in Leith chooses his favourite films of 2002.

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1 The Royal Tenenbaums I‘m a big Hackman tan and he's in good

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2 Y 1h Mama Tambien Mexican

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3 The Road to Perdition Not Mendes' best work. but as a visual experience. The photography from Conrad Hall and the imagery and costume give it a great feel.

4 Lilo & Stitch This film made me laugh, and at one point nearly cry; a great film for all the family. Worth it for the Elvis impersonations alone.

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