~ Posted by Nicholas Barber, October 24th 2013

    It’s the end of an era. After 15 years, Chris Tarrant is finally retiring as the host of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?", and ITV has no plans to continue the format without him. The days of Phoning A Friend and giving a Final Answer are over. But whether the programme's influence will die along with it is another matter.

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    ~ Posted by Isabel Lloyd, October 17th 2013 

    Forty-eight hours after the announcement that the British director Rufus Norris is to take over from Nicholas Hytner at the National Theatre, and already one word is beginning to define his tenure: collaboration. John Makison, the NT's chairman, told the press it was Norris’s "hugely collaborative approach to theatre" that clinched the deal. When Norris himself was asked what his main strengths were, he replied "I'm very collegiate, very collaborative". And among current British playwrights, the word is that this is a man who will work with them. "He listens to all the voices in the room," one told me, "not just the one that shouts the loudest."

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    ~ Posted by Robert Butler, October 15th 2013

    The stage was set for a revelation: the arts press had been invited to the National Theatre for 10.45am when the board's chairman, John Makinson, would introduce the person taking over the biggest job in British theatre, possibly even world theatre. There have only been five directors in the National's history: Laurence Olivier, Peter Hall, Richard Eyre, Trevor Nunn and—for 18 months moreNicholas Hytner. All male; four out of five Oxbridge; was anything about to change?

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