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THURSDAY 04 MARCH

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MOHAMED AL FAYED
Andrew Pierce, the Times diarist who reported on the Mohamed Al Fayed - Neil Hamilton libel trial, reviews a play and a television documentary, both of which take the controversial businessman as their subject.

The Curious Case of the Disappearing Pharaoh tonight on BBC Two at 9:50 pm

All I Want Is A British Passport at the Soho Theatre in London until 13 March


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THORNTON WILDER
A rare revival of Thornton Wilder's play The Skin of our Teeth has opened at The Young Vic theatre. Mark Lawson is joined by theatre director David Lan and New York Times theatre critic Mel Gussow in investigating the writer who won the Pulitzer prize three times and who launched a quiet revolution in American theatre.

Thornton Wilder's play, The Skin of our Teeth, is at the Young Vic Theatre until Saturday 10 April

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DAVID PEACE: GB 84
Mark Lawson talks to the author about his fifth novel GB 84, a dramatisation of the events surrounding the 1984 miners' strike.

GB84 is published by Faber, ISBN Number: 0571214452

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SHORT STORY COMPETITION
To mark World Book Day, Front Row is launching a Short Story Competition: Your challenge is to write the first 100 words of a novel in any genre, such as thriller, romance, chick lit, etc. A survey commissioned for World Book Day has revealed that accountants spend more time reading for pleasure than teachers, MPs, journalists, taxi drivers and vicars, on average 5 ¼ hours per week. Your first 100 words therefore must feature an accountant as a character and include five words from the accounting world: offshore, loophole, savings, spreadsheet, and figure.

Send your entries to Front Row, World Book Day Competition, BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA or email us at frontrow@bbc.co.uk, or use the email link below. Please label your emails World Book Day Competition. And the closing date is next Friday - 12 March.

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DOCTOR WHO
Mark Lawson talks to Mark Gatiss about being part of the team of writers, which also includes Stephen Moffat and Russell TR Davies, who are putting together the new series of Doctor Who for BBC1.

Filming on Doctor Who begins in Cardiff this summer for transmission on BBC1 in 2005

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