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John Oliver, a 37-year-old Birmingham-native, first found US fans as a correspondent on The Daily Show

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The Week in Radio: Art historian Janina Ramirez proved that a painting can come to life on air even if you can't see it

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Tom Bell, co-creator of the hit stage version, explains the weird and enduring appeal of ITV’s 1980s interactive fantasy kids’ show

Rhodri Marsden's Interesting Objects: Linus's blanket

* If the comic strip Peanuts was, as Charles M Schulz once said, "a study in disappointment", the character of Linus was a wonderful study of insecurity. Sixty years ago this weekend, the bright but somewhat troubled child was pictured carrying a security blanket for the first time. Charlie Brown asks Lucy why he's holding it. "I'm not sure," she replies.

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Gabriel Byrne stars as a crime-solving pathologist in the 1950s-set Quirke

Inside Television: From There to Here, Mr Sloane and Quirke...nostalgia on TV is so much better than it used to be

They say if you can remember the 1960s, you weren’t there. Or at least that’s what they used to say, until television dramas like Mad Men, Endeavour and Inspector George Gently furnished us all with perfect recall of life in decades past - whether we were actually there at the time or not.

Maggie Gyllenhaal stars in BBC Two's The Honourable Woman

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Dublin-born Gabriel Byrne returns to the city to star in BBC1's Fifties-set crime noir Quirke

The show is the creation of Byrne's compatriot Benjamin Black – aka Booker Prize winner John Banville. They tell Gerard Gilbert why Ireland still stirs up painful memories
Suits you, sir: Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse in 'Harry & Paul's Story of the 2s'

Why Paul Whitehouse and Harry Enfield had to stab BBC2 in the back

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Jensen Ackles plays Dean in CW's 'Supernatural'

Supernatural season 9: Why the TV series is so popular almost a decade on

Elsa Vulliamy explains the force of Supernatural, a US sci-fi/fantasy drama series with a global online fanbase in the millions

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Review:Children of Syria, BBC2

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Family tragedy: a woman holding a picture of her missing relative after the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh last year

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Nick & Margaret: Too Many Immigrants?
Nick and Margaret: Immigration Gain or Drain proves illuminating
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Leading light: Rose Leslie in 'Utopia'

Review: Utopia, Channel 4

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The byte stuff: 'Silicon Valley'

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Maggie Gyllenhaal plays Nessa Stein, a woman who is trying to build links in the Middle East
Common and The Honourable Woman are clangingly depressing
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David Luiz pictured during the 7-1 defeat to Germany
German record set as 32.6m tune in to watch World Cup semi-final
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All-new couples 'Come Dine With Me'
Review C4 adds a moreish new ingredient to the reality TV recipe
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Murdered by my Boyfriend sees a teenage girl fall for a violent older man
Review Compelling enough and realistic when it counted
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Close to home: Lorraine Pascale with Marion and John Bird, her first foster parents
Review A model guide to the country's foster-care crisis
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Jeremy Paxman signs off for the final time
Review He was box office and BBC's news will be duller without him
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The Girl Who Talked to Dolphins
Review So much more than a bit of human-dolphin lovin'
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On the attack: Jay featured in ‘Football Hooligan & Proud’
Review An uninspiring look at the ugly side of the beautiful game

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Alan Davies, Kevin Eldon and Jo Brand in 'Playhouse Presents: Damned'

Review Yes, it's formulaic - but it's my kind of formula

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Review A crime drama not worth staying on the case for
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Review Are gerontophile perversions that's the problem?
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