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As the good people of Scotland mull over independence, it’s worth taking some time to work out how we ended up in this curious, often unsatisfactory four-way group hug at all. Until I watched the rather marvellous The Stuarts on BBC2 this week I can’t say I was wholly certain myself. My fuzzy A-level history recall is of Elizabethan Scotland and England, chalk and cheese, forever battering each other in Berwick and forming hollow alliances with France, or Spain, to keep the other country nervous. I don’t remember Wales being mentioned at all. Then at one point we appear to have joined forces, all as one observing a baggy pact with a swaggering name: “Great Britain”.

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Who is this Conan O’Brien bloke? And why are Americans always banging on about him? In the US, the Orange-Haired One inspires fans worship somewhere between cult leader and One Direction member on the devotion scale and soon we’ll find out why. His talk show Conan is arriving in the UK on Monday, as part of the launch of new free-to-air  channel TruTV. Here’s what you should know:

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For many years Nick Ross told us, “don’t have nightmares”, in the closing moments of BBC1’s Crimewatch. It was a chipper little phrase which we all enjoyed, although it did little to assuage the bleak mental remnants of 60 televised minutes of man’s inhumanity to man. Violent muggings, bank clerks from Rugby – always Rugby – tied up and tormented in vaults, the random unexplained murders and that bit midway through about missing, beloved antiques that no one gave a stuff about. Oh, you lost a vase? My heart bleeds for you, we’ve just watched news of a series of unfortunate events happening to an innocent mother-of-two in a parochial commuter-station car-park.

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On Monday it was announced that the trial of Tulisa Contostavlos, pop singer and former X Factor judge, had been thrown out of court. Within 24 hours, BBC Three had scheduled a documentary,Tulisa: The Price of Fame to air this coming Monday at 10pm.

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