Inside Television: Don't binge-watch Sky Atlantic's new drama True Detective


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Everyone's already watched series two of Netflix's House of Cards, right? Fans spent the past week splurging, gorging and binging on the political thriller which stars Kevin Spacey as the man who puts the "vice" into Vice-President.

Watching just one episode leaves us hungry, and "binge-watch" has made runner-up for Oxford Dictionaries' "Word of the Year", 2013, but could this mode of TV consumption be just a fad diet?

Tomorow night, Sky Atlantic will begin airing new drama True Detective – in moderation. The Louisiana-set crime thriller is not yet available in full online, so a week will pass before episode two.

That's time enough to mull the occult symbolism and to let the existential horror settle on your soul. TV-on-demand serves a purpose, but great TV, like great food, is better if you wait.

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This week Ant McPartlin (the taller one) was rushed to hospital after slicing off the top of his thumb while preparing Sunday lunch for Dec. He should recover in time for the new series of Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, which starts tonight, but this was still a sobering reminder that even seemingly timeless TV presenting duos are but fragile mortals.

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"You can't teach someone to have a personality," admits Andy, "but you can teach them to be comfortable in front of a camera."