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Caroline Flack became the tenth winner of Strictly Come Dancing

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Black Mirror is great on our technology culture, but also just great

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There are now more than 80 military wives choirs, with more than 2,000 members

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The Gogglebox couple provide a bubbly-fuelled love-in

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’Tis the season to get caught up with Coronation Street (ITV). It’s either that, or you’ll find yourself stuck watching the big Christmas Day showdown with no idea why Les Dennis is suddenly on telly again talking to that bloke out of Red Dwarf, like it’s 1997, or something.

This is New England: Ken Cheeseman, Ann Dowd, Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins in Olive Kitteridge

Olive Kitteridge, Sky Atlantic - TV review: The most magnificently miserable show on television in a long time

There will be many viewers for whom a middle-aged female curmudgeon makes an appealing anti-hero

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There’s lots of nudity, the costumes are sumptuous, the extras are multitudinous and the backdrops are spectacular

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Grace Dent on TV: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies was a beautifully shot, immensely considered drama

This was the sort of drama so weighty that Anna Maxwell Martin could poke her head up in a bit part – brilliantly – and still hardly warrant a mention

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