Grace Dent

Grace Dent writes about television for The Independent

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Grace Dent on TV: Benefits Street, Channel 4

The title screams "poverty porn", but this is a show rich in compassion 

Tina Fey and Amy Poelher prepare for their hosting stint at the Golden Globe Awards 2014

Grace Dent: The Golden Globes showed women can do more than just light up the red carpet

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey’s presenting turn was a caustic triumph

Grace Dent: Valérie Trierweiler and what my heartbreak hotel would look like

A broken heart really does feel like a physical thing. Perhaps I should open a clinic to help people who’ve experienced it

Grace Dent on TV: Celebrity Big Brother, Channel 5

Liz Jones is a beacon of normality when cloistered with Dappy and co   

Grace Dent on TV: EastEnders, BBC 1

A window on the real world with Danny and his diamond geezers

Got a New Year's Eve hangover? Call for an Angel

In Kent, you can order a Mummy-style service - if you're willing to pay

When I’m offered my OBE – and it’s ‘when’ not ‘if’ – I’ll grab it with both hands

Those who refuse an honour inevitably follow it up with a worthy fuss

What Christmas TV classic most resembles your family Christmas?

The Grace Dent Christmas Questionnaire

Take this simple questionnaire and decide the time frame in which it’s permissible to bid your kin goodbye

Grace Dent on TV: Lucan, ITV

Another great Lucan mystery: how could ITV make this story so boring?

#Teamnigella: It’s the only side to be on

She could have said she’d been annoying. Instead, she filed for divorce

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