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Will Dean is Editor of The Independent Magazine

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Crackanory, Dave, review: All hail Rik Mayall, the much-missed king of manic comedy

The gleeful menace in his delivery made this a fitting epitaph

Mod men: the Small Faces featured in Oh! You Pretty Things: the Story of Music and Fashion

Oh! You Pretty Things: the Story of Music and Fashion, TV review: It's the same old song - a Sixties pop doc with style but little substance

To anyone who's ever read The Face or, you know, watched Top of the Pops or seen what a band looks like, it's fairly obvious that fashion has played a major role in the history of British pop music. All pop music. But especially British pop music from the Sixties to the present day – a period in cultural history rarely covered except by a niche group of scholars. And 18 documentaries a week on BBC4, doing their best to prove the adage that if you can remember the Sixties, then you'd best do a piece to camera for Alan Yentob.

Let's get quizzical: Warwick Davis (with James Corden centre) hosts Celebrity Squares

Celebrity Squares, TV review: Wise up, Warwick Davis! There's money at stake

Without wishing to shatter the illusion that the nation's hardy TV critics file their copy as the previous evening's viewing ends – "on the whistle", as they call it over on sports – the mollycoddled troops in the Independent's multimedia AV theatre get the advantage of advance previews (plus the popcorn machine, martini trolley, gratis foot rubs etc).

Gary Cole and Julia-Louis Dreyfus in season 3 of Veep

Veep, TV review: Season-ending double-header ramps up the freneticism

Obviously, Armando Iannucci's Veep (Sky Atlantic) is nothing like a rehash of an old show. But in last night's season-ending double-header, things did take a bit of a turn for the Jim Hacker circa the Yes Minister 1984 Christmas special when our fictional politico got a promotion.

Our Zoo, BBC One, TV review: A heart-warming period drama

But did the camels enjoy making it?

City slicker: Dr James Fox in front of Gustav Klimt’s ‘The Kiss’ in Vienna

Bright Lights, Brilliant Minds: a Tale of Three Cities, TV review: This whirl through Vienna's past was an artful start to a promising triple-bill

Gawd, there's a load of rubbish on at the moment isn't there? Thank goodness once more, then, for BBC4, TV's verbose uncle with ephemera to divulge and an hour in which to do it while everyone else watches The Great British Bake Off.

Thumb a ride: Mary Walker featured in ‘100-Year-Old Drivers’

100-Year-Old Drivers, TV review: This wryly amusing look at mature motorists bypasses some bigger issues

It makes a difference if you can walk to the shops or not. Design a town around people walking and you'll design a happier, healthier community. Follow the model of suburban town planning over the past 60 years and you create areas entirely dependent on being able to drive a car to go and get a pint of milk. Or need someone else to go and get you one.

Inside information: Mariella Frostrup discovered more about her great-great-grandfather's incarceration in HMP Lancaster Castle in ‘Secrets from the Clink’

Secrets from the Clink, TV review: Intriguing exposé of criminal past of celebrities' ancestors

In a more innocent age, the very notion of a celebrity being in jail was enough to trigger hysteria. Phil Spector! Pete Doherty! Paris Hilton!

10 best football gear

With just over a week to go until the start of the new season, here are the crucial pieces of kit and training aides to get you match-ready

Clowning around: Neil Maskell, Jo Hartley, Jamie Demetriou, Rebecca Gethings and Terry Mynott in ‘The Mimic’

The Mimic: TV review: This sitcom sleeper hit is still making a good impression

A slight confession. I missed the beginning of The Mimic (Channel 4) when it returned a fortnight ago. That was because it returned on the same night as Veep and Silicon Valley on Sky Atlantic, and, like the rest of the global media elite, I take my commands from Rupert Murdoch, or at least from one of his underlings.

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