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Despite my obsession with Game of Thrones and Lucy Worsley’s The First Georgians right now, I am still televisually smitten with MTV’s Catfish. The show that exposes online love fraudsters. The throwaway youth TV show that one’s mind just cannot throw away. Instead, one sits post- episode genuinely saddened that our human need to love and be loved is so destructive. Or that  the earth’s supply of gullible optimists may well be infinite.

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BSkyB 'not losing battle for subscribers to BT'

BSkyB has signed a new five-year deal for exclusive rights to HBO shows including 'Game of Thrones', 'Girls'

Francois Hollande and his then partner Valerie Trierweiler greet thousands of gathered supporters at Place de la Bastille after victory in French Presidential Elections on May, 2012

Valerie Trierweiler: Former French First Lady set to pen a tell-all book about the Francois Hollande affair and her time at the Elysee

In interviews published today, Trierweiler says she “fell from a skyscraper” when she learned that Hollande was having an affair with an actress

Scarlett Johansson ends relationship with Oxfam International to back deal with Israeli company SodaStream ahead of Super Bowl

A statement released by the actress' spokesperson said that she has "a fundamental difference of opinion" with the humanitarian group

The Week in Radio: Jazz man Soweto Kinch's city tour captured Birmingham's inner beauty

A documentary on Birmingham? Thanks but no thanks, I thought to myself while pondering the new series of Reimagining the City. Seriously, Birmingham? It's hardly Florence or Cairo or Cape Town. No one nudges their partner on a soggy January morning and says wistfully, "Darling, wouldn't it be just lovely if we could leave all this behind and disappear to Birmingham?"

Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, pictured in 1944

‘Lost’ Dylan Thomas play starring Richard Burton given first radio broadcast

Original production of South Pacific mystery 'The Beach of Falesá' was shelved after poet’s death in 1953

Jennifer Lawrence wore Dior and pulled it off perfectly

Jennifer Lawrence loves The Only Way Is Essex: American Hustle star describes the tangerine dream as 'ridiculously amazing'

The star picked up a rather unfortunate viewing habit since she stayed in the UK with British boyfriend Nicholas Hoult

Chinese New Year 2014: Year of the Horse celebrated with Google Doodle

Google Doodle celebrates the Year of the Horse

Welsh poet Dylan Thomas

Shelved Dylan Thomas screenplay to air on BBC Radio 3

'The Beach of Falesa' was shelved in mysterious circumstances in the Forties

George Clooney on Sandra Bullock: ‘Sandy drinks so much that oftentimes it's just hard to keep her upright’

'It's tricky cause Sandy drinks so much that oftentimes it's just hard to keep her upright,' he told Reddit readers during a live AMA

Olivia Colman did not let a US Broadchurch snub 'cross her mind'

Olivia Colman refutes claims she is 'really cross' at US Broadchurch snub

Actress says she has never been annoyed by show's different US casting

Lady Mary with her admirer Lord Gillingham in the Downton Abbey Christmas special 2013

ITV launches pay channel ITV Encore

ITV’s next drama hit could air first on pay-TV after the Downton Abbey broadcaster today launched a new channel dedicated to drama, called ITV Encore, that will air only on Sky.

Anne Kirkbride, who as Deirdre Barlow is on-screen wife to William Roache's character Ken Barlow, Chris Gascoyne - his son Peter Barlow in the ITV soap - and actress Helen Worth, who plays Gail Platt, are expected to give evidence in Roache's defence

William Roache trial: Deirdre Barlow actor says he was a 'perfect gentleman'

The Coronation Street actor William Roache always behaved impeccably in the company of young women, Anne Kirkbride, who plays his on-screen wife Deirdre Barlow, has told a court.

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Henning Mankell: Wallander author reveals he has cancer

Mankell will document his battle with the disease for a newspaper column

Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch is to take on a new film role in the thriller Blood Mountain

Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch to star in crime thriller Blood Mountain

The British actor has been cast in Sergei Bodrov's latest film project

The duo in 2007

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