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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.

Ben Zygier, the suspected Mossad spy previously known only as Prisoner X

Family of Prisoner X Ben Zygier 'to receive millions in compensation from Israeli government'

Secret report into his death in prison in 2010 concludes he had committed suicide

Modern touch: the breakfast room at Ampersand House

B&B and Beyond: Ampersand House, Shaftesbury, Dorset

A London graphic designer has brought fresh clean lines to one of England’s oldest towns, as Tracey Davies discovers

Gemma McCluskie went missing in March

Former EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie 'was killed after row about overflowing sink'

Former EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie was beaten to death by her brother after a row over an overflowing sink, a court heard today.

DVD: Peep Show: Series 8 (15)

It's still the best thing David Mitchell and Robert Webb have ever been involved in and it's probably, along with Father Ted, Channel 4's funniest sitcom.

St Lucia: Sweet luxury in a tropical hideaway

Room Service: Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort Saint Lucia

A house that works is one where everyone gets along and brings something different to the group

How to pick prospective housemates... with care

This time of year, students lurch between house viewings so desperately they begin to resemble bad husbands on Christmas Eve - driving petrol station to petrol station looking for a decent bunch of flowers. Before you can decide where to live, there’s the unenviable task of pulling together a team of housemates. To avoid sabotaging your next academic year, make your choices wisely.

Mydidae, Soho Theatre, London

The DryWrite company likes to set its authors intriguing challenges. For example, to test the degree to which it is possible to simulate the authentic voice, it once gave a group of dramatists the choice of submitting either a genuine or a comprehensively faked piece of verbatim theatre, with the audience left to guess which were the trustworthy ones. 

The best Christmas gifts for the aesthete

Main image: face pots, £67, Aram; frames, from £5, John Lewis

Florence and the Latrine - drummer gets locked in the loo before gig

Chart stars Florence and The Machine were almost late for a live radio gig - after their drummer got locked in the loo.

Credo: Katie Piper

‘Fake it till you make it’

Hagman says: 'I did bring a lot to the role of JR. I'm from Texas in real life, see, and I have that state of mind. It’s a type of arrogance. You Brits used to have it; the arrogance of imperialism'

Larry Hagman: 'I was drinking five bottles of champagne on set, but I was never drunk'

My accountant was very happy when they told me They were bringing 'Dallas' back and wanted JR to return I said yes. Why? I wasn't doing anything else, Linda [Gray, who plays Sue Ellen] and Patrick [Duffy – Bobby Ewing] told me they were interested, so how couldn't I be?

Capital gains: The quality of the food appears to be higher in Copenhagen than elsewhere in Denmark

Mary Dejevsky: Denmark – no country for adult gourmets on a budget

Denmark has long been a great destination for families with young children, offering everything from broad, safe beaches and non-scary food to Legoland, the holy shrine of plastic bricks. But can it deliver for grown-ups? The Bridge, The Killing, and New Danish cuisine have certainly put the country on the map for couples – although my husband and I were drawn by long-standing interests in the history of the Vikings, and in contemporary design.

Britain set to bask in more sunshine

Britain is set to bask in more sunshine and high temperatures in the coming days as the London 2012 Olympic countdown reaches its climax.

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