Food for thought: a Pakistani Muslim distributes food for Iftar, which breaks the fast at sunset

Ramadan 2013: Fasting for the body, food for the soul - and how Muslim life in Britain has changed

Non-Muslims used to regard Ramadan with suspicion. As she begins the annual ritual, Arifa Akbar explains how its lessons in empathy and abstinence can benefit us all

Rashid Khan in Channel 4's 'A Very British Ramadan'

A Very British Ramadan kicks off Channel 4's 'provocative' season on Islamic festival

Channel 4’s “provocative” series of programmes about Ramadan will begin tonight with A Very British Ramadan.

Muslims stand in the prayer hall during Friday prayers in Baitul Futuh Mosque in south London. Channel 4 will broadcast the call to prayer live during Ramadan.

Channel 4 to 'provoke' viewers who associate Islam with terrorism with live call to prayer during Ramadan

The broadcaster will provide extensive coverage of the Muslim period of prayer to challenge those who associate the religion with extremism and terror

Prosecutor Alex Prentice getting miked up

The Murder Trial: Channel 4 plans to televise major UK court cases using One Born Every Minute format

Next week's documentary about a high profile Scottish murder trial is just the first in what the broadcaster hopes will be many more

TV review: Happy Families, ITV
Eye Spy, Channel 4

I'm guessing that the title of Happy Families – ITV's panopticon documentary series – is meant to be ironic. Or at least that it understands there may be a little friction between the childlike innocence of those two words and what you see on screen. Because they don't look at all happy – or at least not in any uncomplicated way.

Television choices: Return of the living dead, this time with added brains

TV pick of the week: The Returned

The landing page for 4oD

Channel 4 launches dedicated 'second-screen app', 4Now

Broadcaster follows trend to colonize mobiles and tablets used by people watching TV

Clare Balding with the special award for outstanding achievement in factual presenting, one of two special awards for this year (Ian West/PA)

BBC apologises for broadcasting discussion on 'curing' Clare Balding of being gay

The programme also asked guests to debate whether Balding should present horse racing shows topless

Sport on TV: Even the Queen is saddled with ubiquitous Clare Balding

She's an asset to the nation: happy and glorious, long to reign over us, God save Clare Balding. Turn on any TV channel and the odds are you will see her mischievous eyes beneath that Diana mop. The bookies should call off all bets, for she can wear the silks of whichever stable wants her and she makes changing horses in mid-sentence seem easy.

Make Bradford British wins international documentary award

A documentary series about integration in multi-cultural Britain has won a prestigious international television award.

A scene from Les Revenants which will be broadcast on Channel 4

Nicole? Papa? Channel 4 to screen all adverts en Français during French zombie drama The Returned

Channel 4 is to break new ground by screening an entire ad break in French - a debut for UK television.

Skint, Channel 4

TV review: Skint, Channel 4

The Story of Now, BBC2

Video: Summer television

Watch the videos below to see trailers for a selection of the best TV shows to watch this summer.

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Frankie Dettori admits for the first time to taking cocaine

The jockey says he was 'very ashamed and embarrassed'

The actor stars as Frank Gallagher in Shameless

No Offence: Channel 4 to show the other side of Shameless with Paul Abbott cop drama

Channel 4 is to show the other side of Shameless after announcing a new drama series which follows a group of police officers trying to enforce the law in a chaotic Manchester community.

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