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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.

My Edinburgh: Rob Delaney, comedian

I'm expecting to have a great time at Edinburgh. I've never been to Scotland, let alone Edinburgh, so it's a massive privilege to finally get to perform there. My prime directive for these shows will be to make them FUN, since the festival will be well underway once I get there. So I'll have to blast the cobwebs off anyone who's tired, or jaded, or "festivaled out" and let them know right away that I am going to sweat buckets for them so they can relax and know they're safe in my hands, as it were.

Bo Burnham

My Edinburgh: Bo Burnham on changing venues and the Golden Age of the Fringe

What a shame. A lot has changed at the Edinburgh Fringe since 2010 (the last year I was here). Three years can do foul damage to things like comedy festivals and milk. I'm sure most of you reading this are too young to remember the year of 2010, but I can assure you, those were the good ol' days.

Bill Oddie: 'I tend to return to the same places and one of them is, rather bizarrely, Disney World in Florida'

Bill Oddie calls Government 'ignorant and arrogant' over wildlife issues in Britain

Naturalist Bill Oddie has lambasted the Government for being "ignorant and arrogant" and says that being axed from Springwatch put him in hospital for a year.

Book of books – or not

Is the Bible to be cast away by 'Desert Island Discs'?

For more than 70 years, the format of Radio 4's Desert Island Discs has remained the same. Castaways on the imaginary island are given a Bible and the complete works of Shakespeare, then asked to choose their eight favourite records. Now, according to a source at the BBC, senior producers have discussed dropping the Bible as a reflection of our increasingly secular society.

Peter Buckley Hill says that just because his festival is free, he does not compromise on quality

No laughing matter in Edinburgh as promoters fall out over Free Fringe

Edinburgh Comedy Awards chief warns of ‘terrible’ performances

Josh Widdicombe

My Edinburgh: Josh Widdicombe finds watching other comedians a struggle

I am trying to go and see more shows this year. You'd think, at the Edinburgh festival, that watching shows would be a given. For a month my life is a combination of the world's largest arts festival and day upon day of free time - what else is there to do? A lot, it turns out. I am good at finding excuses. Last year the Olympics was on TV, I can't miss history in the making. And the year before that we had a Playstation in my flat. I'm only human.

Rachel Parris - The Commission.

Edinburgh 2013: Rachel Parris: The Commission - This musical comedian is in her springtime

Imagine if you worked in advertising and then daubed subversive messages on street hoardings in your spare time. That's pretty much what the jingle writer, comedian, actress and improviser Rachel Parris is up to in her debut solo show.

Lucy Porter and friend see the joke

Edinburgh Festival comedy review: The best jokes by a royal mile

Edinburgh guffaws from end to end as four fine acts return with some sparkling new material

Video: DVD and Blu-Ray releases

See below to watch the trailers for this week's DVD and Blu-Ray releases

Isy Suttie is appearing in the Phoenix Fringe this year

Fringe benefits for the comedians staying away from Edinburgh

Alice Jones' Arts Diary

Justin Lee Collins fined for speeding offence

Justin Lee Collins has been hit with a £327 bill for speeding on a motorway in his Mini Cooper.

The Red Arrows fly over Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games

Olympics legacy: A fortnight of positive attitudes is not enough

The Paralympics were a breakthrough moment. They were a great opportunity to think about disability in a different way and for disabled people to be much more visible.

Claudia Winkleman says producers need not redress the gender imbalance on TV panel shows

Claudia Winkleman defends male dominance on TV panel shows

Men are more competitive and 'that's possibly what works'

Jerry Seinfeld has collaborated with Wale on his new album

Watch out Jay-Z: Jerry Seinfeld is rap's new secret weapon

Alice Jones' Arts Diary

The North (and Almost Everything in It), By Paul Morley

Mancunian bias, dodgy theories – but this groaning table of northern relish has flavour to spare

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