Arts and Entertainment

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.

Subversive: The Beano, as admired by Danny Wallace in A Menace to Society

Radio review: A Menace to Society - How the Bash Street Kids squared up to the Hun

Had Germany invaded Britain during the Second World War, apparently it would have been curtains for The Beano. So assiduous was the comic in poking fun at Hitler and his "Nasties" that it was down for immediate closure, its editor to be taken out and shot.

The Saturday Quiz

1. Seven, Fourteen and 26': works by which US composer (1912-1992)?

Police to report on Savile abuse probe as prosecutors receive file on man in 60s

Detectives investigating the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal will publish a joint report this week, Scotland Yard said today, as it emerged prosecutors had received a file on a man in his 60s.

Comedians of the Antichrist give first atheist church their blessing

Liam O’Brien attends the maiden ‘service’ for non-believers

Miranda Hart replaces Alan Car as presenter of Chatty Man for Channel 4's Mash Up

Comedy actress Miranda Hart seems to be going on a new year health kick - and then undoing it with a cheeky tipple.

Tourists gather underneath the pyramid of Chichen Itza in Merida, southern Mexico

21/12/12: The date to party like it's the end of the world

But remember the bar bill just in case...

Rupert Murdoch and his wife, Wendi Deng, with Rupert’s sister Janet Calvert-Jones

Rupert Murdoch tells of ‘good smacking’ at mother’s funeral

Rupert Murdoch and his wife, Wendy Deng, walked past rows of mourners at St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne for the funeral of the media mogul’s late mother, Dame Elisabeth, yesterday.

31 allegations of rape made against Jimmy Savile in sex abuse inquiry

589 alleged victims have come forward during their investigation

Gary Glitter bailed again in Savile sex abuse inquiry

Former pop star Gary Glitter and a man in his 70s have been re-bailed by police investigating the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal.

Outgrowing Outnumbered: Can it carry off adolescent angst now its child stars are so big?

The Brockman family are back with another chaotic Christmas special. But now that ‘children’ Jake, Ben and Karen have all reached double figures, will the show be as funny?

Say no to sexism: why funny women on stage, on television and online are the new feminist fightback

The late Christopher Hitchens may have thought that women aren't funny - but if he were alive he'd see the evidence disproving his theory multiplying by the day

Greg Davies: The Back of My Mum's Head, Hammersmith Apollo, London

Leaving the stage, Greg Davies describes his show tonight as one of the high points of his career.

Page 3 Profile: Karl Rove, Republican strategist

Sharing in the election joy?

Tottenham have defended their fans' use of the 'Y-word'

Tottenham and FA face threat over claims of anti-Semitism

Lawyers raise spectre of legal action if use of 'Y-word' by fans is not immediately tackled

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Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – MS Swiss Corona - seven nights from £999pp
Lake Maggiore, Orta and the Matterhorn – seven nights from £899pp
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Istanbul Ephesus & Troy – six nights from £859pp
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Alexander Fury: The designer names to look for at fashion week this season

The big names to look for this fashion week

This week, designers begin to show their spring 2015 collections in New York
Will Self: 'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

Will Self takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Toy guns proving a popular diversion in a country flooded with the real thing
Al Pacino wows Venice

Al Pacino wows Venice

Ham among the brilliance as actor premieres two films at festival
Neil Lawson Baker interview: ‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.

Neil Lawson Baker interview

‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.
The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
The model of a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

The model for a gadget launch

Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster

A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering
Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

As the collections start, fashion editor Alexander Fury finds video and the internet are proving more attractive
Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy

Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall...

... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy
Weekend at the Asylum: Europe's biggest steampunk convention heads to Lincoln

Europe's biggest steampunk convention

Jake Wallis Simons discovers how Victorian ray guns and the martial art of biscuit dunking are precisely what the 21st century needs
Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Lying is dangerous and unnecessary. A new book explains the strategies needed to avoid it. John Rentoul on the art of 'uncommunication'
Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough? Was the beloved thespian the last of the cross-generation stars?

Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough?

The atomisation of culture means that few of those we regard as stars are universally loved any more, says DJ Taylor