Television choices: New Yorker CK enjoys the sweet smell of success

TV pick of the week: Louie

Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell in 'The Campaign'

Blu-ray & DVD review: The Campaign (15)

Will Ferrell plays Cam Brady, a sleazebag congressman who is a shoo-in for a fifth straight term until Zach Galifianakis's klutz (he's incapable of opening doors) Marty comes along, backed by two unctuous industrialists (John Lithgow and Dan Ackroyd, both wasted here).

Anger Management, starring Charlie Sheen, is being renewed for 100 episodes

Television: Strap in for 100 new episodes of Charlie Sheen

For even the greatest comedies, getting a new series renewed (ie funded for a new series) can be hard work. When Seinfeld struggled in its first few seasons, it was almost cancelled until it moved slots. Even mega hits like Modern Family only tend to be renewed one season in advance due to the huge costs of making a 24-episode series.

Last Night's Viewing: Funny Business, BBC2
Growing Up Poor, BBC3

You can have 20 minutes of Ricky Gervais's time for about £25,000, but Michael Mansfield is going to cost you a bit more – up to £40,000, according to Funny Business, Richard Marson's intriguing series about the economics of the comedy boom.

Amy Poehler was great success on Golden Globes - but who is she?

Tina Fey and Poehler replaced Ricky Gervais as this year's hosts. But unlike Fey, her blond counterpart is relatively unknown this side of the pond

Timothy Spall, Jack Farthing, Mark Williams and Jennifer Saunders in ‘Blandings’

First Night: Blandings, BBC1, 6.30pm

A fine slice of Plum pie for Sunday nights – but did it need added sugar?

IoS DVD review: Dredd

I'd tell you to forget Sylvester Stallone's overblown Judge Dredd movie, but you probably already have.

DVD & Blu-ray review: The Titfield Thunderbolt (U) Charles Crichton (82mins)

This slice of community spirit whimsy from Ealing centres on a proposed closure of the train line linking Titfield to Mallingford.

Take That on telly: First it was Gary Barlow in Miranda, now Jason Orange in Shameless

The "Could It Be Magic" singers are making cameo appearances in some of our best-loved TV shows

Comedy duo admitted to hallowed halls of British Museum

The Gentlemen of Leisure are first comedy act allowed to perform a tour at the London-based museum

Comedians of the Antichrist give first atheist church their blessing

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

My Big Fat Quiz of the Year and a case of entirely confected outrage

You might not have found Jack Whitehall's jokes amusing, but that's no reason to send in a complaint. We must defend the right of comics to say what they like

Grace Dent on TV: Mrs Brown's Boys, BBC1

Irritating relatives, terrible jokes, mindless banter: the perfect accompaniment to a family Christmas

Page 3 Profile: Miranda Hart, actress

The Queen of Christmas television?

Cool Runnings, The Snowman, Mr Stink, Dragon's Den, Bad Santa

Our pick of the best on the box this festive season

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Syria civil war: Meet the military commander who says his soldiers will not rest until every inch of their war torn country is free of Islamist 'terrorists'

‘We won’t stop until Syria is back to normal’

Near the front lines with Islamist-controlled towns where Assad’s troops were besieged just last month, Robert Fisk meets a commander confidently preparing his soldiers for battle
The inside story of how Bill Clinton built a $2bn global foundation may undermine Hillary's chances

The inside story of how Bill Clinton built a $2bn global foundation...

... and how it may undermine Hillary's chances in 2016
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Extra-virgin, cold-press, early-harvest, ultra-premium: 12 best olive oils

Choosing an olive oil is a surprising minefield. Save yourself the hassle with our handy guide
Rafa Benitez Real Madrid unveiling: New manager full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

Benitez full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

There were tears in the former Liverpool manager’s eyes as he was unveiled as Real Madrid coach. But the Spaniard knows he must make tough decisions if he is to succeed
Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

Beating obesity

The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
9 best women's festival waterproofs

Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

These are the macs to keep your denim dry and your hair frizz-free(ish)
Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

Wiggins worried

Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?