DVD: Modern Familing: Season Three (20th Century Fox)

For a sitcom that last week won its third Emmy in a row for outstanding comedy series, this starts slowly, with punchlines that are too transparent and its sentimental streak becoming cloying.

Damned By Chuck Palahniuk

"Are you there, Satan? It's me, Madison" – so the preppy heroine of Palahniuk's novel kicks off each new chapter, cutely pardoying Judy Blume's Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret.

Last night's viewing - Citizen Khan, BBC1 Hunderby, Sky Atlantic

I had seen the hat before, I was sure of it. Mr Khan's, that is, from Citizen Khan. So I Googled it and sure enough, it was the very same hat worn by the Asian man in Mind Your Language – not the one with the turban but the other one who smiled unctuously and shook his head from side to side every time he spoke. Mr Khan didn't shake his head in the same way, but he may as well have done, and he certainly wore the same hat, which must have been gathering dust in ITV's costume cupboard since the late 1970s, before being taken up now, three decades later, by the BBC.

The Thick of It

Lib Dems look away now: The Thick of It is back

If the Coalition cock-ups and ministerial meltdowns appear particularly well-informed when political satire The Thick Of It returns, then Nick Clegg may wish to interrogate his private office.

Marek Larwood: Typecast, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

“I’m sick of playing people who have been hit by spades”, laments Marek Larwood in his debut solo show. It’s not clear whether he is offering this slapstick stereotyping as a reason for his permanently startled expression, but there’s little doubt that the 36-year-old has a face for comedy.

Edinburgh Diary

Comedian recalls useful advice that started him on the path to glory

My Secret Life: Simon Day, 50, comedian

'I'm good with a water cannon'

For straight-up stand-up, Felicity Ward's 'The Hedgehog Dilemma' at Underbelly will be difficult to beat this year

Edinburgh comedy: Got a hedgehog complex? Send for Felicity Ward!

Most comics making their Edinburgh debut would be grateful for a packed house, but not David Trent.

Everybody's talking about...Shopping Centre

The Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh

Last night's viewing - Jon Richardson: a Little Bit OCD, Channel 4, Twenty Twelve, BBC2

The comedian Jon Richardson used to do a gag about obsessive-compulsive disorder. "I never say I've got OCD," it went, "because it's got the word 'disorder' in it and it seems untidy." Well, perhaps you had to be there – the past tense being particularly relevent in this case because Richardson doesn't tell this joke anymore. Jon Richardson: a Little Bit OCD, his contribution to Channel 4's season of programmes about mental health, offered an explanation of why the line had been dropped.

Danish distraction is why G4S is still in a right old mess

This can't be allowed to continue. It is time for the regulators to get a handle on it

DVD: 21 Jump Street

In this big-screen version of the 1980s TV show, rookie cops Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are picked for their youthful looks to return to high-school and infiltrate a drugs ring.

Heads up: Daniel Kitson

A trim for the fringe: less hair, same flair from comic Kitson

DVD & Blu-Ray: Wanderlust (15)

Struggling marrieds George (Paul Rudd) and Linda (Jennifer Aniston) lose their careers shortly after buying an overpriced studio flat in Manhattan, so they're forced to move in with an obnoxious relative in Atlanta.

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Internazionale tie at San
Siro in 1995

Italian connections run deep for the man Inter call 'Mister Flanaghan'

That Roy Hodgson was appointed coach by a club like Inter shows he is highly thought of by Sunday's opponents. By Sam Wallace

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