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10,000 people were allegedly forced to attend one of the group executions

Brüno, Larry Charles, 83 mins, (18)<br>The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, Rebecca Miller, 98 mins, (15)

This sequel is just so 2006, despite its funny moments &ndash; and 'Borat' did it so much better

Pandora: Hot Shot Shahid relinquishes his title

Pandora has lost track of Shahid Malik's comings and goings in recent weeks, what with his resigning as a minister over expenses, only to return to the Government a week later and then become the subject of an investigation by John Lyon, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.

Last Night's Television - Personal Affairs, BBC3; Imagine... BBC1

Age cannot dither them

The 10 best soap exits

Soap opera stars come and go, and so do the plotlines used to bump them off.

Channel 4 puts TV archives online

Channel 4 is to become the first UK broadcaster to make its back catalogue of programmes available to watch for free on its website, it was announced.

Desperate Housewives on the verge of a nervous breakdown

Pedro Almodovar takes his zany Spanish film to the American suburbs &ndash; and television

Adoration of US television is 'dangerous nonsense'

It's fashionable to argue that Americans do it best when it comes to quality TV drama. But close inspection of the output reveals that the Brits are still number one, says Simon Shaps

Desperate Housewives: The 100th episode

The smart satire notches up its century in Britain this week. But all is not well in Wisteria Lane. Guy Adams reports

Last Night's Television - Mistresses, BBC1; In the Line Of Fire, ITV1

The passion's all spent

Sport on TV: Going to heaven in a handcart with ladies and their tea trays

The women's Bob Skeleton World Cup came to a juddering climax on Eurosport last Thursday. The glamorous Barbara Skeletons careered down the ice on their tea trays at speeds of up to 80mph without steering or brakes, like some kind of demented school run – if the schools were ever open in the snow. Their courage and athleticism put into perspective any sledding you may have tried to do in the park recently. But you still wouldn't back them to reverse into a tight space.

Robin Scott-Elliot: Why kids want to be Wayne and all Swedish men look like Sven

View From The Sofa: Blackrock Masters, ITV 4 2-7 Dec; Rooney's Street Striker, Sky 1 Sunday

Fable 2: Adventures in narrative

Mention casual gaming to Peter Molyneux, founder of game developers Lionhead, and the expression that passes across his face could barely look less casual. "There's a lot more people jumping on boards and waving sticks and doing casual games, and an awful lot of publishers now are literally going out and trying to create games for those people", he responds. You can't help but get the impression that this might well vex him a little. "Only the games that are excruciatingly casual", he adds, "are making casual gamers feel good".

Last Night's Television: Desperate Housewives, Channel 4<br />Air Medics, BBC1, Banged Up Abroad, Five

"The moment will come when we ask ourselves, 'Where did the time go?'" said the Valium-voiced Mary Alice at the beginning of last night's Desperate Housewives, dispensing another of the tranquillising banalities that are the series's stock in trade. For devoted followers of the programme, I think that moment will have come sooner than they expected when it became clear that an awful lot has been going on while we've been away. Lynette's tearaway boys now tower over her and can drive her car, Bree is well on her way to transforming herself into Martha Stewart, and Gabrielle, one hardly dares write the words, is looking a little plump and tugging a tubby daughter around behind her. "Where did the past five years go?" you ask yourself, and the answer is into the bin. Wisteria Lane needed a real jolt, one imagines the writers must have felt, and hitting the narrative chronology hard with a sledgehammer was what they came up with to do the trick. Cue some rather neat time-lapse editing in which our heroines walk out of five years ago into today, and into circumstances that their older selves would never have dreamt of.

Everything you need to know about... Desperate Housewives

Everybody's favourite black comedy of suburban America and sky-high stilettos comes sashaying back on to our screens as the ladies of Wisteria Lane get a fifth series.

Friends like these: The BBC is hoping that its new series 'Mutual Friends' will match the success of'Cold Feet'

The new Cold Feet: it's one of those holy grails of the schedules. After numerous not very successful attempts to follow in the comedy-drama's footsteps (Hearts and Bones, Big Bad World or Metropolis, anyone?), maybe this time the commissioners have unearthed that holiest of holies – the middle-class serial that mirrors the lives of its viewers. Mutual Friends certainly has more than a touch of Mike Bullen's hit show, which ran for five seasons from 1997, about it.

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