Grassroots, BFI London Film Festival

With the US election coming up, it's no surprise that there are a few films focused on the ballot box about at the moment. Seal Team Six: the Raid on Osama Bin Laden will be distributed by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein two days before the presidential election; meanwhile the Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis spoof The Campaign is out now, lampooning the race to office as a dirty farce.

Last Night's Viewing: Hebburn, BBC2
My Tattoo Addiction, Channel4

In one sense, there's not a lot in Hebburn that you haven't seen before. The essential dynamic of Jason Cook's warm and funny sitcom is unavoidably reminiscent of Gavin & Stacey – with young love leading to the introduction of an outsider into a close-knit Geordie family – and the fact that there are three generations under the one roof may also remind you of The Royle Family.

On the Road (15)

Jack Kerouac's cult novel On the Road, first published in 1957, has sold more than ten million copies but never before been filmed. After watching this Walter Salles-directed adaptation, you begin to understand why. The very term "cult novel" seems to include within it a warning to film-makers: don't go there. And the warning is always ignored.

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Only Connect, BBC4

Not nearly enough television writers remember how engaging it can be to be on the outside of a conversation trying to get in. And when it comes to blue-light drama, the problem is even worse. There's a kind of general dread of misunderstanding, which is supposed to be in favour of audience seduction but actually works against it.

A Blagger's Guide To: Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford

Britain's 'greatest modern war novel' gets a makeover

Postcard From...Beijing

The story of Zhou Kehua, the fugitive described as "China's most dangerous man" transfixed the nation for days earlier this month. Zhou was accused of preying on people at cash machines in various cities, then shooting them dead, and the 42-year-old was linked to nine murders over an eight-year spree.

David Hasselhoff is, surreally, the subject of an Early Day Motion, tabled on Tuesday by David Morris, MP

My Edinburgh: David Hasselhoff, Actor

My last experience in Edinburgh was when I did the Scott Mills Show at midnight. It was really awesome. I got so much love from the Scottish people. They were saying "We love "Britain's Got Talent" and "We love Knight Rider" and "We love Baywatch". Just wonderful.

Sex party model jailed for beating girlfriend

A male model was jailed for five years today for beating up his girlfriend after they attended an upmarket Killing Kittens sex party.

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