Matthew Norman: Christine O'Donnell is one helluva scary witch

The would-be senator's strictures on honesty make George Washington look like the love-child of Tony Blair and Walter Mitty

Why the stars are making the big switch

Hollywood's big names are showcasing their talent on the small screen. Gerard Gilbert says TV is the place to take chances

Screen Talk - Enemy agent

Following the death of Hollywood uber-agent Ed Limato a few days ago, the usual platitudes rolled in. But so did a slew of rather less kindly views on the 73-year-old agent's career, whose client roster has boasted some of the highest- profile actors in the business, including Richard Gere, Denzel Washington, Steve Martin and Mel Gibson.

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British Olympic star gives first Stateside opponent a punishing lesson to open up rocky road to TV riches

DVD: True Blood: Season Two, For retail (HBO)

Series one of this befanged soap was delectable but for its sluggish narrative and the screentime afforded to dull, nominal hero Bill Compton.

TV drama: Britain's got talent

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Express your enthusiasm at BFI's HBO weekend

Whether it's Sex and the City, The Wire, The Sopranos, Six Feet Under or Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO has been storming the small screen for years. In a celebration of the channel's success London's BFI Southbank, from tomorrow, will host an HBO weekend. Screenings include parts one and two of The Pacific from the creative team behind Band of Brothers, and the first episode of Treme, from Wire creator David Simon. "HBO is ground-breaking in so many ways," says Justin Johnson, one of the BFI programmers working on the weekend's events. "There was a point when The Sopranos was coming to an end and Six Feet Under had finished, that people wondered what HBO were going to do next, but with all these new shows like True Blood and The Pacific, they've proved that they're a real phenomenon."

Katrina on screen: How the creators of The Wire are dramatising the tragedy of New Orleans

Treme, set in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, is the latest epic from The Wire's creator, David Simon. Ahead of its American premiere, Tim Walker looks at how the Big Easy and the disaster have inspired great art

BBC 'could learn about drama from HBO'

Call for Corporation to copy US channel's 'high-quality, high-risk' attitude

Guy Adams: Why $15 a month is a small price to pay for quality

Our man in Los Angeles explains the ethos that makes HBO so unmissable

DVD: In Treatment: Season One, For retail (Warner)

A masterclass of acting and therapy that's not The Sopranos?

Golden Globes: full list of nominees

Nominees for the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards, announced today in Beverly Hills, California:

Carriers (15)

Apparently Carriers was completed, then shelved, two years ago, and it's only being dusted off now because its star, Chris Pine, has since made his name as the new Captain Kirk. It's unfortunate timing. An indie thriller written and directed by a pair of Spanish brothers, Carriers has an amazing amount in common with both Zombieland and The Road, and so, by coming out such a short time after the former, and such a short time before the latter, it's likely to be dismissed as just another post-apocalyptic road movie.

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