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HBO's finest achievement – The Wire was excellent, this was better – gets the Blu-ray treatment.

Amy Jenkins: Powerless in the grip of vampires

Be afraid. Be very afraid. The undead have risen in unprecedented numbers and are walking among us again. They cluster sinisterly in our bookshops and our cinemas; they lurk terrifyingly behind our television and computer screens. In fact, they are nigh on ubiquitous. Two hundred years after they first became popular, vampires are back with a vengeance.

Hung: Never mind the length, feel the quality

New US comedy drama 'Hung' follows the exploits of a well-endowed sports coach who falls on hard times and becomes a gigolo, but beneath the prurient title lie more serious themes. By Gerard Gilbert

Analyse this: HBO's hit drama about a psychotherapist

'In Treatment', HBO's hit drama about a psychotherapist, is taking the risks British television used to. And it's finally found a home at Sky

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'Six Feet Under' creator Alan Ball's new vampire drama, 'True Blood', proves there's life in the undead yet. Gerard Gilbert reports

Win 'The Corner' - DVDs & books

In 1997, David Simon and Ed Burns, co-creators of acclaimed TV series The Wire, published The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighbourhood, a book detailing the grim realities of the drug trade in the US city of Baltimore. Later, in 2000, they adapted the book into an acclaimed HBO mini-series. Now, both the book and a DVD of the series have been re-released.

Flight of the Conchords: Slackers turn high-flyers

This Sunday, the UKTV channel Gold will be screening a 30th-anniversary Fawlty Towers reunion documentary, featuring all of the main cast, including, uniquely for such an exercise, Connie Booth. Here lie revealed the inner workings of a show that exorcised John Cleese's comic demons while inspiring six hours of the tightest, most well-worked farce ever made for television. Brilliant but slightly exhausting – something that might also be said of Reggie Perrin – the disinterred and retooled David Nobbs sitcom whose origins are now also well over three decades old.

TV is experiencing a new golden age but where are the British shows?

It started with Buffy and The Sopranos, and continues with Damages and Mad Men. America now makes the best TV drama. Gerard Gilbert finds out why Britain is slipping behind

Tackling Old Big 'Ead: The secret of making Brian Clough live again on screen

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Close-up: Lyndsey Marshal

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Rising Star - Mia Wasikowskaactress

The 17-year-old Mia Wasikowska went tête-à-tête with Gabriel Byrne in the HBO psychoanalyst drama 'In Treatment' and emerged with a profile in top health. In the show she plays a teenage tearaway who seeks help after a motorcycle accident; as the weeks pass, more and more of her personal demons come out of the closet and the full extent of Wasikowska's remarkable range becomes apparent. British audiences will get their first chance to see why directors are clamouring to cast her when Ed Zwick's war drama 'Defiance' is released this week. The young actress plays a Holocaust survivor who is romantically linked with a soldier played by Jamie Bell. Arriving soon after is Mira Nair's star-studded biopic on Amelia Earhart, where the high-flying actress plays a rival pilot. If that were not enough, she's currently filming in the UK, playing Alice in Tim Burton's adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic text, but it's Wasikowska herself who should be in wonderland.

Album: David Byrne, Big Love: Hymnal, (TodoMundo)

If there was one artist you thought you could rely on not to fall prey to irrationalism, it was David Byrne, sometime minister of the prankster cult the Church of the SubGenius.

First Impressions: The Wire, HBO (2002)

Baltimore returns to prime time and it does so on the most prestigious stage in American television: Sunday nights on HBO, the home of The Sopranos and Six Feet Under. The news is that The Wire, a 13-week series about life on both sides of a major drug investigation in the Baltimore housing projects, deserves to breathe that rarefied air.

Mad for it: AMC serves up another cult phenomenon

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