Melissa Reid, right, and Michaella McCollum arrive for their court hearing in Lima

Six years in a Peruvian jail for British women found with £1.5m of cocaine

Guilty pair Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum could apply to serve their sentences here

The Fried Chicken Shop

TV review - The Fried Chicken Shop (Channel 4) served up something surprisingly tender

The Fried Chicken Shop should really have been the worst kind of junk-food TV. Consider the concept on paper: a fly-on-the-wall camera crew pitch up for three weeks at a south London fried chicken takeaway to film the finger-lickin' goings-on of its (more often than not) loud, drunken patrons. Imagine the poetic symmetry if it were aired late on a Friday: drunk people eating a takeaway on their sofas after a night out, watching drunk people eating a takeaway in a takeaway shop after a night out.

Michaella McCollum Connolly, second right, and Melissa Reid, far right, after their arrest for drugs smuggling in Peru

Melissa Reid's father presses for police investigation of Peru drugs case

William Reid demands Spanish and British authorities investigate the circumstances of his daughter's journey from the holiday island of Ibiza

Michaella McCollum, left, and Melissa Reid leave the public prosecutor's office at Callao

Peru 'drugs mules' Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum 'had a good offer'

Shane Knowles, Reid's ex-boyfriend, says he doubts story they were forced to carry cocaine and that they chose to of their own accord

Police escort Michaella McCollum Connolly, left, and Melissa Reid in handcuffs on their way to court

UK pair Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid expected to plead not guilty in Peru cocaine smuggling case

British women maintain they were forced to carry drug stash by gangsters

Spanish police 'doubts' over claims by girls from UK arrested in Peru on cocaine charges

Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly, both 20, are accused of trying to smuggle £1.5m worth of cocaine

Green day: Jenni Murray, presenter of ‘Woman’s Hour’

The Week in Radio: Relief from the silly season with a startling slice of life on Woman's Hour

We're now into week two of the mid-summer period known as "the radio doldrums." If you need to know more about this annual event, may I please refer you to last week's column in which I whined at length about holidaying presenters leaving their shows in the hands of imbeciles, and about all the dreadful-sounding programmes I had declined to listen to for fear that I might slip into a radio-induced coma.

What to do with your end-of-Masters freedom

In the next month or so, your year's worth of dissertation hell will be over. Harriet Williamson has a few ideas on how to fill your time

Travel agenda

From cities at twilight to the Grachtenfestival

Poll: David Cameron left the country for a holiday in Ibiza. Should he have gone?

Nobody could say that David Cameron's job is easy, but the last few weeks in particular must have tested his resolve.

Bright lights: Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, Florida

My life in travel: Dawn O'Porter

'Miami Beach is gorgeous and the city has such a buzz'

John Malkovich has released a line of gentlemen's beachwear

Album review: Foals, Holy Fire (Transgressive)

Is it pop or is it art? May Foals never be forced to decide.

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