Arts and Entertainment Prince, here performing at the Super Bowl in Miami in 2007, will appear on Fox's 'New Girl' after the 2014 game

The musical legend will appear in the 'Party Time' episode after the big game

Last Night's Television: Five Days, BBC1<br />Damages, BBC1

Best line of the week so far? No contest, I think, though obviously my survey hasn't been absolutely comprehensive. The scene was a brief and tangential one, a minor character in the drama staggering away from a heavy night on the ale and puking convulsively on to the pavement. After wiping his mouth he wearily takes a swig from the can of beer in his hand and says, in a scouse accent, "Can't wait till I've had enough." It was the last thing you saw in the opening episode of Alan Bleasdale's GBH, currently being repeated on the cable channel Yesterday, and it was a reminder that, at its best, British television drama can (or perhaps could) compete with anything the Americans can do. You'd have to have watched the whole episode to understand how good that detail was – how it gave a gleeful, sardonic flick to Bleasdale's theme of thirst – for revenge and power and gratification. And, regrettably it's the kind of thing we've learnt to expect from buy-in American drama rather than the home-grown product.

Get the look: from the minimalism of Wallander to Mad Men chic

Taking interiors inspiration from the small screen is easier than ever before, says Kate Watson-Smyth

Prada turns back clock with return to 'Mad Men'

Clean lines and cat's eye glasses evoke memory of repressed secretaries

TV schedules: A crazy clash of the titans

Fans of Mad Men and Damages will be left furious by the BBC's decision to let the two hit shows overlap, says Gerard Gilbert

Mrs Mandela, BBC4<br/>The Good Wife, Channel 4<br/>Mad Men, BBC4

Confused chronology and crass exposition are overcome by Sophie Okonedo's central performance as Winnie Mandela

Carola Long: 'The make-up in Mad Men is so well observed that you can practically smell the powdery retro lipstick'

Thank goodness for the return of 'Mad Men'. Just when I thought I might have to drag myself off the sofa in search of some real-life glamour, along comes the vicarious version. Series 3 of the most visually seductive programme on TV has the usual cocktail of, well, cocktails, alpha males, case studies in how to wear, walk and wiggle in a pencil skirt and, of course, perfectly applied make-up.

Armando Iannucci: It's time for Chilcot's team to flex their ageing muscles

Chilcot is coming closer to fingering the culprits, in full view of the media and aggrieved public

Last Night's Television: Mad Men, BBC4<br />Natural World, BBC2

When it comes to grown-up drama – rather than children's drama for grown-ups – America is unquestionably in the ascendancy right now. It's hard to think of any domestic equivalent for a show like Mad Men, which ignores the stock ensembles of the emergency room and the police station and allows its characters to retain a bit of opacity and mystery. Or one which would launch into its third series with a scene as oddly oblique as the opening minutes here. Don Draper, standing at a stovetop heating milk, sees a compressed vision of his own origins play out in his kitchen. He's born to a prostitute who curses his father as she dies in childbirth. "I'm going to cut his dick off and boil it in hog fat," she groans, and the woman who takes the baby and hands it over to a childless couple of ominous fury takes this as a cue for a christening: "His name is Dick.. after the wish his mother should have lived to see," she says darkly.

Sell of the century: The Genius of Mad Men

Matthew Weiner's meticulously rendered drama series about the world of Madison Avenue admen is already seen as one of TV's all-time greats. As the third series begins on BBC4, our writers explore the things that make Mad Men so special

Meet the real Mad Man

The central character in the award-winning show shares more than a name with Sixties ad man Draper Daniels

The Persuasionists - The hard sell as soft option

As a new BBC sitcom, The Persuasionists, lifts the lid on advertising, Gerard Gilbert asks why few TV writers have seen the potential for satire in the industry &ndash; and if this attempt is a missed opportunity

Small world: How television ate itself

Entourage, 30 Rock, Extras...TV shows about the TV industry are bigger than ever, and tonight's episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm takes the conceit a step further. So what's behind this trend for self-examination? Tim Walker switches on to 'meta-television'

Mad Men: The fashion label

The early-1960s sartorial elegance from the US advertising drama has inspired a line of clothing for wannabe Don and Betty Drapers. Susie Mesure reports

Mad Men creator sacks real-life Peggy Olson

Personal assistant-turned-writer loses job on show weeks after winning Emmy

TV repeat: Mad Men wins top Emmy, again

It was like 2008 all over again at last night's Emmy Awards in Los Angeles: Mad Men and 30 Rock took the top honours, British talent punched above its weight, and Ricky Gervais appeared on stage to add some light relief during a sometimes-turgid three-hour telecast.

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