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Ellen E Jones picks this year’s must-see events in television

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Marvel's Agents of SHIELD posters warn of 'extraordinary activity' in viral marketing stunt

But can it beat EastEnders and Coronation Street in the ratings?

Channel 5 announces return to original British drama - putting further pressure on its rival Channel 4

Director of Programmes says commissions will 'add texture and diversity'

The actor stars as Frank Gallagher in Shameless

No Offence: Channel 4 to show the other side of Shameless with Paul Abbott cop drama

Channel 4 is to show the other side of Shameless after announcing a new drama series which follows a group of police officers trying to enforce the law in a chaotic Manchester community.

Ellen E Jones: Some authentic Victoriana is, sadly, still with us

Tate Britain's Pre-Raphaelite exhibition draws to a close next week, but the Victorians are with us still, like an ex-wife we've locked in the attic for her own good. Or an escaped convict who's been benevolently stalking us since we first met him in a graveyard. Or the ghost of a childhood sweetheart who floats over the Yorkshire moors to moan at our window.

Holy Motors

Review of 2012: Film (part 2)

Fine thrillers, quality documentaries, a top Bond villain ... and some pop disasters

New Tricks writer hits back as stars label scripts 'bland'

The writer of long-running detective drama New Tricks has hit back in a row with the cast who claimed the scripts had become "bland".

Not the whole sleuth: Maria Bello’s talent is wastedin playing Detective Jane Timoney in the US remake of ‘Prime Suspect’

Prime Suspect: There's something suspect about this dated detective

Jane Tennison's American reincarnation is criminally old hat, says Sarah Hughes

Gwyneth Williams: The controller will devote the whole of 16 June to James Joyce's classic story Ulysses

Radio 4 to shed its cosy image with a 'sexy' Ulysses drama

New station controller wants to reflect the current period of 'turmoil and uncertainity'

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There is nothing like a Dane

Borgen, a new thriller from the makers of The Killing, centres on a trailblazing female politician. Move over, Sarah Lund, says Gerard Gilbert

Birgitte Nyborg (played by Sidse Babett Knudsen) with her husband (Mikael Birkkjær) in Borgen

Nothing like a Dane: New thriller Borgen centres on a trailblazing female politician

Move over, Sarah Lund, says Gerard Gilbert

The Killer of Little Shepherds, By Douglas Star

The French detectives who gave us CSI

Last Night's TV - DCI Banks: Aftermath, ITV1; The Classroom Experiment, BBC2

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Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

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