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In E4's new US import, Saturday Night Live alumnus Andy Samberg stars as Detective Jake Peralta, a police officer who doesn't take his job as seriously as he should, yet somehow manages to get results. As his squad leader Sergeant Terry Jeffords (Terry Crews from Everybody Hates Chris) put it: "The only puzzle he hasn't solved is how to grow up."

Brits miss out at Emmys

British TV stars had a disappointing night at the 60th annual Emmy awards today.

Fear of flyering: Why are so few of the Edinburgh festival flyers actually funny?

Of all the irritants hardy Edinburgh festival-goers must put up with (in between the 24-hour entertainment on tap and endless parties), the continual assault by chirpy people handing out flyers comes high on the list of sour gripes. Throughout August, pacing the Royal Mile between shows at the Assembly in the New Town and up on the Pleasance is akin to running a particularly wacky and ingratiating gauntlet. But it's not just the crazily face-painted, juggling students in drag on stilts which irk, it's the flyers themselves. Why do comedians choose to advertise themselves with such low-rent, uninformative and frankly unfunny material?

After The Office, it's the Man from the Pru next for Ricky Gervais

It is not the usual stuff of celluloid blockbusters – a quirky "dramedy" about two twenty-somethings in the 1970s who work as building society clerks in the dull suburban surrounds of Reading. Then again, nobody thought that about a comedy set in an office in Slough either.

Slough launches charm offensive to prove 'it's fit for humans now'

Slough's image as a concrete wasteland made it the butt of jokes for years. Poets have used its name as a byword for blandness and mediocrity. Now, after 71 years of slurs about its lack of joie de vivre, the beleaguered Berkshire town fights back.

The Week In Radio: When Joan opened for The Rolling Stones

God bless Joan Rivers. Last month, the 75-year-old gargoyle with the rapier tongue suffered the indignity of being booted off ITV's anodyne chat show, Loose Women, for letting loose a volley of expletives. Did the producers not realise that this is Rivers' shtick – and has been for the last 40 years? In any case, the incident made her a particularly delicious choice to present Ed Sullivan and the Gateway to America (BBC Radio 2, Tuesday), a documentary about the censorious TV host who ruled the Sunday-night ratings for 23 years.

My Mentor: Greg Burns on Jonathan Ross

'It would have been awful if he had turned round and said "that was crap"'

America's got our talent!

This year, the biggest hits on US television have one thing in common: the creative talent that brought them to the screen is British. Guy Adams reports from Los Angeles

Gavin & Stacey: The misfits

'Gavin & Stacey' was lauded at the Baftas. So why aren't there more comedy shows about ordinary people?

The most unlikely sex symbol in Britain? Everyone wants a piece of James Corden

The co-creator and co-star of BBC3's 'Gavin and Stacey' is the man they all want to be seen with. And if he wins a Bafta tonight, the queue will get longer. By Cole Moreton

Preview: Stardust, Riflemaker, Soho Square, London

It came from outer space. Well, sort of...

Joking aside, British really do have unique sense of humour

Transatlantic survey of identical twins shows our taste for biting satire and withering one-liners is in the genes

You write the reviews: Curb Your Enthusiasm, More4

The genius of Larry David knows no bounds. As soon as you think his HBO comedy series, Curb Your Enthusiasm, cannot get any funnier, it does. Take "The Freak Book", an episode from the latest, sixth series, currently screening on More4, in which Larry, his long-suffering wife, Cheryl, and his closest friends decided to buy a burial plot together so that when their individual days of reckoning arrived, they would all be buried next to one another. Of course, in true Curb style, Larry proceeded to irritate, annoy and aggravate every person in his inner circle of friends with his pronounced social peculiarities.

Stardust

Bursting at the seams with special effects, big names (Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, Peter O'Toole, Ricky Gervais) and an epic storyline about witches, princes and pirates, Matthew Vaughn's fantasy adventure seems to have everything going for it. But maybe that's the problem. There are so many ingredients thrown in that there's no room left for the enchanting, magical atmosphere of Neil Gaiman's source novel. And without that magical atmosphere, we aren't seeing a wondrous fairy tale; we're seeing famous people in fancy dress wandering around a forest.

Rock'n'roll roots of the famous: We used to be with the band

Loyd Grossman, who is taking up punk rock again, isn't the only public figure with an unsuspected musical past. Robert Verkaik explains the appeal while Andy McSmith names the guilty men

Dom Joly: Tie no yellow ribbons for me, and, please, no Terry Waite

By the time you read this I should be in Iran... skiing. Yes, I know it's a bit of a weird weekend break, but I saw a picture of two women snowboarding in full burkhas, asked where it was, and now I'm off to have a look.

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