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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."

Ricky Gervais: The new podcast

Sausages and Descartes feature in his new podcast, says Julian Hall

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One Click Wonder: Self Parody

New Channel 4 sitcom ‘Plus One’ is notable for an inspired turn from ex-boybander Duncan James, playing himself – and so joining a fine tradition of stars sending themselves up on screen with hilarious/humiliating results...

DVD: Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 6, (Warner)

The trick played by this hit semi-improvised sitcom is to make you sympathise with a character who should make you sick.

Culture: These Globes are less than golden

The Hollywood awards season officially kicks off next Sunday when this year's Golden Globe winners are announced. This looks set to be a vintage year for the Brits, with likely winners including Kate Winslet, Hugh Laurie, Sally Hawkins (pictured), the director Danny Boyle and the screenwriter Simon Beaufoy.

Brand is a winner and Ross a loser on comedy's big night

Victories for Harry Hill, Ricky Gervais and Jasper Carrott, who collected a lifetime achievement award

Meeting saves workers from factory blast

Workers at a rubber factory hit by an explosion had a lucky escape as they were at a meeting in another part of the building, the fire service said today.

The Word On...Ghost Town

"The long time in coming leading role of legendary Brit writer/director/actor/ comedian Ricky Gervais, is surprisingly good, free from the shackles of slapstick, decidedly more "com than rom" and with a sweet and charming side that will get even the most cynical enchanted." - Matt Holmes, www.obsessedwithfilm.com

Ghost Town, David Koepp, 102 mins, 12A <br> Quiet Chaos, Antonello Grimaldi, 112 mins, 15

You can take the boy out of Slough ...but you can't put him in a shiny New York screwball comedy. Ricky, you should have a word with your agent

Pandora: BBC faces Ofcom row over interview edits

Following all the drama surrounding "Crowngate", the BBC is about to rocked by another testing row over its recent series, Earth: The Climate Wars.

Gervais - 'I never craved fame, I feared it'

In his first starring film role, Ricky Gervais plays an obnoxious loser seeking redemption. Sound familiar? He talks to Gaynor Flynn

British talent disappoints at Emmys with only two awards

Tom Wilkinson and Dame Eileen Atkins were the only two British prize-winners at the 60th annual Emmy awards, held in Los Angeles late on Sunday night.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/09/watch-it-ricky.html" target="_blank">Watch It! Ricky Gervais gets his Emmy, eventually</a>

The Brits may not have done as well as hoped at this year's Emmys but there was a reminder of last year's success for Ricky Gervais.

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