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On Sky Atlantic last night, we finally had a chance to see Looking, the new HBO series, which has inspired a deluge of internet comment, despite disappointingly low viewing figures on its US debut earlier this month.

Former Marlboro man Eric Lawson dies from smoking-related lung disease

Actor is the third 'Marlboro man' to die from a smoking-related illness

Men about town: Frankie Alvarez, Murray Bartlett and Jonathon Groff in ‘Looking’

Looking: The first drama about gay men since Queer as Folk

Show has given Russell Tovey his ideal role, he tells Gerard Gilbert

Tom Perkins: Billionaire venture capitalist ridiculed after writing letter comparing the treatment of rich Americans to the Holocaust

Thomas Perkins, who is thought to be worth around $8bn, made the startling comparison in a letter to The Wall Street Journal

NFL: Peyton Manning sets up shot at Super Bowl redemption as Denver Broncos face Seattle Seahawks

For Seattle, defeated in their lone Super Bowl appearance eight years ago, it will be another chance to win the biggest prize

Gay life in all its ordinariness: Director Andrew Haigh discusses his new HBO series

British director Andrew Haigh tells Sarah Hughes about his new HBO series “Looking”

Christmas arrives in space: ISS astronauts receive fresh fruit, 800 ants and 28 'doves'

The privately-launched Cygnus cargo ship delivered critical supplies as well as long-awaited gifts from the astronauts' families

Anquan Boldin, right, and Quintin Mikel collide in last night’s NFC Divisional play-off

American Football: Colin Kaepernick guides wild cards San Francisco to a showdown in Seattle with top-seeded Seahawks

Niners quarterback completed 15 of 28 passes for 196 yards

Mike Judge (left) and Alec Berg talk about their new sitcom 'Silicon Valley' at a presentation for TV critics in Pasadena

Silicon Valley: Start-up stars are subject of HBO's latest sitcom

Some tech billionaires are now celebrities on a par with movie stars, so it seems only fitting that HBO should give the Bay Area tech industry its own show along the lines of Entourage.

Wikipedia fires editor who enhanced entries for cash

Program evaluation co-ordinator Sarah Stierch has left Wikipedia's parent company, the Wikimedia Foundation, after evidence of paid editing surfaced

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton gives the ball to a young fan after running in a touchdown

NFL Divisional Playoff: San Francisco 49ers v Carolina Panthers match preview

A look ahead to this weekend’s Divisional Playoff match at the Bank of America Stadium in Carolina

Oracle Team USA tactician Ben Ainslie participates in a dock out ceremony before the start of race six of the America's Cup finals against Emirates Team New Zealand skippered by Dean Barker in San Francisco

Sir Ben Ainslie leads British assault on 2014 Extreme Sailing series

The quadruple gold and silver medal Olympic champion opens his campaign in the 40-foot catamarans in Singapore next month

Icy weather to play a part as wild-card teams start the chase for the Super Bowl

Today, the battle for the Super Bowl starts in earnest. The regular season is out of the way, and so is Black Monday which immediately follows, the now traditional cull of NFL head coaches who didn’t deliver the goods. This year five were sacked (the most noteworthy among them Mike Shanahan of the utterly dysfunctional 3-13 Washington Redskins).

A mugger killed his accomplice after the bullet he fired at their victim bounced of his face

Bullet bounces off robbery victim’s face and shoots mugger dead

The teenager was shot dead after a bullet fired by his accomplice at a man they were mugging bounced off the victim’s face

View of the 'Grand Prismatic' hot spring in the Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming on 1 June 2011

Yellowstone Supervolcano 2.5 times bigger than previously thought

Researchers claim it could be 2,000 times more powerful than Mount St Helens

Lynne Spalding was found dead in a locked stairwell in September.

Death of British woman Lynne Spalding found in US hospital stairwell linked to alcohol abuse

A coroner's report has confirmed the mother-of-two's death was linked to chronic alcohol abuse

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