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Despite my obsession with Game of Thrones and Lucy Worsley’s The First Georgians right now, I am still televisually smitten with MTV’s Catfish. The show that exposes online love fraudsters. The throwaway youth TV show that one’s mind just cannot throw away. Instead, one sits post- episode genuinely saddened that our human need to love and be loved is so destructive. Or that  the earth’s supply of gullible optimists may well be infinite.

Coming soon to a television near you... the new US blockbusters

With Lost and 24 about to end, Guy Adams reveals what is set to take their place

Express your enthusiasm at BFI's HBO weekend

Whether it's Sex and the City, The Wire, The Sopranos, Six Feet Under or Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO has been storming the small screen for years. In a celebration of the channel's success London's BFI Southbank, from tomorrow, will host an HBO weekend. Screenings include parts one and two of The Pacific from the creative team behind Band of Brothers, and the first episode of Treme, from Wire creator David Simon. "HBO is ground-breaking in so many ways," says Justin Johnson, one of the BFI programmers working on the weekend's events. "There was a point when The Sopranos was coming to an end and Six Feet Under had finished, that people wondered what HBO were going to do next, but with all these new shows like True Blood and The Pacific, they've proved that they're a real phenomenon."

Kim Cattrall and Gillian Anderson to star in Channel 4 epic

Hollywood stars Kim Cattrall and Gillian Anderson will appear in an epic adaptation of William Boyd's best-selling novel Any Human Heart for Channel 4.

Dutch duo behind Fantastic Man launch sister title

They started with a porn magazine. Then came a much-imitated men's style bible. As the Dutch duo behind 'Fantastic Man' launch a sister title, Caroline Roux finds out how they gave print an original gloss

Felicity Kendal: 'Barbara follows me around like a good fairy'

She's preparing for a classic West End role, but for many she'll always be their dungareed dreamboat. Rhiannon Harries meets Felicity Kendal

Cougar Town - A crude look at an age-old question

Courteney Cox played an eternal teenager in Friends. Now she's playing a forty-something single woman, but, says Sarah Hughes, she is just as unbelievable – and it does older women no favours

First Night: Private Lives, Vaudeville Theatre, London

Cattrall a delight in classic Coward

The logical way to find love

When it comes to choosing a partner, we should forget about romance and let science be our guide, claims the author of a new book. Ifu Ifeacho discovers how

Salt-N-Pepa - Let's talk about a comeback

Nineties rap megastars Salt-N-Pepa are playing their first UK show in over a decade. Dan Hancox explains why feisty female hip-hop performers from Lauryn Hill to Missy Elliot and Beyoncé are very much in their debt

Kim Cattrall on sex and the stage

The edgy one from Sex and the City is in the West End in Private Lives. But do Samantha and Noel Coward mix?

Time seeks closure on the worst deal in history

The media group is desperate to consign its disastrous merger with AOL to history – a boost in profits in its first results since the split suggests it has

BBC 'could learn about drama from HBO'

Call for Corporation to copy US channel's 'high-quality, high-risk' attitude

Guy Adams: Why $15 a month is a small price to pay for quality

Our man in Los Angeles explains the ethos that makes HBO so unmissable

Julianna Margulies: Love, honour, betray

Julianna Margulies breathes new life into the familiar role of cheated politician's spouse in 'The Good Wife'
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