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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.

Star names and big budgets are on the line as cable faces web rivals

Will the advent of internet TV sound the death knell for HBO's success story?

Where to sleep soundly in 2011

From the restoration of landmark buildings to new upmarket beach resorts, the hotel industry is raising its game.

Sir Elton John becomes a father

Friends of Sir Elton John congratulated him today after he became a father to a baby boy born on Christmas Day.

Been there, seen that: Does sex still sell movies?

Once, the sight of a Hollywood star's bottom or breasts was rare and exciting. Now they're all at it – and the results bore us. It's time for the marketing men to think more cleverly, says Tim Walker

Sex and the city: Roddick to take her adult shops online

Sam Roddick, the daughter of the Bodyshop's late founder, Anita Roddick, is to turn her sex shop company into an internet focused business to take advantage of the boom in online sales.

Designer found dead in Soho House hotel room

The boyfriend of a fashion designer found dead in a bathtub at New York's Soho House hotel was being questioned by police yesterday.

DVD: Sex and the City 2, For retail & rental (Warner)

For the first half-hour, SATC2 is quite enjoyable – self-congratulatory, but bubbling with escapism and spiced with some smart quipping between the self-labelled "girls".

DVD: Sex and the City 2 (15)

Sex and the City 2 will either leave you embarrassed or offended, according to your disposition.

H&M 'going luxury' with new Lanvin collection

Designer collections for the high street have been around for years now so it takes something special to make shoppers sit up and take notice. Judging by the first look at the Lanvin collection for H&M yesterday, however, here is a panacea for collaboration fatigue.

Album: Cheryl Cole, Messy Little Raindrops (Polydor)

Stick with the Girls: Cheryl's solo effort fails to light up

'Forecourt flowers' are pick of the bunch again

Once deeply out of fashion, carnations are blooming into style

Ramona and Beezus (U)

Starring: Joey Quinn, Selena Gomez, John Corbett, Ginnifer Goodwin

First Night: Antony and Cleopatra, Liverpool Playhouse

Cattrall is bold, barefoot and breathtaking

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game