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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."

TV's curse of the Christmas special

It's an accolade bestowed only on the best-loved shows. So why are the results often like a cracker without its bang? By Gerard Gilbert

DVD: Peep Show – Series 6, For retail & rental, (4 DVD)

"Soph wants a pre-birth paternity test; it's not mine. It'd better not be mine. Oh God. Does Dobby really want me? What do you mean you're closing the office? Hmm, £2,000 to go all in with Alan. Seems sensible. Even if he has gone a bit mad. And why's Super Hans brought his snake to our party? Oh God, why? Why?"

How TV drama became university challenged

When TV drama focuses on higher education, the results are excellent. Why, then, has it so often ignored academia? Gerard Gilbert reports

Felix Bowness: The jockey Fred Quilly in 'Hi-de-Hi!'

The all-round entertainer Felix Bowness found fame in his sixties as Fred Quilly, the suspended jockey employed as a riding instructor at Maplin's holiday camp in Hi-de-Hi!, after spending much of his working life as a variety comedian, extra, bit-part actor and warm-up artist for television shows.

There is no curb on enthusiasm for putting Seinfeld back on US screens

The reunion that isn't brings back old favourites in a new guise to wow critics

A reunion? Yada yada yada...

For the new series of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm', starting tomorrow in America, Larry David has roped in his 'Seinfeld' pals for one final fling

Peep Show - They're still worth spying on

Six series on and Mark and Jeremy are the same old losers, living in one another's pockets. That's the secret of Peep Show's success, David Mitchell and Robert Webb tell James Rampton

DVD: In the Loop

A cabinet minister (Tom Hollander) bumbles and stumbles towards endorsing a war in the Middle East, largely so as not to lose face infront of his American counterparts (including James Gandolfini).

Vince Powell: Prolific sitcom writer who co-created 'Love Thy Neighbour' and 'Bless This House'

With Harry Driver, Vince Powell formed one of British television's most prolific and successful sitcom writing partnerships.

Comedy world mourns sitcom star Sugden

Comedy actress Mollie Sugden died in hospital after a long illness, aged 86.

10 reasons why you should watch the Uefa Cup final

The tournament's been a turn-off but, writes Glenn Moore, Werder v Shakhtar is a game you just can't afford to miss (honestly!)

Terence Blacker: Reggie Perrin, still a hero 30 years on

As with this great character, people are still bored and yearn for change

John Rentoul: The Prince of prime ministers

Another gem from the New Statesman's Q and A with Jonathan Powell, Blair's former chief of staff. He is working on a new book

The Inbetweeners: The latest teenage pick

It is the latest series to show that British TV is challenging America in the teen market. And young viewers love it, says Julian Hall

The Word On... 30 Rock, Season 2, Five USA

"This is a proper, old-fashioned, character-based, gag-a-minute sitcom – something UK TV's been sadly lacking of late. Indeed, with the possible exception of 'Gavin & Stacey', it's hard to think of a recent home-grown comedy that makes you laugh out loud in the way that '30 Rock' does – and with no laugh track either." - Jane Murphy, www.orange.co.uk/ entertainment/

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