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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."

Last Night's Viewing: Up the Women, BBC4
Playhouse Presents: Psychobitches, Sky Arts 1

There was an unnerving moment in the first episode of Up the Women when it looked as if Jessica Hynes might have contracted a bad case of Eltonitis, an inflammation of the funny bone that can render even the most talented writers temporarily witless.

Mind games: Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi and David Cross

Arrested Development returns but can the new episodes on Netflix capture the show's deadpan glory days?

The cult TV sitcom returns to our screens this week after seven years away but will it be as good as the much-loved original episodes, asks Sarah Hughes, and will that longed-for movie ever happen?

Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi star as lifelong partners growing rancorously old together in ITV's new sitcom Vicious
Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi star as lifelong partners growing rancorously old together in ITV's new sitcom Vicious

Will new ITV sitcom Vicious starring Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi prove a watershed for gay relationships in TV drama?

Take our poll: Are LGBT characters fairly represented on British TV?

Angus T Jones out of Two and a Half Men for branding series 'filth' - but Ashton Kutcher is set to return

Hit American sitcom Two and a Half Men has been commissioned for its 11 series. But just five months after urging viewers to turn it off and branding it "filth" the show's Half Man will no longer make regular appearances.

Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan’s first series received Bafta recognition

The Trip: Televisions odd couple take a Romantic new journey to Italy

For their second series, Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan abandon the north of England to follow in Byron’s footsteps

Television choices: Knightly duo take a tilt at sitcom roles as jibing jousters in Vicious

TV pick of the week: Vicious/The Job Lot

Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer are to return to BBC with a new sitcom

House of Fools: Reeves and Mortimer return to BBC two years after Shooting Stars axed

Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer are coming back to the BBC two years after the corporation axed their surreal panel show Shooting Stars.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Can be pleased with his work, looked inventive hit the bar and scored a neat goal 8/10

Montenegro v England: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admits Montenegro match is a 'pressure game'

Tuesday's opponents currently top the group

Last night's viewing - Bluestone 42, BBC3; The Crash, BBC3

I think Bluestone 42, BBC3's new comedy about a bomb-disposal team in Afghanistan, may be unique. Of course, there have been other sitcoms that tried to see the funny side of a bloody war before now. M*A*S*H did it brilliantly, as did Blackadder Goes Forth. But neither of those series went out while the war in question was still underway.

The Good Life actor Richard Briers dies aged 79 after battle with lung disease

Just two weeks after the actor Richard Briers told press he was struggling with lung disease his death has been confirmed by his agent.

Miss: Derek, 2012 onwards

TV comedy: What are you laughing at?

No subject seems taboo for increasingly edgy television comedies – except perhaps the Holocaust

Richard Briers is suffering from lung disease

Good Life's Richard Briers reveals struggle with lung disease after years of smoking

The Good Life star Richard Briers has revealed he is struggling with lung disease after being diagnosed five years ago.

Anger Management, starring Charlie Sheen, is being renewed for 100 episodes

Television: Strap in for 100 new episodes of Charlie Sheen

For even the greatest comedies, getting a new series renewed (ie funded for a new series) can be hard work. When Seinfeld struggled in its first few seasons, it was almost cancelled until it moved slots. Even mega hits like Modern Family only tend to be renewed one season in advance due to the huge costs of making a 24-episode series.

Diff'rent Strokes star Conrad Bain dies at 89

Actor Conrad Bain, best known for his role on the 1970s and '80s television comedy Diff'rent Strokes as a wealthy, white New Yorker who adopts two young black boys from Harlem, has died at age 89, his daughter has confirmed.

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As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

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Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
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SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

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Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

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