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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."

On the road: Ricky Gervais and Jerry Seinfeld in the latter’s new internet comedy series, ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’

Seinfeld's back on the road with his friends

After an absence of 10 years, the comedian's launches an innovative new show but it is only available on the internet. By Guy Adams

Downton and Mad Men go head-to-head in Emmys

A humble housemaid will take on a blue-blooded dowager in the battle for a prestigious TV honour after Downton Abbey led the British pack at the Emmy Awards nominations.

The cast of the US Inbetweeners

Will 'The Inbetweeners' get lost across the Atlantic?

Do they know what "clunge" is in North Dakota? We're soon to find out, with MTV's long-mooted cross-Atlantic adaptation of The Inbetweeners being unveiled on 20 August. A trailer for the show, adapted by the E4 version's creators Iain Morris and Damon Beasley, was revealed earlier this month by MTV (whose recent version of another E4-made hit, Skins, proved controversial, though poorly received).

A scene from BBC's 'Twenty Twelve'

Olympic sitcom in real life security breach

It is a plot line seemingly straight from the sitcom Twenty Twelve.

A casualty arrives at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan's Helmand province

Bored, brave and brilliant: the UK medics in the Afghan war zone

Kim Sengupta reports on a remarkable study of Camp Bastion hospital

Anger Management, Charlie Sheen's new sitcom for cable channel FX is (very) loosely based on the 2003 Adam Sandler/Jack Nicholson movie of the same name

Charlie Sheen: Hollywood's Mr Angry is back on a winning streak

Charlie Sheen's soulless new sitcom will still be a big hit, predicts Sarah Hughes

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Seven pensioners (including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Tom Wilkinson) discover that they don't have the funds to live comfortably in Britain, so they fly off to a palatial retirement home in Jaipur, only to find that it's in a worse state than they are.

Album: The Toy Hearts, Whiskey, Wood Ville Music

Two sisters from the non-Alabama Birmingham playing western swing and bluegrass with their dad on banjo and steel guitar.

Armando Iannucci was appointed OBE

The arts: Iannucci gets an OBE – but what would Malcolm Tucker say?

While many in the entertainment industry talked of their thrill over receiving recognition in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, Armando Iannucci warned it would not prevent him from lampooning the Government.

Finding his voice?: Matthew Perry stars as a grief-stricken sports presenter in the new sitcom 'Go On'

Friend in need of a good role

Could Matthew Perry's new sitcom be The One Where He Finally Gets A Lucky Break? Sarah Hughes finds out

John Leguizamo (right) in the role of Del made famous by Sir David Jason (left).

Observations: Del Boy and Rodders, US style. Pukka fare or a pair of plonkers?

ABC has greenlit the new US remake of the BBC's Only Fools and Horses, which stars John Leguizamo, known for his role as Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, in the role of Del made famous by Sir David Jason.

DVD/Blu-ray: Grandma's House: Series 2 (15)

"Do you need more acting lessons?" Rebecca Front's fame-hungry mum asks her struggling son (Simon Amstell).

Miranda (2009-present): Developed from a Radio 2 series, Miranda Hart's joke shop owner transferred to BBC2 and then to BBC1 after audiences of 4 million

No laughing matter: BBC faces comedy crisis as rivals lure talent with big budgets

BBC boss says writers can't handle the pressure of a mass audience and are pitching ideas to other channels

Big One Rollercoaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

World records: When life is – literally – a rollercoaster ride

Richard Rodriguez must have a strong stomach. The American rollercoaster enthusiast announced yesterday that he'd be attempting to ride the Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach for 102 days – from 31 May to mid-September.

Main Street in Springfield, Oregon, yesterday. After years of speculation, the creator of The Simpsons, Matt Groening, has finally revealed that the city inspired its namesake in the show

Simpsons creator finally unveils the real Springfield

From Springfield, Ohio, to the city's namesakes in West Virginia, Vermont and Illinois, resounds the exclamation: "Doh!" The creator of The Simpsons has broken his silence and revealed that the real-life inspiration for the animated series is the Springfield in Oregon.

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Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

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The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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