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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."

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Last Night's Viewing: Felix and Murdo, Channel 4<br />It'll Be Alright on the Night, ITV1

Watching other people laugh is a funny business. It can curdle the hilarity in you in an instant or make it impossible for you not to join in, and it isn't easy to say what makes the difference. There were at least three sets of contagious laughs last night – one of them performed in Felix and Murdo (a Channel 4 one-off that is looking at the commissioning editors with liquid eyes in the hope of an extension) and the other two separate bouts of inexpertly suppressed giggles in It'll Be Alright on the Night, on which Griff Rhys Jones now has the task of reading out the mirth-killing autocue gags. And, while I would have bet on the latter to get anyone going in the end, it was the former that was actually more impressive. Trying not to laugh when you really, really want to is something pretty much any of us have done at one time or another. Pretending to laugh uncontrollably when you don't want to (and making it convincing) is a much rarer skill.

DVD: The Inbetweeners Movie (15)

Turning a popular British sitcom into a feature film was all the rage in the Seventies, with various levels of success: On the Buses (dismal), Are You Being Served? (painful), Bless This House (quite sweet).

DVD: The Inbetweeners Movie (15)

Turning a popular British sitcom into a feature film was all the rage in the Seventies, with various levels of success: On the Buses (dismal), Are You Being Served? (painful), Bless This House (quite sweet).

Hart with Lee Mack in Not Going Out

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Sherwood Schwartz: Television producer best known for the sitcoms &lsquo;The Brady Bunch&rsquo; and &lsquo;Gilligan&rsquo;s Island&rsquo;

The writer and producer Sherwood Schwartz had no reason to worry when two of his sitcom creations were panned by the critics: Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch were lapped up by viewers and went on to gain cult status. The first, which began in 1964, followed the two male crew and five passengers who were shipwrecked on a remote Pacific island after their charter boat, the SS Minnow, ran into a tropical storm during its three-hour tour. Schwartz described it as "my version of a social microcosm, where seven people from various backgrounds had to learn to live together".

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Joanna Page is to play a mother in a new sit-com.

BBC to film sitcom about bomb squad

The BBC is courting controversy by filming a sitcom about bomb-disposal experts serving in the Middle East.

Are You Being Served? actor Trevor Bannister dies aged 76

Are You Being Served? star Trevor Bannister has died aged 76, his agent confirmed today.

BBC to evict 'My Family' in favour of new comedies

The long-running sitcom My Family is to be axed by the BBC after 11 years. The series, which stars Robert Lindsay and Zoe Wanamaker as Ben and Susan Harper, has run for more than 100 episodes.

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