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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.

EastEnders pulled in 9.4m viewers on Christmas Day

EastEnders wins Christmas Day television ratings battle as BBC dominates festive viewing

Viewing figures slump in the great Christmas TV turn-off - audience numbers are lowest for a decade

Simply divine: ‘Belief’ presenter Joan Bakewell

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At the tail end of Christmas Day many of you, like me, will have found yourself reflecting on life’s big questions.

Keith Chegwin back in Dancing On Ice as full line-up revealed

Keith Chegwin is back in the rink in the new series of Dancing On Ice a year after he crashed out of the show when he fell and broke his ribs.

Wedding bells battle at Christmas: Coronation Street and EastEnders go up the aisle yet again

Another soap opera Christmas wedding? You'd think there were 364 other days of the year to get hitched. Daisy Wyatt looks back on the best Michaelmas marriages from the nation's two favourite soaps 

JoAnne Good named as Danny Baker's replacement following 'pinheaded weasel' rant

Actress-turned-radio presenter JoAnne Good is taking over Danny Baker's afternoon show a month after he quit live on on air and branded BBC bosses "pinheaded weasels".

Engaging: Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in the first film of the Hobbit trilogy

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Reviews round-up

It's nine years since the finale of the Lord of the Rings saga, The Return of the King, premiered in 2003, but now Tolkeinites are a-quiver again as they await the first instalment in a new Hobbit trilogy, which hits cinemas Thursday. Can it recapture that old magic? Well, critics are split, but there's a lot of admiration out there for Peter Jackson's epic vision.

EastEnders' Rita Simons accused of abusing daughter over cochlear implant operation

EastEnders star Rita Simons said she has been accused of abusing her deaf six-year-old daughter after deciding she should undergo an operation to enable her to hear.

EastEnder is crowned Queen of the Jungle

After three long, trial-filled weeks, Charlie Brooks wins I'm a Celebrity

Former Coronation Street actor Andrew Lancel charged with child sex offences

Former Coronation Street actor Andrew Lancel has been charged with historic child sex offences, police have said.

Dancing On Ice judge Louie Spence 'kicked to the kerb' in favour of Jason Gardiner

Sharp-tongued judge Jason Gardiner is returning to Dancing On Ice after his replacement Louie Spence was "kicked to the kerb".

Tributes paid to Coronation Street 'legend' Bill Tarmey at funeral

Stars bid farewell to the actor who played Jack Duckworth for 30 years

Well 'ard? EastEnders' Dean Gaffney more 'Johnny English than James Bond' despite applying for MI5 job

The actor who played Robbie Jackson in the soap has 'got some stick' over his bid to be the next 007

'Call The Midwife' and 'Downton Abbey' will not go head-to-head this Christmas

Downton Abbey versus Call The Midwife in Christmas Day ratings battle

After last year's EastEnders Downton clash, TV bosses are anxious to avoid making viewers choose

Hagman’s picture at the Southfork Ranch

Hagman's death means new Dallas end for J R

The second series of the revived oil-tycoon soap Dallas will continue shooting despite the death of one of its stars, Larry Hagman, 81, on Friday.

Farewell JR: Tributes pour in after Dallas star Larry Hagman dies aged 81

Tributes were flooding in from around the world today following the death of Dallas star Larry Hagman.

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From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
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