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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.

I'm A Celebrity 2013 contestants: (From top left) Lucy Pargeter, Kian Egan, Joey Essex, David Emmanuel, Amy Willerton, Matthew Wright, Steve Davis, Alfonso Ribeiro, Laila Morse, Rebecca Adlington

I'm A Celebrity 2013: Rebecca Adlington to join Joey Essex in the jungle

Rebecca Adlington and Joey Essex are among the ten celebrities who have signed up to publicly humiliate themselves in the name of fame in this year’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.

Natalie Cassidy is rejoining EastEnders

Natalie Cassidy set for EastEnders return as Sonia Fowler

Since her exit, Cassidy has become a reality TV star

Lizzy Caplan’s ambitious secretary, Virginia Johnson brushed off her eager young doctor beau with a very Don Draper-esque lack of regret

Bad but not broken: Hooray for Masters of Sex and TV’s latest anti-heroine

With the end of Breaking Bad, are viewers wishing for something a little more feminine?

It’s a free, convenient life-saver. So why aren’t more people walking?

I walk because it’s how I like to commute, and if I don’t, I get sad and I can’t think: my brain works best at 3mph

Simon Burns insists he can forge a good working relationship with John Bercow

'Stupid, sanctimonious dwarf': Ex-minister Simon Burns who abused Commons Speaker John Bercow could be his deputy

Former Transport minister favourite to be new No 2 to man he criticised

Agents of SHIELD viral marketing poster

Marvel's Agents of SHIELD posters warn of 'extraordinary activity' in viral marketing stunt

But can it beat EastEnders and Coronation Street in the ratings?

Rachel De-lahay interview: "People risk anything to get here"

Would-be migrants made her think about how much it means to live in Britain, and inspired her new play. Rachel De-lahay talks to Fiona Mountford about discrimination, jealousy, and making ends meet

Is your living room starting to sound like The Queen Vic?

Scottish ‘EastEnders’ fans are turning ’ochney: study shows how telly viewing accelerates language change

Scots may be adopting Cockney slang after research found that watching television could be a factor in accent change.

Tony Jordan is making ‘Legion’, a series of 10 one-hour episodes

'Life on Mars' creator Tony Jordan to film 'Legion', his ‘ultimate passion project’

Tony Jordan is joining UKTV to make a dark tale about a father who tries to save his sick daughter

Sophie Anderton departs the Celebrity Big Brother 2013 house

Celebrity Big Brother 2013: Serial reality TV star Sophie Anderton says she was 'most boring' housemate

Serial reality television contestant Sophie Anderton has become the latest housemate to be booted off Celebrity Big Brother - but there was a surprise return for Loose Women panelist Carol McGiffin.

Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell's accuser denies lying over alleged abuse

Victim broke down in tears in the witness box as she claimed that the actor raped her as she clutched a teddy bear

Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell 'raped girl as she clutched teddy bear', court hears

Actor allegedly told girl that if she told anyone of abuse, 'you'll die and the evil will come over you'

Coronation Street star Bill Roache pleads not guilty to child rape charges

Coronation Street star denies historic sex charges in court

Ebony Bones and her British band perform on stage during the

Ebony Bones has a good hair day at last

The singer Ebony Bones went to stage school with Amy Winehouse, worked with Mark Rylance, and did seven years in a soap opera. She tells Nick Duerden about her journey, and her fight to release her new album

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'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there