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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.

Tom Ellis and Tamzin Outhwaite pictured in December 2010

EastEnders actors Tamzin Outhwaite and Tom Ellis separate after 7 years of marriage

Former EastEnders star Tamzin Outhwaite and her husband Tom Ellis have separated, a spokesman for the couple said.

Wentworth Prison and the real-life parallels for locked-up women

The question of why we continue to lock up some of the most vulnerable and damaged women in society for relatively petty offences has yet to be answered

Louis Walsh: what is he for?

X Factor needs to be 'more honest', says judge Louis Walsh

X Factor judge Louis Walsh has admitted that the show "needs to change" and become "more honest".

Michelle Collins on This Morning

Former EastEnder Michelle Collins to exit Coronation Street next year

Scriptwriters planning 'a memorable departure' for Rovers Return landlady Stella Price

Edinburgh 2013: Squally Showers - Like a low-budget Eighties soap opera, but more vacuous

There are glitter curtains and mullet wigs, an overhead projector and exercise video workouts. Welcome to the Eighties! Little Bulb, a young company of five actors, take us back the decade of greed and into the offices of a booming television company.

Suarez has arrived back on Merseyside after international duty with Uruguay

Transfer news: Brendan Rodgers will not allow Arsenal target Luis Suarez to 'sabotage' Liverpool season

The striker is set to hold talks with Rodgers this week

Suarez has arrived back on Merseyside after international duty with Uruguay

Transfer news: Brendan Rodgers refuses to let Luis Suarez saga 'sabotage' season

The Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists he will not let the impasse with Luis Suarez "sabotage" the club's start to the Premier League season.

Briony McRoberts as Sam Hagen in 'Take the High Road'

Briony McRoberts: Versatile actress and star of 'High Road'

The actress Briony McRoberts spent two decades taking character roles on television before making her biggest impact as the super-bitch Sam Hagen in Take the High Road, the Scottish soap opera screened nationally by ITV.

Albert Square's Jean Slater: Actress Gillian Wright has revealed she is quitting the show

See you Slater: EastEnders actress Gillian Wright quits soap, but says Jean might return one day

EastEnders star Gillian Wright is quitting the soap after eight years as Jean Slater but has refused to rule out a comeback some day.

Sian Reese Williams has left Emmerdale after her character became the latest victim of a serial killer

Dramatic ending for Emmerdale's Sian Reese Williams as she falls prey to serial killer

Emmerdale fans saw Sian Reese Williams come to the end of the road on the ITV soap last night when her character became the latest victim of serial killer Cameron Murray.

Michael French who is making his comeback in EastEnders as womaniser David Wicks almost 20 years after he first arrived in Albert Square.

David Wicks returns to EastEnders after 20 years

Michael French is making his comeback in EastEnders as womaniser David Wicks almost 20 years after he first arrived in Albert Square.

Away from Home at the Manchester 24/7 festival

Theatre review: Away from Home, 24/7 Festival, New Century House, Manchester

As a gay man and a passionate football supporter Rob Ward has struggled for years to make the two aspects of his life sit together comfortably. Given the homophobia endemic in football it has not been easy. But it has produced a singularly brave – and rather extraordinary – piece of theatre.

Dot Branning (June Brown) will be among the characters to pay tribute to the Royal baby in the next episode of EastEnders

Prince of Walford: EastEnders shoots new scenes to celebrate Royal baby's birth

The arrival of the royal baby will be marked in tonight's episode of EastEnders after show bosses ordered some last-minute filming to reflect the birth.

David Miliband bade farewell to British politics yesterday with a warning to his younger brother that the Conservatives could still win the next general election outright

Andrew Marr returns to TV screens to see off David Miliband, who says relationship with brother Ed is 'healing'

The former Labour minister said the party could be on the verge of a “great prize” if the next government is not a coalition

'All my life I've been an actress... now I want to be a household name': Wing on the 'EastEnders' set

Anna Wing: Actress who made her name at 70 as the prickly EastEnders matriarch Lou Beale

It took Anna Wing a lifetime of character roles and bit-parts to become a television star at the age of 70. So keen was she to play EastEnders' grumpy matriarch Lou Beale that she arrived for her audition clutching the birth certificate proving her to be a true East Ender, a photograph of her grandmother and a family album. "All my life, I've been an actress," she told the producers. "Now I want to be a household name."

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