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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.

Neighbours star Craig McLachlan is to return to the BBC in The Doctor Blake Mysteries which have already been a hit in his native Australia.

Neighbours star Craig McLachlan lands BBC role as country detective in The Doctor Blake Mysteries

Former Neighbours star Craig McLachlan is coming back to the BBC playing a country doctor detective.

Bernie Nolan arrives for the evening Breast Cancer Care's London fashion show at the Grosvenor House Hotel on 5 October 2011 in London, England. The singer and actress died of the disease today aged 52.

Bernie Nolan, lead singer of The Nolans and star of Brookside, dies of cancer aged 52

The former lead singer of The Nolans, a 1980s girl group best known for hits "I'm In The Mood For Dancing" and "Don't Make Waves", has died of breast cancer aged 52.

'Dead' body of pensioner floating in Nottinghamshire river was actually alive

Police were called to Colwick Marina after the captain of a pleasure cruiser reported a body floating in the water on Tuesday

Julian Assange is trying to help Edward Snowden claim asylum

The Snowden affair is reviving Cold War politics

American suspicions of Russia have reignited in wake of the whistleblower's flight

Former Coronation Street star Denise Black, known to viewers for her role as hairdresser Denise Osbourne, is joining the cast of Emmerdale.

Ex-Coronation Street star Denise Black to join the cast of Emmerdale

Former Coronation Street star Denise Black, known to viewers for her role as hairdresser Denise Osbourne, is joining the cast of Emmerdale.

Actress Sue Johnston who is quitting Coronation Street and will film her last scenes at Christmas

Sorry to see you go, Glo: Sue Johnston to quit Coronation Street's cobbles

Royle Family star Sue Johnston is quitting Coronation Street.

Coronation Street's Helen Flanagan left 'very shaken' after thieves broke into her home

Former Coronation Street actress Helen Flanagan is recovering after a break-in at her home which left her "very shaken" but unharmed.

Star Wars creator accepts his first Emmy Award
Ann Mitchell as Cora Cross, Rudolph Walker as Patrick Trueman and Tessa Wyatt as Betty during filming of the BBC programme EastEnders

EastEnders warms up for clash of the dancers as Tessa Wyatt waltzes into the square

Cora will have to be on her toes after a new dance partner for Patrick waltzes into EastEnders.

Actor William Roache has been charged with five historic offences of indecent assault involving four girls

Coronation Street star Bill Roache will 'vigorously protest his innocence' over child sex charges

The veteran actor and Coronation Street star Bill Roache has vowed to “vigorously protest his innocence” over “deeply upsetting” child sex charges, his lawyer said today.

Coronation Street's Michelle Keegan was voted Sexiest Female at the Soap Awards for the fifth time.

Coronation Street triumphs over EastEnders at British Soap Awards 2013

Coronation Street dominated the British Soap Awards scooping eight out of 16 awards including Best Soap.

Teachers are calling for specialist training on how to deliver lessons about the dangers of pornography

Headteachers want four-year-olds to be taught about dangers of porn

Teaching union warns that sex on TV and the internet is robbing children of innocence

Lucy Kirkwood's much-lauded comedy NSFW was performed at the Royal Court last autumn

Soap Opera: People of Peckham take centre stage

New urban soap will be performed on stage at the Bussey Building in London's Peckham

Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell

Coronation Street's Michael Le Vell pleads 'Not guilty' 19 times to series of child sex charges

Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell denied a series of child sex offences when he appeared in court today.

Samantha Womack arriving for the 2013 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards at the Royal Festival Hall, London.

Samantha Womack to reprise role of Ronnie Mitchell in EastEnders following baby swap plot drama

Samantha Womack is to return to EastEnders two years after featuring in a controversial storyline that left her so stressed she needed to take a break.

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