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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.

Kat and Alfie on their wedding day at The Queen Vic in 2003

Love is in the Albert Square: Kat and Alfie set to reunite as another enduring EastEnders couple

Love is in the Albert Square as EastEnders' favourites Kat and Alfie Moon are set to get back together.

Actor Bill Roache, left, leaves Preston Magistrates court after facing charges of raping a 15-year-old girl in 1967, in Preston, England, May 14, 2013. The 81-year-old actor has played Ken Barlow in the British TV soap Coronation Street since its launch in 1960.

Coronation Street actor Bill Roache makes first court appearance on rape charges

Veteran Coronation Street actor Bill Roache has made his first appearance in court accused of raping a 15-year-old girl.

Coronation Street actor Bill Roache comes face to face with a wax work model of his street character Ken Barlow on July 25, 2011 in Blackpool, England.

Madame Tussauds removes waxwork of Coronation Street's Ken Barlow following 'inappropriate behaviour'

A waxwork of Coronation Street’s longest-serving character Ken Barlow has been removed from Madame Tussauds in Blackpool after visitors displayed “inappropriate behaviour” towards it.

Jeanne Cooper: Star of US daytime TV for four decades

Jeanne Cooper: Star of US daytime TV for four decades

Jeanne Cooper, who died on 8 May at the age of 84, was an enduring star of American soap opera. She played grande dame Katherine Chancellor for nearly four decades on The Young and the Restless.

Coronation Street actress Liz Dawn recovering after heart attack

Coronation Street actress Liz Dawn who became a household name as Vera Duckworth has suffered a heart attack, it has been reported.

Coronation Street star Bill Roache strenuously denies allegations he raped underage girl in 1967

Roache, 81, was arrested at his home in Wilmslow, Cheshire and was interviewed by police late into yesterday evening

Andrew Lancel, 42, was charged last November under his real name Andrew Watkinson

Former Coronation Street actor Andrew Lancel denies sexually assaulting boy

A former Coronation Street actor has denied sexually assaulting a teenage boy.

Coronation Street favourites Sherrie Hewson and Ken Morley will be sharing the screen again after they signed up for the next series of Benidorm.

Coronation Street couple Reg and Maureen Holdsworth to reunite in Benidorm

Coronation Street favourites Sherrie Hewson and Ken Morley will be sharing the screen again after they signed up for the next series of Benidorm.

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Jumping the badger? Archers fans don't want anyone sexing up their favourite soap

The editor who brought modernity to Ambridge has been criticised by listeners

Former Foreign Secretary David Miliband talks to reporters at his home in London

A new path for David Miliband as allies ask: where would Labour be with him instead of Ed?

Tony Blair leads New Labour calls for beaten brother to return to politics one day

David Miliband with his brother, Labour leader Ed Miliband

The Miliband 'soap opera' ends with departure: David Miliband quits politics to work for charity in US

Decision to move to New York to work for charity will mean by-election in South Shields constituency and disappointment for Blairites who hoped return would boost Labour's election chances

The Archers boss steps down after 22 years

The boss of long-running Radio 4 series The Archers is stepping down after 22 years.

Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell, arrives at Manchester Crown Court accused of child sex offences

Coronation Street star Michael Le Vell to face child sex trial in September

Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell will stand trial in September after being accused of child sex offences.

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