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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.

Bill Roache defended people “on the fringes”, especially pop stars, who he said were “caught in this trap” by sexually active young female groupies

'Very sorry': Coronation Street actor Bill Roache apologises after linking child abuse to 'previous lives' of victims

Coronation Street star Bill Roache today said he was "very sorry" over his controversial comments on the victims of paedophiles which seemed to suggest they were being punished for past sins.

Lacey Turner at the National Television Awards in 2011

Lacey Turner: I never watched EastEnders, not even when I was in it!

Former EastEnders actress Lacey Turner has admitted she did not watch EastEnders - even when she was in it.

Funny man? Roy Chubby Brown

Can you have a right laugh? There's a shortage of Tory comedians

That's strange, says Luke Blackall, as the politicians are funny

Sunita from Coronation Street to join Loose Women panel

Shobna Gulati has become the latest star to swap Weatherfield for the Loose Women panel after it was announced the actress is joining the daytime show.

Bernard Horsfall

Bernard Horsfall: Actor best known in 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' and 'Dr Who'

He played one of the Time Lords at Dr Who's trial, exiling him to earth and forcing him to regenerate

Michael Le Vell leaves Manchester Magistrates Court where he made his first court appearance accused of child sex offences

Twitter user arrested over claim alleged victim in Michael Le Vell child sex case was named

A Twitter user has been arrested by police over claims he used the micro-blogging site to name an alleged child sex victim in the case involving Coronation Street star Michael Le Vell.

Michael Le Vell leaves Manchester Magistrates Court where he made his first court appearance accused of child sex offences.

Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell in court on child sex charges

Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell has made his first appearance in court accused of child sex offences.

Dean Gaffney

Crash victim Dean Gaffney recovers to dance for Comic Relief

Ex-EastEnder Dean Gaffney seems to have recovered after being involved in a serious car crash just weeks ago, as he showed off some dance moves on TV.

Michael Le Vell, the Coronation Street actor whose real name is Michael Turner, is due before magistrates on 27 February

ITV drops Coronation Street's Michael Le Vell from the soap amid child rape charges

He has been pulled off air from his role as garage boss Kevin Webster, pending the outcome of legal proceedings

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Playing Cards 1 : Spades, Roundhouse, London

Who but Robert Lepage would set a piece that is partly about the Iraq War in a Las Vegas hotel and its desert environs?

Dean Gaffney

Dean Gaffney on his car crash: I wasn't wearing my seatbelt

The ex-EastEnder said he was lucky not to have sustained brain damage

DVD & Blu-ray review: Anna Karenina (12A)

A ravishing Keira Knightley very nearly convinces in Joe Wright's wilfully odd – most scenes take place in a theatre – adaptation of Tolstoy's tragedy.

Queen of fiction: Hilary Mantel

The Costa Book Award is hers, but let's be frank: Hilary Mantel peddles snobbish period soap operas

These books are heavy on history but light on emotional substance

Gemma McCluskie's mutilated body was found floating in the Regent's Canal in east London

Brother jailed for life for murdering ex-EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie before dumping body in canal

The brother of former EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie was today sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 20 years for killing her.

Coronation Street's Sunita to die in Rovers Return blaze

Coronation Street's famous Rovers Return is set to go up in flames in a blaze which kills soap favourite Sunita Alahan.

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Frank Mugisha: 'Coming out was a gradual process '

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