Aaron Paul, winner for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Anna Gunn, winner for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and Bryan Cranston, winner for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, pose with their awards for Breaking Bad during the  66th Primetime Emmy Awards in California yesterday. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters 2:04

For all the talk about newcomers raising the game of television, the industry yesterday chose to bestow its top Emmys on the long-running shows Bre(...)

Jimmy McGovern: ‘The writers I admire write about things that matter.’ Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

On the day I’m supposed to interview Jimmy McGovern, he has to postpone to attend the funeral of a man who lost a child in the Hillsborough disaster 2(...)

Following a lead: Matthew McConaughey as Rust Cohle. Photograph: HBO

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U2’s Larry Mullen, Adam Clayton, Bono and The Edge, winners of Best Original Song for Ordinary Love from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in California. Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

The Golden Globes’ reputation as bellwether for the Oscars has long ago been debunked, but last night’s ceremony - as ever, spreading the love - went (...)

Create antiheroes: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Nidge in the new series of ‘Love/Hate’

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Working mothers: Dr Nayna Patel with the women of her ‘baby-making factory’ in House of Surrogates

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Even by host Neil Patrick Harris’s standards, the mid-show cabaret tune, The Number in the Middle of the Show, was light on laughs and celebrity cameos. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

When it comes to television award shows, the Emmys have consistently tried to emulate other awards shows. They think they’re the TV Oscars. From cerem(...)