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Gone to Pot stars  John Fashanu, Pam St Clements, Christopher Biggins, Bobby George and Linda Robson. Photograph:  ITV

It’s been quite the year. As each new day vomits up more fresh horror, we should be thankful, if not too surprised, that November has spawned the surr(...)

Armando Iannucci: “We demand politicians be word-perfect every time they do an interview.” Photograph: Tim P Whitby/Getty Images

Where do you go after satirising Westminster and the American vice-presidency? What more dials are there to twist? The incomparable Armando Iannucci, (...)

Steve Coogan outside the high court in central London after he received damages and an apology from Mirror Group Newspapers. Photograph: PA

British actor Steve Coogan won damages on Tuesday from Mirror Group Newspapers, whose reporters illegally listened to his voicemail messages to get sc(...)

Iguana: the animial features in the Bafta Must See Moment on TV in 2016, which went to footage of an iguana being chased by snakes from David Attenborough’s Planet Earth II series

The Bafta for TV’s “must see moment” of 2016 went to breathtaking footage of an iguana being chased by snakes. The footage, from David Attenborough’s (...)

Rylan, with his charming, personable manner needs a Blind Date or a Family Fortunes, a show that can be sold on his personality rather than this quiz equivalent of a cruise ship restaurant

No one needs another quiz show. TV is crammed with quizzes that manage to cater to every facet of the precarious mental state. If you’re feeling bad a(...)

A lot in common: Mrs Brown and RuPaul. Photographs:  Graeme Hunter/Logo TV

All Round to Mrs Brown’s, an RTÉ/BBC co-production, which airs in Britain with the title A Short Study of the Irish People, debuted on both stations t(...)

 Gerry Adams, Taoiseach Enda Kenny,  Joan Burton and Micheál Martin at the TV3/Newstalk television debate: subjective newspaper articles on Mr Adams’s performance were passed off as hard news. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The US election is a straight-to-video movie that can only be rescued by Kurt Russell in an eye-patch, walking from a slow-mo fireball as parts of Tru(...)

 Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, right, greets UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage during a campaign rally at the Mississippi Coliseum  in Jackson, Mississippi, last week. Photograph: Getty

Some say Britain doesn’t make or export things any more. But it did supply Donald Trump with a straight man. What a thrill to see new life breathed(...)

Andrew Johnston is the 27-year-old golfer from London who parties and likes his mates, actually has mates. Beef’s beard makes Shane Lowry’s look like a finely sculpted piece of artwork. His smile is a million dollars. Photograph: Craig Brough/Reuters

There is no getting away from it. Monty is a divisive figure. Every time you see him it’s not the rough that comes into play but an Alan Partridge dre(...)

Patrick Marber: ‘My characters are always hurting themselves. There is a lot of sadism and a lot of masochism in my work. I don’t know why that is.’ Photograph:  Amy Graves/WireImage/Fox

Patrick Marber politely shoos away a waiter away who has paused to explain an impressive, three-tiered construction bearing afternoon tea. “We’ll figu(...)

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