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Trauma - an excellent study of grief, but not so good as a thriller

Grief is a funny thing. Not literally, obviously, but it can affect different people in all sorts of different ways.

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Shaun Evans and Roger Allam star in Endeavour

Endeavour - a lesson from history

After the President’s Club, and grid girls, and Harvey Weinstein, and equal pay at the BBC, it seems there is anational debate under way about male privilege, the abuse of power and the rights of women.

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Ore Oduba and Julia Bradbury counted down Britain's Favourite Walks

Britain's Favourite Walks - The long walk to boredom

Mark Twain apparently once said that “golf is a good walk spoiled.”
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The cast of this week's episode of Inside No.9. From left, Reece Shearsmith, Miranda Hennessy, Nicola Walker and Steve Pemberton

Inside No.9 - The best way to spend 30 minutes

Thirty minutes isn’t a very long time, when you think about it. It’s less than a half of football. Barely a third of most modern films. You could probably just about manage to walk a mile in half an hour.

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Michelle Young, whose story was featured in Millionaire Ex-Wives Club, battled her husband in the courts for 10 years

Millionaire Ex-Wives Club - A measure of sympathy for the devil?

It’s difficult to feel any sympathy for the mega-rich. There they go, swanning around in their Bentleys, insulated from the years of austerity everyone else has been forced to go through.

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Sarah Lancashire excelled in Channel 4's new drama, Kiri

Kiri is a drama that could kickstart your year

It’s January. Christmas has been lost in a belch-ridden mist of over-indulgence, and the new year stretches out ahead of you, filled with unnameable terrors and 12 months of who-knows-what.

Opinion
Mary Berry took a tour around Highclere Castle, the setting for Downton Abbey, in her new series Country House Secrets

Mary Berry's Country House Secrets - It's toff at the top

The term ‘national treasure’ is much over-used these days. Take Mary Berry, for example. Before Bake-Off, she had been largely forgotten, but a stint in a pastel tent and she has now been elevated to a place at the top table alongside Nigella, Delia and Jamie.

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The cast of Love, Lies and Records, including Ashley Jensen (second right)

Love, Lies and Records - Love, lies and too much more

My kids used to like a book called The Busy World of Richard Scarry, in which animals dressed as humans scurried about, going to work or enjoying their leisure time, all being terribly busy and pressed for time.

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The cast of the new BBC2 sitcom Motherland, including Diane Morgan (second left) and Anna Maxwell Martin (centre)

Motherland and The Detectorists herald a good time for new comedy

Comedy seems to be stuck in a timewarp at the moment – just look at the reboot of Porridge currently clogging up BBC1, or ponder the inexplicable success of Mrs Brown’s Boys, which attracts millions of viewers despite being as funny as a poke in the eye with a stick.

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Surfing bottlenose dolphins featured in the incredible Blue Planet II on BBC1 this week.

Blue Planet II - The very best of the BBC

It has been a central part of British life for almost a century, but the BBC seems to be under attack more than ever. The right thinks it’s a hotbed of leftist luvvies, while the left sees it as an organ of state-sponsored propaganda.

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Jack Whitehall, Rosie Perez and Charity Wakefield in Bounty Hunters

Bounty Hunters - No laughs in this Whitehall farce

It’s often said that there’s a fine line between comedy and tragedy, Well, there’s an even finer line between comedy and comedy-drama. But what’s the difference?

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The girls - and nuns - of Bad Habits, Holy Orders

Bad Habits, Holy Orders - party girls turn to God in an unexpected delight

If they ever decide to do a remake of The Sound of Music, one song which will definitely need an update is My Favourite Things.

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Louis Theroux looks at the drug epidemic blighting post-industrial America

Louis Theroux sheds light on the dark side of the American dream

If Louis Theroux ever turns up on your doorstep, you know you must be in trouble.

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