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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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