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Fortitude: Sofie Gråbøl and Christopher Eccleston star in big-name Arctic Circle thriller trailer

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The new crime series, which sees a small Arctic mining community torn apart by murder, also stars Michael Gambon, Stanley Tucci, Richard Dormer and Jessica Raine. See a clip of Gråbøl in action as the towns ambitious mayor

Viewers who have missed The Killings Sofie Gråbøl getting all up in some criminal activity against a chilly backdrop, look no further - new Sky Atlantic show Fortitude has put her back out in the cold.

The 12-part drama sees Gråbøl back on the small screen as the mayor of Fortitude, a small mining community in the Arctic Circle. Fortitude is on the verge of becoming a hotspot for high-end tourism with the arrival of a new hotel. But the development is interrupted by a macabre discovery, which threatens the safety of its inhabitants and unearths the dark secrets previously hidden by the towns idyllic facade.

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Joaquin's mutton chops and Belle & Sebastian return plus today's pop culture news

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Welcome to Guide Daily, keeping tabs on todays pop cultural tremors live til five!

Coming up: Inherent Vice, Belle & Sebastian, Noomi Rapace, Mastodons twerk frenzy and, um, Robbie & Avicii

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A few weeks ago, we wrote about the TV shows that refuse to die. But we neglected to mention the positively jurassic Never Mind The Buzzcocks, which began its 28th series last night (it debuted way back in 1996, when jokes about rockers getting blowjobs from groupies were apparently still funny). After years of guest presenters, the programme has finally settled on a permanent host. And surprise surprise, its another waspish, middle-aged white bloke.

To be fair, the bespoke opening sequence about Rhod Gilberts first day on the job was mildly amusing.

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Earlier today, we declared a pop video twerking moratorium. But new Mute signing Arca didnt listen. »

- Sam Richards

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Masters of Sex's second season is uneven but enthralling

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The melancholy period drama about sex researchers, starring Lizzy Caplan and Michael Sheen, is progressing nicely and when it slows down, its an almost perfect television show

Why arent more people watching Masters of Sex?

How many liberties can you take when adapting a real story? The question has become increasingly pertinent to Masters of Sex as we progress through an uneven but still enthralling second season.

Where the first season hewed relatively close to events in Thomas Maiers biography of sex pioneers William Masters and Virginia Johnson, season two has begun to tell its tale with increasing freedom: its creator, Michelle Ashford, admitted in a recent interview with Hollywood Reporter that she was fascinated in these huge areas that remains blank there are so many things that well never know but we get to imagine them.

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- Sarah Hughes

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Downton Abbey, The Strain, Gogglebox and Marvellous: TV review video

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This week, telly addict Andrew Collins fanfares two important returns: Downton Abbey to Sunday nights on ITV1; and Gogglebox to Friday nights on C4. He also reviews a new horror-contagion-vampire thriller from Guillermo del Toro on Watch, The Strain; a contender for single drama of the year, Marvellous, on BBC2; and a quick blast of Jon Stewart on Comedy Central to remind us how good he is Continue reading »

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Newsnight review: Evan Davis gets off on right foot

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Presenter offers gentler interrogation style than his predecessor as he commences new series of show by putting Conservative test to David Cameron

With his record as a business journalist, Evan Davis knows all about high-profile launches and takeovers and, on Monday night, he went public with a majority share of what had previously been the Paxman brand, hosting Newsnight live from the Conservative party conference.

In a newspaper interview, Davis had pleaded with BBC2 viewers not to watch his first weeks programmes as the shows new lead presenter, while he got the hang of the gig, but will have known that there was about as much chance of that happening as of a politician giving a straight answer.

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- Mark Lawson

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24 Hours in Police Custody review even better than 24 Hours in A&E

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Its the same set-up, with hidden cameras pointed at life-changing dramas, but the cop-shop version has the extra irresistible allure of crime

Luton, pre-dawn, and a police convoy is on its way to the address of a suspect. They bang on the door, while a few go round the back to stop anyone escaping that way. A massive, bleary-eyed man comes to the door. Its a bit early, isnt it? Sorry, sir, we have to do these things early these things being to arrest him on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

The police are very polite. Is it all right to go into the lounge? Unfortunately, theyre going to have to handcuff him. He wants to clean his teeth? And say goodbye to the kids? No problem. It seems remarkably amicable and casual. Presumably at some point the man is asked if he minds terribly if the whole thing goes »

- Sam Wollaston

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TV highlights 30/09/2014

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Tennis: Japan Open/China Open | The Secret Life Of Books | The Driver | The Motorway: Life In The Fast Lane | The Leftovers | The Sixties | Secrets & Lies | My £999 Wedding

Coverage from the second day of action on both sides of the Sea of Japan, with the first round of action set to conclude in both the Japan Open at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, and the China Open at the National Tennis Centre in Beijing. Argentinas Juan Martín del Potro lifted the former trophy in Tokyo last year, following a straight-sets victory over Milos Raonic. Over in Beijing, Novak Djokovic took the singles crown last year, picking up a record fourth China Open title in the process. Mark Jones

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- Mark Jones, Andrew Mueller, Ben Arnold, John Robinson, Rachel Aroesti, Ali Catterall, Julia Raeside and Hannah Verdier

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Walmart blames Tracy Morgan's failure to wear seatbelt for crash injuries

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Retailer says comedian and friends acted unreasonably by not wearing seatbelts when Walmart truck struck their car in fatal crash

The comedian Tracy Morgan and others in his limousine were not wearing seatbelts when their vehicle was struck by a Walmart truck in a highway accident, the retailer said on Monday.

Walmart Stores made its contention in a court filing responding to a lawsuit by Morgan and three other plaintiffs over the crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, which killed Morgans friend and fellow comedian James McNair.

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- Reuters in New York

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Mary-Louise Parker to pen memoir about 'the significant men in her life'

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Titled Dear Mr You, book will be written in the form of a series of letters to the significant men in Parkers life

Stage and screen star Mary-Louise Parker is writing an autobiographical book about the significant men in her life, Scribner announced on Monday.

I am so honored and thrilled to be working with Scribner and in the company of such wonderful writers, Parker said in a press release issued by the publisher.

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- Lauren Gambino

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Why the Simpsons-Family Guy crossover works and others fail

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Crossover episodes can bring out the most crass qualities of beloved shows, but not all have to be like Disneys cynical Frozen tie-in

Which Simpsons character met their end in the crossover? The Simpsons is debasing itself with a crossover episode

The television crossover episode can seem as outdated as those sing-along show themes (you only want to go where everbody knows your name). But, if Sunday nights Simpsons/Family Guy episode is any indication, theres hope for the crossover yet.

The problem with most crossovers, and possibly why they fell out of favor, is that they are so horrendously craven or make so little sense that they expose the machinery of network programming in a way that is largely unappealing.

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- Brian Moylan

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The Paedophile Hunter: Channel 4 to air film on controversial web vigilante

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Broadcaster says documentary about Stinson Hunter is most important of the year

Channel 4 will air what it has billed as its most important single documentary of the year this week about a controversial internet paedophile hunter.

Stinson Hunter gets more convictions for paedophiles carrying out online grooming than some police forces, the documentarys director and a barrister specialising in child protection claimed at a screening on Monday.

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- Tara Conlan

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Which Simpsons character met their end and did the Family Guy crossover episode work?

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After months of speculation, The Simpsons finally killed off a character last night. But who was it, were you disappointed and how successful was the controversial Family Guy crossover?

Warning: spoilers ahead

Why the Simpsons-Family Guy crossover works and others fail

After months of frenzied speculation over which Simpsons character would die, the victim was finally revealed in Sunday nights season 26 premiere in the Us. And it was Krustys father, Rabbi Hyman Krustofsky (voiced by Jackie Mason, who won an Emmy for the role in 1992), who finally met his maker.

The episodes title, Clown in the Dumps, had led to severe fan panic that Krusty himself might be off to the big top in the sky. In July, The Guardians Stuart Heritage was outraged at the mere thought of it:

... simply put, this would be a travesty. Krusty the Clown or, to use his birth name, Herschel Shmoikel Pinchas Yerucham Krustofsky is an institution. »

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Mad Men's Jon Hamm to star in Black Mirror Christmas Special

29 September 2014 5:12 AM, PDT

The actor returns to TV for role in one-off episode of Charlie Brookers dystopian drama, where he will be joined by One Days Rafe Spall and Game of Thrones Oona Chaplin

Jon Hamm will return to television as the lead in Charlie Brookers nightmarish dystopian drama Black Mirror.

The Mad Men star joins One Days Rafe Spall and Game of Thrones Oona Chaplin in a one-off 90-minute Christmas special, which promises to be the most mind-bending episode yet, showcasing three interwoven stories of Yuletide techno-paranoia, according to Channel 4.

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- Guardian TV

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The return of Modern Times: can it recapture the 'smell of Britain'?

29 September 2014 5:08 AM, PDT

New BBC head of documentaries Emma Willis reveals what to expect from the revived series, which will showcase new directors, protagonists and state-of-the-nation films

A long-ago controller of BBC2 once expressed the desire for programmes that reflected the smell of Britain. This scent has historically best been captured by the channel in portmanteau documentary series such as 40 Minutes (BBC2, 1981-1994) and Modern Times (BBC2, 1995-2001), in which filmmakers were given space for a one-off documentary on a subject of their choice. Perhaps missing the whiff, Janice Hadlow, before handing over the network to successor Kim Shillinglaw, decided to revive Modern Times.

The format operates like the features pages of a newspaper, flexibly accommodating reports, profiles, investigations and analysis, although, in line with its title, the series was perhaps best at sharp but enjoyable observation of social trends: two well-remembered films from the late 90s were a portrayal of obsessive fathers »

- Mark Lawson

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Strictly Come Dancing stays ahead of The X Factor in head-to-head battle | TV ratings - 26-27 September

29 September 2014 4:04 AM, PDT

BBC contest attracts 6.5m viewers on Friday and 8.1m on Saturday, while ITV show pulls in 5.8m and 7.7m respectively

BBC1s Strictly Come Dancing maintained its ratings edge over ITVs The X Factor as the two talent shows went head to head on Friday and Saturday.

Strictly attracted 6.5 million viewers and a 28.5% audience share on Friday for a one-hour show broadcast from 9pm. In the same Friday slot The X Factor drew 5.8 million and 25.7%.

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- Jason Deans

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Belinda Stewart-Wilsons favourite TV

29 September 2014 4:00 AM, PDT

The Inbetweeners and Evermoor star on her televisual yeas and nays

I confess that Im a massive fan of Made In Chelsea and The Only Way Is Essex. I used to be a bit of a Chelsea girl when I was in my late teens, so I relate to Made In Chelsea on a scary level! Its interesting as an actor to watch reality TV, where youre seeing real people with real emotion in their eyes. You can learn quite a lot. Im also obsessed with In The Club, the maternity-group drama. I havent seen a drama like that for ages, where I cant wait for the next episode.

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- Gwilym Mumford

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TV highlights 29/09/2014

28 September 2014 10:00 PM, PDT

Premier League Football: Stoke City v Newcastle United | Horizon: Is Your Brain Male Or Female? | Cilla | 24 Hours In Police Custody | Too Tough To Teach? | Never Mind The Buzzcocks | Glue | Dapper Laughs On The Pull

Two late goals from Papiss Cissé in Newcastles 2-2 draw with Hull may have saved Alan Pardews hide for the time being but with the side still winless this season calls for the Newcastle managers sacking are unlikely to subside any time soon. Stoke, meanwhile, are having a curious season: theyre playing a more expansive brand of football than in previous years, and managed a victory at Manchester City, but have otherwise failed to win a game. Gwilym Mumford

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- Gwilym Mumford, Ben Arnold, Julia Raeside, David Stubbs, Rachel Aroesti, Ben Beaumont-Thomas, Hannah J Davies and Mark Jones

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Youve Been Framed! review the show that never fails to deliver

28 September 2014 10:00 PM, PDT

A man on a wobbly chair hangs balloons over a buffet, and starts to topple ... humour like this is universal and irresistible

The phrase golden age of television, with its implication that were living with some of the finest, if not the finest, TV shows ever made, is becoming worn out through overuse. The idea has been endlessly discussed over the past few years, though producers continue to come up with outstanding cinematic long-form stories that make a strong case for the medium outshining film. I believe that on the whole, television is absolutely better than movies at the moment if were talking about big-budget HBO dramas and smart BBC2 thrillers and binge-watched Netflix originals that keep you hooked on a story that is 13 hours long.

Still, that means television will inevitably encounter some of the problems that its older sibling has come across, and the weekend schedules are a perfect example. »

- Rebecca Nicholson

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Peaky Blinders: Brummie Boardwalk or shop-soiled Sopranos?

28 September 2014 10:00 PM, PDT

Steven Knights period crime drama has split opinion over its stylised violence and dodgy accents. As Series 2 begins, two Guide writers argue the toss

Lanre Bakare Being a Peaky Blinders fan isnt easy. The haters and the backbiters have ready-made arguments they love to throw in your face. But you can beat them, and you only need a few well-rehearsed lines (rather than razor-laden flat caps) to do it. The first thing theyre going to say is: It wasnt the Brummie Boardwalk we were promised! Look them in the eye and respond: Oh, so you wanted it to plod through two seasons of stodgy plots bogged down by political machinations no one but a policy wonk could get excited about before really getting going in seasons 3 and 4? Then wait for the applause anyone within earshot will give you. Shaken, the Blinders-hater will spit out something like: The accents were terrible! »

- Lanre Bakare & Gwilym Mumford

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Living with the Enemy? No, they're just an average Muslim couple | Jazz Twemlow

28 September 2014 6:50 PM, PDT

Railing against everyday Muslims for the crimes of extremists is like screaming at kids kicking a ball because of your (justifiable) hatred of Fifa, as one Sbs program shows

Are you terrified? I am. I just punched a moth because I thought it might have been a terrorist in moth costume. Are you scared? Its now become easier for me to point out the few square millimetres of my trousers that havent been pebble-dashed by the excrement this government has been conjuring forth.

With the high terror alert, and increasingly draconian security laws, this has become the uniform of Team Australia: The Excremental Pantaloons of Fear (or was that a Harry Potter book?). The only way George Brandis could make the coalition any scarier would be to hire a clown in running make-up to sit in on parliamentary sessions. A clown played by John Malkovich.

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- Jazz Twemlow

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