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Better Call Saul’s Bob Odenkirk: ‘Trump’s ego is so destructive, it’s hilarious. Until he gets elected’

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As Saul Goodman in Better Call Saul, Bob Odenkirk plays one of Us TV’s most beloved characters. So why couldn’t his mum watch him in Breaking Bad?

On the way to meeting Bob Odenkirk, I see him in the bright California sky. Not a vision, but a huge advertising billboard, floating above Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. I half expect to see a tiny him up there, too, reaching down to rescue ... “rescue” the man who went up to take the billboard down, on legal grounds, and who slipped (“slipped”). You’ll know what I’m talking about if you’ve seen Breaking Bad spin-off prequel Better Call Saul; it’s one of the most memorable scenes from a memorable first season. If you haven’t seen Better Call Saul, here’s what you need to know: Breaking Bad (if you haven’t seen Bb then God help you, »

- Sam Wollaston

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Recovery Road: finally a TV show about addiction that focuses on recovery

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Author Blake Nelson, whose novel has been adapted into a TV show, talks about the problems of addiction, recovery and getting the truth on television

The moment a TV character looks surreptitiously around a room before popping a pill, savvy viewers know what’s coming – an addiction storyline.

Related: Fentanyl: drug 50 times more potent than heroin ravages New Hampshire

When Maddie faces expulsion or rehab, viewers get to see something rarely shown on TV … the real work of recovery

Related: White Girl review: sex, drugs and moral peril in a stylish Sundance button-pusher

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- Melissa Locker

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Dislocated shoulders and blood clots: TV's most dangerous reality shows

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There have been calls for Channel 4’s celebrity winter sports show The Jump to be axed following a spate of injuries. But it’s far from the first programme to put its contestants in danger

Related: Beth Tweddle has operation for neck injury after skiing accident on The Jump

The Jump, currently on its third series and third serious injury in a fortnight, has been branded the most dangerous reality TV show yet. Viewers have called on Channel 4 to axe the show, which follows celebrities throwing themselves into various winter sports. But is The Jump really the worst one out there? What of these other contenders?

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- Chitra Ramaswamy

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Gimme celluloid: a history of Mick Jagger on film

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Ahead of HBO’s rock drama Vinyl, which the Rolling Stones singer executive-produced, we take a look at his small screen and big screen exploits, which range from a terrible Ned Kelly to a sterling Performance

Mick Jagger’s role as executive producer on HBO rock drama Vinyl – the idea for which he first dreamed up in the mid-90s – is only the latest in a surprisingly meaty list of involvements in film and television for the Rolling Stones frontman.

He has utilised his star clout to serve as a producer on two films about one of his heroes, James Brown (the biopic Get on Up and documentary Mr Dynamite), as well as Michael Apted’s second world war thriller Enigma, from 2001. Jagger, who owns an Enigma code-breaking machine himself, had a cameo as an Raf officer at a dance. He’s also been a driving force as a producer »

- Ashley Clark

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This Seal was Chillaxing on an Iceberg! The sad dumbing down of nature shows

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Planet Earth is fragile, majestic and awe-inspiring ... though you may not think it if you’d watched nature programmes like World’s Sneakiest Animals and Dogs Make You Laugh Out Loud. Stop giving classy shows clickbait names

Nature programmes, by their very existence, remind us of our place in the world. They are majestic and awe-inspiring. They show us that planet Earth is cruel and fragile and that, while unthinkable hardship is everywhere, solace can always be found in the simple beauty of a raindrop splashing on a soft leaf. Admittedly, this may not be something you realised if you happened to watch recent shows such as Cats v Dogs: Which is Best?, or World’s Sneakiest Animals, or Dogs Make You Laugh Out Loud.

Because, Christ, those titles. There was a time, not so long ago, where nature shows came with lofty, audience-respecting titles such as The World About Us and Life on Earth. »

- Stuart Heritage

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The Martian lands in Marvel: the most brazen TV ripoffs of movies

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A scientist on a faraway planet has to survive on ingenuity alone ... sound familiar, Matt Damon fans? Agents of Shield has become the latest show to pilfer a film plot – but it’s far from the first. Here are TV’s best movie tributes

In last night’s Agents of Shield on E4, poor lab tech Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) got zapped light years away to a barely habitable planet with nothing but a smartphone. She stayed put, expecting Shield to beam in and save her. But the episode’s title – 4722 Hours – hinted it might take a little longer than she hoped.

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- Graeme Virtue

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Beth Tweddle has operation for neck injury after skiing accident on The Jump

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Olympic gymnast is one of seven contestants to have been injured in Channel 4 ski-jumping reality show just two episodes in to its third series

Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle has had a successful operation on her neck after becoming the latest celebrity to be injured on Channel 4’s ski-jumping reality show The Jump.

The bronze medal winner at the 2012 Olympics had surgery to fuse fractured vertebrae after being airlifted to hospital following a crash during training on Saturday afternoon.

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- Jasper Jackson, Mark Sweney and Press Association

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The real shock of the Super Bowl: The Good Wife is being axed

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CBS used its Super Bowl ad slot to announce the end of the acclaimed legal drama. The show may have been beset by scandals of late, but it’s a huge loss

For many TV devotees, the best part of the Super Bowl is that it marks the end of the football season, which means no more games messing with the start times of their favourite shows. This year the Super Bowl not only restored order to the The Good Wife’s scheduling, but brought with it the announcement that the show is coming to an end.

Related: Super Bowl ads: the very best and the very worst

Related: Archie Panjabi: why the time was right to say goodbye to The Good Wife

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- Brian Moylan

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Matthew Lewis: the Harry Potter star on his favourite TV

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The actor, who played Neville Longbottom in the wizarding saga, on his love of Sherlock, Star Trek and Alan Partridge

Sherlock. I think it’s so well shot and so well acted, and the modern setting is a stroke of genius. I think it’s something like another 18 months until the next series; come 2017 I’m going to be sitting there with my snacks waiting to see they’ve come up with.

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- Gwilym Mumford

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War and Peace watched by 5.7m as writer signs up for Les Misérables

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Andrew Davies set to follow success of Tolstoy drama with adaptation for BBC of Victor Hugo novel

War and Peace bowed out with 5.7 million viewers on Sunday as it was revealed that scriptwriter Andrew Davies is set to follow the drama’s success with another period epic, Les Misérables.

Davies told the Telegraph he has signed up film producer Harvey Weinstein, who co-produced War and Peace, to the project, and is due to begin talks with the BBC. The Guardian reported earlier on Sunday that War and Peace producers Lookout Point were in “active” talks with Davies and his team about working on another “major classic”.

Related: War and Peace recap: episode six – bows out with a bonkers beard

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- Jasper Jackson

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Catch-up and download: from Lucifer to Funny Valentines

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The devil takes a break in the City Of Angels on Amazon Prime while the BBC’s romantic short film series returns for a second season on the iPlayer

Turns out the devil is actually all right. Slick going on slimy, but handsome, charming and, on the basis of this new Amazon original, essentially benign. Former Miranda star Tom Ellis lands the plum role of Lucifer Morningstar in this pleasingly daft romp based on a character in Neil Gaiman’s comic-book The Sandman. Lucifer is an immortal demon, bored of life as the Lord Of Hell and trying his luck in the glossily corrupt City Of Angels. His infernal past won’t let him go but, for now, he’s enjoying his self-created role as part time crimefighter and full-time ladykiller.

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- Phil Harrison & Gwilym Mumford

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War and Peace recap: episode six – bows out with a bonkers beard

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The coincidences continue to come thick and fast as Pierre tries to be heroic, Natasha and Andrei are reunited and the villains get their comeuppance. But didn’t it end well?

No! It’s all over! Bring them back! Make Pierre regrow his bonkers prisoner beard! Make Sonya and Denisov get it on at a mazurka party! Bring Helene back to life and let’s see what a terrible mother she would have made! I can’t believe it’s over. But didn’t it end well? Setting aside the ridiculousness of Nikolai’s Duran Duran hair and peasant costume in the final “bucolic idyll at the dacha” bit. Where none of the actors looked a day older than episode one despite the passing of 15 years.

Related: Paul Dano: a resolutely hexagonal peg in the square hole of showbusiness

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- Viv Groskop

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The World’s Toughest Horse Race: Palio review – Mad, medieval, macho: not quite the Grand National

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Riders representing Siena’s districts compete in a time-old tradition that sees them whip their horses and each other for money and glory

Have you ever been struck by a whip made from stretched ox penis while riding bareback in a horse race around Siena’s Piazza del Campo? Me neither. The World’s Toughest Horse Race: Palio (BBC4) dealt with the 10 jockeys who whip their horses and each other for money and glory. Twice a year, 10 riders in colours representing 10 of the city’s 17 districts race for 90 seconds.

“Goose – remove your crown!” went one chant. “I told you, Tower, Goose cannot be dominated!” came a retort.

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- Stuart Jeffries

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Monday’s best TV: Pocket Money Pitch, Rick Stein’s Taste of Shanghai, The X-Files, Inside Amy Schumer, Royal Navy Sailor School

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Young entrepreneurs receive a baptism of fire in a mini Dragon’s Den; Rick Stein discovers authentic cuisine in an increasingly globalised city; Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny revisit their traditional roles; Schumer is Little Miss Hot

Young entrepreneurs are invited into a mini Dragons’ Den in this new series for inventive eight- to 14-year-olds. The little clever clogs must pitch to a business guru for the chance to win a year’s pocket money, which is worth over £300. This week, Levi Roots is the man to impress and the kids’ ideas are genius, from Sunday lunch on a pizza and a pimped-up scotch egg to spreadable fudge and cool cookies. Although Roots is lovely with them, he’s tough too, firing questions about profit and loss to throw them off. Hannah Verdier

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- Hannah Verdier Ali Catterall Andrew MuellerGraeme Virtue Julia Raeside Mark Gibbings-Jones

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Molly Meldrum miniseries review – a surprisingly affecting tribute to man behind the hat

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Almost 1.8 million watched part one of the Samuel Johnson-starring miniseries and they were rewarded with a funny and warm appraisal of the era

If you think four hours is an extraordinary chunk of airtime to devote to Ian “Molly” Meldrum, you probably didn’t grow up in the 1970s and 1980s. If you did, you almost certainly grew up on Countdown, the weekly music program that, over 13 years and 563 episodes, made Meldrum the unlikeliest of entertainment icons.

Molly, a television biopic that premiered on Channel Seven last night in the first of a two-part miniseries, tells his story ingeniously, and perhaps with a touch of sly irony: via a series of flashbacks following Meldrum’s terrible accident at home in 2011, which left him with severe injuries. (At the time of the show’s airing, Meldrum was recovering after a second fall in Thailand.)

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- Andrew Stafford

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