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The C-Word review – a wonderful testament to a woman who faced cancer with honesty, verve and wit

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Sheridan Smith’s portrayal of Lisa Lynch captures her warmth, humanity and inspirational courage

A young woman wakes up somewhere nice and sunny, on a hot holiday with her fella. She goes down to the swimming pool, dangles her feet in the water. Then she is floating on the lilo, in a bikini – pool-ready body – headphones on, listening to Down with the Trumpets by Rizzle Kicks. Not just listening; singing – shouting – along, exuberantly. “We don’t wanna be lousy, or shameless, but we’re running round like we’re brainless …”

Chances are you won’t have come to The C-Word (BBC1, Sunday) not knowing what it’s about, not knowing that it’s based on Lisa Lynch’s book that resulted from her blog that resulted from her finding out she had cancer. So you probably think – as I did – that this holiday scene comes from pre-c happy days. After all, »

- Sam Wollaston

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Monday’s best TV

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Primary school pupils get a taste of an election in Vote for Me, while two families get a taste of a different kind in How the Other Half Eat. Plus: David Attenborough and others share memories in Ve Day: Remembering Victory, and mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin recalls the day a stranger saved his life

What happens when you give Year 6 pupils in a London primary school the chance to run for headteacher? Stacey Dooley sets the candidates thinking about their manifestos, though they go all wibbly after a visit from Wolfblood’s teen idol Bobby Lockwood. It’s soon back to business, however, as 30 candidates are whittled down to three, who will compete for votes throughout the week. Popular policies are chicken on the lunch menu and hot chocolate for all, as the children get a taste of how an election works. Hannah Verdier

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- Hannah Verdier, Ali Catterall, Graeme Virtue, Andrew Mueller, Ben Arnold and Jonathan Wright

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The Block, House Rules, Reno Rumble – haven't the fan-zombies had enough?

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The home renovation show is as much a new TV format as Frankenstein’s monster cobbled out of other people’s rotting dead bits is a newborn baby

Well Block me sideways and Block the Blockie: Nine’s The Block has finished, in case you hadn’t Blocked it. And cor blimey, if watching buildings get sold for money is your kind of thing, this was definitely a good example of that thing happening.

Related: The Block brings the house down for Channel Nine's ratings and advertisers

Related: Logie awards 2015: frocks and frolics on the red carpet – in pictures

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- Jazz Twemlow

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Mad Men recap: season seven, episode 12 – Lost Horizon (warning: spoilers)

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Sterling Cooper has been devoured by McCann, and the chances of the company’s staff holding their own seem increasingly unlikely

Spoiler alert: this blog is published after Mad Men airs on AMC in the Us on Sundays at 10pm Et. Do not read on unless you have watched season seven, episode 11 (which airs in the UK on Sky Atlantic on Thursday 7 May at 10pm)

After Sterling Cooper ceased to exist after being swallowed last week by its parent company, McCann, we’re beginning to see our Mad Men and Women go their separate ways. This really is the end.

If you want us just ask Frank in the studio, he’ll ask Bobby in traffic and he’ll tell Carl the associate creative director.”

Roger: Even if your name’s on the damn door you should know better than to get attached to some walls.

Peggy: Well hopefully I »

- Will Dean

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Game of Thrones recap: season five, episode four – Sons of the Harpy

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There’s another death, Jon Snow fends off a sneaky attack, and Stannis is winning us over – if we disregard that business about murdering his brother

Spoiler alert: this blog is published after Game of Thrones airs on HBO in the Us on Sundays and on Foxtel in Australia on Mondays. Do not read on unless you have watched season five, episode four, which airs in the UK on Sky Atlantic on Monday at 9pm. Also please avoid posting spoilers from leaked episodes, and from the books.

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- Sarah Hughes

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