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Louis Theroux: Dark States, Heroin Town

Today I learned that America’s opiate abuse problem is, to all intents and purposes, sponsored by the major pharmaceutical companies, who are also substantial donors to presidential campaigns of both colours.

I wish I’d gone with my first instinct and watched Susan Calman on Strictly instead.

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Fleabag: Disgustingly dirty and cleverly caustic  

This brilliant new comedy started life as a successful Edinburgh Fringe show. 

The titular Fleabag (we never learn her real name, but we do learn EVERYTHING else about her) is a woman of around thirty or so, trying to manoeuvre her way through life with a failing cafe, a big sister who is her polar opposite, a distant father, a discreetly nasty step mother, and the recent death of her best friend and business partner.

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The Great British Bake-Off: #Biscuit

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Who doesn’t know what a Jaffa cake looks like?

Twenty minutes into the latest series and already controversy is stalking the grassy aisles of the Bake-Off marquee. Not, as is the usual case, because someone’s opened a fridge or accidentally cut their own head off with a butter knife, but because in a room of twelve adults, only a few seem to know with any certainty which way up a Jaffa Cake goes.

The UK is in crisis, people.

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Sherlock v Elementary: Sadly, it is not that simple…

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Over the years Sherlock Holmes has become one of the most iconic characters in film and television, and the inspiration for many of the detectives we’ve come to love in popular culture.

It was inevitable that at some point in entertainment evolution, we’d end up with two.

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Last Whites of the East End: Last rites for common sense and my patience.

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I don’t know where to start with Last Whites of the East End, except to say that it only took about three minutes before someone mentioned the grave problem facing the indigenous species of Newham borough. Those immigrants, them Muslims, basically anyone whose skin is darker than milk.

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