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Summer TV 2013: 10 shows to get excited about

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It's time to dig out your ice cream maker, slap on some sun cream and find those dodgy old shorts. Summer is nearly here. *checks weather forecast* Well, sort of.

Digital Spy can't promise you blue skies and a BBQ, but we can guarantee great telly. Here are 10 shows that you shouldn't miss between the months of May and August.

Breaking Bad
Aaron Paul in 'Breaking Bad'

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We're not sure if we're more excited about the final season of Breaking Bad or more distraught about it all coming to an end. Either way, we know that if we could only pick one show to watch this summer, this would be it.

Sunday, August 11 is the date to circle in your diaries, when the show returns to AMC.

The Americans
The Americans: Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings

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ITV rarely acquires US shows, so they obviously spotted something very exciting in this FX Cold War-era spy series. Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell star as the KGB members, who have to pose as a married couple in Washington DC.

Based in the 1980s, the show blends thrills and domestic drama and is definitely one to watch when it arrives in the UK in June.

Top Of The Lake
Top Of The Lake: Robin Griffin [ELISABETH MOSS]

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It feels like we've been waiting for Top of the Lake forever (we originally had it as one of our ones to watch for 2012), but hopefully it will finally be worth the wait when it does arrive on the BBC.

The Elisabeth Moss New Zealand-based series has already aired in the US on the Sundance Channel and the detective drama about the disappearance of a 12-year-old has won near universal praise.

Hannibal
Mads Mikkelson as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in Hannibal S01E01: 'Apertif'

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Dr. Hannibal Lecter in Hannibal S01E01


A delicious scary treat from Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies, Heroes), Hannibal arrives in the UK on Sky Living next month, filling a gap in the Lector story.

Mads Mikkelson takes on the iconic role and is joined by Hugh Dancy and Lawrence Fishburne in this stylish edge-of-your-seat thriller.

The Fall
The Fall

The Fall on BBC Two


Another show that feels like it's been a long time in development, this BBC Two thriller may fill a Broadchurch-shaped hole in our lives over the summer months.

With Gillian Anderson leading the cast as DSI Stella Gibson, a Met Police officer brought over to Belfast to catch a killer, and the rather dashing Jamie 'Once Upon A Time' Dornan, this show has tons of pedigree.

Arrested Development
Arrested Development season 4 poster

© Netflix

Arrested Development season 4 poster


The Bluths are back! Do we even need to say anything else?

15 new episodes. All at once. On Netlix. May 26... We may be calling in sick that day.

The White Queen
The White Queen: Elizabeth Woodville (REBECCA FERGUSON)

© BBC / Company Pictures/Ed Miller



An ambitious BBC and Starz joint project coming soon, this adaptation of Philippa Gregory's bestselling historical novel series The Cousins' War is well worth keeping an eye out for.

Set against the backdrop of the War of the Roses, we're hoping for plenty of violence, powerplays, manipulation and illicit affairs.

The Newsroom


Aaron Sorkin's ambitious HBO project may not have lived up to expectations with its first season, but there was still plenty to enjoy from the 'News Night' team. Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer return to centre stage and we can no doubt expect more shouting, dashings of silly romantic subplots, a healthy dollop of sanctimony and even more shouting in season three.

Dexter


After eight seasons and a large amount of blood-splattering, Michael C Hall's Dexter concludes this summer. The final series for the cold-blooded killer arrives for US TV fans on Showtime in June. It should air on FOX in the UK later in the year.

Skins
Skins Series 6: The cast


Making us feel very old and very sad in equal measure, Skins bows out this summer with three final specials - 'Skins Rise', 'Skins Fire' and 'Skins Pure' - in July

Cook (Jack O'Connell), Effy (Kaya Scodelario), Naomi (Lily Loveless), Emily (Kathryn Prescott) and Cassie (Hannah Murray) will all return for the special episodes and we're fairly certain there'll be a couple of extra surprises in store as we bid farewell to Bristol's biggest party animals.

What TV shows are you excited about this summer? Let us know below!

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