Show Me The Funny: Monday at 9pm on ITV1
Yes, we're missing The Apprentice too. And yes, it's ages until The X Factor starts. But don't worry, because there's a brand new series on the telly to satisfy your reality-competition hunger! Show Me The Funny, hosted by Jason Manford, follows a group of contestants hoping to be the next big stand-up. They get sent on challenges to help them find material, then each perform a five-minute set of brand new stuff to a tough crowd - this week, it's a group of Liverpudlian women. The first episode provides plenty of laughs, but some of the comedians will be left wishing that it was because of their jokes, instead of at the truly awkward moments that come from an unimpressed audience.
The Hour: Tuesday at 9pm on BBC Two
I'll be honest - I was excited about The Hour before I even saw a second of it. Come on, it stars Ben Whishaw, Romola Garai and Dominic West - how could I not be? Certainly, it's a much-buzzed-about drama (although ignore the Mad Men comparisons) and I'm a sucker for period stuff. The Hour certainly carries off that with aplomb - its 1950s setting is absolutely gorgeous and the detail is exquisite. The story is also interesting, with everything from a love triangle to the establishment of a new current affairs TV programme to a conspiracy and murder mystery. It does take a little while to warm up and I'm not completely sold on it yet, but the ending guaranteed that I'll be tuning in again and there are some stunning sequences (just wait for the dancing and Underground montage). Definitely worth giving a go.
Watch a trailer for The Hour below:
Sherlock: Wednesday at 8.30pm on BBC One
No, sadly, the second series of this smash-hit detective drama isn't here quite yet! Sherlock and John will be back for new adventures in early 2012, but to fill the gap, BBC One is repeating all three of the great detective's previous adventures over the coming weeks. For those of us who love the show, it's a great opportunity to refresh our memories ahead of series two, and for those of you who missed Sherlock the first time (and shame on you), it's a chance to see what all the fuss is about! The repeat run begins this week with arguably the first season's best episode, 'A Study In Pink'.
Watch a trailer for Sherlock below:
Franklin & Bash: Wednesday at 10pm on E4
"When I wake up in the morning and the 'larm gives out a warning, I don't think I'll ever make it on time..." Yes, we all remember classic kids' telly show Saved by the Bell, but what ever happened to wise-cracking ladies' man Zack Morris? Well, it turns out that Zack (or actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar at any rate) has become something of a legal eagle! The former Bayside student stars alongside Breckin Meyer in this new comedy-drama, which follows maverick crime-fighters Peter Bash (Gosselaar) and Jared Franklin (Meyer) as they navigate the tricky world of modern law! If you're expecting an episode of Prime Suspect, then Franklin & Bash might not be for you, but for anyone else, this is unpretentious, light-weight fun.
Watch the trailer for Franklin & Bash below:
Torchwood: Miracle Day: Thursday at 9pm on BBC One
The adventures of Captain Jack, Gwen and co continue this week, as a transatlantic flight goes seriously awry! Captured and held prisoner by Rex (Mekhi Phifer), the now-mortal Jack (John Barrowman) is poisoned - can he be saved, or will 'Miracle Day' mark its first death? Meanwhile, a television broadcast leads to some intriguing new possibilities for the creepy Oswald (Bill Pullman), and Vera Juarez (Arlene Tur) makes a shocking discovery about the fate of the human race! Thrilling stuff - miss it at your peril!
Watch a Torchwood: Miracle Day behind-the-scenes feature below:
What are you looking forward to this week? Leave your comments below!