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This Week's Must-See TV: 5 Shows You Shouldn't Miss

By and Catriona Wightman
'Pan Am' (ABC)

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It's that time of the week again - get out your diaries and a pen, because you need to sort out your telly schedules!

Yes, over the next seven days it looks like you'll be getting treated to all sorts, from a brand new US show, a returning American drama, the end of a new favourite, a Johnny Depp cameo and celebs making fools out of themselves for charity. What more could you want?

Find out which television highlights we've picked out for your delectation below!

Fresh Meat: Wednesday at 10pm on Channel 4
This superior student comedy draws to a close this week, but we're left with a cracker of an episode! Kicked out by his wife, the unsavoury Professor Shales (Tony Gardner) moves into the student house, leading to more than a few awkward moments. Meanwhile, Kingsley (Joe Thomas) decides to give a relationship with Josie (Kimberley Nixon) one last go, but she's too busy embarking on a booze and sex fest with Vod (Zawe Ashton) - has he missed his chance? The first series of Fresh Meat has been a little uneven after a strong start, but we're still looking forward to series two next year!

Watch a clip from Fresh Meat below:



Pan Am: Wednesday at 9pm on BBC Two
Pan Am is set in the 1960s, but it's not Mad Men. Got it? Good. Instead, it's a glossy, soapy, escapist drama with a stunning cast - Christina Ricci, Margot Robbie - and a lot of fun. There's everything from a young woman jilting her fiancé to a stewardess becoming a spy, and you're getting a double bill to start you off! Pan Am isn't the most consistent drama you'll ever see, and it definitely goes up and down. But when it's good, it's very enjoyable, and keep your eye on Karine Vanasse, who plays Colette - she's a revelation.

Watch a trailer for Pan Am below:



Bones: Wednesday at 9pm on Sy Living
It's back! We've had to wait a while - oh Emily Deschanel, you getting pregnant was all very inconvenient - but it's time to spend more time with Booth and Brennan. But what's going on? Well, for one thing, they're trying to figure out how they're going to cope with being parents... oo-er. And, of course, there's a case to examine - a woman with a history of amnesia is found in a shallow grave. Yikes! It's good to have them back.

Watch a US trailer for the new season of Bones below:



Life's Too Short: Thursday at 9.30pm on BBC Two
The new Ricky Gervais / Stephen Merchant comedy continues this week, and following Liam Neeson's deadpan cameo in episode one, the latest instalment sees none other than Johnny Depp rock up for a guest spot. Depp is hilarious as an embittered version of himself, still holding a grudge against Ricky Gervais for his Golden Globe jibes. But it's not all about the guest stars - Warwick Davis continues to impress in the lead role.

Watch a clip from Life's Too Short below:



Children in Need: Friday at 7.30pm on BBC One
Yes, it's that time of year again - Sir Terry Wogan fronts a night of entertainment and fun, all the while encouraging you to dig deep and give a little! Highlights of this year's proceedings include brand new sketches from Reeves and Mortimer, Alan Sugar in the firing line on Dragons' Den and performances from One Direction and Susan Boyle. Plus, Doctor Who fans will get their first glimpse at this year's Christmas special!

Watch the video for the official Children in Need 2011 single below:



What are your TV highlights this week? Leave your opinions in the box below!

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