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

By and Catriona Wightman
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You know the drill... with another week comes another seven days of television! Once again there are lots of fab shows to choose from, but if you've just not got enough time to pore through the television listings, you're in luck - we've picked out five shows that might deserve your attention.

But what made the cut? Read on to find out!

Enlightened: Tuesday at 10pm on Sky Atlantic
Fancy a new comedy from HBO? Perhaps one featuring movie stars Laura Dern and Luke Wilson? Well, Sky Atlantic's got just the thing! Enlightened sees Laura playing Amy, a high-flying executive who has a breakdown and ends up attending a new age-style clinic. But how will everyone around her react to her new-found lust for life? Enlightened could run the risk of being annoying, but it must be worth giving it a chance - it might be a grower.

Watch a trailer for Enlightened below:



Happy Endings: Thursday at 9.30pm on E4
Happy Endings appeared as part of a rash of friend-and-relationship comedies in the US last year, but it's easily the best of the bunch. Though it has its ups and downs, like many sitcoms, it's turned into something quite sweet with genuine chuckle-moments. Now it's time for the second season to hit our screens - just after we got the first - and in this premiere the friends get together to celebrate Alex and Dave's non-anniversary. Elsewhere, Penny buys a condo and Max is worried that Brad's avoiding him. Good, solid fun - and if you fancy more comedy, switch on E4 at 8pm to get The Big Bang Theory, Perfect Couples and How I Met Your Mother as well.

Watch a clip from this week's episode of Happy Endings below:



The X Factor: Saturday at 8pm on ITV1 and Sunday at 7.30pm on ITV1
It's finally here! After weeks of drama and showdowns and shock returns and fury-causing exits (and, um, the whole Frankie Cocozza business we're not meant to talk about), the X Factor final is this weekend. I know! But who will triumph and who will fall at the final hurdle? Expect appearances from Coldplay, One Direction, JLS, Leona Lewis and the Bublé (standard) as well as lots of bitchiness from the judges and tears from the contestants. Come on, everyone: IT'S TIME. TO FACE. THE MUUUUUUUUUUSIC!

Merlin: Saturday at 8.15pm on BBC One
Naturally, The X Factor dominates this week's television schedules, but if you're not a fan, there's always Merlin as an alternative. This week's is a particularly cracking episode - the first instalment of an epic three-part finale. The sinister yet sultry Morgana (Katie McGrath) has teamed up with powerful warlord Helios (Terence Maynard) to launch a siege on Camelot. But King Arthur (Bradley James) is distracted by lady-folk, including glamorous visitor Princess Mithian (Janet Montgomery) and his returning love Guinevere (Angel Coulby)...

Watch a trailer for Merlin below:



Black Mirror: Sunday at 9.30pm on Channel 4
This Charlie Brooker-penned show made our TV picks last week too, but the joy of an anthology series is that you get something different each week - and Sunday's second instalment couldn't be further removed from last week's episode! Co-written by Konnie Huq, '15 Million Merits' is the tale of two young lovers trapped in a future world where the only way to escape a life of physical labour is to perform in the 'Hot Shot' talent show. Daniel Kaluuya - last seen being the best thing in BBC Three's The Fades - and Downton Abbey actress Jessica Brown-Findlay star. And watch out for Julia Davis and Rupert Everett as the 'Hot Shot' judges!

Watch a trailer for Black Mirror below:



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