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

By and Daniel Sperling
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Crack open the bucks fizz, it's Eurovision time! The spangly singing competition is among our TV picks this week and frankly, we'll need something goofy to cheer us up after saying goodbye to some of our favourite shows.

In the next seven days not only will we be trying to get over the season finales of Glee and The Vampire Diaries, but House will be leaving our screens for good too. Read on for our rundown of this week's must-see TV.

Hit & Miss: Tuesday at 11pm on Sky Atlantic
This much-hyped drama from State of Play writer Paul Abbot finally debuts this week. Hit & Miss stars Hollywood actress Chloƫ Sevigny as Mia, a young woman with two very big secrets. Firstly, she's transgender and secondly, she's a paid assassin. Learning of a long-lost son, Mia travels to a small Yorkshire village to see her boy, but her enemies are hot on her tail...

A bizarre blend of action drama and family soap, Hit & Miss really shouldn't work, but Abbot's typically fine script and Sevigny's powerful performance combine to produce something really quite special. Definitely one of 2012's must-watch television dramas.

Watch Chloƫ Sevigny discuss Hit & Miss with Digital Spy below:


Vampire Diaries: Tuesday at 9pm on ITV2 / Glee: Thursday at 9pm on Sky1
Ok, ok, we know we are majorly cheating by shoving these two together, but Vampire Diaries and Glee are both huge shows and they're both leaving us this week! How could we choose between them?

In the last episode of Diaries, Elena finally chooses between Stefan and Damon and a couple of old characters return to Mystic Falls, while in the Glee finale we finally get to see Rachel, Finn, Kurt and others graduate from McKinley High after almost a year of teasing. Factor in House's departure and this could very well be the year's most enthralling week of TV (next week's will be the most depressing when we realise there's nothing left to watch).

Watch the Glee cast talk about the season finale below:



House: Thursday at 10pm on Sky1
Hugh Laurie's misanthropic medical maverick takes his final bow this week, as House comes to an end after eight years. In final instalment 'Everybody Dies', Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) is still coming to terms with his cancer diagnosis, while House faces a return to jail, robbing him of those precious final moments at his friend's side.

Expect plenty of shocks and a flurry of familiar faces to return - Olivia Wilde (Thirteen), Jennifer Morrison (Cameron), Amber Tamblyn (Martha Masters) and even Kal Penn (the late Kutner) are all rumoured to be making a comeback to bid the show goodbye. Jesse Spencer has claimed that the finale is "not the happiest thing" - should we have our tissues at the ready?

Watch the cast of House discuss the show's end below:



Have I Got News For You: Friday at 9pm on BBC One
BBC One's topical news quiz usually plays it pretty safe when it comes to choice of host - the likes of Alexander Armstrong, Jeremy Clarkson, Lee Mack etc. have proven sound and solid choices. But every so often, HIGNFY will take a risk, frequently with wonderful results - remember Brian Blessed? Bruce Forsyth? Well, this week's episode features potentially the most exciting choice of host yet... Star Trek legend, T.J. Hooker star and all-round hero William Shatner!

Shatner's joined by regular panellists Ian Hislop and Paul Merton of course, as well as guests Andy Hamilton and Charlie Brooker, the latter of whom told Digital Spy, "It's genuinely exciting - William Shatner... that's proper telly royalty, isn't it?" - it is indeed, Charlie, we're pretty excited too!

Watch William Shatner perform Cee Lo Green's 'F**k You' below:



Eurovision Song Contest 2012: Saturday at 8pm on BBC One
Love it or hate it, there'll be no escaping this camp juggernaut next weekend when Azerbaijan welcomes all of Europe's nuttiest warblers for the 57th (!) contest. Engelbert Humperdinck will be flying the flag for the United Kingdom with 'Love Will You Set Free' and trying to avoid the dreaded nil points, or at least do better than Blue last year.

Best of all, he'll be first to perform - so you can switch off straight after if you don't fancy 3 hours and 15 minutes of Graham Norton doing his best Terry Wogan impression and Jedward bouncing around on behalf of Ireland. But chances are you'll end up just as engrossed in the carnival as us.

Watch the music video for Engelbert Humperdinck's 'Love Will Set You Free' below:



What are you looking forward to watching this week? Let us know below!

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