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It's a case of hello and goodbye in this week's Tube Talk TV picks, as one of our favourite shows from the US, The Walking Dead, departs with a bloody brutal finale and Armando Iannucci's McThick of It, Veep, begins to wind down.

But on the plus side, this week also marks the return of E4 comedies Beaver Falls and Franklin & Bash, plus we finally get to feast our great British eyes on Patrick Wilson's short-lived but memorable drama A Gifted Man. Read on for more...

The Walking Dead: Monday (August 6) at 10pm on Channel 5
Recovered from that mind-blowing murderous twist in last week's episode yet, terrestrial TV fans? Don't worry - although it might seem that the The Walking Dead has backed itself into a corner by sticking a game-changing shock in the episode before the finale, we're pretty confident you won't be let down as Andrew Lincoln's post-apocalyptic drama lurches off our screens.

'Beside the Dying Fire' picks up right where last week's episode left off, with a massive gang of walkers about to attack the farm - and not everyone manages to escape the horrific, buttock-clenching ordeal with their delicious brains still intact...

Watch a promo for the Walking Dead finale below:



Beaver Falls: Monday (August 6) at 10pm on E4
Summer's here, which means its time to pack our bags and head to America for another stay at Beaver Falls. Brit boys A-Rab (Arsher Ali), Barry (John Dagleish) and Flynn (Samuel Robertson) return to lord it over their court of social misfits, only to discover that quite a bit has changed since their last visit... not least that Rachael (Kristen Gutoskie) is now married. Plus, they'll have to contend with former Eastenders and Pramface co-stars Emer Kenny and Scarlett Alice Johnson, who will weirdly be reteaming again as new arrivals at the camp.

Elsewhere, Digital Spy aimed to dampen the mood of the Beaver Falls team ahead of the premiere by taking on (and ideally destroying) the cast at a game of softball. Do you fancy our chances?

Watch the trailer for season two of Beaver Falls below:



Veep: Monday (August 6) at 10pm on Sky Atlantic
We're coming towards the end of Julia Louis-Dreyfus's first term as US Vice President Selina Meyer - and unfortunately, from what we've heard from you guys, her approval rating isn't as impressive as we'd hoped.

Still, this penultimate episode - in which Selina turns against her own team amid criticism from voters and pregnancy rumours - is certainly worth checking out, as Veep creator Armando Iannucci hands directing duties to frequent collaborator Chris Morris (he of Brass Eye and Four Lions). If his brand of close-to-the-knuckle humour can help bring Veep to a strong finish, then we'll be leading the campaign to get it back on our screens as soon as possible.

Watch a message from the Veep below:



A Gifted Man: Tuesday (August 7) at 9pm on Watch
You may have heard quite a few not-so-nice things about A Gifted Man recently. It was axed in the US after just one season, with lead actor Patrick Wilson revealing that CBS had broken the news to him via email. Not that he minded - he later said that he "couldn't be happier" with the cancellation.

So you're probably now wondering why we're recommending you watch a show that only lasted 16 episodes and even its star hated. Well, in our eyes A Gifted Man, which sees a brilliant surgeon (Wilson) open a free clinic after being visited by the ghost of his ex-wife ((Jennifer Ehle), rose above the sappiness and clichés of its premise and offered up more than enough tender moments to make the show a satisfying watch, thanks to the careful touch of director Jonathan Demme (Philadelphia) and writer Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich). Ignore the bad press and give it a try.

Watch a preview of A Gifted Man below:



Franklin & Bash: Thursday (August 9) at 10.30pm on E4
Or, what Zack Morris and that guy from Road Trip did next. For many when Franklin & Bash arrived on E4 it was merely an opportunity to see whether teen stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer had mutated into awkward men-children who could barely remember the meaning of the word dialogue, let alone speak it. So imagine everyone's surprise when the show dubbed Ally McBeal With Balls turned out to... well, have some balls.

Gosselaar and Meyer are as sharp as ever in the season two premiere, which sees their titular attorneys strive to land a drinks company bigwig as their new client in a battle for promotion, only for a night out on the town to send their plans crashing down.

Watch the Franklin & Bash cast talk season two below:



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

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