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After 17 awesome, inspiring and emotional days, the London 2012 Olympics are unfortunately rolling out of town. But every cloud has a silver (or, given the circumstances, gold?) lining, because while there's bound to be some Games withdrawal symptoms, the TV schedules have now been freed up and this week sees a ton of terrific programmes flooding our screens.

Seriously, it's been one of the most competitive weeks of Tube Talk's TV picks for a long time. We just about managed to narrow it down to a top five, which are listed in full below, but honorable mentions go to the cooking double-bill of Celebrity Masterchef (Monday, August 13 at 6.30pm on BBC Two) and The Great British Bake Off (Tuesday, August 14 at 8pm on BBC Two), school-run comedy Gates (Tuesday, August 14 at 8.30pm on Sky Living), Rihanna's Styled to Rock (Tuesday, August 14 at 9pm on Sky Living) and Samantha Womack in the first of a new series of Who Do You Think You Are? (Wednesday, August 15 at 9pm on BBC One)...

Big Brother: Monday (August 13) at 9pm on Channel 5/Celebrity Big Brother: Wednesday (August 15) at 9pm on Channel 5
After Channel 5's rather unexciting first attempt at Big Brother last year, this summer the reality show that started it all has been back to its controversial and scandalous best. It may not be cool to say this any more, but we're going to miss Big Brother when it all comes to a close on Monday.

But fear not, there'll probably be more chances to call up Ofcom when Brian Dowling welcomes a gaggle of Page 3 stars, ex-soap stars and the usual 'who the hell are they?'-ers into the compound for the third...third edition of Celebrity Big Brother in less than a year. Among the rumoured contestants are Lauren Goodger, Julian Clary, Dog the Bounty Hunter and Cheryl 'Hev' Fergison - who we're hoping doesn't pull a Denise Welch and get her baps out in the hot tub. Find out which of them, if any, will become housemates on Wednesday.

Watch a trailer for Celebrity Big Brother below:



Accused: Tuesday (August 14) at 9pm on BBC One
Sean Bean in drag - do we really need to say more? Well, for those of you who for some reason aren't instantly hitting record on your fancy TV boxes, let us explain a little bit more about series two of Accused. Overseen by BAFTA-winning writer Jimmy McGovern, Accused comprises of four individual dramas that all end in a courtroom, and over the coming weeks the likes of Olivia Colman, Robert Sheehan, Sheridan Smith and John Bishop will all take starring roles.

The first episode features Bean as a Mancunian transvestite going by the name of Tracie Tremarco, who starts an unconventional romance with satellite engineer Tony (Stephen Graham) - but with both of them harbouring secrets, things can only end in tragedy. Now, don't think we're selling Accused short by focusing on the sight of Ned Stark in stilettos - we know you may come for that, but you'll stay for the tense, compelling and beautiful story behind the character.

Watch a trailer for series two of Accused below:



Person of Interest: Tuesday (August 14) at 10pm on Channel 5
We couldn't be more excited to see what happens when the great minds of JJ Abrams and Dark Knight Rises writer Jonathan Nolan come together for Person of Interest. The show stars Jim Caviezel as a former CIA agent recruited by Michael Emerson's shady billionaire to keep order in New York City with the help of a machine that predicts crimes before they even happen. Awesome right? And judging by the response in America, where it was CBS's highest-tested drama pilot in 15 years, it bloomin' well delivers.

Watch a preview of Person of Interest below:



Bad Education: Tuesday (August 14) at 10pm on BBC Three
After soaring to prominence on the comedy circuit and showing himself to be the best thing about Fresh Meat, Jack Whitehall is back with his animated posh boy routine in self-penned sitcom Bad Education. The series debuts with the funnyman's out-of-depth alter ego Mr Wickers, described as the worst teacher to ever grace the British education system, ditching his marking to try and seduce the newly-single Miss Gulliver, aka Him & Her star Sarah Solemani.

Yes, it might be nice to see Whitehall change up his act a bit, but with strong supporting performances from Mat Horne and Green Wing's Michelle Gomez, plus early buzz describing Bad Education as the next Gavin and Stacey, we'll certainly be taking a seat for this one.

Watch the trailer for Bad Education below:



The X Factor: Saturday (August 18) at 8pm on ITV1
It's that time again. The X Factor, still officially the biggest TV show in the country (you blew your chance, The Voice), comes lumbering back onto our screens this Saturday, which means you can say goodbye to your weekends - heck, say goodbye to your life - until December. Tulisa Contostavlos, Gary Barlow, the gaffe-tastic Louis Walsh and newcomer Nicole Scherzinger will take their spots on the panel, ready for four long months of crying, rowing, heckling the weirdos and applauding the wonders.

Dermot O'Leary will once again be waiting in the wings, putting an arm around crying grandmothers as the first batch of hopefuls take to the stage in London and Newcastle. Could any of these first auditionees have their name on the winner's single come Christmas?

And if afterwards you're up for more Cowell-crafted goodness, Caroline Flack will be bouncing around on The Xtra Factor from 9.30pm on ITV2 and Red or Black will be stumbling back with a lick of paint and probably without any ex-cons as contestants straight after X Factor at 9.15pm on ITV1.

Watch a trailer for The X Factor below:



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

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