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It's a fantastical edition of TV Picks this week, with the vampires of True Blood and the Norse Gods of The Almighty Johnsons both returning, while Gareth Malone will be doing his fairy godfather-with-a-conductor's baton thing in a new edition of The Choir. Read on for info on all these shows and more...

True Blood: Monday (September 17) at 10pm on FX
The buff, blood-sucking beauties of Bon Temps are back for True Blood's fifth season, which welcomes Law & Order: SVU's Christopher Meloni to the cast. He plays Roman, the menacing guardian of the Vampire Authority, who are on the hunt for Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) in this week's premiere.

Before he shows up though, Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Lafeyette (Nelsan Ellis) have to deal with the aftermath of Tara (Rutina Wesley) sacrificing her life in the season four finale, while Jason (Ryan Kwanten) is surprised by the return of a former nemesis.

Watch the True Blood season five trailer below:



The Almighty Johnsons: Monday (September 17) at 10pm on Syfy
This cult New Zealand fantasy series may not exactly have almighty ratings, but we know it has a pretty darn dedicated fanbase - as evidenced by the protests that occurred when it was announced that this second season of The Almighty Johnsons would be its last.

There may only be 13 episodes left (for now at least), but don't let that dampen your enjoyment of the Johnson boys' continued quest to fulfil the ancient prophesy that they hope will restore their Norse God powers.

Watch a teaser of The Almighty Johnsons season two below:



Covert Affairs: Wednesday (September 19) at 9pm on Really
Be warned Covert Affairs fans, you will be on the edge of your seats throughout the season three premiere, so maybe get a cushion to slip under you or something.

Seriously, if an explosion in the opening minutes that kills a major character, the hint of a CIA conspiracy and an exotic mission to Marrakech don't excite you, then perhaps this whole TV thing isn't for you. The premiere also has some nostalgic thrills as well, with original 24 bitch Sarah Clarke taking her place on the show alongside Piper Perabo (Annie) and Christopher Gorham (Auggie).

Watch a clip from the Covert Affairs premiere below:



The Choir: Sing While You Work: Thursday (September 20) at 9pm on BBC Two
After making heroes of the Military Wives and helping Gary Barlow to mildly amuse the Queen (we're being realistic) with their Diamond Jubilee track, the ever-chirpy Gareth Malone sets off once again to show people the magic of music in The Choir.

His mission this series is to establish vocal groups in four of Britain's busiest workplaces - starting with Lewisham's NHS Trust - and then pit them against each other in a singing competition. Here at Digital Spy a nice box of doughnuts to devour usually does more to raise morale than an REM sing-song, but whatever - Malone's way probably makes for better, more heartwarming TV.

Watch a promo for The Choir: Sing While You Work below:



Doctor Who: Saturday (September 22) at 7.30pm on BBC One
So Who fans, are you ready to get on board Chris Chibnall's "massive rollercoaster ride of a sci-fi story"? 'The Power of Three' sees Earth invaded by millions of black cubes, which can't be good, and Henry VIII is in there somewhere - so yeah, it sounds like it could be the craziest episode of the series yet.

Plus there's the tantalising twist of the Doctor (Matt Smith) moving in with Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill) to enjoy, as well as guest appearances from Steven Berkoff, Mark Williams and Jemma Redgrave.

Watch the trailer for Doctor Who below:



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

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