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

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Comedy, period drama, a 1920s crime thriller, a TV talent contest and the biggest Doctor Who in a very, very long time... all of that is here in one of the most exciting and eclectic editions of TV Picks this year. Read on for more...

The Paradise: Tuesday (September 25) at 9pm on BBC One
Hopefully you haven't had your fill of period drama yet, because the BBC's newest release The Paradise is absolutely gorgeous to look at and will surely be the setting for some powerhouse performances.

Based on the French novel by Emile Zola and relocated to late 19th century Britain, the programme follows country girl Denise Lovett (Joanna Vanderham) as she comes to work at the titular "department store of opportunity", run by dashing entrepreneur John Moray (Emun Elliot). His passion for the store captivates Denise in a way she never expected, paving the way for a glorious rags-to-riches story. Come have a browse, there's sure to be something that takes your fancy in The Paradise.

Watch the trailer for The Paradise below:



Cuckoo: Tuesday (September 25) at 10pm on BBC Three
With its last original comedy project Bad Education the toast of the TV world, BBC Three will now be hoping that its replacement - the Andy Samberg-starring Cuckoo - can replicate its success.

The former Saturday Night Live comedian appears as the beyond-annoying, pretentious hippie type of the title, who is thrust into the lives of stuffy, British couple Helen Baxendale and Greg Davies (The Inbetweeners) when their daughter returns from her travels as his wife. Let the chaos commence...

Watch a clip from Cuckoo below:



The X Factor USA: Thursday (September 27) at 8pm on ITV2
The current UK series seems to have somehow lost that magic, so we're looking across the Atlantic in the hope that the arrival of Britney Spears and Demi Lovato on its US counterpart will be enough to get us all excited about The X Factor again.

You know the drill by now - along with returning panellists Simon Cowell and LA Reid, the ladies are out to boost or crush the dreams of aspiring singers from around the country. Auditionees this week include Britney's former vocal coach, a 50-year-old who lashes out at Lovato for using Auto-Tune and a cross-dressing cake decorator. And don't worry, there's not a Steve Jones in sight.

Watch footage of Britney Spears on The X Factor USA below:



Doctor Who: Saturday (September 29) at 7.20pm on BBC One
It's the moment you've all been dreading, Who fans - after this week's episode there'll be no more Karen Gillan to... enjoy. 'The Angels Take Manhattan' is not only the last we'll see of Doctor Who until Christmas, but it's the last we'll see of Amy Pond (Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) period.

Bets are off as to how the pair will bow out - all that's been said is that their exits are "fitting" and "very final" - but with the Weeping Angels and River Song (Alex Kingston) returning, it's bound to be edge-of-your-seat stuff!

Watch the trailer for Doctor Who series seven below:



Boardwalk Empire: Saturday (September 29) at 9pm on Sky Atlantic
Season three of the Atlantic City crime drama begins with jubilation, as Steve Buscemi's Nucky Thompson hosts a New Year's Eve party to welcome in 1923 - but it is never calm for long at the Prohibition-era Jersey Shore.

This time around, Nucky's got a new enemy to contend with - temperamental Sicilian gangster Gyp Rosetti. We're sure that over the coming weeks their feud will be the catalyst for the many, many gunshots fired in the trailer below, which you need to click on right now. It is best enjoyed with whiskey. Straight up.

Watch the trailer for Boardwalk Empire below:



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

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