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This Week's Must-See TV: 5 Shows You Shouldn't Miss
8 Out of 10 Cats: Monday (October 8) at 10pm on Channel 4/Have I Got News For You: Friday (October 12) at 9pm on BBC One
Huzzah! Two of Tube Talk's favourite panel shows return this week to help us laugh away these chilly October nights. First, Jimmy Carr will be on hand to spout funny things about polls and statistics, and probably be hit with a tax joke or two from team captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson in 8 Out of 10 Cats, while later in the week the grandaddy of comedy quizes Have I Got News For You returns for its 44th (!) edition with Claire Balding as guest host.
Having managed to keep her cool in the midst of the London 2012 action, we're pretty confident that the nation's broadcasting darling will be able to hold her own against the ever-quipping Paul Merton and Ian Hislop. Oh, and perhaps it'd be worth staying on BBC One after HIGNFY to check out the channel's newest comedy Me and Mrs Jones (Friday, 9.30pm), which stars Neil Morrissey and Misfits actor Robert Sheehan as the men in the life of single mother Sarah Alexander (she of Coupling and Green Wing). And yes, we really have just squeezed three shows into one slot. It's our list and we can do what we want!
Watch William Shatner guest host on the last series of Have I Got News For You below:
Fresh Meat: Tuesday (October 9) at 10pm on Channel 4
We don't remember ever being excited about going back to uni (or at least the lectures), but darn it, we can't wait to kick off a second semester with the Fresh Meat rejects. The gang are hunting for a new housemate in this opening episode and JP (Jack Whitehall) is desperate for a fellow posho from school to move in - until he discovers just how much his friend enjoyed their old dorm room 'power showers'.
Elsewhere, Kingsley (Joe Thomas) becomes a hit with the ladies after sprouting some awkward facial hair and Howard discovers the perks of his new job at an abattoir. If you just can't wait for your Fresh Meat fix, check out Digital Spy's recent chat with Greg McHugh, the man behind our favourite Scottish oddball, for plenty of teasers about the new series.
Watch the trailer for Fresh Meat below:
Nurse Jackie: Tuesday (October 9) at 10.35pm on Sky Atlantic
The unthinkable happens in the fourth season of dark medical comedy Nurse Jackie, as the titular medical worker finally decides to check into rehab. But how long will she be able to stay away from the hospital when a corporation takes over and sticks hard-ass physician Mike Cruz (Bobby Cannavale) in charge?
Edie Falcoe is as fragile and funny as ever as Jackie, and the supporting characters get plenty of great moments too, what with a pregnancy and a surprise job shuffle keeping things interesting at All Saints.
Watch a sneak preview of Nurse Jackie below:
Good Cop: Saturday (October 13) at 10.30pm on BBC One
Warren Brown's thrilling drama gets to take a bow this weekend, after the final episode was postponed due to the tragic deaths of two Greater Manchester Police officers in a gun and grenade attack last month.
Good Cop closes with vengeful vigilante John Rocksavage (Brown) taking matters into his own hands again when an operation involving Amanda (Kerrie Hayes) goes wrong, as suspicions about just what he does at night begin to mount. Gripping and haunting throughout, we sincerely hope that the horrific circumstances surrounding Good Cop's departure don't scare the BBC out of bringing it back for another series, if the ending lends itself to one.
Watch the trailer for Good Cop below:
Strictly Come Dancing: Sunday (October 14) at 6.50pm on BBC One
Anyone else find it strange how it takes four whole editions of Strictly Come Dancing for a celebrity to get chucked? Well, finally this Sunday one of the stars will be forced to hang up their sequins and suffer the humiliation of being the first to leave the new series.
The eliminations have been spiced up this year with the return of the dance-off, meaning that the bottom two will have one last chance to impress the judges after being snubbed by you, the public, for their wobbly waltzes and so-so salsas.
Claudia Winkleman joins Tess Daly on presenting duties so that Sir Bruce can have a nap, while the Scissor Sisters will entertain the audience with their new single as the celebs in jeopardy change into their dancin' shoes.
Watch Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh in training for Strictly Come Dancing below:
What are you looking forward to watching this week? Let us know below!