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We've got a slew of big, brash US imports, balanced out with some quintessentially British programming in this week's rundown of Must-Watch TV.

For those of you that like your telly a little more shameless than the great shows listed below, may we recommend the return of the trashy toffs from Made in Chelsea (Monday, October 15 at 10pm on E4) and the potentially disastrous revamp of Surprise Surprise (Sunday, October 21 at 7pm on ITV), where Holly Willoughby steps into the shoes of Cilla Black.

On top of that, Davina McCall, Alan Carr and Dr Christian Jessen will be compering Channel 4's star-studded entertainment gala Stand Up to Cancer, which aims to raise awareness of the disease, from 7.30pm on Friday, October 19.

The Vampire Diaries: Monday (October 15) at 9pm/Switch: Monday at 10pm on ITV2
Quit wasting your time watching YouTube tribute videos to Edward and Bella and put away your knackered-out True Blood boxsets - there's some brand new supernatural spunkiness to enjoy on the box this week, with ITV2 launching its Monday night double-bill of The Vampire Diaries and witch series Switch.

Diaries is up first, and its season four premiere sees beautiful bloodsucking brothers Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan (Paul Wesley) dealing with Elena's (Nina Dobrev) transition into a vampire, just as the council make plans to clean up Mystic Falls.

Switch, meanwhile, is nowhere near as intense as TVD, but the trouble-making antics of a Camden-based coven - which includes Lacey Turner and Hannah Tointon of The Inbetweeners - are no less enjoyable. Light and fluffy, but with a few 'f**k's, it's probably about to become your little sister's favourite show - providing the 10pm slot isn't past her bedtime.

Watch the trailer for The Vampire Diaries below:



The Great British Bake Off: Tuesday (October 16) at 8pm on BBC Two
Who'd have thought that a show about making cakes with Union Jack insides could be so damn addictive and grow into one of the biggest TV success stories of recent years?

As unlikely as it must have seemed to BBC Two, Mel and Sue and countless critics, millions of people have been tuning into The Great British Bake Off every week, on the edge of their seats as they wait to see whose gingerbreads have crumbled to pieces.

The latest series comes to an end with new national treasures Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry prodding the finalists' attempts at puff pastry pies and the dreaded chiffon sponge before crowning a winner. We're licking our lips in anticipation.

Watch a promo for The Great British Bake Off below:



Gossip Girl: Wednesday (October 17) at 7pm on ITV2
OMG! Our favourite pampered, privileged prats from the Upper East Side return to ITV2 this week for what will be Gossip Girl's sixth and, *sob*, final season. Having been chucked by Blair (Leighton Meester) at the end of last season, Dan (Penn Badgley) sets out to get revenge by writing an explosive tell-all with the help of the evil Georgina Sparks (Michelle Trachtenberg).

Can he be convinced to help the others find his former lover Serena (Blake Lively) after she fled town in disgrace? And will Nate (Chace Crawford) succeed in bringing down Gossip Girl for good? Who knows, but if we don't get a good glimpse at the titular antagonist's face by the end of the season, heads will roll...

Watch a promo of Gossip Girl season six below:



Spy: Friday (October 19) at 8.30pm on Sky1
We envy Darren Boyd so much. He gets to live out every boy's fantasy of being paid to run around acting like a Spy, only it's okay for him to look like an idiot while doing so. The BAFTA award-winner returns as MI5 moron Tim for a second series of Sky1's hit comedy, which begins with his attempts to help son Marcus become school president.

There's also the matter of co-worker/love interest Caitlin (Rebekah Staton) reuniting with her ex-boyfriend and the usual insanity from boss Robert Lindsay to deal with at the office. So, plenty of opportunities for some cringetastic moments...

Watch a trailer for Spy series two below:



The Walking Dead: Friday (October 19) at 10pm on FX
Look alive, gang! The Walking Dead comes lurching back onto screens this week for its third season, which according to the team behind it is the scariest and most-shocking yet.

The upcoming episodes will at least keep fans of the comics happy, as they promise to introduce The Walking Dead's infamous prison setting and terrifying villain The Governor, played by David Morrissey.

And given how happy the showrunners have been to kill off characters already, it's probably worth watching from from the start just in case someone gets chomped in the premiere. Who knows, maybe even Rick (Andrew Lincoln) himself could be zombie chow by the end of the season. Anything is possible with The Walking Dead.

Watch a trailer for The Walking Dead season three below:



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

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