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This Week's Must-See TV: 5 Shows You Shouldn't Miss
First, there's the return of Ryan Murphy's supremely scary American Horror Story, then we'll be creeping ourselves out with tales of killers in the last ever episode of The Closer, before finally braving the most terrifying monsters imaginable - posh, egotistical teenagers - in Young Apprentice. Aaargh!
Read on for more details about these shows and the rest of this week's great TV below...
American Horror Story: Asylum: Tuesday (October 30) at 10pm on FX
Ryan Murphy sure has a lot of darkness bottled up inside him, probably as a result of working on Glee. The showrunner extraordinare's other hit show of the moment American Horror Story returns to the UK this week for its second season Asylum - and it's as pant-wettingly terrifying as ever.
The series has been turned on its head this time around, relocating the action to a 1960s psychiatric facility run by the suspicious Sister Jude, played by returning cast member Jessica Lange. Investigative journalist Lana Winters (Sarah Paulson) arrives at the asylum intent on exposing the murder and torture that goes on within its walls - but will she ever leave?
With an impressive ensemble cast including season one's Zachary Quinto, Evan Peters and Lily Rabe, plus Joseph Fiennes, Chloë Sevigny and Adam Levine, American Horror Story is sure to get you in the mood for Halloween. Or make you too afraid to flick your lights off - either way.
Watch a promo for American Horror Story: Asylum below:
Young Apprentice: Thursday (November 1) at 8pm on BBC One
Fire up Prokofiev's 'Romeo and Juliet' and prepare to feel inadequate about how little you've achieved compared to a bunch of teenagers - Young Apprentice is back, and Lord Sugar's again sifting through a bunch of little s**ts to find one worthy of a £25,000 investment. In the first task, the candidates are required to re-sell a bunch of second-hand clothes to the public, before one of them is hung out to dry.
Young Apprentice may never get the fanfare of the regular series due to its pintsize cast and smaller stakes, but it's proved to be a damn sight better than recent editions of the adult version. Give it a spin if you've never bothered before - and don't feel bad about laughing at the young 'uns once they start cocking everything up. They could probably buy and sell you already.
Watch an introduction to the Young Apprentice candidates below:
Scandal: Thursday (November 1) at 9pm/The Closer: Thursday at 10pm on More4
A More4 drama double bill for you all here. We didn't have room for the channel's brand new acquisition Scandal, which comes from Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes, in last week's TV Picks, but we advise you all to check out the premiere using the on-demand service of your choice.
Once you're all up to speed, sit down for episode two - in which Kerry Washington's tenacious ex-White House director Olivia Pope is approached by an escort agency boss to protect her eminent clientele.
Then, straight afterwards, it's the final ever episode of The Closer. After seven seasons of dealing with LA's most dangerous killers, you'd think Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) would want to take it easy for her last case. But no, a report of a man burying a woman in a park soon snowballs into an investigation that could cost Brenda her job, and even her life...
Watch a promo for Scandal below:
The Mentalist: Friday (November 2) at 9pm on Channel 5
From one police procedural to another...this week marks the return to Channel 5 of Simon Baker as Patrick Jane, aka The Mentalist. The master deducer is still a bit miffed with the FBI in the season five premiere after their meddling cost CBI agent Wainwright his life and allowed serial killer Red John - the Moriarty to Baker's Holmes-esque character - continue to roam free.
In typically dramatic fashion, the warring agencies are then forced to work together on an investigation into the murder of a hotel employee, leading to catfights aplenty, of course. The Mentalist's lady viewers will be pleased to know Baker's luscious blonde locks remain intact throughout all the hair-pulling.
Watch a teaser of The Mentalist below:
Space Dive: Sunday (November 4) at 8.30pm on BBC Two
Millions of us tuned in to watch the world's bravest man Felix Baumgartner jump 128,000ft from the edge of space two weeks ago, but how many were aware of just how much training and preparation went into this incredible, but short-lived feat?
Space Dive captures the ultimate adrenaline junkie's entire journey, from his early sessions with mentor Colonel Joe Kittinger - the man who fell 100ft to Earth 50 years ago - right up until the day of the jump itself. If your mind's still blown after one of the most extraordinary stunts in memory, the unseen story of Felix's quest makes for unmissable TV.
Relive Felix Baumgartner's jump from the edge of space below:
What are you looking forward to watching this week? Leave your comments below!