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This Week's Must-See TV: 5 Shows You Shouldn't Miss

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Chief Inspector Sarah Lund in 'The Killing'

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No matter whether you want to laugh, cry, be perched on the edge of your seat or thoroughly freaked out, there's something perfect for you on the telly in the coming days.

In addition to The Killing, The Big Bang Theory and the other bits of must-see TV below, this week our sets will also play host to BBC Children In Need 2012 (Friday, November 16 from 7.30pm on BBC One).

Terry Wogan, Tess Daly and Fearne Cotton are your hosts for the charity entertainment marathon, with highlights including Tom Daley and other Olympians strutting their stuff for a special music video, Anne Widdecombe returning for a Strictly special, and performances from the likes of One Direction and Girls Aloud.

The Hour: Wednesday (November 14) at 9pm on BBC Two
Ben Whishaw's having a hell of a good few months. First his debut outing as Q in Skyfall sees him feature in the UK's biggest film of 2012, now he's back taking centre stage in critically acclaimed '50s drama The Hour, one of the most gorgeous shows on television.

Despite being fired at the end of the first series, it doesn't take long for his reporter character Freddie Lyon to get back into the action, as the BBC's new Head of News (Peter Capaldi) drafts him in to improve The Hour amid the threat of nuclear war and competition from ITV. How will former colleagues Bel (Romola Garai) and Hector (Dominic West) feel about his return?

Watch the trailer for The Hour below:



The Big Bang Theory: Thursday (November 15) at 8pm on E4
It may not exactly be challenging or sophisticated humour, but one cry of "bazinga" from Sheldon is guaranteed to brighten our day. Season six of Chuck Lorre's geektacular phenomenon The Big Bang Theory kicks off in the UK this week, with Howard still floating around the International Space Station and still getting grief from his squawking mother.

With his buddy orbiting the earth, Raj is feeling lonelier than ever and jumps at the chance to join Sheldon and Amy's anniversary dinner - much to the latter's annoyance. Add in some science babble, and we've got the makings of a classic Big Bang episode. Altogether now: "Our whole universe was in a hot dense state..."

Watch a clip from The Big Bang Theory below:



The Killing: Saturday (November 17) at 9pm on BBC Four
Pull on your favourite sweater and let's head back to Denmark for the long-awaited third series of The Killing. Sarah Lund (Sofie Grabol) is celebrating her 25th year in the police force, so of course now would be the time for a man's dismembered body to be discovered at Copenhagen's docks.

Considering she can't even celebrate her success without having to investigate a homicide, it's perhaps no surprise that Sarah is disillusioned with detective work as this final edition of The Killing gets underway. But she soon finds it impossible to resist delving into the mystery behind the murder... as will you. Episode two follows immediately afterwards.

Watch the trailer for The Killing below:



The Secret of Crickley Hall: Sunday (November 18) at 9pm on BBC One
Just because Halloween's over, that doesn't mean you can't scare yourself silly with a night in front of the TV. The Secret of Crickley Hall is a good old fashioned ghost story, the titular building a nightmarish place that during World War II served as an orphanage where the children weren't exactly cared for.

Now it is home to Suranne Jones and Tom Ellis, who play a couple looking for a fresh start on the first anniversary of their son's disappearance. Soon things start going bump in the night, as the horrors of the past make themselves known in the present. We suggest keeping a fresh pair of underwear at hand when watching.

Watch the trailer for The Secret of Crickley Hall below:



Him and Her: Sunday (November 18) at 10pm on BBC Three
As a bunch of writers who spend most of our time drooling in front of the telly, it should come as no surprise that we identify greatly with Russell Tovey and Sarah Solemani's slovenly lovers.

For once, though, the crude couple may have something to get excited about, as Steve prepares to ask Becky for her hand in marriage. Now all he needs is the perfect moment to pop the question... shame Becky's currently nursing the world's worst hangover.

Watch a sneak peek of Him and Her below:



What are you looking forward to watching this week? Leave your comments below!

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