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This Week's Must-See TV: 5 Shows You Shouldn't Miss
And although the True Blood finale will surely rock our socks, it'll never be as terrifying as the prospect of Christopher Maloney triumphing in the X Factor final next weekend. Read on for more details...
The Fear: Monday (December 3) at 10pm on Channel 4
Thought Brighton was just about sticks of rock, piers and hipster-friendly boutiques? Think again. The Fear, an ambitious Channel 4 drama project, digs beneath the sand to expose the town's murky underworld, dominated by Peter Mullan's Richie Beckett, a crime boss battling dementia.
The dark and gloomy thriller tracks Richie's downfall across four nights this week, as his empire begins to crumble along with his mind after the arrival of Albanian gangsters on his patch. Also boasting solid turns from the likes of Richard E Grant, Paul Nicholls and Harry Lloyd, The Fear is Boardwalk Empire for us Brits with the added twist of having an enemy more destructive than any mobster.
Watch the trailer for The Fear below:
The Only Way is Essex: Monday (December 3) at 10pm on ITV2
Wait, wait, come back! Hear us out before you decide to bolt at the suggestion of watching TOWIE - this one's a little bit different. See, on Monday the show that introduced us to vajazzles, the Sugar Hut and Gemma Collins's 'candy' will be going live in a first-of-its-kind reality TV experience.
How is this going to work? Nobody knows really, not even the cast - all that's been confirmed is that it will centre around a TOWIE talent show. No matter whether you love or hate the programme, the very real prospect of seeing car-crash TV turn into a full-scale motorway pile-up has an all-encompassing appeal. The Only Way is Essex live may not exactly be highbrow, but it is intriguing.
Watch a teaser of The Only Way is Essex live below:
True Blood: Monday (December 3) at 10pm on FX
We're afraid you'll soon have to rely solely on The Vampire Diaries for your fix of supernatural sexiness, because this week marks the end of True Blood's fifth season, as well as creator Alan Ball's reign as showrunner.
In 'Save Yourself', it's Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) to the rescue, first coming to Sookie's (Anna Paquin) aid as Russell Edgington (Denis O'Hare) turns on the faeries, then gathering the troops for a bloody battle against the corrupt Authority.
Watch a sneak peek of the True Blood finale below:
The Town: Wednesday (December 5) at 9pm on ITV1
A family tragedy compels Sherlock's Andrew Scott to return to the town where he grew up in this new ITV drama, but things aren't exactly how he remembered them.
Ten years since he went away, his loved ones are now under the thumb of an alcoholic mayor, played by Martin Clunes, and someone keeps sending him texts saying "I know". Needless to say this trip home will be one that ole Moriarty will never forget.
Watch a showcase of ITV's festive drama below:
The X Factor: Saturday (December 8) at 8pm/Sunday (December 9) at 7.40pm
It's not long now, guys, until the outrageous Simon Cowell circus closes down for another year, with one of Jahmene Douglas, James Arthur, Union J or Christopher Maloney being crowned winner of The X Factor.
To get that record deal, they'll have to prove to the judges, the audience at Manchester Central, and you lot at home that they have the poe-tential (as Louis Walsh would say) to be a star by pulling out their greatest performances yet, including those legendary celebrity duets. It hasn't exactly been a Schermazing series, but we know that plenty of you will be there with The X Factor until the bitter end. Don't expect us to have the winner's single on preorder though...
Watch X Factor contestant James Arthur's performance of 'Let's Get it On' below:
What are you looking forward to watching this week? Leave your comments below!