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20 reasons to be excited about TV in 2013: 'Sherlock', 'Derek', more

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Are you sad Christmas is over? Have you eaten enough Brussels sprouts and Quality Streets to fill the O2? Is watching Muppets Christmas Carol for the 18th time making you blue? Well worry not TV fans, because Tube Talk definitely has the answer.

We've put together 20 reasons to be excited about TV in 2013 and it's a list jam-packed with more delights than a sweetie shop. Enjoy!

1. Sherlock... we'll finally get some answers
Sherlock and Watson in The Hound of the Baskervilles

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We don't care if it's the summer, the autumn or midnight on December 31. Sherlock is coming back in 2013 and we're finally getting some answers. Wipe away those tears John Watson.

2. Louis CK finally arrives in the UK
Louie CK

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And about bleeding time. The hilarious Louis CK brings his Emmy-award winning comedy series Louie to the UK for the first time. FOX (previously FX) will be airing the brilliant, brutally funny first season from January.

3. Arrested Development is back!
Arrested Development

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The Bluths are back! It's a day we never thought we'd see, but the cult comedy hit has been given a second lease of life by Netflix and the show will be returning for more oddball fun in the spring. Bring. It. On.

4. The Breaking Bad finale
Aaron Paul in 'Breaking Bad'

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Yay, more Breaking Bad. Boo, it's the last ever Breaking Bad. The second half of season five is incoming and there's no point getting upset about it, just strap yourselves in and enjoy the ride.

5. Doctor Who turns 50!
'Doctor Who' new Tardis interior (BBC 'web res' spec)

© BBC Pictures / Adrian Rogers


Matt Smith and Steven Moffat have been tight-lipped about details for the show's 50th anniversary, but we're fairly sure the occasion will be marked with a big bang. Will there be a multi-Doctor ep? Will Matt Smith make out the full year? Unless you have a TARDIS to take you to the future, you just have to wait and see.

6. The end of Skins
Skins Series 6: The cast

What started as a bog-standard teen drama set in Bristol quickly became a TV sensation and one of Digital Spy's most-loved shows. It will bow out in 2013 with some old faces and special episodes, and having been on set with the cast, we can guarantee that you won't be left disappointed.

7. Netflix welcomes us to 'House of Cards'
Kevin Spacey in David Fincher's 'House of Cards'

Partly because it has Kevin Spacey and it looks ace and partly because it's airing on Netflix and the whole show is going up on the site in one go, we're very excited about this political drama. It's a TV viewing experiment with quality content. A double thumbs up from us!

8. Chris Lilley has a secret project planned
S.Mouse from Angry Boys

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Chris Lilley

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The genius behind Summer Heights High and Angry Boys promised Digital Spy that he would have a top secret TV project out in 2013. Details are thin on the ground, but we're keeping our fingers crossed for a return from Mr G.

9. Simon Cowell returns to UK TV
Britain's Got Talent 2012: Simon Cowell

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The man we all love to hate. After a disastrous X Factor, the King of Reality TV returns to the UK to settle some scores with Britain's Got Talent. Whether you love him or loathe him, you can't deny he makes TV that gets people talking and pulls in mega-sized ratings.

10. More from Don Draper and co
Mad Men S05E08: 'Lady Lazarus'

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It was a long wait for season five of Mad Men, but thankfully season six - the penultimate run - is coming around a lot quicker. Has Don gone back to his old ways? We can't wait to find out.

11. Peter Kay reunites with Channel 4
Peter Kay host 'The BRIT Awards 2010' - 30th Anniversary held at Earl's Court. Shown on ITV

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The comic is back on his old Channel 4 stomping ground in 2013 with a spoof of Secret Millionaire. If it's half as good as Britain's Got The Pop Factor, we'll be happy.

12. More swords and sex in the biggest EVER Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones S02E09: 'Blackwater'

© HBO


The third season will have longer episodes, better special effects and be based loosely on the first half of the Storm of Swords books... it could be even more dramatic, shocking and brilliant than ever before.

13. Ready, steady, Bake Off!
The Great British Bake Off embargoed until 14/09/12

© BBC


Mind your soggy bottoms. The reality TV breakthrough of 2012 is back for another run in 2013, which means more Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry, more cake and more Mel & Sue. We're all agreed that this is a very good thing.

14. It's all about The Voice (series two)
Jessie J on the set of 'The Voice' series 2

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Jessie J back in her 'Voice' UK chair for series two


The first series may have been a mixed bag, but there was enough to suggest that the show's more X Factor than Fame Academy. All four judges are coming back, which could be a good thing or a bad thing, depending where you stand on Jessie J.

15. Zombies ahoy. More Walking Dead!
The Walking Dead - Season 3, Episode 7: Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) and Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) - (Background) Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson)

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The Walking Dead stormed back into life in 2012 with arguably its best episodes yet and to say we're waiting eagerly for the second half of the season would be putting it politely. The 2012 finale was an incredible hour of TV... NO SPOILERS!

16. Children's TV nostalgia overload!
Image of puppet children's favourite Sooty, 1996

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CITV turns 30 at the start of 2013 and to celebrate they're going nostalgia-crazy by showing re-runs of '80s and '90s kids TV classics. If you remember the theme tune to Knightmare, own a comedy Pat Sharp Fun House mullet wig and long for the days of The Sooty Show, you'll be in for a treat.

17. Ricky Gervais showcases Derek
Ricky Gervais, Derek,

The pilot of the Channel 4 sitcom Derek was divisive. Some loved it, some hated it. We were fans of Ricky Gervais's latest TV project (it was a hell of a lot better than Life's Too Short) and we're intrigued to see where he takes the character across a full series.

18. Fringe takes a bow
Fringe
Sky 1, Fox, Olivia Dunham, Anna Torv, Peter Bishop, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Dr. Walter Bishop / Walternate
Agent Phillip Broyles / Colonel Phillip Broyles, Lance Reddick, Nina Sharp, Blair Brown,Jasika Nicole, Agent Astrid Farnsworth

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The criminally underrated sci-fi show has always been overlooked for awards during its five-year run, but hopefully that will change in the New Year. Fringe draws to a conclusion at the start of 2013 and we definitely won't be the only ones shedding a tear at the finale. Fingers crossed some deserved gongs will follow.

19. Christopher Guest + Chris O'Dowd = Us excited
Christopher Guest

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Chris O'Dowd, Lingerie London fashion show

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The man behind Spinal Tap and Best In Show, Christopher Guest, brings his legendary mockumentary talents to the BBC and HBO with a new comedy TV series called Family Tree. If that wasn't exciting enough, hot property Chris O'Dowd is signed up for the lead role. Awesome.

20. Kevin Bacon ditches those awful ads for The Following
The Following's cast: Shawn Ashmore, Jeannane Goossen, Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Natalie Zea and Kyle Cattlet.

© Fox / Patrick Ecclesine


Hopefully this will help rid our minds of those dreadful Kevin Bacon EE adverts. The Following is the most anticipated drama series of early 2013. Airing on Fox and Sky Atlantic, the serial killer drama won't be for the faint-hearted, but as long as you have the stomach, is one not to be missed.

What TV events are you most excited about in 2013? Let us know below!

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