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

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Goodbye Being Human, but hello Parks and Recreation. This week's Must-See TV is a little bit of an emotional rollercoaster, mixing long-awaited arrivals with some sad, sad departures and gritty murder mysteries with some controversial comedy.

Plus, there's two big Comic Relief TV events taking place in advance of the big day itself on March 15 - Russell Brand's Give It Up gig (Wednesday, March 6 at 10pm on BBC Three) in aid of beating addiction and Comic Relief's Big Chat with Graham Norton, all six hours of which will air live on BBC Three on Thursday, March 7 from 7pm, with highlights following Friday at 10.35pm on BBC One.

Mayday: Monday (March 4) at 9pm on BBC One
This edition of TV picks technically goes from the week commencing Monday, March 4, buuuuut we're going to do a bit of cheating here to make sure you don't get left behind on this dark, ambitious drama project from Whitechapel scribes Ben Court and Caroline Ip.

Mayday begins tonight (March 3) and airs every night until Thursday, the seemingly idyllic Sussex village in which the mystery takes place unravelling bit by bit following the disappearance of a 14-year-old girl. Sophie Okonedo (The Slap), Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones), Peter Firth (Spooks) and Lesley Manville (Cranford) are among the top-notch cast, playing members of the community who start suspecting their neighbours of misdeeds while trying desperately to hide their own.

Watch the trailer for Mayday below:



Broadchurch: Monday (March 4) at 9pm on ITV
After Doctor Who we'd watch pretty much anything with David Tennant in - we don't even bother to skip through those annoying Virgin Media ads - but it's always a bonus when the scraggly Scotsman appears in something that's actually quite good, like ITV's Broadchurch.

Similarly to the aforementioned Mayday, the programme centres around the death of a youngster in a picturesque seaside town and how the subsequent frenzy affects its residents. Tennant plays out-of-towner DI Alec Hardy, who teams up with a local copper played by Olivia Colman to solve the case. And, in an added treat for Who fans, recently-departed companion Arthur Darvill will also be making an appearance. Just don't let those geeky thrills distract from the bleak, yet beautiful work going on in Broadchurch.

Watch the trailer for Broadchurch below:



Bluestone 42: Tuesday (March 5) at 10pm on BBC Three
A BBC Three comedy from former members of the Miranda team dealing with the war in Afghanistan... yes, we know, this sounds like it could be disgustingly awful. But we have faith that Bluestone 42 will treat our troops with dignity, various members of the Beeb assuring us that it is "exceptionally authentic" and full of "humanity and spirit".

Oliver Chris (Green Wing), Kelly Adams (Hustle), Gary Carr (Death in Paradise), Stephen Wight (The Paradise) and Katie Lyons (Boy A) star as members of a bomb disposal team in Afghanistan, with the show very much focusing on the special bond they develop as opposed to playing the horrors of war for laughs.

Watch a clip from Bluestone 42 below:



Parks and Recreation: Wednesday (March 6) at 10pm on BBC Four
You don't know how excited we are to have Parks and Recreation, one of the great cult US comedies of our time, finally arriving on British shores. We're hoping that after Wednesday people will no longer just refer to the brilliantly talented Amy Poehler as Tina Fey's Golden Globes sidekick, and instead celebrate her ace turn as Leslie Knope, deputy director of parks and recreation in the Indiana town of Pawnee.

In this opening double bill, Leslie attempts to convince her moustachioed alpha male of a boss Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) to convert a derelict pit into a beautiful park. The cameras capture her efforts and introduce us to the host of bizarre characters involved in the project, such as Aziz Ansari's slack subordinate and Rashida Jones's do-gooder nurse, in a time-tested mockumentary style. People, this show could be your new favourite thing.

Watch a clip from Parks and Recreation below:



Being Human: Sunday (March 10) at 10pm on BBC Three
After five years, a host of exits and entrances and a hop from Bristol to Barry, supernatural saga Being Human is finally laid to rest this weekend. With the penultimate episode not yet aired, we can't give too much away about how it all wraps up, but let's just say that our heroes Tom (Michael Socha), Hal (Damien Molony) and Alex (Kate Bracken) will be pushed to their very limits.

Struggling to repress their violent urges and forced to face their darkest nightmares, the spooky trio do battle with Captain Hatch as he grows more powerful than ever. Given some of Being Human's past plot twists, we won't be going into this assuming it'll all end happily, but no matter what happens, we're sure it'll be a suitably brilliant finale to a breathtaking series.

Watch Digital Spy's visit to the set of Being Human:



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