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There's plenty of good telly this week, with comedy, action and drama on offer.

Here's what we've picked out as worthy of your time.

Timeshift: Bullseye and Beer: When Darts Hit Britain, Monday 15, 9pm, BBC Four

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This documentary explores how darts went from a humble pub game to a televised sport watched by millions. It focuses on three world championship finals – 1980, 1983 and 1990 – all of which feature Eric Bristow. Martin Amis also pops up to explain the appeal of the sport. It's part of an evening of pub games on BBC Four – it's followed by 'Arrows', a 1979 documentary about Eric Bristow, and then one about snooker player Alex Higgins.

The Hurt Locker, Monday 15, 10:50pm, Film4 the hurt locker

Film focussing on a group of US Army bomb-disposal experts sent to take out IEDs (improvised explosive devices) in Iraq. It documents the last few weeks they serve, with the conflicting personalities making sparks fly. Starring Jeremy Renner, Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes, Evangeline Lilly and Anthony Mackie.

The Missing, Tuesday 16, 9pm, BBC One the missing

The series finale has more than a few surprises in store, as it's finally revealed what happened to the missing five-year-old Olly Hughes. It's been a rough ride, but don't expect things to get any easier once the mystery has been solved. The action has flitted between the apparent abduction and Tony (James Nesbitt) and Emily's (Frances O'Connor) desperate search.

Black Mirror, Tuesday 16, 9pm, Channel 4 black mirror jon hamm 2

An hour-long special of Charlie Brooker's dystopia. Jon Hamm and Rafe Spall share a Christmas meal somewhere remote. But, as ever, all is not as it seems. Oona Chaplin plays a woman bedevilled by smart gadgets, and we see what would happen if you could 'block' people in real life as you can on Facebook. The antithesis of Christmas cheer.

Adam Buxton's Shed of Christmas, Tuesday 16, 9:30pm, Sky Arts 1 adam buxton's shed of christmas

The inimitable Dr Buckles takes to the airwaves for a one-hour festive special. Expect a mix of songs, animation and general internet stuff, hopefully including some YouTube comments. Guests include poet Tim Key, Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes, and Buxton's own five-year-old daughter Hope. Buxton will also flick through old copies of Radio Times for a hefty dose of nostalgia.

The British Comedy Awards 2014, Wednesday 17, 9pm, Channel 4 british comedy awards

Jonathan Ross again hosts the awards show which is now in its twenty-fifth year. Matt Berry's 'Toast of London' is up for six awards – that's the most since 'Gavin and Stacey'. It's competing with 'The Wrong Mans', 'Rev' and 'Inside No 9', among others. It's the awards show with the least backslapping, and no teary-eyed speeches, just lots of booze and a fair bit of swearing. You have been warned.

Babylon, Thursday 18, 10pm, Channel 4

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The police procedural comedy drama comes to a finish. The ARV boys return to duty now their suspension is lifted, but they're not out of the woods yet – Banjo's bin footage goes viral, and Sharon's response sparks industrial action among the staff. Charles and Franklin are still vying for the position of commissioner, and Liz has to reconsider her policy of transparency. The tone has been all over the place – deadly serious one minute, completely silly the next – but in parts it's been one of the best of its kind in recent memory.

The Graham Norton Show, Friday 19, 10:35pm, BBC One

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What gives Norton's show the edge is the fact the guests can talk to each other, rather than just being interrogated by him. There's a stellar line-up this week, with Ricky Gervais and Ben Stiller on hand to talk about 'Night at the Museum 3', Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx promoting the remake of 'Annie' and professional cock-er-ney Danny Dyer here to talk about 'EastEnders'. Quite a mix.

Game of Thrones, Sat 20, 9pm, Sky Atlantic

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Starting today, Sky is showing every episode ever made of George RR Martin's epic fantasy series. Episode one of the first series introduces us to the world. Lord Eddard Stark is torn between his family and an old friend, while the country is about to enter a bitter power struggle that could spell the end. Sky Atlantic will show three or four episodes every night for the next 12 days. A treat for fans.

Rik Mayall: Lord of Misrule, Saturday 20, 10:05pm, BBC Two

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Mayall died tragically young in June, aged 56. This hour-long documentary looks back at his work, from anarchic student comedy 'The Young Ones' to his role as the ruthless – and feckless – conservative MP Alan B'stard in 'The New Statesman'. It's narrated by Simon Callow, with contributions from Alexei Sayle, Ruby Wax, Ben Elton, Michael Palin and Simon Pegg, among others.

Cars 2, Sunday 21, Amazon Prime Instant Video

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The animated sequel retains the same winning charm as the original. Lightning McQueen and Mater intend on competing in the World Grand Prix, but get involved in a spot of international espionage. Directed by John Lasseter, it stars the voices of Owen Wilson, Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, John Turturro and Eddie Izzard, and it's available to stream on Amazon Prime Instant Video from Sunday.

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