Below are my picks of the most notable TV shows returning/premiering on UK screens this week...
PICK OF THE DAY Ripper Street (BBC1, 9pm) Series 2 of the Victorian crime drama. Starring Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn, Adam Rothenberg & Myanna Buring. (1/8)
Strike Back: Shadow Warfare (Sky1, 9pm) Series 4 of the action thriller about two secret government agents. Starring Phillip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton, Robson Green, Dougray Scott & Martin Clunes. (1/10)
OCD Ward (ITV, 9pm) Documentary about four people with severe cases of obsessive compulsive disorder.
Release the Hounds (ITV2, 10pm) Special Halloween-themed gameshow involving locked chests and scary challenges. Hosted by Reggie Yates.
Autumnwatch 2013 (BBC2, 8pm) Return of the wildlife series. (1/4)
PICK OF THE DAY The Escape Artist (BBC1, 9pm) New drama series about a defense barrister who comes to regret helping a London gangster evade justice. Starring David Tennant, Toby Kebbell, Sophie Okonedo & Ashley Jensen. (1/3)
The Mentalist (Channel 5, 9pm) Season 6 of the US crime drama. Starring Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang, Owain Yeoman & Amanda Righetti. (1/22)
Disowned & Disabled (BBC4, 9pm) Documentary two-parter about how the British care system changed after-WWII, to provide a better service for people with disabilities or family issues. (1/2)
Ross Noble: Freewheeling (Dave, 10pm) Twitter-led travelogue with the stand-up comedian. Featuring Eddie Izzard & Mike Skinner. (1/6)
American Horror Story: Coven (Fox, 10pm) Season 3 of the US horror drama, this time focusing on witchcraft in New Orleans. Starring Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Kathy Bates, Emma Roberts, Frances Conroy & Sarah Paulson. (1/13)
The Big Bang Theory (E4, 8.30pm) Season 7 of the US comedy. Starring Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg & Kunal Nayyar. (1/24)
PICK OF THE DAY Dracula (Sky Living, 9pm) Season 1 of the US supernatural drama, putting a twist on Bram Stoker's original story. Starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Nonso Anozie, Jessica Du Gouw, Katie McGrath, Oliver Jackson-Cohen & Matt Barber. (1/10)
This World: World's Biggest Maternity Ward (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary about a maternity ward in Manila that delivers 100 babies on a busy day.
Bedlam (Channel 4, 9pm) Documentary following patients of the South London and Maudsley psychiatric institution. (1/4)
Drifters (E4, 9pm) New comedy about three female graduates trying to find love and careers in Leeds. Starring Jessica Knappett, Lydia Rose Bewley, Lauren O'Rourke, Philip McGinley & Bob Mortimer. (1/6)
Off the Beaten Track (ITV, 8pm) New series where Christina Bleakley ventures down some of the country's lesser-travelled roads and pathways. (1/6)
PICK OF THE DAY Stand Up for the Week (Channel 4, 11.05pm) Series 5 of the stand-up comedy event tackling current affairs. Hosted by Paul Chowdhry. Acts include Seann Walsh, Josh Widdicombe, Simon Evans, Romesh Ranganathan & Angela Barnes. (1/8)
The Crime Thriller Awards 2013 (ITV3, 9pm) Awards ceremony honouring crime fiction. Hosted by Bradley Walsh.
PICK OF THE DAY Richard Hammond Builds a Planet (BBC1, 9pm) Science special looking at what it would take to create an Earth-like planet. Presented by Richard Hammon.