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The best TV to watch this week

The best TV to watch this week

What's on and where to find it

Not Kenneth Clark: Simon Schama presents Civilations on BBC Two

No need to trawl through the schedules. Use our guide to the pick of the best dramas and documentaries coming to a TV near you or already available for streaming.

Saturday 24 February

Modus, BBC Four  – penultimate pair of episodes of the Swedish criminal-politico drama.

Sunday 25 February

Strike: Career of Evil, BBC One – return of the telly version of Robert Galbraith/ JK Rowling's detective drama, with its strange fascination for the works of Blue Oyster Cult. Starring Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger.

Homeland, Channel 4 – season 7 continues, as the USA struggles to cope with the traumas surrounding new President Elizabeth Keane (scary Elizabeth Marvel).

Endeavour, ITV – DS Morse (Shaun Evans) investigates a murder at an army base, and Oxford suffers from racial tensions.

Monday 26 February

Marcella, ITV – slightly deranged detective fantasy continues. Marcella Backland (Anna Friel) sees a shrink to deal with her blackouts, and a serial killer gets medieval on his latest victim.

Electric Dreams, Channel 4 – the sci-fi anthology series returns, derived from the works of Philip K Dick. Greg Kinnear and Jack Gore star in a bodysnatcher-style yarn.

Collateral, BBC Two – third and penultimate part of the David Hare thriller, and the plot keeps getting thicker.

Shakespeare and Hathaway: Private Investigators, BBC One – new series, in the post-prandial Father Brown slot. Mark Benton and Jo Joyner star as a not-too-serious sleuthing duo, tackling the case of a murdered bridegroom.

Tuesday 27 February

Shetland, BBC One – "Tosh" McIntosh (Alison O'Donnell) and Perez (Doug Henshall) go to Bergen, and find themselves rubbing shoulders with Norwegian far right-ists.

Wednesday 28 February

Save Me, Sky Atlantic – new thriller written by and starring Lennie James, who plays Nelly Rowe, a womanising jack-the-lad who is arrested for abducting his own teenage daughter Jody, except he hasn't seen her since she was 3. He's also estranged from her mother Claire (Suranne Jones). Who is trying to set him up?

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, BBC Two – in the tradition of The People vs OJ Simpson, this 9-parter drills deep into the story of the 1997 murder of the top fashionista by serial killer Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss). Edgar Ramirez plays Gianni, and Penelope Cruz is his sister Donatella.

Thursday 1 March

Civilisations, BBC Two – where Lord Clark trod in 1969, we now have the high camp of Simon Schama flapping around ancient sites in South Africa, the Middle East and Central America. Mercifully perhaps, future episodes will be helmed by Mary Beard and David Olusoga.

Friday 2 March

Tones, Drones and Arpeggios: The Magic of Minimalism, BBC Four – first of 2 parts. Charles Hazlewood is on the trail of minimalism, which takes him to La Monte Young, Terry Riley and his tape loops, and Hindustani singer Pandit Pran Nath.

Rebecka Martinsson: Arctic Murders, More4 – seventh and concluding episode, in which prosecutor Rebecka must solve the riddle of a murdered woman in the Arctic.

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