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The best TV to watch this week

The best TV to watch this week

What to watch and where to find it

Into the woods: Benedict Cumberbatch in The Child in TimeBBC/Jack Barnes

Don't want to go outside? Take refuge on the box. We sift the schedules for yoSaturday 23 September
Black Lake, BBC Four – Swedish ski-resort chiller continues, with an approaching snowstorm and more and more supernatural occurrences.

Sunday 24 September

The Child in Time, BBC One – one-off dramatisation of Ian McEwan's missing-child novel, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Kelly Macdonald.

Electric Dreams, Channel 4 – the series of Philip K Dick stories continues with Impossible Planet, about an elderly woman on a space cruise ship who wants to visit Earth, even though it was destroyed centuries earlier.

Egypt's Great Pyramid: The New Evidence, Channel; 4 – new discoveries at the Giza tomb may shed light on how the ancient Egyptians could build such huge structures without cranes, bulldozers etc.

Monday 25 September

Through the Lens of Larkin, BBC Four – Writer John Wedgwood Clarke examiners the life of the poet through some of the photographs in his 5000-strong archive.

The Vietnam War, BBC Four – new 10-part documentary history of the conflict by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, beginning with the arrival of the French in Indochina in 1858.

The Human Body: Secrets of Your Life Revealed, BBC Two – Doctor-twins Chris and Xand van Tulleken use latest boffinry to explore the scientific wonders of the body.

W1A, BBC Two – Beeb satire continues.

Tuesday 26 September

The Deuce, Sky Atlantic – new series by David "The Wire" Simon about the porn industry in 1970s New York, starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Horizon: Being Transgender, BBC Two – what happens psychologically and biologically when a person transitions?

Wednesday 27 September

Billion Dollar Deals and How They Changed Your World, BBC Two – new series by Jacques Peretti (with accompanying book), about how the world has been changed by shadowy deals by people you've never heard of. Such as pharmaceuticals mogul Henry Gadsden, who conceived the notion of medicating the planet with subscription drugs to keep people healthy.

The Pact, BBC Two – romantic comedy about 30-somethings Amy and Andy, childhood friends who agreed as teenagers that they'd get together if they were still single at 35. They are, but their lives have followed wildly different paths.

Thursday 28 September

Russia with Simon Reeve, BBC Two – New 3-part series in which Reeve sets out to find out what Russia is like a century after the Russian Revolution. He starts off in freezing Kamchatka and heads for the permafrost at Yakutsk, while being spied on by the authorities.

Friday 29 September

The Last Pirates, BBC Four – Rapper Rodney P goes back to 1980s London and the heyday of pirate radio (not the '60s stuff on ships), when he reckons the pirate stations transformed British music.  

Unreported World: China's Pop Idols, Channel 4 – Marcel Theroux checks out China's new pop stars, who mix up hip-hop, British punk and Korean pop. The outspoken N-bomb and punk pioneer Wu Wei risk arrest by the highly illiberal authorities.

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