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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

Kelly Reilly in 'Britannia' on Sky Atlantic this Thursday

Cure the January blues with our guide to the pick of the best dramas and documentaries coming to a TV near you or already available for streaming.

Thursday 18 January

Britannia, Sky Atlantic – eagerly awaited Romans-in-Britain series by Butterworth brothers Jez and Tom. Roman commander Aulus (the ever-dour David Morrissey) resorts to witchcraft and consorting with the Druids to outsmart the warlike local tribes, though he can expect serious resistance from Kelly Reilly.

Friday 19 January

Hits, Hype and Hustle: An Insiders Guide to the Music Business, BBC Four – how the music biz works (continued). Featuring "top agent" Emma Banks, who has worked with Katy Perry, Kanye West and Lady Leshurr.

Rebecka Martinsson: Arctic Murders, More4 – yet more Nordiciana from 4. Ida Engvoll stars as a lawyer pursuing the killer of a childhood friend.

Saturday 20 January

Hard Sun, BBC One – mid-point of Neil Cross's end-of-the-world thriller, and violence and moral hazard are busting out all over.

Obama: The President Who Inspired the World, More4  – documentary charting the rise of the sleek former President, now replaced by something completely different.

Spiral, BBC Four – scintillating series continues, with Josephine Karlsson taking revenge on her supposed rapist.

Sunday 21 January

Call the Midwife, BBC One – Heidi Thomas's reliable heartstring-plucker returns for series 7. There'a a new black nurse, Lucille Anderson (Leonie Elliott), who arrives in themidst of the freezing winter of 1963.

McMafia, BBC One – is McMafia gripping or merely gloomy and confusing? Perhaps episode 5 will shed more light.

Monday 22 January

Silent Witness, BBC One – in this third two-parter in this new series, a US diplomat is murdered, prompting a  jurisdiction dispute between the police and the FBI.

Great American Railroad Journeys, BBC Two – New series. Michael Portillo rides again, this time from Boston to Toronto.

Tuesday 23 January

House of Saud: A Family at War, BBC Two – third and final part of the analysis of the secretive Gulf state.

Inside No 9, BBC Two – the latest twisty tale stars Nicola Walker as Harriet, trying to reignite her 20-year marriage to Adrian (Steve Pemberton).

Wednesday 24 January

Stealing Van Gogh, BBC Two – the tiresomely ubiquitous Andrew Graham-Dixon tells the story of the theft of two Van Gogh paintings in Amsterdam in 2002, and tried to find out what happened to them.

Friday 25 January

Hits, Hype and Hustle: An Insider's Guide to the Music Business, BBC Four – all about touring, where many artists make the bulk of their earnings. Featuring mega-promoter John Giddings and some backstage action with U2.

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