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The best TV to watch this week | reviews, news & interviews

The best TV to watch this week

The best TV to watch this week

What to watch and where to find it

The joke's on us again: the BBC sniggers at itself in W1A on Monday 18 SeptemberBBC/Jack Barnes

Don't want to go outside? Take refuge on the box. We sift the schedules for you

Saturday 16 September

Black Lake, BBC Four – Swedish supernatural thriller, in which a group of young men and women go on holiday in an isolated mountain ski lodge. Something ghastly happened there 20 years ago, and weird and eerie stuff keeps happening.

World War Two's Great Escapes: the Freedom Trails, Channel 4 – ex-marine Monty Don (!) retraces the routes of intrepid escapees from the Nazis in WW2. He starts with a mass escape of Allied PoWs in Slovenia in 1944.

Sunday 17 September

Electric Dreams, Channel 4 - new sc-fi series derived from Philip K Dick's novels. This ones about a war between humans and telepathic mutants.

Cinema through the Eye of Magnum, BBC Four – documenting the 70-year relationship between movies and the Magnum photo agency. Includes Ingrid Bergman meeting lensman Robert Capa, Dennis Stock's famous photos of James Dean and Eve Arnold's photos on the set of Misfits.

Speed with Guy Martin: F1 Challenge, Channel 4 – speed freak Martin joins the Williams F1 pit crew at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Monday 18 September

W1A, BBC Two – return of the Beeb's coy comedy about itself, with Hugh Bonneville, Sara Pascoe etc

Wednesday 19 September

Doc Martin, ITV – series 8 of the daft Cornish medical comedy, made bearable by Martin Clunes's glowering grumpiness. Janice is about to marry PC Penhale.

Bad Move, ITV – new comedy series starring Jack Dee and Kerry Godliman as a middle-aged couple who decide to move from the city to the country. Idyllic it isn't.

The Detectives: Murder on the Streets, BBC Two – series two of the observational documentary following homicide detectives at work in Manchester. A burnt body is found in a homeless camp under some railway arches.

Famalam, BBC Two – pilot for a comedy sketch show with an all-black cast, featuring lots of jokes about Nigeria apparently.

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