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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

Zachary Mutai with Sudan, the last northern white rhino. Natural World: Sudan – The Last of the Rhinos, BBC Two, Wednesday 26 JuneBBC/Brendan Easton

Channel-rich but time-poor? We sift the schedules for you.

Friday 23 June

Versailles, BBC Two – final episode of Series 2, with Louis XIV (George Blagden) arresting, torturing and burning his opponents to tighten his grip on the throne. 

The Celebrity Crystal Maze, Channel 4 – Richard Ayoade plays the Maze Master in this reboot of the vintage game show. Competing slebs include Vicky Pattison, Ore Oduba and Alex Brooker.

Tracey Breaks the News, BBC One – Tracey Ullman's sketch series has been binned, so here she has a go at political satire. Theresa May, Mrs Merkel and Nicola Sturgeon all come under scrutiny, and Anthony Atamanuik plays Donald Trump.

Rock Festivals: Glastonbury is on BBC Four, while Sky Arts is showing highlights from last weekend's Download Festival, featuring system of a Down, Biffy Clyro and Aerosmith.  

Netflix pick 1

Glow – New series about female wrestling in the 1980s (the title stands for "Georgeous Ladies of Wrestling"). Alison Brie stars as Ruth (right), an out of work actress who steps into the ring. The catchline is "When comedy, Cold War politics and wrestling collide".

Saturday 24 June

Britain's Great Gay Buildings, Channel 4 – slebs pick buildings associated with gay history. Rev Richard Coles chooses Heaven nightclub, Mary Portas picks Shibden Hall, Yorkshire (home of lesbian Anne Lister), and Simon Callow opts for the Old Bailey where Oscar Wilde was tried.

Monday 25 June

The Art of Japanese Life, BBC Four– James Fox ends his series with an investigation of the Japanese home wth its minimalist aesthetic.

Loaded, Channel 4 – last episode in comedy series about four friends who become millionaires.

Fearless, ITV – Third episode of 6. Right-on human rights lawyer Emma (Helen McCrory) battles to prove Kevin's innocence, but it seems shadowy forces are ranged against her.  

Wednesday 26 June

The Week the Landlords Moved In, BBC One – more than 11 million in Britain rent their homes, and in this new series landlords are invited to live in their own properties and experience the lives of their tenants. What they find (rats, damp etc) shocks them.

Natural World: Sudan – The Last of the Rhinos, BBC Two – Sudan is the last northern white rhino, who was "fortunate" enough to be whisked off to a zoo while the rest of his clan were poached to extinction. After 30 years in a Czech zoo, he's now safe in a Kenyan conservancy, while naturalists battle desperately to bring back the white rhino. Painful viewing for animal lovers.

Netflix pick 2

Queen of the South – Who says crime doesn't pay? Alice Braga stars as Teresa Mendoza (left), who escapes from the barrio in Jalisco, Mexico and creates her own drugs empire. Lurid action thriller. 

Thursday 27 June

Outlander, More 4 – this has already been a hit on the US network Starz and on Amazon Prime,and now makes a belated terrrestrial-TV touchdown here. It's a fantasy-romance-drama about World War Two nurse Claire Randall (Caitriona Bale) who, as so often happens, is transported back to 1743 Scotland. Co-starring Sam Heughan as Jamie.

Horizon: Dawn of the Driverless Car, BBC Two – the likes of Apple and Google are well advanced with the titular automatic vehicles, which seem poised to take over the world. After all, the Ford Focus can already park itself. Horizon investigates.

Friday 28 June

The Secret World of Super Posh Pets, ITV – Millionaire couple Debi and Bob have 13 dogs on their Kent estate, and are giving two of them a £4000 wedding. Perhaps they'll also hire the artist who charges £5000 for a pet portrait. Animal madness revealed.

Mount Pleasant, Sky1 - one-off episode, and the last one ever. Starring old lags Larry Lamb, Nigel Harman and Samantha Womack.

 

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