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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

The life, loves and lawsuits of George Michael revealed in 'Freedom' (Channel 4, Monday)

Bored with the great outdoors? So curl up in front of the telly with slippers, spaniel, chardonnay etc. We sift the schedules for you.

Saturday 14 October

Lucy Worsley's Nights at the Opera, BBC Two – the all-purpose historian hosts a populist’s guide to opera, from Monteverdi onwards, and makes sure to do plenty of dressing up. 

Sunday 15 October

Jonas Kaufmann: Tenor for the Ages, BBC Four – the Beeb’s operatic weekend continues with this lengthy profile of the German star, following him as he returns from a vocal injury to sing Verdi’s Otello at the Royal Opera House. It’s followed by a recorded performance of the opera. 

Monday 16 October

Liar, ITV – sixth and concluding part of the Williams Brothers' did-he-rape-her? drama, starring Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd. The Williams’s simultaneous BBC One drama Rellik also concludes this evening.

George Michael: Freedom, Channel 4 – lengthy look at the life and career of the troubled singer, who was involved with making it when he died last Christmas. Narrated by Michael himself and featuring Sir Elton, Naomi Campbell, Nile Rodgers, Stevie Wonder and more. 

Virgin on-demand choice (from Monday)

Good Behavior, series 2 – it's almost worth scrapping the Sky dish and selling your soul to Virgin Media to get this excellent drama, starring Michelle Dockery (yes, that one) as ex-jailbird and con artist Letty Raines (pictured right). She's great – feisty, funny, clever and a total emotional shambles, plus she does a very plausible US accent. She's ably abetted by the very cool Juan Diego Botto as Javier, the Argentinian hit-man and chef.

Tuesday 17 October

Our Girl, BBC1 –  glamorous Army medic Georgie Lane (Michelle Keegan) struggles with the aftermath of the Nepalese earthquake while 2 Section hunt for a terrorist.

Chris Packham: Asperger's and Me, BBC2 – Apparently the broadcaster and naturalist has battled Asperger's for decades, but wasn't diagnosed until he was in his forties. Here, he describes how he has struggled to cope with his condition.

Lucy Worsley: Elizabeth 1's Battle for God's Music, BBC4 – oh no, not her again. Worsley (modestly billed above Elizabeth 1 in the title) does 16th Century English church music, featuring Taverner, Tallis and Byrd. 

Wednesday 18 October

Trump and Russia: Sex, Spies and Scandal, C4 – Matt Frei goes to Washington and Moscow to try to weed out the truth about Don's suspicious links with Big Vlad, particularly during the US Presidential elections.

Stella, Sky 1 – last of series 6, and the last-ever episode (allegedly) of Ruth Jones's Wales-based comedy. 

Thursday 19 October

Gordon Ramsay on Cocaine, ITV – Shouty Gordo, who has supposedly seen many culinary colleagues ravaged by the drug, "exposes the truth about cocaine" in this first of two programmes, and visits Colombia along the way. 

H is for Hawk: A New Chapter – Natural World, BBC 2 – Helen Macdonald's bestseller H is for Hawk described how she trained a goshawk, Mabel, to help herself get over the death of her father. The original bird having died, now she's starting the process again with another one, Lupin.



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