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Arts Thinker, Painter, Scholar, Spy A Late Show special on the late mole and art expert Anthony Blunt, whose work on Nicholas Poussin is coming under scrutiny once more, thanks to the Royal Academy's exhibition of the artist's work. Mon 11.15pm BBC2

Comedy Ellen The California girl inhales a bit too much ether and develops a passion for her dentist. Passable thirtysomething flatshare sitcom. Tonight 9pm C4

Roseanne Still going strong despite the cast's moving hairlines. Roseanne has trouble coping with DJ's incipient adolescence. Tonight 10pm C4

The Day Today The Chris Morris/Steve Coogan newsroom spoof that always merits repeat viewing. 10pm BBC2

Documentary Jonathan Dimbleby The royal muckraker gets his own political talk show in which he and a studio audience put powerful figures on the hot spot. Will politicians be queueing up to confess to their adulteries? Sun 1.10pm ITV Everyman: The Invisible Men Fly-on-the-wall - or rather in the handbag - camera goes out on the streets in the company of a quartet of "invisible'' beggars. Got any change for a hot meal, guv? Sun 10.30pm BBC1

Network First: The Man who Saved Animals Profile of the conservationist Richard Leakey and his campaign to protect the world's endangered species. Tue 10.40pm ITV Drama Ghosts: I'll be Watching You A jailbird has a near-death experience after being stabbed and finds that he can project his spirit out to haunt the people he thinks deserve it. Sat 9.15pm BBC1

Heroes and Villains Jennifer Saunders playing it almost straight as Lady Hester Stanhope, eccentric regency voyager and amatory adventuress. Thur 9.30pm BBC1

The Rover Aphra Behn's comedy about a trio of Spanish sisters who adopt disguise to search for husbands, kicks off a short series of plays about wild women. Sun 7.30pm R3

Film Empire of the Sun J G Ballard's bestselling memoirs of a childhood shattered by the Japanese invasion of Shanghai, brought to the screen by Steven Spielberg. Visually stunning. Sat 10pm BBC2

Black Rain New York cop Michael Douglas experiences culture clash with a vengeance when he's sent on a trip to Osaka with partner Andy Garcia. Directed by Ridley Scott, which means that whatever else you object to you'll love the way it looks. Tue 9.30pmBBC1

84 Charing Cross Road American writer Anne Bancroft strikes up a 20-year correspondence with English bookseller Anthony Hopkins. Surprisingly engaging, despite its tendency to tip into wasn't-everything-lovely-in-the-old-days nostalgia. Thur 2.15pm BBC1

Music L'Elisir d'Amore Donizetti's magical extravaganza live from the Metropolitan Opera, with Ruth Ann Swenson as Adina, Jerry Hadley as Nemorino, Lucio Gallo as Belcore and Yvonne Gonzales as Giannetta. Sat 6.30pm R3

The Jazz Apple Jazz musician Joe Temperley takes us on a two-part trip through the contemporary musical scene in Manhattan. Thur 1.30am C4

Sport Manchester Utd v Blackburn Rovers The cup-holders seek to close Rovers' gap. Will extremely expensive new signing Andy Cole be of any help? Sun 3pm Sky Sports Natural Born Footballers This week's sporting hero is George Best, arguably the greatest talent of the last half-century, and a man born to other, less salubrious, talents, to boot. Wed 6.45pm BBC2

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