Television choices: How to build a better future with Sellotape and science
TV pick of the week: Tomorrow's World: A Horizon Special
Thursday 9pm BBC2
The zeitgeist being what it is – dystopian, pessimistic and even downright apocalyptic – this science documentary is a timely reminder that humanity is still striving, indeed at an unprecedented pace. In the US alone there have been more patents since the millennium than were lodged in the entire planet during the 40 years that preceded it. Liz Bonnin investigates particularly lively areas – space, biotechnology, and nanotechnology – to bring us the latest developments, including the first private moon race, the so-called Google Lunar X PRIZE, and the ultra-strong, ultra-conductive material graphene, first discovered by a Nobel Prize-winning Manchester University team using Sellotape and a pencil. Ingenious.
Arne Dahl: The Blind Man – Part One
Saturday 9pm BBC4
Top Swedish financiers are being bumped off on a nightly basis and the Estonian mafia are suspected. Or is it to do with a golf club where the victims are all members? This new Scandi-crime import (Arne Dahl is the name of the author on whose books it's based) is no The Killing, but it is fun once you get used to the creaky camerawork. Irene Lindh stars.
Toughest Place to Be a Fisherman – The Return
Sunday 9pm BBC2
You may recall the Cornish fisherman Andy Giles's visit to a coastal village in Sierra Leone, where the fishing is done from a dugout canoe but whose survival was under threat from illegal trawlers. Since the original programme, a new patrol vessel has been donated by the Isle of Man – transforming the lives of local people – and Giles is back.
Monday 9pm BBC1
"I guess I'm not your typical Holloway inmate," says middle-class Emma, on her third prison stretch for the shop-lifting that pays for her drug addiction. In fact, she is highly typical – re-offending and returning to Holloway being the pattern for the women, including Jayde, featured in this documentary that follows them both inside prison and on the outside.
Later Live – with Jools Holland
Tuesday 10pm BBC2
Holland's peerless series moves from the now-defunct BBC Television Centre to a new studio in Maidstone, Kent, which may not be so attractive to visiting artists, but will only be a short-ish hop to Holland's country house should he throw an after-show party. Suede play tracks from their first album in 11 years, joined by Laura Mvula, Cat Power and teen rockers the Strypes.
Wednesday 10pm Sky Atlantic
The penultimate season of Matthew Weiner's masterpiece arrives shrouded in cigarette smoke and its usual secrecy – just days after tomorrow night's US premiere. All we're being told of this opening double episode is that Don (Jon Hamm) spearheads a new campaign, Roger gets some unsettling news and Betty takes in a house guest. The year, it is thought, is 1968.
Isaac Newton: the Last Magician
Friday 9pm BBC2
Sir Isaac Newton is seen as an enlightened rational man who brought science into the modern age. Using Newton's own papers and the words of his contemporaries, this film also reveals a secretive and difficult dabbler in alchemy and the occult. He was, said the economist John Maynard Keynes, having read Newton's papers, "profoundly neurotic".
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Art Megumi Igarashi criticises Japan's 'backwards' attitude to women's sexual expression
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 'We're not heroes, just tourists': Swedish police officers on holiday stop vicious assault on New York subway
- 2 Black Mass trailer: Johnny Depp might have started making good films again
- 3 Jacob Lescenski and Anthony Martinez: Straight student asks gay friend to High School prom and makes a million Twitter friends
- 4 Australian student Tommy Connolly, 23, adopts his pregnant, homeless 17-year-old cousin to give her a chance at 'a better life'
- 5 Why would anyone want to have sex with an animal? The psychology of bestiality
MasterChef, TV review: The final climaxed in a frenzy of herbs and hyperbole
Male student sues Columbia University for 'gender-based harassment' after alleged 'Mattress Performance' rape victim Emma Sulkowicz went public with claims
MasterChef 2015: Simon Wood named winner
Black Mass trailer: Johnny Depp might have started making good films again
Game of Thrones season 5: Expect an even bigger shock than the Red Wedding, says Ser Davos actor Liam Cunningham
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Katie Hopkins on LBC: Listen to caller taking The Sun columnist to task over migrant comments
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
Rupert Murdoch berated Sun journalists for not doing enough to attack Ed Miliband and stop him winning the general election