HISTORY sweeps up the obsessive James Cook in the final episode of the brilliant Captain Cook: Obsession and Discovery ( Sunday, 7.30pm, ABC). His dream to ‘‘ go farther than any man had gone before’’ reaches its sticky Hawaiian conclusion when he is killed on a tropical beach. Author and geographer Vanessa Collingridge’s film is a wonderful hybrid of dramatised history, biography and travelogue. Obsessive men also tumble, brought to their knees in The Rise and Fall of the Russian Oligarchs ( Monday, 8.30pm, ABC), a strong new series documenting Vladimir Putin’s war on the wealthy Russian elite who controlled most of the country’s industry when he took power. Told in living drama style by its main protagonists, the series’ filmmakers follow the Russian equivalents of the Fords and Rockefellers, who seized the moment of transition when communism collapsed. Almost as powerful are Sydney restaurant critics, who in Heat in the Kitchen ( Thursday, 1pm, SBS) wear disguises, make clandestine visits and secretly film while they dine to judge culinary expertise. They are hated and reviled by overworked chefs and restaurant owners with frighteningly tight profit margins. All food critics should be forced to watch Two Men in a Trench: The Siege of Newark ( Friday, 8.30pm, SBS), in which a couple of blokes dig up the site of a historical battle and discover medieval buildings.