CARL Sagan’s wonderful Cosmos series ( Saturday 6pm, Ovation) continues its late- life run on pay television ( it was first shown in 1980). We are up to episode 11, in which Sagan examines what he terms ‘‘ another intelligent creature with which we share the planet’’. He’s talking about whales, and so is Meryl Streep in Ocean Voyagers ( Friday, 6.30pm, Animal Planet). Cezanne in Provence ( Sunday, 4pm, ABC1) should fill art lovers with glee, as this biography, told by art historians from Cezanne’s writings and diaries, imbues a terrific sense of the painter. This is followed ( 5pm) by Sunday Arts, in which Virginia Trioli talks with choreographer Matthew Bourne; and the team debuts a new segment, Icons or Eyesores, which should prove how subjective art appreciation really is. Thalassa: Scallops from Vladivostok ( Sunday, 6pm, SBS) is not the cooking program it sounds like. In fact, Russians don’t dig shellfish much at all. Instead this is a program about Russia’s largest scallop farm, on Zarubino’s maritime base, 100km from Vladivostok. Due to the national distaste for it, most of the produce is exported to China, Japan and South Korea. But if you fancy something tasty, try Global Village: Flavours of France, Strasbourg ( Monday, 6pm, SBS). Though best known for rustic foods ( pretzels, beer and sauerkraut), France’s Alsace region is also capable of refined foods, such as the Germaninfluenced baeckeoffe and choucroute.