Your guide to what’s on free- to- air TV this week
ABC, Friday, 8.30pm This enter taining British drama, based on the book of the same name by Julian Barnes, sees Martin Clunes ( Doc Martin) play celebrated novelist and physician Ar thur. Tonight, he is determined to prove all his doubters wrong, and find out for himself if George ( Arsher Ali), a young solicitor recently released from prison for crimes of which he claims innocence, has been hiding anything.
ABC, Saturday, 7.30pm We all love a murder- myster y, and this is one of the murkiest around. Thank goodness for crime- busting priest Father Brown ( Mark Williams), who has cer tainly got his work cut out for him tonight. The death of barmaid Sylvia Swann ( Maya Grant) at the stone circle of a polio- stricken village leads him to conclude that dark forces are at work. Her friend, Ginnie Godden ( Holly Lucas), is arrested after being the last person to see her alive, but Father Brown finds evidence to link local herbalist Malcolm ( Nigel Cooke) to the murder site. Was she ritually sacrificed to heal the polio victims?
ABC, Sunday, 7.40pm The juxtaposition between the beautiful Irish countr yside and a striking modernist design make tonight’s viewing a special treat. Host Kevin McCloud meets ambitious young architect Patrick Bradley, who has designed a home for himself in the idyllic surrounds of County Derr y, in Northern Ireland. Bur rather than taking his cues from the rustic surrounds of nature, Bradley’s blueprint is a celebration of his love of mid- centur y design and clean, bold lines.
SEVEN, Monday, 9.30pm On the list of actors who would have been too good to waste their time on a TV show 20 years ago, James Spader would surely be near the top of the list. But, thanks to the Sopranos revolution, it’s now pretty commonplace. And it’s a good thing, too, because without Spader, this US drama series probably doesn’t work. Tonight, former bad guy turned FBI informant Raymond “Red” Reddington ( Spader) helps the feds as they investigate the disappearance of a cult leader who has dangerous shipping containers buried on his proper ty.
Julia Zemiro’s Home Deliver y
ABC, Wednesday, 9pm The success of this hear t- warming series is no secret. When host Julia Zemiro takes her guests back to the formative places of their youth, memories come flooding back in a powerful way that simply looking at a photograph can’t conjure. Tonight, Zemiro is in London to spend a day with musician and political activist Billy Bragg.
Blast from the past: Billy Bragg leads Julia Zemiro on a trip down memory lane in Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery.