Programmes Inspector Montalbano
In the first of a new series, the dogged Sicilian detective investigates the murder of a 70-year-old prostitute. Sat 19 Aug, BBC4 21:00 (115mins).
Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?
In this 60th anniversary year since Sputnik launched the Space Race, 12 exceptional candidates are put through the gruelling tests faced by astronauts. Sun 20 Aug, BBC2 21:00 (60mins).
Writer-director Peter Kosminsky’s powerful new drama series, about a group of young British people joining Daesh in Syria, airs over four consecutive nights. Sun 20 Aug, C4 21:00 (60mins).
India’s Partition: The Forgotten Story
British film-maker Gurinder Chadha explores the division of the subcontinent that led to religious strife and horrific violence. Tue 22 Aug, BBC2 21.00 (60mins).
Deadliest Place to Deal
Hard-hitting documentary exploring the bloody war being waged against drugs by Rodrigo Duterte, the president of the Philippines. Thur 24 Aug, BBC1 22:45 (60mins).
Films Far from the Madding Crowd
(2015) Thomas Vinterberg’s gripping adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s novel of rural life. With Carey Mulligan, Sun 20 Aug, BBC1 20:05 (115mins).
(1984) Classic 1980s sci-fi about a benign alien (Jeff Bridges) who takes the form of the husband of a Wisconsin widow (Karen Allen). Wed 23 Aug, Film4 16:35 (135mins).
New to Amazon Prime
Comrade Detective purports to be a genuine Romanian cop series from the 1980s, unearthed from the archives and dubbed into English. In fact, the show – which follows the exploits of troubled Bucharest police detective Gregor Anghel and his partner – is an elaborate, note-perfect spoof, boasting the vocal talents of the likes of Kim Basinger and Joseph GordonLevitt. Weird, but well worth a look. Streaming now.