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Sunday 17 December 2017

Clunes in his element as Doyle

Arthur & George

Martin Clunes stars as Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in this three-parter, partly based on real-life events, as the writer receives a letter from a prisoner (Arsher Ali) asking him to help clear his name. Downton Abbey's Charles Edwards co-stars.

Prison drama with a love interest

banished

(Thursday, bbc 2, 9pm)

Jimmy McGovern's latest drama has the unusual setting of Britain's first penal colony in New South Wales but the rather conventional storyline of two men (Julian Rhind-Tutt and Russell Tovey) fighting for the affections of a female prisoner.

New Romantics, but old tensions

Boy George & Culture Club

(Friday, BBC4, 9pm)

Mike Nicholls' film looks at the rise and fall of the New Romantic icons. It gets interesting when he films the band rehearsing for their 2014 comeback album, when all the old tensions arise.

Snow drugs show to draw in viewers

Drugs live: cannabis on trial

(Tuesday, Channel 4, 10pm)

Channel 4 newsman Jon Snow gets to experience the effects of superstrength skunk in this experiment to discover how the most popular illegal drug in the UK impacts on the human brain and nervous system.

Old enemies clash in Aviva thriller

six nations

(Sunday RTE Two, 2pm)

The meeting between Ireland and England, last season's champions and runners-up, at the Aviva Stadium will have a crucial bearing on the destination of the trophy this year. Purists have been scathing about the standard of modern rugby (I wouldn't be able to tell, myself) but Ireland versus England in any sport always has an edge to it.

Look at horror school shooting

This world: surviving sandy hook

(Wednesday, BBC 2, 9pm)

Subtitled 'Surviving Sandy Hook', this moving film speaks with three families who lost children in the massacre of 2012, when Adam Lanza entered the Connecticut school and slaughtered 20 children and 6 staff members.

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