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Your pick of this week’s TV.

MONDAY

Rome’s Invisible City (BBC One, 9pm)

ALEXANDER Armstrong is explores the underground treasures that made Rome the powerhouse of the ancient world. Using 3D scanning technology, he uncovers the lost subterranean world of the Colosseum, as well as the aqueducts and sewers that supplied and cleansed it, and helped run civilisation’s first metropolis and its empire.

TUESDAY

The Syndicate (BBC One, 9pm)

THE return of Kay Mellor’s drama, this time following the staff at a Scarborough manor house whose numbers come up on the lottery - making them instantly richer than the family they serve ‘upstairs’.

It’s all hands on deck at Hazlewood Manor in preparation for the annual shoot, although with the Lord’s health failing and debts rising, the workers are struggling to keep up appearances on a shoestring budget.

WEDNESDAY

Long Lost Family (STV, 9pm)

AMONG tonight’s lucky and emotional beneficiaries are Susan and Chris, who were childhood sweethearts in 1962 when they discovered they were expecting their first child.

Too young to care for the baby themselves, their parents stepped in and arranged for their son to be adopted.

Now, having just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, they are hoping to find him.

THURSDAY

The Game (BBC 2, 9pm)

THE team has been left reeling following the KGB attack and a shocking confession, but finally a promising lead emerges, which could lead to the end of the Operation Glass investigation. However, one member of the team is convinced that they have still not heard the whole truth from one of their own agents. Meanwhile, a crucial discovery threatens to have huge implications for the highest levels of government - and it soon becomes clear that time is running out for Daddy and his colleagues to avert a disaster. Last in the series.

FRIDAY

Holy Grail Conspiracy: Secrets of the Knights Templar (Channel 5, 8pm)

THIS fascinating series, which explores some of the events depicted in the Bible and tries to work out whether they could really have happened, concludes with an insight into one of the most secret societies ever formed - the Knights Templar.

Hugely powerful during the Middle Ages, it is said to have owned the Holy Grail, know Christ’s bloodline, have discovered the New World a century before Columbus and carried out numerous good works while promoting religious faith. But, as this programme reveals, after falling foul of France’s King Philip IV in the 14th century, the Templars were declared to be devil-worshippers and shunned.

SATURDAY

Pinewood: 80 Years of Movie Magic (BBC Two, 9pm)

IN this special documentary, Jonathan Ross takes viewers on a personal tour behind the scenes of Britain’s most iconic studios, bringing the extraordinary Pinewood story to life and celebrating 80 years of British filmmaking.

In 1935 the original British movie maverick, flour magnate J. Arthur Rank, began work on his greatest dream: a British film studio that would be the best in the world.

Eighty years on, Pinewood Studios has become one of the most famous in cinema, the beating heart of the UK’s film industry and an artery that runs through the story of British film heritage.

SUNDAY

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: All The Mirrors of the World (BBC One, 9pm)

RETURNING from war, Jonathan Strange joins Mr Norrell in a bid to help King George III. But Strange is frustrated at Norrell’s refusal to discuss the Raven legends.