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Best actor is more science than art

This year's awards should come down to a battle between The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game for the main gongs, with Eddie Redmayne likely to see off Benedict Cumberbatch for the major acting gong.

Historical drama you could wolf down

wolf hall

Wednesday. BBC2, 9pm

Mark Rylance continues his masterclass as Thomas Cromwell in this fabulous adaptation of Hilary Mantel's novels about the court of Henry VIII. With Anne Boleyn (Claire Foy) giving birth to a baby girl, Henry (Damien Lewis) turns his attentions towards Jane Seymour (Kate Phillips) in the hope of a male heir.

How do you like your squirrel cooked?

Jamie and Jimmy's Friday night feast

Friday. channel 4, 8pm

Tonight Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty are joined by quirky singer Paloma Faith, who cooks up a strange dish she recalls from childhood holidays to Portugal while the hosts recommend that we should all be tucking into some wild squirrel. Er, I think I'll pass on that if you don't mind.

Re-living the horror of the Great War

the great war

Sunday. BBC4, 7pm

This landmark documentary series from 1964 continues with the conflict already having stretched into 1915 and, with bloody stalemate having settled on the Western Front, the Allies sought to expand the theatres of war, leading to the disaster of the Gallipoli campaign.

Ireland ready to take on the Italians

rbs six nations

today. rte2, 1.30pm

Ireland's Call will ring out in Rome's Stadio Olympico around 2.25pm as Ireland begin their defence of the Championship trophy against the Azzurri.

Watching children grow as they learn

the secret life of four year olds

tuesday. channel 4, 8pm

A fascinating experiment in behavioural science takes place here as a group of 10 four-year-olds are secretly filmed when they attend a nursery for the first time. Developmental psychologist Sam Watts looks on as both alliances and enmities develop among the children. Well worth a look.