TV Guide's top 5 this week


Thar's gold in the Klondike!

If you're a fan of Game Of Thrones, you won't need a second introduction to actor Richard Madden who played Robb Stark in the series. You might do a little double-take, though, when he crops up in Klondike, the Discovery Channel's first foray into scripted drama. Robb gets to keep his beard for the role of Bill Haskell, who joins the Klondike Gold Rush in Canada in the 1890s. If he thought winter was coming in Game Of Thrones, wait until he sees the Klondike! (Discovery Channel, Thursday, 7.30pm)

He shoots! He scores!

True fans of the round-ball game should not need reminding of this but, just in case you didn't know, the 2014 Fifa World Cup kicks off on Friday morning with the opening match between hosts Brazil and Croatia - if the stadium is finished in time, that is. Expect a blaze of blinding colour and sunshine in the spiritual home of football, along with brilliant performances, samba bands, fireworks and, thankfully, NO VUVUZELAS! (TV1 and Sky Sport 5 Pop-up Channel, Friday, 7.20am)

I spy, or do I?

Paddy Costello isn't a name that springs readily to mind when we talk of notable - or notorious - New Zealanders, but the Kiwi diplomat, soldier and linguist of the 1930s and 1940s holds an uncomfortable place in our history. Paddy went to Britain at the age of 20 to study at Cambridge University, but he fell in with the fledgling Communist Party activists there and came under suspicion for his views and activities. The documentary The Man Who Knew Too Much delves into the story of Paddy Costello and the accusations that he became a spy for the Soviet Union - accusations that are still disputed to this day. (Prime, Sunday, 8.30pm)

Waking up in the future

It's Sleepy Hollow, but not as we know it. That's the message coming with the new US fantasy horror series bearing the shortened title of Washington Irving's short story from 1820. In this new version, the dashing hero, soldier Ichabod Crane, is catapulted two and a half centuries into the modern day, along with his nemesis, the Headless Horseman - there to do battle in a strange world. But amidst today's host of US fantasy TV series, what's strange any more? (Prime, Tuesday, 8.30pm)

Don't lose your head

The recent discovery of the bones of King Richard III under a car park in Leicester showed how England's 15th century Wars Of The Roses ended. But if you want to know a bit more about the three-decades-long conflict, the new British drama series The White Queen might help. Starting in 1464, the story revolves around the beautiful and widowed Elizabeth Woodville whose marriage to King Edward IV deepens the blazing family row already in progress. It wasn't a safe time to be a royal - or any kind of nobility, for that matter. (Prime, Wednesday, 9.35pm)