"Ripper Street": The
Joseph Merrick, a.k.a. the Elephant Man, has a multiple episode arc, Chinese immigration is dealt with as is the London match girls' strike. More important, Reid now has a nemesis, Jedediah Shine (Joseph Mawle), a corrupt inspector from another district. Poetic liberties are taken with history, but "Ripper Street" remains a vivid and entertaining depiction of a world where Oliver Twist could have easily encountered Sherlock Holmes. BBC America, Saturday, 9 p.m.
"Downton Abbey": The drawing room epic comes to its third-season close with an episode that is all that and a bag, er, plate of chips. Visually sumptuous -- Lady Rose is presented to the king at Buckingham Palace! -- and narratively exciting -- a missing letter threatens the monarchy! -- it also showcases the return of Cora’s mother, Martha (Shirley MacLaine), this time with her son, Harold (Paul Giamatti), in tow. Both breathe new life into Downton, Martha providing tart to the Dowager Countess’ (
"The Americans": A tangled web of sex, lies and espionage, “The Americans” posed the question: What if the lovely suburban couple next door were really Soviet agents? Phillip Jennings (
"Closing Ceremony of the Winter Olympics": A chance to bid farewell to Sochi, Russia, and to fix the glitches of the opening ceremony -- the fifth snowflake will become a ring and Billie Jean King, who missed the opener to tend to her dying mother, will be there. NBC, Sunday, 8:30 p.m.