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Critic’s picks: Television

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SUNDAY

2013 BAFTA LOS ANGELES BRITTANIA AWARDS, 9 p.m., BBC America

George Clooney, Sir Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kathryn Bigelow, and Idris Elba are the honorees at this kudocast that, according to its description “is a celebration of achievements honoring individuals and companies that have dedicated their careers to advancing the entertainment arts.”

MONDAY

CRISIS HOTLINE: VETERANS PRESS 1
9 p.m., HBO

This documentary about the VA’s Veterans Crisis Line in Canandaigua, N.Y. — open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year — spotlights the people who field more than 22,000 calls each month from veterans of all conflicts who are struggling with the psychological wounds of war and the challenges they face in coming home.

TUESDAY

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE 8:30 p.m., Fox

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Comic Patton Oswalt drops by to up the yuk factor at this dependably funny cop shop. As the first season progresses, the ensemble — topped by Andy Samberg and a Sahara-dry Andre Braugher — is finding its rhythms.

WEDNESDAY

NATURE: PARROT CONFIDENTIAL 8 p.m., Channel 2

Probably just about anything anyone ever wanted to know about the colorful talking birds is contained in this special. Sadly, that includes some heartbreaking tales of those that have been abandoned and are in need of rescue.

THURSDAY

ELEMENTARY 10 p.m., CBS

As procedurals go, the nifty little puzzles on this Sherlock Holmes update, starring a superb Jonny Lee Miller as the eccentric super sleuth and Lucy Liu as his Watson, are proving to hold up in season 2. Holmes’s equally quirky brother Mycroft (the devilish Rhys Ifans) returns.

FRIDAY

GREAT PERFORMANCES: RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S “OKLAHOMA!”
9 p.m., Channel 2

Before the adamantium claws, before he was “Miserables,” before he hunted monsters, Hugh Jackman was busy shooing chicks and geese and ducks away from his surrey with the fringe on top in this 1998 Royal National Theatre production of the classic musical about the Sooner state.

SATURDAY

MIKE TYSON: THE UNDISPUTED TRUTH 8 p.m., HBO

This “Spike Lee Joint” was filmed over two nights during the run of the boxer’s one-man show on Broadway. Speaking recently with critics about the show’s frank discussion of his life, Tyson observed, “In no way am I Charles Manson, but I’m never going to be Mother Teresa either, OK? So some good advice. Just don’t be so quick to understand me. Just don’t get too close, and be careful, I will bite you, as you may know, right?”

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