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Critic’s corner: What’s on TV this weekend

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The Paradise  Sunday at 9 p.m., Channel 2

This “Masterpiece Classic” series is sweet and light. I’m particularly captivated by Sarah Lancashire, who plays Miss Audrey. She was enjoyable in “Last Tango in Halifax” (which, by the way, Diane Keaton is planning to remake). But she’s so much more poignant in “The Paradise.” Lancashire makes her lonely character irritatingly controlling, painfully insecure, and fully sympathetic. It’s a lovely performance.

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Great Performances  9 p.m., Channel 2

You could snuggle up in bed on Friday night, drink a few pints of latte, and speed-read “Moby-Dick.” Or you could take in the San Francisco Opera’s adaptation of the Herman Melville novel by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer. Jay Hunter Morris stars as Captain Ahab, whose pursuit of a white whale is just a little bit obsessive.

Saturday Night Live  Saturday at 11:30 p.m., NBC

Kerry Washington. Problem solved, right?

Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive  Netflix

“The Vanishing!”

Time of Death  9 p.m., Showtime

Profiles of the dying. Happy weekend!

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.
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