TV picks for Aug. 30:  "Raiders of the Lost Art,” Simon Cowell, "Secrets of her Majesty's Secret Service”

  • Updated: August 29, 2014 - 1:19 PM

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For art’s sake

Where’s Indiana Jones when you need him? “Raiders of the Lost Art,” a new series, looks at some of the most notorious disappearing acts in history, starting with the collection of masterpieces that Cornelius Gurlitt managed to keep out of the eyesight of the Nazis. Future episodes look at the thefts of Fabergé eggs and the Mona Lisa. 6 p.m. Saturday, Ovation

Simon says

Those who miss the bark and bite of Simon Cowell will be happy to know that the ol’ dawg is still active. He’s just a little harder to find. “The X Factor UK,” which is still a big hit overseas, features its creator, alongside Mel B, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and music manager Louis Walsh. 7 p.m. Sunday, AXS TV

I spy

“Secrets of Her Majesty’s Secret Service” may not feature a cameo from Blofeld, but the documentary does track the history of M16, the British spy organization that would inspire the creation of James Bond and other coldblooded heroes. Watch with a tumbler of martinis. 7 p.m. Sunday, TPT, Ch. 2

Neal Justin

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