clarkson gears up


RTE2, 8pm Top Gear's car-mad trio Jeremy Clarkson (below), James May and Richard Hammond travel to Africa, where they are challenged to buy a second-hand car costing less than £1,500 and in no way designed to go off road, and drive across Botswana. When they take to the wheel along the way, they must negotiate salt pans, rivers and reserves full of wild animals, while facing sweltering heat and suffocating dust.

I can't help hoping a herd of stampeding wildebeest give them a right old pounding.

prison tours

The Irish Behind Bars

TV3, 10pm Donal MacIntyre presents a new series documenting the stories behind some of the most historical prison buildings in the country.

In the first episode, viewers will get a tour of Mountjoy, Kilmainham, Spike Island and Midlands and get the chance to look at different punishment methods used in jails around Ireland.

return to the troubles

Bomb Squad Men: The Long Walk

BBC1, 10.35pm Three former British bomb disposal officers who served at the height of the Troubles return to Northern Ireland for the first time in 30 years. They look back on the defining moments of their careers and the harrowing incidents during which their lives were at stake.

that's a bit rich...

Because We are Worth It: Tonight

UTV, 7.30pm A bit rich this... literally. Entrepreneurs Alan Sugar and Stelios Haji-Ioannou join Laura Kuenssberg to investigate why the salaries of directors of leading companies are continuing to rise in a time of austerity for the rest of the UK.