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The X Factor USA

TV3, 9pm After all the hype and controversy over Cheryl Cole, the time has come for the talking to stop and the singing to finally start.

Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, LA Reid and Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger (left) put an array of wannabes through their paces as the auditions get underway


An Idiot Abroad 2

SKY1, 9pm Once again Ricky Gervais and his scheming partner Stephen Merchant pull the strings, as they send their old pal Karl Pilkington on a series of new challenges in far-flung parts of the world.

Karl must visit all the places on his 'bucket list'. First up is a night spent alone on a South Pacific island.


DCI Banks

UTV, 9pm The mood is darker than usual as Banks continues to follow the trail of a murderer. He is convinced a serial killer is on the loose and is desperate to try to snare the maniac before he strikes again.

The investigation is really thrown into disarray, however, when it emerges his pushy underling, Annie, has bedded star witness Mark Kearne.

fact and fiction

8 Out Of 10 Cats

Channel 4, 10.30pm The irrepressible Jimmy Carr is back hosting this topical comedy panel show. Braving the ridicule of team captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson are British boxing supremo Amir Khan and The IT Crowd's Richard Ayoade. Each team is determined to fool the other side into mistaking fact for fiction.