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Dark forces

Merlin BBC1, 8.20pm Sword and sorcery as Morgana sets out to uncover Merlin's secret, an act that would change the course of destiny (probably an Arthurian version of the bank guarantee). To ensure success, she joins forces with enigmatic wizard Alator, meaning the young warlock is more reliant on his friends and allies than ever.

BBC1, 8.20pm Sword and sorcery as Morgana (Katie McGrath, below) sets out to uncover Merlin's secret, an act that would change the course of destiny (probably an Arthurian version of the bank guarantee). To ensure success, she joins forces with enigmatic wizard Alator, meaning the young warlock is more reliant on his friends and allies than ever.



Mountain mystery

K2: A Cry from the Top of the World

RTE2, 6.05pm Documentary examining the catastrophe in August 2008 that saw 11 people lose their lives while climbing K2, including Irishman Ger O'Donnell.

The programme features footage from the expedition and interviews with some of the survivors



beef battle

Ireland's Strongest Man 2011

RTE2, 8pm Twelve competitors battle it out over two days in Derry City for the Finn McCool trophy, competing in events including the tyre flip, the overarm rope pull and the deadlift hold. Hosted by Glenn Ross.



gazza talks

Piers Morgan's Life Stories: Paul Gascoigne

UTV, 9.45pm The former England footballer, blessed with magic feet and overdeveloped tear ducts, talks about his battles off the pitch, including drug addiction and how he used to consume four bottles of whisky daily without food or water. If you can stomach listening to Gascoigne tell how he put the boot into his own career -- and all in the presence of Captain Smug, Piers Morgan -- good luck to you.


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