Twenty Twelve

George Byrne

Friday, BBC2, 10pm Fans of The Thick of It should enjoy this similarly styled mockumentary as a panic-stricken bunch of incompetent bureaucrats get ready for London's staging of the Olympics. Hugh Bonneville (below) heads the cast.

Sweet Home Alabama: the Southern Rock Saga Friday, BBC4, 9pm BBC4 kicks off with a documentary about Southern Rock in the early '70s before going on to show archive clips of the Allman Brothers, Black Oak Arkansas and the Marshall Tucker Band and winds up with a 1975 Lynyrd Skynyrd gig.

Horrible Histories

Monday, CBBC, 5pm The new series of sketches which offer bizarre takes on the past includes members of the League of Gentlemen as performers and writers. Tonight we learn that the Egyptians thought the sun was rolled across the sky by a giant dung beetle.

Divine Women

Wednesday, BBC2, 9pm Historian Bettany Hughes looks at how women were vital forces at the birth of all major religions. Did you know that 98pc of all deities representing wisdom down the ages are depicted by female figures?

Heineken Cup Rugby

Today, Sky Sports 1, 5.30pm Three of Ireland's provinces are in Heineken Cup quarter-final action today, with Len Stir and the goys taking on the Cardiff Blues at the Aviva Stadium at teatime today, while Munster face Ulster at Thomond Park at lunchtime tomorrow.

Unreported World

Friday, Channel 4, 7.35pm Reporter Aidan Hartley travels to the Nuba Mountains of Sudan and brings us horrific footage of how the Sudanese government is waging a campaign against its own citizens, forcing hundreds of thousands close to starvation and refusing to allow aid organisations to help.