Jailed Abroad: Saddam's Iraq
(National Geographic Channel, Monday, 10 p.m.)
During the Persian Gulf War of 1990, Tom Lynch and John White made a daring escape attempt from the oil field where they were working, to avoid becoming human shields. However once in the middle of an inhospitable desert, a betrayal between the two men occurred and they were captured by the Mukhabarat, Saddam's infamous and terrifying secret police force.
(Discovery Channel, Monday, 9 p.m.)
From the mind of the world's most illustrious living scientist comes a special series that will stretch your imagination to the limits of the known universe.
Find out answers to questions such as -- How did our universe begin? Could alien life be found on distant planets? Does our galaxy have a life expectancy? Delve into the mind of the brilliant Dr. Stephen Hawking and explore the splendour and majesty of the universe.
Massive Engines with Chris Barrie – Rockets
(Discovery Channel, Thursday, 8.30 p.m.)
The series brings the world's biggest and toughest tools one would have never seen. Massive, magnificent and worth millions they can rip through steel buildings, plough through entire mountains and crush and devour vehicles. Each episode explores the use of these massive machines through the eyes of the machine itself and the people who operate them. In this episode learn how massive rockets are made.
Mississippi – Tales of the Last River Rat
(Animal Planet, Friday, 10 p.m.)
The programme is an intimate and poetic portrayal of wildlife along the Upper Mississippi River – seen through the eyes of Kenny Salwey; a beguiling backwoodsman, storyteller and philosopher of nature, who has lived his life in a log cabin, a stone's throw from the water's edge.
(Animal Planet, Thursday, 9 p.m.)
Join Nigel Marven as he is on the hunt for the world's largest jaguars in South America. Travelling deep into the heart of the Pantanal, the largest waterland in the world and the size of Britain, Nigel comes face to face with these magnificent cats and chases down scientists who are rushing to save them on Brazil's burgeoning cattle ranches. Nigel's time is short – he's just got four weeks to find his jaguars and as many of the amazing weird swamp creatures that he can.
(STAR World, weekend, 10 p.m.)
In the episode to be aired on Jan. 8, Jill and Divya go out clubbing in Manhattan, while the Lawsons give Raj a last-minute bachelor party. The next morning, both groups try to figure out what exactly happened the night before.
Jan. 9: Evan gets roped into a hunting trip while playing ‘faux beau' again to impress Paige's parents, while Hank discovers that his new young patient's mother is a familiar face from Hamptons Heritage.
(STAR World, Saturday, 9 p.m.)
As a bad batch of heroin hits the streets of San Francisco, Glenn questions Nancy's judgment during an encounter with a frequent flyer. Meanwhile, a bizarre theft sends Marisa on a wild goose chase. Elsewhere, Boone contemplates his future and takes a new step, while a romance begins to take off.