Saturday, November 10
Penguins of Madagascar, Nickelodeon, 9am
NEIL Patrick Harris reprises his role as dolphin super villain Dr Blowhole in this patchy double-episode special. The first half is an enjoyable romp, with some good action sequences and funny moments. Dr Blowhole hatches a plan to steal the memories of penguin leader Skipper and use them to break in to penguin headquarters while Skipper is out of it with amnesia and marooned on a desert island. Skipper hallucinates a ''spirit guide'' in the form of Alex the Lion to help him get back to New York, but it's Dr Blowhole, his mad inventions and his lobster minions, that steal the show. The second episode is a musical, which is less entertaining but gives Harris a chance to exercise the pipes with which Broadway audiences have become so familiar.
Supercars: Pagani, National Geographic, 4.30pm
THE most unusual instalment of the series takes us inside the Italian factory - sorry, ''atelier'' - of eccentric Argentinian car designer Horacio Pagani. Pagani insists that all parts of his cars - even those hidden under the driver's seat - be beautiful works of art in their own right. Such attention to detail means that buying a new Pagani Huayra will set you back a cool €1 million ($1.3 million). The documentary follows the design and testing of the Huayra, highlighting Pagani's meticulousness and his various innovations - such as the special exhaust pipes that amplify sound, giving the turbocharged Huarya a roar worthy of its naturally aspirated predecessor, the Zonda.
New Zealand's Next Top Model, Fox8, 7.30pm
Brigette, Rosanagh and Bianca have one last chance to impress before learning who will be crowned in this week's series final.
Dark Secrets of the Lusitania, National Geographic, 7.30pm
A high-tech dive expedition heads to the wreck of the Lusitania, sunk in 1915 with the loss of 1195 lives.
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, TLC, 8.30pm
The New York chef heads to Chile.
Sunday, November 11
Empire Girls: Julissa and Adrienne, Style, 7.30pm
IF YOU'RE looking for something good to watch, keep looking. If, however, you're one of the millions who take perverse delight in watching attention-starved pseudo-celebs desperately pretending that their lives are exciting and glamorous, you've come to the right place. Julissa is TV presenter Julissa Bermudez, whose main claim to fame is having hosted Jersey Shore reunion specials. She seems a nice enough sort, though she feels compelled to talk, joke and goof every second of the day - she must be exhausting to be around. Adrienne is Adrienne Bailon, who starred in Disney's Cheetah Girls telemovies but is now best known for having Rob Kardashian's name tattooed on her backside. Tonight, Adrienne isn't taking her dance practice seriously, and abandons it altogether when her Twitter timeline is flooded with tweets from people who just saw her tattoo on an old repeat of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. This prompts her manager to consider dropping her. Julissa, meanwhile, is living with her parents and finding that her Dominican accent is hurting her career.
Secret Weapon of the Somme, History, 7.30pm
TONY Robinson joins a team of archaeologists and historians searching for a giant British flame-thrower buried under the Somme. The Livens Flame Projector was a terrifying weapon that fired 100-metre-long jets of burning oil designed to obliterate all in its path and spill into German trenches. While archaeologists dig, modern-day Royal Engineers build a working replica.
Curiosity: Mars Landing 2012, Discovery, 7.30pm
A look at how NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab prepared for the Curiosity rover's mission to the red planet.
Rove LA, Fox8, 7.30pm
Rove McManus chats and mucks about with celebrity guests in front of a live audience in Los Angeles.
The New Statesman, Fox Classics, 10.20pm
Ric Mayall stars as the Tory member of parliament, Alan B'Stard, in the satirical British comedy.