Pay TV: Thursday, December 13

Pay TV: Thursday, December 13

Mad Way South: Sahara Challenge, Nat Geo Adventure, 8.30pm

MAD is the right word for it: two Australians and two New Zealanders setting out to race each other across the Sahara on kite buggies. The buggies are little billycart things dragged along by great parachutes. They can reach speeds of 100km/h but have no brakes, and if you think there's a good chance of them flipping on rough terrain, you would be right. As we see here, the resulting injuries can be very nasty indeed. There are other risks, too, with the route through Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania and Senegal crossing bandit country and minefields. The Australian team comprises kiting instructor Garth Freeman and novice Geoff Wilson; the Kiwi team is kite-buggy builder Craig Hansen and another novice, Steve Gurney. It doesn't take long for tensions to arise: the Kiwis are miffed the Australians didn't pack properly and are helping themselves to the Kiwis' gear. It's not the most memorable documentary of its kind, but it's still worth a look.

Bazaar, TLC, 7.30pm

THE title suggests shopping, but in London tonight presenter Kate Comer is interested primarily in architecture and art galleries; retail seems very much an afterthought. Stops include the Savoy hotel, the swanky and newly restored St Pancras Renaissance hotel and the modern art gallery in Hyde Park. On the shopping front, there are bags and cushions embroidered by prisoners, and a chat with a woman who makes creepy horned headpieces out of sheeps' heads.

Territory Cops, CI, 7.30pm

Reliably interesting Top End coppering action. Tonight, the Darwin police deal with revellers from the annual Hookers Ball.


On Set with … Rita Ora, MTV Live, 9pm

The Kosovan singer takes the camera on a tour of her home town on Pristina.

Hairy Bikers Christmas Party, LifeStyle Food, 8.30pm

The ever-hirsute Dave Myers and Si King whip up some festive fare.

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