Six of the Best

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Six of the Best


Nascar: America's Great Race 7pm, National Geographic ***

More casually extreme than Jockeys (see right), this new, four-part series spends a season on the hugely competitive Nascar circuit, the stock-car races that now rank second only to American football in terms of popularity with US viewers. This interesting opening episode deals with former Formula One driver Juan Pablo Montoya's challenging second season in Nascar, and meets his family in Colombia. Tomorrow: Jacques Villeneuve and Dario Franchitti.

Tim Marlow On The Nude 7.30pm, Sky Arts 1 ****

Previously shown on Five, Tim Marlow's series makes light work of explaining the history of the nude, in the context of art and the societies that create it. It opens with a focus on the classical period. In Egypt, nudity was used in erotic art or as a sign of social subjugation. In the fifth century BC, the Greeks combined their tradition of free-standing sculpture with an idealised naturalism that reflected their pride in themselves.

Jockeys 9pm, Animal Planet **

Jockeys get the extreme reality treatment in a bewildering new American series, which comes complete with an inappropriate hip-hop soundtrack.

There's Aaron, the ageing veteran, and Joe, the slightly creepy rising star. There's also a jockey couple, Chantal and Mike - the former seems to be punishing the latter for making her move in by taking all his closet space. 'You can't even reach up here,' she remarks. Nice.

Curious Tribe 10pm, Eden ****

In an intriguing reversal of the usual Westerner-lives-witha-tribe format, several tribal folk from Papua New Guinea come to stay with Donal MacIntyre at his London home. Beds, escalators and football are just three of the surprises. Continues tomorrow.

Storyville: Up For Debate - Team Qatar 10pm, BBC4 ****

This new documentary follows the preparations of Qatar's first national debate team as they compete in a global schools contest. …

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