Star Trek Voyager, 8.30am, Sci- Fi
Yes, I know, the hour is ridiculous, but early risers, or those with functioning recorders should not miss this treat, the second episode of Voyager ’ s fifth season. By now the fantastic Jeri Ryan, as the deassimilated Borg drone Seven- of- Nine, pictured, is a well- established, if still occasionally mutinous, crew member. Her Borg nano- probes are set loose in a transporter accident, and some of them fuse with the holographic doctor’s mobile emitter. This results in a 29th century drone ( named simply ‘‘ one’’) who is educated and nurtured by an at first reluctant Seven- of- Nine.
America’s Hardest Prisons, 8.30pm, National Geographic
In the Arizona desert there is a county jail like no other. Shoplifters and murderers sleep side by side in tents. ‘‘ Welcome to tent city, Arizona,’’ the narrator intones. You can’t buy a tent, but a sentence spent here will mean enduring temperatures of up to 60 degrees in the height of summer. Follows the fortunes of several inmates in an attempt to humanise persons that the system seems determined to dehumanise.
Elvis: The 1968 Comeback Special, 11.30pm, ABC1
In 1968, the King had not performed on television for eight years. This program, originally conceived by Elvis Presley’s manager Colonel Tom Parker as a Christmas special in which Presley would croon carols, was hijacked by director Steve Binder and producer Bones Howe, and became a forerunner of the famous unplugged events of 30 years later, popularised by pay TV channel MTV, in which artists appeared with only acoustic backing instruments.