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Michael Palin’s New Europe, 7.30pm, Seven

The for­mer Python be­gins with na­tional day cel­e­bra­tions for a coun­try that doesn’t ex­ist: Trans­d­ni­ester. ‘‘ They have their own army, their own cur­rency, but no sin­gle other coun­try in the world recog­nises them,’’ Palin tells us. How Pythonesque. Then it’s on to Moldova, Ro­ma­nia and, yes, even nearby Tran­syl­va­nia gets a guernsey.

Air Crash In­ves­ti­ga­tion, 8.30pm, Na­tional Ge­o­graphic

Tonight a Boe­ing 747’ s cargo bay is on fire, and toxic clouds of smoke bil­low through the cabin, chok­ing and killing pas­sen­gers. Ob­vi­ous re- en­act­ments can sub­due us. Per­haps this is just an­other episode of Lost or some new Jodie Fos­ter ve­hi­cle. But truth comes home like a sledge­ham­mer when rel­a­tives of pas­sen­gers ap­pear to talk about their loved ones.

Ian Cuth­bert­son

Re­viewed times and the movie sched­ules above are shown in AEST. The times in other states are pro­vided in the guide pages op­po­site.

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