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RTÉ TEN TV picks for Wednesday May 7

1 of 1 This guy's a Kiefer! Jack Bauer is back in 24: Live Another Day
This guy's a Kiefer! Jack Bauer is back in 24: Live Another Day

Kiefer Sutherland is back as Jack Bauer in 24: Live Another Day (9.00pm, Sky One), Scottish comedian Billy Connolly examines death in Billy Connolly’s Big Send Off (9.00pm, UTV) and a fear of heights is the focus of Vertigo Roadtrip (9.00pm, BBC One)

24: Live Another Day, 9.00pm, Sky One

Kiefer Sutherland reprises his role as action man Jack Bauer, who’s back for 12 more episodes in a tale that sees him take a trip across the Atlantic. Resetting the clock and relocating the action to London, the latest outing plunges the former CTU agent into another do-or-die-trying situation as he tries to defuse a potentially devastating plot with global ramifications. A death threat against US President James Heller (William Devane) - who’s in to see Prime Minister Alastair Davies (Stephen Fry) - gets the ball rolling. Expect dead bodies from the start.

Billy Connolly’s Big Send Off, 9.00pm, UTV

Veteran Scottish comedian Billy Connolly fronts this two-part series on death - a subject of interest to the 71-year-old. Visiting his home town of Glasgow as well as different parts of the USA, he aims to get an insight into the rich variety of attitudes, belief systems, rituals and customs relating to death that are woven into different cultures and communities. Connolly also examines the death industry, and shares his own thoughts on death, what he hopes will happen at his own funeral and how he would like to be remembered. He also talks about being diagnosed with both prostate cancer and Parkinson’s disease on the same day. Beat that, eh?

Vertigo Road Trip, 9.00pm, BBC One

Sounds like the name of some dull Prog Rock band from the 1970s, but this is about presenter Mel Giedroyc accompanying five people who suffer from a fear of heights as they confront their fear in what’s described as exposure therapy. From the dramatic peaks of the Alps to the world's tallest building, they'll attempt a series of increasingly difficult height-based challenges that will push them to their limits. Can they, eh, rise to the challenge and develop a head for heights?

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