Comic chameleon Sacha Baron Cohen is back on the box with Who is America?, Show Day is a documentary about the Virginia Agricultural Show, while former Bakeoff winner Nadiya Hussain starts a new cooking series . . .

Pick of the day

Who is America? 10.00pm, Channel 4

Kept strictly under wraps until the last few days, Sacha Baron Cohen (aka Ali G, Borat and Brüno) returns to the small screen with this brand new satirical series where he punks various American political folk.

Even before broadcast, the likes of former US Presidential hopeful Sarah Palin, Alabama politician Roy Moore and former congressman Joe Walsh are among those who lashed out at Cohen in advance.

Tonight's opener begins with left-leaning Democrat Bernie Sanders, indicating that Cohen's targets won't all be right-wingers.

"I was forced to see a doctor, and suddenly I have three diseases," Cohen's Southern conservative character tells Sanders as he catalogues the perceived evils of Obamacare.

This should be fun. Former US VP Dick Cheney seems to want you to watch:

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New or Returning Shows

Picnic at Hanging Rock, 9.30pm, RTÉ 2

In this new six-parter based on the venerated Australian film and book of the same name, Natalie Dormer stars as Hester Appleyard, the mysterious English woman who, in the final decade of the 19th century, sets up a successful school for young ladies in Australia.

Things start to go awry on Valentine’s Day, 1900, when the enigmatic headmistress allows her pupils to have a picnic at Hanging Rock, where something unthinkable happens.

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Show Day, 7.30pm, RTÉ One

This promises to be a heart-warming behind the scenes documentary which captures the busy preparations for the 76th Virginia Agricultural Show.

The Director is Cavan native Alan Bradley who explains:  "The Virginia Show has gone from strength to strength over the past 75 years with almost 200 members some spanning back three generations.

"There’s an incredible sense of pride and community spirit around Show Day which I wanted to share."

Our Guy in Russia, 9.00pm, Channel 4

Truck mechanic and motorcycle racer Guy Martin sets off to explore the biggest country in the world, in his own unorthodox fashion.

He gets a lesson in Russian politics when he rides with the Night Wolves, Vladimir Putin's biker gang, and finds out about law and order when he interviews two young 'rooftoppers' who evade the police while trespassing on skyscrapers.

Can't find a trailer for this, but here he is - on a previous trip to Latvia:

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Nadia's Family Favourites, 8.00pm, BBC Two

2015 Bakeoff winner Nadiya Hussain returns with a brand new eight-part cooking series, creating recipes for families and friends to fit in with modern life.

This episode is to cater for family days out and Nadiya’s dishes include a chai spiced vermicelli, picnic-perfect cheese biscuits with tomato jam, a filling samosa pie and a feast of prawn saffron biryani.

Don't Miss

Sharp Objects, 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic & NOW TV

Last week's opening episode was a smouldering delight with Amy Adams in fine form as the alcoholic hack with a troubled past – here's hoping HBO's latest slice of prestige TV continues to live up to the hype.

With the discovery of a second body in the sleepy town of Wind Gap, Camille looks to open up the story. But as she searches for more clues at the funeral of the recent victim, her activities in her hometown lead to animosity from her overbearing mother.

Later, Camille visits a young boy who claims to have witnessed the abduction, leading her to question why the local police have so far ignored his account of what happened.

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