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Byline: MAEVE QUIGLEY

LOUIS THEROUX AND THE NAZIS TV3, 10.45pm

DOCUMENTARY-maker Louis Theroux travels through California trying to find a little humanity among some of America's Nazis.

He first encounters April Gaede at a Nazi rally where her 11-year-old daughters Lamb and Lynx sing racist songs to a captivated audience of skinheads.

April sees the world entirely through racist eyes and has made her children poster kids for the neo-Nazi movement in the US.

The girls at times appear endearing but Louis quickly becomes horrified when they describe their favourite computer game - Ethnic Cleansing - and sing boisterously along to white-power songs in the car. Louis also travels to Fallbrook, a small town half-an-hour outside San Diego, to meet Tom Metzger and his family.

Tom is one of America's most famous racists. A Grand Dragon of the KKK in the 1970s and a congressional candidate in the 1980s, he's now the leader of White Aryan Resistance, a self-styled revolutionary group.

However, Metzger's life seems full of contradictions. He happily sings karaoke to a bar full of non-white clientele and while doing the rounds one day for his television repair business we meet Oscar, a mixed race Peruvian who Tom greets warmly and describes as a friend.

Tom's support comes largely from his wife Heather - a hardcore Nazi skinhead.

This is a sometimes terrifying look at racism in the US.

WE LOVE MOTORS

GEARS AND TEARS BBC1, 10.35pm

IN the stock-car racing world, the rivalry between the Smith family from Lancashire and the Wainmans from Yorkshire has lasted two generations.

This new series follows the competing clans around the country for a full bonecrunching season of bumpers and barbecues starting tonight in Skegness.

Leeds-born Ralph Ineson (Finchy from The Office) maintains a complete impartiality to this weldedtogether war of the roses with a voiceover that sounds like he's chewing on a broken windscreen.

WE LOVE HISTORY

WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? BBC2, 9pm

ACTRESS Dervla Kirwan is the only female subject of this series (and her husband Rupert Penry-Jones will be on the show later this month).

And Dervla boasts a genuine historical figure in her family tree. On her mother's side of the family, she's the great grand-niece of Michael Collins, who fought for Irish independence (and was played by Liam Neeson in the 1996 movie).

Collins' life is well documented, so instead of focusing too much on him, Dervla finds out what that family tie meant for her grandfather, who was Collins's nephew and a member of the IRA, which his uncle had moulded into a guerilla army.

Then on her dad's side of the family, Dervla finds intrigue, romance and scandal as she discovers what life would have been like in Ireland for a Jewish man who fell in love with a Catholic girl. And this turns out the biggest surprise of all.

Here she uncovers a miscarriage of justice that ended up not only in the history books this time, but in the most famous novel in all of Irish literature.

WE LOVE SOAPS

EMMERDALE TV3, 7pm

THE Dingles say goodbye to Shadrach at his backyard burial and as Carl has van trouble on his way to the funeral, Eve doubles as the fourth emergency service when she comes to his rescue.

Tonight she's just helping him into his clothes - but you can tell she's wishing it were the other way around.

CORONATION STREET TV3, 7.30pm & 8.30pm

JOHN Stape's really in a hole now. And so is Colin Fishwick - the real one that is - who's lying in a big crater in the floor of Underworld where Charlotte and John dumped him. Now they have to sneak in, haul Colin out and hope no one notices them lugging a man-sized roll of carpet through the streets in broad daylight. Easy.

ZLouis No wonder John thinks somebody up there has got it in for him.

EASTENDERS RTE1, 8pm

THE Queen Vic is for sale again - and Peggy's none too happy about it.

So she, Pat and Louise conspire to make the place look a bit tatty. Considering that three of the Vic's former landlords have been murdered - two in the pub itself with one buried in the cellar - I doubt any prospective buyers are going to be further put off by sticky floors and a few old crisp bags down the back of the sofas.

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MISSION Theroux explores racism in the US BANGERS And the odd smash CONNECTED Dervla Kirwan GOODBYE Shadrach's funeral BLONDE FURY Pat and Peggy get messy
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 2, 2010
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