The Assignment Pearl, 9.35pm Carlos 'The Jackal' Sanchez is a nasty piece of work. A master terrorist with an ice-cold heart. An international gun-for-hire who takes pleasure in killing and maiming the innocent. A planter of bombs and perpetrator of violence across the Middle East and Europe, he always escapes capture - in other words, not the kind of boyfriend you would like your daughter to bring home. For 20 years the CIA and the Mossad, the two best equipped and trained intelligence agencies in the world, have sought Carlos as public enemy number one. Each time they feel they are getting close - he again eludes them. No one can get close to Carlos. Though his heinous deeds are infamous, the man himself remains shrouded in mystery. Enter the unfortunate Annibal Ramirez (Aidan Quinn, above), an upstanding American naval officer and family man who has nothing in common with Carlos, except one thing: his face. Ramirez is a dead-ringer for the phantom killer. This coincidence nearly gets Annibal killed when he is picked up by a Mossad agent while travelling as a tourist in Israel. This potentially embarrassing mistake turns out to be an irresistible opportunity for the intelligence communities. They train him up to learn how Carlos thinks and kills and then set him on the trail of the terrorist. Also starring Donald Sutherland and Ben Kingsley. (1997) Man's Heritage: Extraordinary Birds Pearl, 8.30pm Perhaps no animal on Earth better epitomises our dreams and desires than the bird. But birds are more than just a symbol of freedom and beauty, they enrich our lives in often surprising ways. Extraordinary Birds uses a mix of compelling animal behaviour, real-life stories, fascinating historical material and the latest scientific information to explore the wondrous and varied relationships we have with these truly unique creatures, such as pelicans, hummingbirds and owls (above). Band Of Brothers HBO, 1pm If you missed the new Band Of Brothers episode on Tuesday night here it is again and it's worth catching because some of the most spectacular use of special effects occur in parts six and seven. Easy Company is embroiled in the Battle of the Bulge, which happened in the dead of winter in the Bois Jacques, a forest near Bastogne, Belgium. For these episodes, the Bois Jacques was recreated inside one of the aeroplane hangers at the Hatfield Aerodrome, Hertfordshire, England. The art and construction departments drilled hundreds of holes in the concrete floor, brought in real trees to fill them, then backfilled the entire set with up to 1.5 metres of earth. Scattered among the real trees were about 250 foam and fibreglass trees primed to explode. In the battle, the Germans heavily shelled the American lines, timing their mortars to explode in the treetops, so the forest literally shattered and the Americans had to dodge not only artillery fire, but also shrapnel from exploding trees. The trees the effects team manufactured allowed an actor to be within 1.5 metres of a major explosion yet come to no harm. In this episode called The Breaking Point, having thwarted the Germans at Bastogne, the exhausted Easy Company must now take the nearby town of Foy from the enemy. Several are killed and wounded in fierce shelling, compounded by the incompetence of their commander, Lieutenant Dike (Peter O'Meara), about whom Winters (Damian Lewis, above) can do nothing. Easy takes Foy - but at enormous cost.