Leaving the plastic discomfort of fictional drama aside, let's take a look at what is happening in the world outside climate-controlled studio sets. As the post-Bush clean-up by US President Barack Obama continues, one of the biggest messes to attract international criticism is the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, which is nine years old in October. At the height of its occupancy, the naval station in Cuba was reported by military watchdog, globalsecurity.org, to have 660 suspected terrorists in captivity. To the growing number of forums, memoirs by former detainees and documentaries, we can now add Inside Guantanamo (National Geographic Channel; tonight at 9pm), the result of three weeks of filming and interviewing at the notorious prison camp. Charles Swift, a former military defence lawyer interviewed in the documentary, called Guantanamo Bay 'the legal equivalent of outer space - a place with no law'. Glimpses into the interior of the prison give an anti-climactic sense of sterile calm, cleanliness and order. As you follow the stories of wardens, their superiors, Pentagon attorneys and former prisoners (most notably British businessman and author Moazzam Begg), it'll dawn on you that the physical and political reality of Gitmo is like a black hole of due process - sucking the sense of purpose and empowerment out of those on both sides of the bars. It comes as no surprise that suicide watch in certain cell blocks happens every three minutes, 24 hours a day and most wardens only do short tours of duty in Gitmo. Begg, who was detained from 2003 to 2005, recalls, 'The moment you are shackled you know that you are entering a different world, that you have no control over your fate, or what you do, or what happens to you.' A mere 2,000km southeast of Cuba are the lush, verdant shores of Guyana - a country the size of Britain with just 1 million people, who mostly live along the coast. As with most of the world's remaining pristine rainforests, Guyana's trees are under threat from the logging industry. Expedition Guyana (TVB Pearl; Tuesdays at 8.30pm) follows the adventures of four leading naturalists as they set about observing and recording the abundant wildlife of this unique jungle. The big prize would be the discovery of a new or endangered species, which would strengthen their argument for protecting the forest, instead of chopping it all down to make a quick buck. It's hard not to be affected by the enthusiasm of Steve Backshall (right), the climber who will scale any rock surface; Dr George McGavin, the insect specialist who thinks nature is the perfect designer; Justine Evans, the canopy specialist who spends 10 hours a day perched on a tiny metal ledge 200 metres above ground looking for howler monkeys; and last, but not least, Gordon Buchanan, who, while filming giant otters feeding on piranhas for breakfast, was as excited as a school boy on a trip to the fairground.