Satellite & cable: Pick of the Day

QUITE RIGHTLY acclaimed, The Civil War (10pm History Channel) is a seminal and meticulous documentary. Years in production, it brings in more than 16,000 still photographs, paintings, archival lithographs and newspaper cuttings to tell the story of the epoch-making American Civil War. Narration is shared between Derek Jacobi, Morgan Freeman (right) and Jeremy Irons. Tonight's episode investigates "The Cause".

Since bursting onto the scene in films such as Trading Places and Beverly Hills Cop, Eddie Murphy has had his share of failures. The 1997 thriller Metro (10pm Sky Premier), isn't one of them. In this worthy attempt to reinvent himself as an action hero, Murphy plays a hostage negotiator in San Francisco, who, when his friend and fellow police officer is assassinated, sets out to bring the killer in.