Overland to America (PBS, 9-11 p.m.): Is it possible to drive from London to New York? This program finds out by documenting a three-month expedition - which doesn't wade across the Atlantic Ocean, but rather travels in the opposite direction, toward Russia and beyond, in what is dubbed the world's longest drive.
Seventeen adventurers begin the journey by taking nine four-wheel-drive vehicles through the Channel Tunnel. Upon reaching Russia's Ural Mountains, the team acquires eight Russian six-wheel-drive military trucks, which are winterized to minus 70 degrees C. From there they drive through icy lengths to the Bering Straits and onward to Alaska and Canada.
The expedition was led by TV producer Richard Creasey, son of crime writer John Creasey.
Biography (A&E, 8-9 p.m.): As part of a special week of "Biography" episodes on royalty is a profile of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. The episode on Friday focuses on George III, subject of the movie "The Madness of King George."
Firing Line Special Debate (PBS, 9-11 p.m.): "Resolved: the Marketplace Is Not a Social Enemy." Discussing the free market and its relationship to society is "National Review" editor William Buckley Jr., who leads the affirmative team, and economic journalist Robert Kuttner, who joins the opposition arguing that corporations are leaner and meaner than ever. Michael Kinsley moderates.
Please check local listings for these programs.