PUBLISHED : Monday, 17 December, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 17 December, 2001, 12:00am

The Naked Chef

Pearl, 8.30pm

It's time to get frustrated at the lack of proper cookers in Hong Kong again as young and streetwise superchef Jamie Oliver gets you itching to get into the kitchen.

Oliver (above) has always been passionate about food, and his enthusiasm and talent have inspired people all over the world to get cooking. Doing what he does best, Oliver juggles a hectic social life with a passion for entertaining and an undoubted ability to create delicious, unpretentious dishes. His mantra for preparing simple, tasty, gutsy, common-sense food without the fuss remains the same - and he still manages to combine it all with friends, family and the capacity to have a good time.

This week, it's all aboard as Oliver is to be godfather to his good friend photographer David Loftus' daughter. In honour of the occasion, Oliver has offered to cook the christening celebration dinner on board their houseboat on the River Thames.

To kick things off, he makes jellies for the grown-ups with fresh fruits (blueberries, blackberries, redcurrants and raspberries), plus elderflower cordial. With those taken care of, he prepares a range of dipping sauces for some beautiful, fresh oysters, before producing a dish of roasted brill with lemons. Finally there is also roasted asparagus with pancetta. He will have your mouth watering in no time.

Ally McBeal

World, 11.15pm

Ally's taste in men takes another nose-dive when she starts dating a homeless man, who isn't actually a homeless man but an author experiencing homelessness so he can write a book on it. They have a lot in common and he touches a nerve with her when he claims he was haunted by Gladys Knight and the Pips. As Ally (Calista Flockhart, above) was haunted by Al Green, she can sympathise with this. The relationship is going great guns until Ally unexpectedly stops by his office one day?

Deep Blue Sea

HBO, 9pm

Scientists in a mid-ocean research station have been carrying out experiments in the quest for a cure for Alzheimer's disease. Their three genetically engineered sharks develop superhuman intelligence and begin hunting down their creators - coming after them when the floating station begins to sink during a tropical storm.

Unlikely premise with a few good surprises but cringingly bad dialogue. Starring Samuel L Jackson (above), LL Cool J and Saffron Burrows. (1999)

The Oprah Winfrey Show

Star World, 1pm

Today is 'Thank You Day' on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Since September 11, the nation's law enforcers, firefighters, postal workers and military personnel have gone above and beyond the call of duty to keep America safe. On today's show, it's time to say thanks. Winfrey helps viewers across the United States share their gratitude with people whose extraordinary acts of heroism, generosity and kindness have made a huge difference in their lives.