PUBLISHED : Thursday, 15 August, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 15 August, 2002, 12:00am

Man's Heritage: African Penguin

Pearl, 8.30pm

In 1984, a bustling beach near Cape Town was invaded by a wild animal. It came from the sea, had no fear of people, and appeared impossible to control. It was a penguin and within 15 years there were 3,000 of them breeding on the African mainland. A revealing look at life under the sun for these creatures of the ice caps and why they're finding the beaches, streets and gardens of South Africa so comfortable.

The Pearl Report

Pearl, 8pm

The team investigates why Hong Kong children are piling on the pounds. More than 50 per cent of Hong Kong adults are clinically overweight and it's a problem their children are inheriting - obesity rates have been on the rise for a decade.

People And Places: Indonesia - Beyond The Reefs

National Geographic, 10pm

Indonesia's coral reefs boast an extraordinary diversity of marine life, but are under attack from many forces. Blast fishing and other destructive practices threaten to destroy the habitat, and in some cases have already turned once-vibrant areas into grey, lifeless tracts. This first in a three-part series tonight examines the state of affairs in the company of some young guns from the Marine Parks of Indonesia Expedition.