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PUBLISHED : Monday, 02 December, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 02 December, 2002, 12:00am

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

World, 9pm

The second season of CSI, the innovative crime drama set in the Las Vegas Police Department's forensic team, begins tonight. Bureau head Gil Grissom (William Petersen) is an old-school investigator. He eschews computer simulations and printouts for a hands-on approach and good, old-fashioned legwork. CSI is his life. He supervises a team of diverse professionals and often goes to the wall to protect them from departmental interference and sometimes, from the consequences of their own risky decisions, on and off the job.

Grissom's team includes Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger, above with Petersen), a single parent; arrogant gambler Warrick Brown (Gary Dourdan); self-assured womaniser Nick Stokes (George Eads); and Sara (Jorja Fox), a sharp investigator from San Francisco and a friend and former student of Grissom's who sometimes bends the rules to close a case.

Grissom also has to contend with Captain Jim Brass (Paul Guilfoyle), the former CSI boss who has moved back to homicide. This puts him at odds with Grissom and often places him at the crime scene with members of the team he used to supervise. The detectives and investigators all want the same things but their good intentions can collide.

In this episode the team investigate the death of a young casino executive, Tony Braun, from an apparent drug overdose. Braun was wealthy and his brother was due to inherit his fortune until he changed his will.


Pearl, 9pm

Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) is all set to buy a car from Elaine's (Julia Louis Dreyfus) on again/off again boyfriend, David Puddy (Patrick Warburton), until her break up with him jeopardises the deal.

Meanwhile, George (Jason Alexander, above) has a run-in with a vending machine and Kramer (Michael Richards) sees how far he can go on a single tank of petrol.

Croc Chronicles: Black Waters Of French Guiana

National Geographic, 9pm

Brady Barr (above) travels to the remote swamps of French Guiana in search of the deadly black caiman. This giant crocodilian was once hunted to near extinction. Now it is making a comeback in the remote waterways of South America. Dropped off by helicopter, Barr braves caiman, anacondas and electric eels as he struggles to capture monster reptiles for scientific study.