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PUBLISHED : Friday, 13 June, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 13 June, 2003, 12:00am
 

Cloning The Tasmanian Tiger


World, 9pm


The last Tasmanian tiger died, with little ceremony or recognition, in a cold cell in Hobart Zoo and was thrown out in the next day's trash. This was the moment of extinction for an entire species. Now, 60 years later, in an extraordinary attempt to reverse nature, an Australian scientist plans to bring it back from the dead by cloning DNA from a preserved museum specimen (above). Although more closely related to a kangaroo, this strange Australian marsupial was wolf-like, had stripes like a tiger and yet carried its young in a pouch. This documentary shows how Dr Mike Archer of the Australian Museum in Sydney extracts DNA from the specimen in his quest to recreate the species' life code before setting out on the road towards its resurrection.


All About My Mother


Pearl, 9.30pm


Pedro Almodovar's Oscar-winning story of Manuela (Cecilia Roth, above), a single mother whose son's tragic death inspires her to leave Madrid and go to Barcelona in search of his long-lost father. However, the man she parted company with 18 years ago is now named Lola and the search for him is far from simple. Also starring Toni Canto and Penelope Cruz. (1999)


Wild: The Water Dancers


National Geographic, 7.30pm


Every year, a unique dance company with hundreds of talented members gathers for one of nature's finest performances. The players are wester grebes, who are clumsy on land, but astonishingly graceful on water.


While You Were Sleeping


Star Movies, 7.15pm


Lucy Moderatz (Sandra Bullock) is a happy-go-lucky ticket seller in love with a commuter she does not know. When the man, Peter Callaghan (Peter Gallagher), is mugged and lapses into a coma Lucy visits him in hospital and is mistaken for his fiancee by his family. Enjoying being part of a family Lucy plays along - only to find herself falling in love with Peter's brother, Jack (Bill Pullman). (1995)


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