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PUBLISHED : Friday, 13 May, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 13 May, 2005, 12:00am

We have selected one programme for each day of the week from TVB Pearl or ATV World. Enjoy the shows and learn English at the same time. We also recommend the daily news report (7.30-8pm, on both channels) which has English subtitles, helping you follow the news script and improve your pronunciation, listening skills and spelling.

May 13: The World of Exploration: Spider Power (ATV World, 9-10pm)

Spiders are nature's ultimate predators. Weaponry in the spider world is similar to armaments used in modern warfare - spray guns, camouflage gear, traps and snares, chemical weapons and even 'smart' technology.

The programme closes in on a miniature but deadly world, a world where force and intimidation are tools of the trade. The battles are brutal, and brawn matters, but so do brains. The bizarre, alien-like creatures use chemical weapons, ambush techniques and plain malice to defeat their enemies.

May 14: Zatoichi (TVB Pearl, 9.50pm-12.30am)

Zatoichi is a blind wanderer who makes a living by gambling and giving massages. Behind his humble looks, he is a master swordsman.

He and his loyal friend meet two geisha girls in a gambling den. Okinu and her sister Osei have come to town to avenge their parents' murder.

Sinister henchmen are soon hunting down Zatoichi. With the legendary sword at his side, Zatoichi takes on his rivals in a search for justice.

May 15: Star Wars Episode II - Attack of the Clones (TVB Pearl, 9.30pm-12.45am)

The galaxy is in turmoil. Thousands of solar systems are threatening to leave the Galactic Republic, which is led by a renegade Jedi named Count Dooku. Without a standing army, the overwhelmed Jedi Knights struggle to maintain order as the very foundation of peace and democracy is threatened.

May 16: Journeys from the Centre of the Earth: Belief (TVB Pearl, 9.30-10.35pm)

In the Mediterranean, geological events have influenced the way people thought about everything from the existence of God to the extinction of dinosaurs.

It was once believed that powerful gods were responsible for everything and that they showed their dissatisfaction with catastrophes such as earthquakes or volcanic eruptions.

Today, most people accept that the planet is shaped by the laws of nature. While some geological processes are catastrophic, others take place over millions of years. This episode explains how the rocks beneath our feet have been constantly forcing us to rethink our beliefs about life, the universe and almost everything else. This is largely a story of religion and science, but it is also about the debate over geological timescales.Photo: BBC

May 17: The World of Nature: Insects from Hell - Eco-Warriors/Webs and Fangs (ATV World, 9-10pm)

Eco-warriors are beetles and bugs that eat their way through dung, dead wood and even each other. Take a close-up tour of these amazing animals - from the super predators to the insects that inspire Hollywood monster movies. The show will reveal how important these eco-warriors are to the world we live in. Spiders may give you nightmares, but host Jake goes in for a closer look at some of the biggest and most venomous creatures in the world. You'll forget your fear of spiders as you discover how amazing they are. In the world of spiders, it isn't the size of the fangs that matters: it's the power of the venom.

May 18: Million Dollar Yachts (TVB Pearl, 8.30-9.30pm)

There are those who are lucky enough to afford the ultimate toy - the mega yacht. These are private boats that can go anywhere, anytime, providing the greatest luxury of all - total privacy. There are no walled gardens or armed security guards, but they can guarantee you are miles from the next human.

These yachts ensure exclusive views, sunsets to die for, and of course living quarters that redefine the word 'sumptuous' .

May 19: Giant Monsters (TVB Pearl, 8-9pm) Wildlife adventurer Jeff Corwin strikes out to find a collection of the animal kingdom's all-time giant monsters. For hundreds of millions of years, the world was ruled by giants. Size meant survival and dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus Rex ruled the ground, while the first vertebrates to take flight, Pterosaurs, were emperors of the sky. Corwin discovers how some of today's creatures are living legacies of lost giants and illuminates how the giants evolved.