TV Tutor

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 June, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 10 June, 2005, 12:00am

June 10: The World of Exploration: Xtremists (ATV World, 9-10pm)

Locals of South Pentecost on the South Pacific island of Vanuatu invented the bungee jump as well as extreme tourism. This programme looks at different types of extreme sports, including snowboarding. Brits Jess and Zoe will be competing in the Verbier Extreme - the biggest event in the snowboarding calendar. Rock crawling - the sport of driving a big car as fast as possible up an impossible cliff - and cliff diving are two other sports covered.

June 11: National Geographic: Special Forces - In the Frontline (ATV World, 10.30-11pm)

In Afghanistan, three decades of continuous violence has left a devastating legacy: hundreds of thousands of mines, artillery and other weapons remain hidden in the ravaged landscape.

Today, special groups of US soldiers are charged with the delicate task of finding and destroying these weapons and helping to rebuild a war-torn nation.

During day-to-day operations, the soldiers never know what danger awaits - Taliban and Al-Qaeda fighters, rogue snipers and booby-traps are some of the threats the soldiers face as they travel from village to village searching for hidden weapons.

June 12: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stockings (ATV World 9-11pm)

It's November 1902. Fog and shadows engulf London.

The murky world of the menacing docks collides with the glamour and glitter of Edwardian high society as Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are reunited to solve a case which threatens to overwhelm the privilege and tranquility of aristocratic society.

When the murder of a penniless shopgirl is linked to the body of debutante Lady Alice Burnham, Holmes immediately begins to piece together the clues: a pair of dancing shoes, a rogue fingerprint, a strong smell of chloroform, a broken glass.

The two must use everything at their disposal to prevent another death.

Despite the absurd stubbornness of the nobility and the mistakes of the police, Holmes gets closer to his extraordinary conclusions. But he has underestimated the complex and dark passions of his enemy.

June 13: Naked Science (TVB Pearl, 9:30-10.35 pm)

This exciting series uncovers the truth behind some

of the most popular and controversial scientific topics of our time.

Each episode, using the latest computer techniques, takes the viewer through the threads of scientific investigation, following leading protagonists and researchers as they sift through the evidence and unearth fascinating stories and new discoveries.

June 14: Himalaya with Michael Palin (TVB Pearl 9:30 - 10.35pm)

Leaving Everest Base Camp, Michael Palin takes the high road to Lhasa to see for himself what the Chinese have done to Tibet.

From Potala Palace to the great monasteries of Tashilunpo and Sera, he sees that religion is once again tolerated, while the old Tibetan centre of the city is being torn down and replaced with modern Chinese shopping malls and nightclubs.

Following some pilgrims north to the holy salt-lake of Namtso, he finally heats up in an Olympic-sized hot spring, before learning how to milk a yak and make cheese from a nomad family.

June 15: Built for the Kill - Sharks (TVB Pearl 9:30-10.35pm)

Sharks are the ultimate killers. From the massive Great White, the largest predatory fish in the sea, to the pack hunting reef shark they scour the oceans and seas of the world in an endless search for victims.

Shark anatomy, weaponry and super-senses have evolved over millions of years to work in a deadly combination.

Built for the Kill - Sharks uncovers the most dramatic predatory strategies and the extraordinary sensory adaptations sharks use to hunt their prey.

June 16: Cuba Wild Island of the Caribbean (TVB Pearl 8- 9pm)

Cuba is a tropical paradise. It is the largest and yet least known island in the Caribbean. In recent years it has become famous for its old American cars, Fidel Castro's brand of communism, cigars and rum.

But there is another Cuba, the little known wildlife of this Caribbean island. Over half the plants and animals are found nowhere else on earth. More than 80 per cent of the reptiles and amphibians are uniquely Cuban. This programme looks at these little known creatures and investigates how and when they arrived on Cuba.