TV Tutor

PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 September, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 30 September, 2005, 12:00am

Friday, Sept 30, 9.30-11.20pm

Beauty and the Beast

TVB Pearl

Walt Disney's full-length animated feature, Beauty and the Beast, is based on one of the most popular

and enduring romantic adventures.

This classic fairy tale about a girl and her encounter with an enchanted beast has long fascinated filmmakers and audiences alike.

The film received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, the first time an animated feature had ever been recognised in the history of the Academy Awards.

Set in a small French village during the late 18th century, Beauty and the Beast follows the adventures of Belle, a bright and beautiful young lady.

When her inventor-father stumbles onto the castle of a hideous beast and is taken prisoner, Belle agrees to take her father's place.

With the assistance of the castle's enchanted staff - a teapot, an ornamental candle stick and a small clock, among others - she soon learns to see beneath the beast's exterior and discovers the heart and soul of a human prince.

Saturday, Oct 1, 5.30-6pm

The Fairytaler, The Modern Classics of Hans Christian Andersen

ATV World

Based on the fairy tales of the world-renowned Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen, this TV series weaves a magical world of dragons and princes, witches and goblins that never goes out of style.

Andersen's fairy tales deal with good and evil, love and hatred, sorrow and joy. Amusing, never outdated and always relevant, they enable children and their parents to gain a better understanding of themselves and the world around them.

In April 2005, the world celebrated Andersen's bicentennial and this series brings Andersen's magical stories back to life so today's generation can enjoy a powerful alternative to fast-paced, commercial broadcasting.

Sunday, Oct 2, 1.10-2.15pm

Pilot Guide: Great Festivals 2

ATV World

From Mardi Gras to the Oktoberfest, Pilot Guide Great Festivals 2 takes you on an exhilarating trip around the world to experience the most amazing celebrations that the planet has to offer.

The journey begins in the Philippines where thousands converge at the island of Kalibo for the Ati-Atihan festival, the best of the Filipino Mardi Gras.

The partying continues in February with the Trinidad Carnival, where loud music and colourful costumes fill the streets till the early hours of dawn.

In Spain, we witness the Las Fallas, a week-long festival of city fires, fireworks and parades. Traveller Christina Chang witnesses two more of the country's biggest festivals, the Semana Santa in Seville and the Battle of Moors and Christians in Alcoy.

Monday, Oct 3, 8-9pm

I'll Show Them Who's Boss: Born to Rule

ATV World

The Norwood Park Estate has been the Starkey family seat for 120 years.

The current baronet, Sir John Starkey, is due to retire. With the estate's three businesses under-performing and the house in disrepair, how can he safeguard Norwood Park for future generations?

Gerry's answer is to start a contest among the four children for the top job.

Ignoring centuries of aristocratic tradition he throws the floor open to the daughters as well as the sons - with startling and entertaining results.

The family are forced to confront some disturbing facts about themselves and their finances and are sent into disarray by Gerry's verdict on who should run the business.

Tuesday, Oct 4, 8.30-9.05pm

Leaders on Leadership

TVB Pearl

Few corporate leaders have faced the challenges of launching a new company that on its first day of business became a Fortune 100 company.

Even fewer would consider starting a new venture facing a weak national economy, rapidly declining sales from its primary customer, and unrelenting pricing and competitive pressures within an industry that is continuously re-inventing itself. Yet these were the challenges facing Peter Pestillo the day Visteon Corporation spun off from Ford Motor Corporation. This programme gives an insight into how Peter Pestillo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Visteon Corporation, coped with the launch.

Wednesday, Oct 5, 8.30-9.35pm

Around the World in 80 Treasures - Uzbekistan to Syria

TVB Pearl

The presenter hits some of the most mysterious and secret countries in the world, where the weary western traveller cannot be sure of a warm welcome. But he's in for a surprise as he is swarmed by young girls in Bukhara and Persian carpet sellers in Iran. He couldn't be more welcome if he tried!

Dan Cruickshank experiences tile-making in Samarkand and visits the Trading Domes of Uzbekistan and the Fire Temple of Azerbaijan.

There is also the biggest archaeological puzzle of the 19th century to solve - the Bisitun carvings.

After the pleasures of Iran, Dan heads for one of the glories of the ancient world - the great city of Persepolis - and he then visits Damascus in Syria, and one of the most exotic souks in the world.

Thursday, Oct 6, 9-10pm

Xtreme Martial Arts

ATV World

This series offers dramatic images of the secrets of martial arts - the thrill of battle is combined with answers to questions that have never been asked before. Many programmes have discussed what martial arts are, but none have focused on how they really work.

This documentary, mainly about the science behind the martial arts, uses special effects to show us what's happening inside our body when fighting or performing demonstrations. The fight scenes are well-choreographed, and the individual demonstrations are impressive too.