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PUBLISHED : Friday, 31 March, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 31 March, 2006, 12:00am
 

Friday, March 31, 8.30-9pm


Great Artists 2 With Tim Marlow


ATV World


James Whistler was the first great American artist who became well-known around the world.


Well-travelled, he was a painter and printmaker who bridged the gap between Impressionist Paris and symbolist London.


He was an intelligent and original artist who said that art - rather than documenting the visual world around us - should be experienced for its own sake.


Whistler's Arrangement in Grey and Black, a portrait of his mother, is one of the greatest artistic creations, not least because of its elusive title.


His Nocturne Black and Gold was thought to be so radical that Whistler had to go to court to defend it.


Saturday, April 1, 10-11pm


National Geographic: Mysteries of the Tornado


ATV World


Most of us would run from a deadly tornado. Tim Samaras has dedicated his life to chasing them down, and this year he's armed with two cutting-edge probes that will provide a whole new picture of what's happening inside a twister.


The first is designed to measure wind speed and air temperature in the heart of a tornado, and the second contains a camera, GPS transmitter and temperature and wind speed indicators.


Samaras will rig these to rise into the heart of a tornado. The information he gets from these probes will help him understand what is happening in the most destructive parts of a tornado. What is the wind speed? What is the temperature?


Photo: Corbis


Sunday, April 2, 9.30-11.30pm


Johnny English


TVB Pearl


Johnny English stars Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean) as an accident-prone secret agent on a mission to rescue Britain's crown jewels and save the country.


When all her majesty's secret agents are killed, it is left to the inept Johnny and his sidekick to track down and capture the villain, retrieve the jewels and save the throne of England.


Fast cars, high-tech gadgets, top-secret information - Johnny can hardly believe it! He may be in over his head, but his courage and dedication are unmatched, especially after he meets double agent Lorna Campbell and discovers that falling in love makes saving the nation even more exciting.


Photo: David Appleby


Monday, April 3, 8-9pm


So What Do You Do All Day?


ATV World


Lynne Franks is the public relations guru many believe to be the inspiration for Edina in the hit television comedy Absolutely Fabulous.


However, she has renounced the showbiz set in favour of meditation and a New Age lifestyle which she is promoting through self-help books.


But when cameras spend a day in her company, her new-found serenity is sorely tested when one of her valuable plates is broken.


Fashion was Lynne's speciality. But making millions came at a price. Completely burnt out, with a failed marriage behind her, she got out and has spent the last few years travelling, lecturing, helping womankind and finding herself.


Lynne was born Jewish and became a Buddhist - just like Edina in Absolutely Fabulous. She is now committed to a bewildering range of beliefs.


Photo: Aspect Television


Tuesday, April 4, 8.30-9.35pm


The Girl with X-Ray Eyes


TVB Pearl


Natasha Demkina is 17, a pretty blonde and blue-eyed schoolgirl from Saransk, the capital of the small Russian republic of Moldova.


In May, she will take her final high school exams, which she hopes will see her accepted to study medicine in Moscow. But she doesn't live the life of an average 17-year-old.


Every day when Natasha comes back from school, there is a queue of people lined up the stairs outside her apartment, because Natasha can apparently see into people's bodies, detecting ailments.


Her reputation as someone who can diagnose and heal the sick has spread across Russia. Local and international doctors cannot explain her X-ray vision that enables her to diagnose anything from rheumatism to potentially cancerous growths.


Wednesday, April 5, 4.40-5.05pm


Danny Phantom


ATV World


Danny Phantom is an animated action-comedy about 14-year-old Danny Fenton, who uses his razor-sharp wit and amazing ghost-like superpowers to transform himself into a teen superhero.


Danny straddles two worlds: he's both a shy freshman at Casper High and a heroic phantom-fighter. With his best friends, techno-geek Tucker and free-thinking girl Sam, he thwarts the misdeeds of menacing ghosts and stumbles through daily social hurdles.


The son of zealous ghost hunters Jack and Maddie, who are unaware that their son is half-ghost, Danny got his powers when an explosive experiment in his parents' high-tech lab merged his DNA with ghostly goo. The accident also released dangerous ghost villains into the world, who Danny must now fight.


Thursday, April 6, 8.30-9.35pm


The Monkey Hunters


TVB Pearl


Lions rarely hunt baboons. These large monkeys are armed with dangerous teeth, they are hard to catch and usually not worth the risk or effort. But there is one place in Africa's Great Rift Valley where baboons are plentiful and lions have learned to catch them.


Lions are known to hunt buffalo, zebra or wildebeest, but when they are not available, these big cats must turn to other prey.


The river in Tarangire National Park in Tanzania never runs dry. During the dry season, herds of animals come to the river to drink. It is a time of plenty for predators but when it rains on the surrounding plains, the herds abandon Tarangire.


Then the predators have only the resident animals to hunt. Baboons are not only resident, they occur in large troops. Desperation forces the lions to target unusual prey.


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