TV Tutor

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 April, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 07 April, 2006, 12:00am

Friday, Apr 7, 9-10pm

Elizabeth I

ATV World

Elizabeth I, daughter of Henry VIII, reunited a nation divided by religious strife, faced down the Spanish Armada and, after an unprecedented 45-year reign, died one of England's best-loved monarchs.

During her time as queen, playwrights and poets wrote about her, artists painted her and composers dedicated their work to her.

This programme looks at the woman behind the crown. The woman who ran a country and yet who wasn't allowed to marry the man she loved. The woman who, in her mid-50s, conducted a passionate affair with a man half her age, a man whose arrogance eventually led him to mount a desperate challenge for Elizabeth's throne.

Illuminating the grimy underbelly of the opulence and formality of the English court, this drama tells the intimate story of Britain's most famous queen.

Saturday, Apr 8, 8-9pm

Lonely Planet: Six Degrees

ATV World

This new flagship series is produced by guidebook publisher Lonely Planet.

Playful, sassy, street-smart and unexpected, it connects viewers to what makes each city special - the people that live in it.

By emphasising the human dimension of travel, Lonely Planet Six Degrees moves beyond sightseeing and offers the surest way of being whisked off your feet and fast-tracked to the heart of the city.

Each episode begins with a traveller arriving in a new city with a single point of contact. From this initial encounter, a chain of connectivity is forged across the city as one person leads to another.

See cities through the eyes of some of its most colourful and clued-in residents, proving that it's the people, the lives they lead, and the stories they tell that give a city its soul, rather than bricks and mortar.

Sunday, Apr 9, 9.30-11.50pm

Finding Nemo

TVB Pearl

Dive into a whole new world of computer-animated fun, fantasy, and heartfelt emotion with this splashy underwater adventure.

The film follows the comedic journeys of two fish - Marlin and his son Nemo - who become separated in Australia's Great Barrier Reef when Nemo is unexpectedly taken from his home and thrust into a fish tank in a dentist's office overlooking Sydney Harbour.

Buoyed by the companionship of a friendly - but forgetful - fish named Dory, the overly cautious father embarks on a dangerous trek and finds himself the unlikely hero of an epic journey to rescue his son - who hatches a few daring plans of his own to return safely home.

Finding Nemo sets a new mark for the art and technology of computer animation with its incredible underwater world.

Monday, Apr 10, 8.30-9.35pm

Tokyo Dogs

TVB Pearl

A new craze is sweeping Japanese society: dogs. The Japanese bought more than 1.5 million of them in 2004 alone.

Like all fads, this one is bringing with it an associated boom - in canine commerce.

Tokyo Dogs takes an inside look at how Japan's new-found affection for dogs is leading to some of the most surprising and unlikely enterprises.

In Tokyo, for example, caterers and bakeries specialize in pleasing the picky pooch, offering a dazzling array of gourmet treats, all exquisitely presented according to Japanese custom.

Deluxe hotels and relaxation centres provide canines with an endless array of choices: mixed jacuzzis where master and dog can unwind together, massage salons, hot baths and shiatsu massages.

One even has a wedding chapel, complete with traditional (dog-sized) marriage costumes and a Shinto priest. And they'll even take care of the wedding gifts.

Tuesday, Apr 11, 8.30-9.35pm

Jump Britain

TVB Pearl

A team of French Free Runners captivated Londoners when they scaled some of the city's most famous landmarks, from the Albert Hall to HMS Belfast.

They're now taking on the whole of Britain, in a new project that ranges from Edinburgh to Stonehenge.

Free Running, or Le Parkour, involves leaping from roof to roof in a death-defying, yet beautiful, series of jumps, slides and somersaults. Created by Sebastien Foucan and his friends, it is a discipline that combines extraordinary athleticism and lack of fear. Foucan sees Free Running - which has spread across the world - as more than a spectacle. For him, it is a way of life that has a spiritual dimension plucked from popular culture and allows an escape from everyday reality.

Wednesday, Apr 12, 8.30-9.35pm

The Most Extreme (III)

TVB Pearl

There are animal armies all over the world searching for new lands to call their own.

Whether it happens by accident or through human intervention, these global conquerors can radically alter the environments they come into.

Originally from Argentina, the Monk parakeet is now an apartment dweller in New York City. Bunny rabbits may look cute frolicking in the English countryside, but they have laid waste to Australia as efficiently as any marauding army. As for the cockroach, no corner of the world is safe from this all-conquering insect.

From bugs to bunnies, cockroaches to cane toads, bolt the door and lock the windows - the invaders are coming!

Thursday, Apr 13, 9-10pm

The World of Exploration - Nova: Science Now

ATV World

Science and technology are changing lives at a dizzying pace. Hidden clues in your genes will soon enable your doctor to tell you whether you are likely to get a major disease - perhaps decades before it happens. Advanced 'nanotech' materials will lead to tiny and powerful computers. The first private space probe recently reached low earth orbit, opening a new era in aerospace. And studies of climate change offer unsettling evidence of the environment that future generations will inherit.

How can you keep up with the fast-moving frontiers of science and technology? This programme will show you the 'how' and 'why' behind cutting-edge discoveries. You'll see the everyday impact and human side of science. It draws on a range of stories: from the secrets of our genetic code to fuel cells and hydrogen-powered cars, from the battle against cancer and heart disease to the quest to slow down ageing and 'grow' new organs.