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PUBLISHED : Friday, 28 April, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 28 April, 2006, 12:00am

Friday, April 28, 8.30-9pm

Tim Marlow on The Museum of Modern Art, New York

ATV World

This short series will provide an introduction to the highlights of the recently re-opened Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Art critic and broadcaster Tim Marlow takes the viewers on a journey through the museum's exciting new collection. By offering an insightful commentary on selected works in the galleries, Marlow shows how the museum illustrates the story of modern art.

French painter Paul Cezanne began as an Impressionist and you can see evidence of that in Pines and Rocks. Cezanne talked about wanting to try and produce an art that had something of the 'solidity of art museums', but he wanted to create something that was modern, too.

Painter Paul Gauguin left his native France and went to the Polynesian island of Tahiti in search of a tropical paradise to get inspiration for his artworks. The result is The Seed of the Areoi - symbol of a constant life cycle and renewal.

Saturday, April 29, 8-9pm

Lonely Planet: Six Degrees - Hong Kong with Toby Amies

ATV World

Presenter Toby Amies gets the essential Hong Kong survival kit from local fashion tracker Davena Mok, who introduces him to author Nury Vittachi for an insight into the city's greatest passions - money, gambling and feng shui. Vittachi takes Amies to a high-society costume party, where he gets an invitation from designer William Tang to celebrate the Chung Yueng Festival.

Mok introduces Amies to Hong Kong movie producer Bey Logan who puts him in touch with marine police officer Tim Worrell - the man with the fastest boat in town - for some high-speed thrills on the high seas.

Amies meets Hong Kong's Dr Doolittle, Su Burnett, at a workshop for troubled dogs, and gets his just desserts in a rooftop martial arts finale.

Sunday, April 30, 9.30pm-12.30am

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

TVB Pearl

James Cameron's The Terminator, which was shown last Sunday, set a milestone for sci-fi action movies.

In the 1984 film, Arnold Schwarzenegger played a killer cyborg from the future targeting a seemingly innocent woman who was destined to give birth to a child that would change the world.

In the action-packed sequel, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Schwarzenegger has a new assignment: To protect that woman's son from a shape-changing robot who has been sent to kill him.

Although the film is more than 15 years old, its special effects put some of today's movies to shame.

So, watch out! The Terminator is back!

Monday, May 1, 8.30-9pm

It's Me or the Dog

TVB Pearl

Teddy Pom Pom and Prince Louis are two tiny, cute dogs - until you meet them. Teddy is a Pomeranian and Prince Louis is a Pekingese, and in this case, small is definitely not beautiful.

These dogs will bite anyone and anything that comes near them or their owner Mandy Whiteman who adores them. Mandy is worried Teddy and Prince Louis are next in line for a visit from the Grim Reaper, the local dog warden with an order for their destruction, so she knows she's got to do something about their terrible behaviour.

No one is exempt from Teddy and Prince Louis' attacks, not even Mandy's husband Martin, who gets bitten every night attempting to get into their bed. Visitors are terrified - Mandy's friends at work have dubbed the dogs Evil and Eviler.

Victoria Stillwell has worked with dangerous dogs for 15 years without being bitten. But when she comes face to face with Teddy and Prince Louis, all that could change.

Tuesday, May 2, 10.06-11pm

The World in Time: Who Killed Stalin?

ATV World

Worshipped as a god by many Russians and socialists worldwide, Joseph Stalin's death in March 1953 sparked a public outpour of grief that bordered on hysteria.

Officially, he was reported to have suffered a brain haemorrhage but the precise details surrounding his death have provoked extensive debate over the years. Was he murdered?

Acclaimed historian Simon Sebag-Montefiore travels to Moscow to play detective in this compelling mystery. A former KGB investigator analyses suppressed KGB files which suggest an official cover-up of Stalin's death.

So what really happened? Experts share their points of view in this gripping programme, which focuses on five key suspects and reveals the harsh reality of life under Stalinist Russia.

Wednesday, May 3, 8-8.30pm

Notebooks from Japan

TVB Pearl

Tea or sake can accompany sushi. In Japan, tea is also the object of an ancient ceremony that is ritualised by Buddhist priests and also learned by samurais.

In every family, people still learn to serve tea according to the ancient ritual. Each tea school has a master who claims to be a direct descendant of the initiators of the rite.

Japan is the only country where tea can be prepared from the powder of the leaves and where growers regularly organise blind tasting contests to determine the best vintages and the best tea waiters.

As for sake, which is the Japanese word for alcohol, it's made from the best rice which comes from northern Japan. It is covered in snow during the long winter months.

Sake is made by fermentation and was originally used for religious purposes.

Thursday, May 4, 8-9pm

The South Bank Show: Norman Foster

ATV World

Established in 1967, architect Norman Foster's major buildings include the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank in Hong Kong; London's Sackler Galleries, Stansted Airport and Great Court of the British Museum; the new German Parliament at the Reichstag, Berlin, and the Al Faisaliah Complex in Riyadh.

Melvyn Bragg interviews Foster in the extraordinary new Great Court, one of Britain's most successful Millennium projects. The programme examines the Great Court in the context of Foster's career and the architects who have influenced his ideas, from Bauhaus to Buckminster Fuller.

Bragg and Foster also discuss some of the issues of contemporary architecture and the co-existence of the old with the new. They also address the profound influence digital technology is having on building design and construction. The programme will explore what goes into creating a beautiful new structure as well as what epitomises 21st century architecture.