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PUBLISHED : Friday, 16 June, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 16 June, 2006, 12:00am

Friday, June 16, 9.30pm-12.30am

I Am Sam

TVB Pearl

A mentally handicapped man fights for custody of his seven-year-old daughter, and in the process teaches his cold-hearted lawyer the value of love and family.

Sam Dawson has the mental capacity of a seven-year-old.

He works at a Starbucks and is obsessed with the Beatles.

He has a daughter with a homeless woman and she abandons them as soon as they leave the hospital.

He names his daughter Lucy Diamond (after the Beatles song), and raises her.

But when she reaches the age of seven herself, Sam's limitations start to become a problem; she's intentionally holding back at school to avoid looking smarter than him.

The authorities take her away and Sam shames high-priced lawyer Rita Harrison into taking his case for free. In the process, he teaches her a great deal about love, and whether it's really all you need.

Saturday, June 17, 9-10pm

Globe Trekker: Belgium and Luxembourg

ATV World

Our traveller Katy Haswell visits Belgium and Luxembourg, two countries overlooked despite being at the crossroads of Europe, and finds that while they're small in stature, they're big in attractions.

Starting in Antwerp in Belgium, Katy visits the stunning townhouse of the famous Renaissance painter Rubens before giving in to her sweet tooth at one of the many chocolate shops.

The city is also the centre of the world's diamond trade and Katy goes to the district to learn about its ancient traditions.

She eventually ends up in the capital, Brussels, where she discovers art nouveau, sea snail street food, the EU headquarters, cartoon murals and the medieval festival of the Ommegang held in its central square.

Sunday, June 18, 8-8.30pm

My Greek Kitchen

ATV World

Join passionate chef Tonia Buxton as she travels around some of the most stunning locations in the Greek Mediterranean on a culinary and cultural tour of the region, including the bustling streets and cosmopolitan vibe of Athens, the mountainous beauty of Kefalonia and the chic nightlife of Mykonos.

Across 15 episodes Tonia cooks up a feast of regional dishes using fresh vegetables, meats, fish, cheeses, fruit and herbs sourced from the farms and markets of the areas she visits. Delicious dishes include a traditional lamb moussaka and dolmades, as well as sweet treats like halva and baklava.

Tonia's journey also takes her to the island of Cyprus, where many of her family members still live. A fishing trip with her father brings fresh octopus in red wine stew to the table.

Monday, June 19, 8.30-9pm

Opening Soon: By Design - Genius Jones, Miami

ATV World

With one failed business behind him, Daniel Kron managed to pick up the pieces, move to Miami and start over.

Today, his successful small business, Genius Jones, keeps the drooling tots of the rich and famous surrounded by high design baby gear (you won't find his stuff at Babies R Us).

Daniel is ready to expand Genius Jones. But will opening a much larger retail space and launching an internet business put pressure on his own family life?

He has a wife and two young children and already works 80 hours a week.

Daniel also has to stroke the enormous ego of furniture designer to the stars David Neto - Genius Jones carries his cutesy and expensive line - and balance the creative temperaments of two very different architects who will be designing separate areas of the new space.

The last time Daniel went big with an idea he went bust, this time he has no choice but to make it work, and we get to see the dramas that involves.

Tuesday, June 20, 8.30-9.35pm

Naked Science: The First Human

TVB Pearl

In the beginning there were amoebas. Then there fish and then walking, air-breathing fish. Then there were apes and then, well, me and you. At some point along the vast evolutionary scale a change occurred - a genetic mutation was born giving rise to a new species - the first 'human'. The problem is when? Naked Science travels the globe in search our earliest ancestor, the first animal we can say is undeniably one of 'us'.

Each episode follows the various threads of scientific investigation, following leading protagonists and researchers as they sift through the evidence revealing fascinating stories and thrilling new investigations. It is a fast-moving series exploring the world of science in a highly visual and compelling style.

Wednesday, June 21, 8.30-9.35pm

Animal Face Off: Hippo vs Bull Shark

TVB Pearl

Hippos are reported to kill more humans than any other animal in Africa. Weighing up to 3,000kg, male hippos have teeth more than 30cm long. They may be vegetarians, but these short-tempered brawlers will fight to the death over territory and the hippo with the biggest mouth is the winner.

Bull sharks are blamed for more attacks on humans than any other species of shark. Just one-tenth the weight of the hippo, they more than make up in aggression what they lack in size. They are the pit bull terriers of the shark world, and they have been found with the remains of dogs, people, and even hippos in their stomachs. When a hungry bull shark hones in on a hippo, the stage is set for a mighty face-off.

Thursday, June 22, 8-9pm

Biography: The Hiltons

ATV World

The Hiltons are Hot. And they are just about everywhere. Paris has her own TV show, record label and book deal; Mum, Kathy, just wrapped up her TV show; sister Nicky is busy designing a trendy clothing line.

In the summer of 2005, the Hiltons capitalised on their growing notoriety by launching a television reality programme where contestants competed to be a Hilton. I Want to be a Hilton, revealed the ins and outs of living the good life in New York City.

The extravagant, often controversial, whims of Paris and Nicky Hilton stand in stark contrast to the humble beginnings of the celebrated hotel chain that bears the Hilton name.

Born in New Mexico, Paris' grandfather was the first son of Norwegian immigrants. During Conrad's youth his father owned a general store and ran a makeshift boarding house for weary railroad travellers that would introduce his eldest son to the hospitality industry.