TV Tutor

PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 June, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 23 June, 2006, 12:00am

Friday, June 23, 8-8.30pm

Architectures: Siza's school

ATV World

The architecture faculty at Portugal's University of Porto was built between 1985 and 1996 by the architect Alvaro Siza. The faculty's story begins with a separation.

Until 1980, architecture was still taught, as in the 19th century, at the venerable Fine Arts School of Porto, alongside sculpture and painting.

But changes in the work and status of architects made further cohabitation impossible.

Architecture then left the Fine Arts School to be taught in a faculty at Porto University, in a centre to be built on the campus.

By a unanimous decision, the architects on the teaching staff awarded the project to their most famous member, Alvaro Siza, a former student of the school.

Siza has built numerous buildings in Portugal, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands. He is considered to be one of the leading contemporary architects.

Saturday, June 24, 10-11pm

National Geographic: Inside Shock and Awe

ATV World

Inside Shock and Awe deconstructs the bombing blitz that launched Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The US said the bombing was carried out with surgical precision, minimising 'collateral damage'.

Amazingly, until now there has not been a detailed inside look at what happened during those overwhelming 48 hours in March 2003.

The programme gives an inside view of the technology that allows overwhelming firepower to be accurately targeted, and investigates how exotic missiles, like the thermobaric 'bunker busters', work.

Sunday, June 25, 9.30-11.25pm

Jurassic Park III

TVB World

A decidedly odd couple with ulterior motives convinces Dr Alan Grant to go to Isla Sorna (the second InGen dinosaur lab), resulting in an unexpected landing . . . and unexpected new inhabitants on the island.

Eight years after the InGen incident, Dr Grant is enjoying life far from dinosaurs other than the fossilised variety. But he needs research money, and accepts the offer of wealthy businessman Paul Kirby: A low flight over isolated Isla Sorna, where InGen's second research site was located, and Dr Grant can fund his research for a long time. He doesn't realise Kirby just needs a dinosaur expert to help him find his son Eric, who crashed on the island while paragliding. A scary adventure awaits.

Monday, June 26, 8.30-9.30pm

Secrets of the Royal Kitchen

TVB Pearl

Former royal chef Graham Newbould reveals what goes on in the kitchens of the famous House of Windsor. From TV suppers at Buckingham Palace, to poached salmon caught and cooked at the royal family's Scotland retreat at Balmoral, Newbould shows viewers how to cook food fit for a queen, or for that matter, a prince.

He goes back on board the Royal Yacht Britannia, where he makes good use of the royal ice cream machine, and even recreates the wedding breakfast he helped serve up for Charles and Diana.

And he gives a fascinating insight into the day-to-day food in a palace - from eight-sided cucumber sandwiches to a special dish of liver and rice, a firm favourite with the ever-present royal corgis.

Tuesday, June 27, 10.05-11.05pm

The World In Time: The Read Family of Jesus - Part 1

ATV World

This two-hour special sheds light on a little-known but crucial area of Jesus' life - the network of relations who played a critical part in his upbringing, and in the rise and success of Christianity.

Jesus, the single child of a nuclear family - Mary and Joseph. That's the traditional image. But a moment's thought will dispel such an image. Jesus lived 2000 years ago, in a society in which the extended family, not the nuclear family, was the norm. People also commonly perceive his family to be mostly in the background, playing little part in his fate or the faith he founded. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Evidence from the gospels, history and archaeology reveals that Jesus had a vast family network that played a vital role in his spiritual awakening.

Wednesday, June 28, 8.05-8.30pm

Classical Destination: Finlandia

TVB Pearl

Part travelogue, part history and part performance, this series explores Europe's most beautiful cities, the ones in which famous composers lived and to which they dedicated their work. From

St Petersburg, the Venice of the north, to Vivaldi's Venice in the south, enjoy the music while seeing the sights and discovering something of the composers and life at the time.

As presenter Simon Callow says: 'It is inconceivable the great composers would not have responded viscerally to their surroundings. Once you see where Grieg lived in Norway, you can understand how intrinsic the feel of the landscape is to his work.'

The delights of Finland, from Helsinki to Lapland, are captured in the music of Sibelius.

Thursday, June 29, 8.05-9.05pm

Big Sky Bears

TVB Pearl

Big Sky Bears is a story of mischief, mayhem and growing up.

Against the dramatic backdrop of the Teton Mountains in Wyoming, twin black bear cubs begin their perilous journey to adulthood.

Bears have captivated humans for centuries. As one of the most adaptable and versatile mammals on earth, their behaviour stirs fear, awe, wonder and curiosity in us. Tapping into this fascination, this film travels to the majestic Teton Mountains in America to follow two black bear cubs through the formative years of their lives.

Cute, furry and always inquisitive, the cubs take life easy. Their days are filled with furious bouts of play fighting, exploration and, of course, eating. But their mum doesn't take things quite so easy.

Affectionate and devoted, she is also strict and protective. She can never be off her guard, even for a second - the cubs would make the perfect snack for prowling mountain lions or coyotes.