Channel hop

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 15 May, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 15 May, 2011, 12:00am


'Cascade the gorgeous golden gleaming gloop into the mold. When it comes out of the oven, the cheesecake is set on top, but underneath there's just a hint of inner-thigh wibble [sic].'

Oh yes, the queen of food porn is back with 'much muchness' - to quote the Mad Hatter - in Nigella Kitchen (right; TLC, Tuesdays at 7pm). Brandishing the adage that the kitchen is the heart of the home, Nigella Lawson invites us to abandon all caloric and grammatical restraint and join her on a journey of fantastical adjectives and home-made meals for all occasions.

For a mid-week feast for friends, Lawson decides on a seafood roast cooked with 'partified' red onions scattered 'pinkly' among a 'tumble' of potatoes. To feed a hungry horde of teenagers, she whips up a pasta dish with salami and cannellini beans. She demonstrates her mother's praised chicken recipe (so named because it's both poached and braised), perfect for a lazy weekend family supper, and finishes the meal off with a decadent chocolate cheesecake. As always, Lawson leaves us with her obligatory late-night tiptoe down to the fridge for a big bite of leftovers.

In her ninth cooking series to date, the domestic goddess has changed very little in her modus operandi, but, contrary to the opinion of some of her harsher critics, we believe her voluptuous style has lost none of its lustre.

In the sixth series of Supernatural (AXN Beyond; Tuesdays at 9.50pm), which follows two demon-hunting brothers as they save the world from the forces of evil season after season, Dean Winchester finally gets a taste of domestic bliss, with his girlfriend and her son.

However, the peace and quiet is short-lived, of course. Dean is quickly pulled back into the old life when his younger brother, Sam, who had previously sacrificed himself to the devil so Dean could lead a normal life, suddenly returns. What's more, he has found some long-lost family members - demon hunters all - through the reappearance of their grandfather, Samuel.

No doubt another great battle between heaven and hell is in the offing. The only question is, is Samuel truly on the same side as the brothers?

Creator Eric Kripke originally planned just five seasons but, with the series' popularity in the United States still climbing, he was persuaded to keep it going. There's a seventh season in production - and who can blame audiences for wanting to see more of the Winchesters' apple-pie good looks and brotherly bond?

Finally, an adrenaline-inducing American reality series heats up the usually sedate History Channel. Top Shot (Thursdays at 11pm) is back for a second season, pitting sharp-shooters around the country against each other in a game of best aim under stress.

The 16 contestants are composed of military types and marksmen and women from professional and amateur circuits. Split into two teams, the contestants work the day's challenge together; at the end of the episode, two members from the losing team are voted to go up against each other in an elimination round. The last remaining contestant is crowned top shot and given US$100,000 in prize money.

The producers take care to make each challenge fair and democratic, and players, even those on a losing streak, are rewarded for their sportsmanship. You won't find much emotional melodrama here, the excitement of hearing guns being fired is its own reward.

Gun enthusiasts will enjoy the vari- ety of pieces used; different firearms are used for each challenge. Season two begins with prohibition-era models, starting with pistols and graduating to an automatic submachine gun, nicknamed the Tommy Gun. Those not into the hardware may still be wowed by the slow-motion beauty shots of bullets whizzing past targets, shattering glass jugs full of water or exploding bullseyes.