Hands up all of you who have no interest whatsoever in yet another fashion programme? How many are bored to death with the vacuous confessions of professional clothes horses? I know I am not the only one, and yet here is another, a new British series called A La Mode (World, 8pm). To be fair, A La Mode does range a little bit farther than VideoPlanetStyleMagazine 1998, the generic fashion half-hour filler we usually get. A lot of the interviews seem to have been chosen because the subjects have something interesting to say (this really is revolutionary in television fashion journalism), rather than something interesting to wear. In tonight's opener, Hong Kong's own Greg Derham is featured, as 'the man who singlehandedly turned Hong Kong society on its head'. Derham is one of the few Hong Kong style merchants who is genuinely original, and more important, amusing. He is something of a press darling locally for exactly that reason, guaranteed to give a good quote on whatever subject comes up. He came here as a performer with his flamboyant drag act, then set up his own business House of Siren which produces costumes for all kinds of local events. The makers of A La Mode might feel he turned Hong Kong on its head, but the reality, as Derham is the first to admit, is that Hong Kong gave him a chance to do what he always wanted to do. The handover might have been a disaster for a lot of tourism-related business, but for House of Siren, it was brilliant. Derham and his team worked around the clock providing costumes for all kinds of events, including the now-legendary decadent Regent parties. We get to see NBA players on ATV on Thursdays, hence the collection of basketball films we are being subjected to each Tuesday. Above the Rim (World, 9.30pm) is tonight's contribution, the story of a young lad called Kyle (Duane Martin) who dreams of being talent-spotted and plucked from the ghetto to play for some fancy college team. Until that happens, he agrees to play in a neighbourhood team run by a very creepy local personality called Birdie (Tupac Shakur). The casting is not accidental. Birdie is a drug-dealing gangster who mows down rival players and threatens almost everybody. And Shakur, before he was shot to death in his car by unknown assailants last year, was one of the most influential and controversial rappers in the United States. Shakur did not just talk the talk, and this is probably what killed him. As well as recording several hugely successful records, he ran up convictions for assault and rape, and had been charged, although not found guilty of, shooting two off-duty policemen. Not a nice man, but a hero to many young fans, who loved him even more because of these things. The ambiguity is that some of his work was hailed as the new poetry, by academics who applaud his talent and deplore his actions.