It has been a hell of a first year for the Hong Kong SAR. Indeed, most of us probably can't believe it was only a year ago that there were all those fireworks displays and foreign journalists cluttering up the place. As the birthday celebrations grow ever nearer there will no doubt be a spate of documentaries all over the globe assessing the changes so far. Analysts and pundits will nod sagely about the implications of the first Legco elections, the handling of the bird- flu crisis and the decisions relating to immigration, illegal and otherwise. RTHK Radio 3 have decided to go for a rather different approach with a new five-part series beginning this evening, called First Steps (6.30pm), which each week focuses on the personal impressions of relative unknowns. Producer Sue Lammin wanted to avoid the familiar roster of names: Martin Lee, Emily Lau et al. So tonight, politics is discussed through the recollections of one of the Liberal Party's unsuccessful candidates in the the recent election, Alice Tso Shing-yuk. Ms Tso is a former nurse and now general manager of nursing at a major government hospital, and her primary political concerns have always been health issues. We also hear from Maria Tam about why she is so sure the Basic Law has been perfect for Hong Kong, from Margaret Ng about how horrified she is by some major changes in the law, and two vocal democrats, Elizabeth Wong and Cheung Man-kwong on why the economic slowdown has become the single most important issue in Hong Kong politics. Tonight ATV finally launches a rival to TVB on the English channel when Brian Langley and Dale Tempest take up position on World to introduce the coverage of the Chile-Cameroon game this evening (World, 9.45 pm). Langley, who says he and Tempest are both 'champing at the bit' to get going, has already decided that the major issue of this tournament is not the football, but what is FIFA President Sepp Blatter playing at? Last week he gave his referees strict instructions to hand a red card to anyone who so much as thought about tackling too hard. So they did, and five players were sent off the pitch and everyone despaired. However strong their opinions on the subject, Langley and Tempest are going to have to express them as quickly as possible since ATV has in its infinite wisdom decided to keep the pre-match chat down to a feeble 15 minutes, scarcely enough time to tell us what the weather is like in France, once you take away ad breaks. Since ATV has already put itself at a disadvantage by not even starting live World Cup coverage until today, you would think someone there would also realise that apart from their own style, Tempest and Langley have to give something extra to attract viewers.