Rhodes (World, 1.25pm) had mixed reviews when it was first screened in Britain. It was supposed to be the epic of the year, a costume drama starring former Professional Martin Shaw as Cecil Rhodes, the great white colonialist (if there is such a thing) who wanted to conquer Africa. For some reason, the series pleased nobody, which is probably the reason ATV has given it such a hopeless slot. This is a shame, because it is not as bad as all that. Rhodes was not a very nice character, but he was a remarkable one who was so successful that by the age of 30 he was the wealthiest man in the world (eat your heart out, Bill Gates), and remains one of the few men to have a country named after them. A few years ago the French brandy industry was revitalised by the sudden leap in demand for the most expensive cognacs here in East Asia. The nouveau riche of Hong Kong, Taiwan and China were swilling 15-year-old stuff like orange juice - in fact, in some cases, with orange juice and ice. That fad has now been overtaken by the appetite for expensive red wine, a trend documented in Red Wine Poker (Pearl, 8.30pm). Wine prices have been climbing for several years not just because of the opening up of the market here, but also because of the way self-styled connoisseurs like the American Robert Parker, have come up with ratings systems. Parker's bi-monthly publication The Wine Advocate is not the definitive guide to fine wines, but his points system does make it easier for vineyards, and less-confident wine drinkers, to decide which ones are worth the most. Here in Hong Kong, as with the cognac a few years ago, for many people the most important thing about drinking wine is how much it costs. A disheartened sommelier at the Island Shangri-la's Petrus restaurant admits he finds it 'hurtful' when customers pick the most expensive wines on the wine list, which go as high as $198,000 per bottle, just to show off to dinner guests. A more discerning local connoisseur, Agustin Che, who stores his collection in his bathroom, has also observed this wine-as-status-symbol phenomenon with dismay. 'Many Asians don't care what it costs. They are simply proud to have bought a bottle worth $10,000. A good bottle of wine under your arm - that's like going out with a film star.' Wallace And Gromit (Pearl, 9.30pm) are such international stars these days that they have found their way on to an amazing 43 different kinds of merchandise, including sticking plasters. This is despite the fact that their creator Nick Park was originally cautious about allowing the commercialisation of his product. In the end, he obviously could not resist the cash.