Farewell princess! Hong Kong will miss you, though girls will cherish the pin-ups bearing your images and sing your pretty songs for some time to come, not to mention watch you again on their pirated VCDs. The costume drama My Fair Princess (Home, 8pm), a Taiwanese-mainland co-production and filmed in the mainland, has been the most successful series shown on ATV in recent years. It has attracted as many as 1.7 million viewers and many more are likely to watch tonight's two-hour special finale. The outcome, as the trailers have already told us, is to be what most have wanted and expected. The young princesses will marry the princely loves of their lives. Vicky Zhao Wei, the mainland singer and actress who plays Little Swallow (Xiao Yanzi), has flown in from Beijing for the occasion and has been feted in Hong Kong all weekend. Little Swallow and Princess Zhi Wei (Taiwanese actress Lin Xinru) have become idols for many a young girl - loved for their sisterly cuteness, humour and plucky characters. The story of romance and intrigue in the Forbidden Palace, set in the Qing Dynasty, has been well-made, harmless entertainment of its kind and, with its bilingual broadcast, a good way to brush up on your Putonghua. My objection, though, is the scheduling. The series has been running for most of the summer, five days a week, one hour a night. My home is probably not the only one where struggles have raged with young girls who want to watch the latest antics of their heroines at the expense of bed-time reading. But given My Fair Princess' huge popularity with all ages, I'm probably one of the few people not sorry to say goodbye. If there's one thing that has recently united the people of Hong Kong, mainland China and Taiwan it has been their common enthusiasm for these princesses. In favourite soaps cultures come together. Beyond that, there may be a wide gulf, even though Hong Kong has just spent a reported $9 million celebrating the PRC's 50th birthday to show we are all one happy country. In Inside Story (World, 7pm), Louise Wong looks at Hong Kong's sense of identity since the handover, and finds widespread discrimination against mainlanders, from those who look down on them and in official policy. A strong identity is rooted in history. In Part 2, Samantha Butler looks at how Chinese history is taught and finds surprising gaps in students' knowledge. During a visit to the Museum of History to see the current exhibition, 'The Rise of Modern China', students were given an impromptu history test. Whilst they correctly identified October 1, 1999, as the PRC's 50th anniversary, when asked 'What year was the PRC established?', the answer came back as '1921'. My Fair Princess is pure fantasy rather than historical enlightenment. But it still reflects a Chinese heritage and a common popular culture. More significantly, the bright young mainland actress Zhao Wei may do more than Jiang Zemin can to break down prejudices between here and there. Such is the power of television soap.