While Hong Kong's version of The Weakest Link, hosted by Dodo Cheng on TVB Jade, may have turned all sweet and nice after just a week on air back in September 2001, the most venomous (and the best) part of the show lives on in Britain in the form of Anne Robinson. And you can catch her on BBC Prime, Monday to Friday, at 5.30pm on Now Broadband TV. This quiz programme is great television. Contestants first have to work together to bank as much money as possible by answering an 'unbroken chain' of questions before they strategically vote each other off, with only one getting to walk away with the prize. Dressed in a sinister black outfit, Robinson plays the nasty quiz mistress, insulting each contestant, calling them names and engaging in sarcastic banter that reduces even the toughest contestant to a bag of nerves - as demonstrated in a recent charity edition featuring rugby players. Not even two-metre-tall England rugby hero Martin Bayfield, who is the body double of Hagrid the giant in the Harry Potter movies, was spared Robinson's tongue lashing. Along with eight other players, he winced as she barked: 'Who couldn't give a ruck? It's time to vote off the weakest link!' The Weakest Link is just one of the many interesting programmes that makes BBC Prime worth tuning into - despite its reputation for being a channel of re-runs and repeats - especially for those who have recently lived in Britain. But the BBC insists that some of its highest-rated programmes are classic series and these 'old' shows remain popular. Keeping Up Appearances (Sundays at 2.15pm) is a good example. This 1990s sitcom is about an etiquette-obsessed housewife, starring the brilliant Patricia Routledge as Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced 'bouquet', if you may) and Clive Swift as her long-suffering husband Richard. The running gag of the show is no matter how hard she tries to cover up her working-class roots, her plans to impress her neighbours and friends usually backfire and land her in the most embarrassing of situations. The League of Gentlemen, another comedy showing from Monday to Friday at 11.15pm, is more contemporary and edgy. It is set in a fictional town in the bleak north of England, and the lives of its inhabitants unfold and interweave in darkly comic scenes. In this award-winning production, more than 60 characters (male and female) are played by just three people - Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith - who also pen the script. These actors started out performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before taking their show to BBC Radio 4, from where it subsequently became a TV show. This programme will not be everyone's cup of tea because these gentlemen can become quite grotesque, not only with their offbeat humour, but also with their bizarre make-up and cross-dressing. Other than its comedy classics (also showing on the channel at the moment are Absolutely Fabulous, Blackadder and The Vicar of Dibley, left), the BBC is known for its quality dramas. The first season of The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (right; Thursdays at 9pm), which stars Nathaniel Parker as the titular aristocratic investigator and Sharon Small as his working-class sidekick, detective sergeant Barbara Havers, has just begun. The good thing about this contemporary murder mystery show, based on the novels by Elizabeth George, is that it features a separate story every week (except on the odd occasion when it is a two-part storyline like this week), so you don't have to follow the series from the very beginning. In part two of Payment in Blood, Lynley and Havers unearth a complex web of sexual jealousy and betrayal that a murdered playwright was ready to expose. Okay, this is hardly CSI but the grittiness of each crime and the chilling dialogue still make this series compelling viewing. Another programme that might send shivers down your spine is Haunted London (Tuesday at 8pm), which is part of the ongoing Inside London series. This show visits places that are supposed to be infested with ghosts and spirits and, in a documentary style, interviews people who claim to have seen them. Spooky goings-on include the ghosts that linger backstage at the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane, people who died under mysterious circumstances at No. 50 Berkeley Square, the haunted gallery in Hampton Court and the bloody Tower of London. With 'reconstructed' scenes (similar to Police Report), you can't really take this programme too seriously but it is not a bad travel show that offers great tips on where to visit (or not visit) next time you are in the British capital.