As Confucius once said, "Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated."

If your skinnymochafrappucino was a tad too sweet this morning, or your journey to work was made stressful by the guy in the new Audi who had the gall to push in front of you, putting you behind schedule by a nanosecond, well, boo hoo. If we just focused on what's really important - our family, friends and health - life could indeed be relatively simple for most of us. Not that you'd believe it judging by the abundance of first-world problems found on some expat forums ("I forgot my yoga mat today and had to use someone else's!")

If things haven't been going totally your way of late, just remind yourself: there's always someone having a rougher time than you. Take Dr John Ellison, for example; tune in and you'll be glad that it's his life, and not yours, that is filled with Complications (FX, Thursday at 10pm).

Grieving the loss of a young daughter, the doc (Irish actor Jason O'Mara; Terra Nova) works the night shift in a hospital emergency room, as he and his wife struggle to rebuild their shattered relationship. When he witnesses a gangland drive-by shooting, Ellison stops to assist the young victim and, picking up a discarded weapon, shoots one of the gunmen, becoming an unlikely hero. His intervention, though, sets off a chain of events that pushes Ellison ever closer to the edge and forces him to take desperate measures to protect the victim as well as his family. Of course, Ellison conceals all of this gang warfare from his wife (well, you would, wouldn't you!) and turns for help to a wild and, as luck would have it, attractive young nurse.

O'Mara brings intensity to the moody lead role as he quickly becomes comfortable with a gun in his hand and grapples with the notion of hurting people and saving others. Written by Burn Notice creator Matt Nix, the convoluted drama (it has more flashbacks than the Grateful Dead) isn't quite sure what it wants to be and, confusingly, throws everything at the wall, to see what sticks.

It's unclear what significance a dead squirrel played in the good doc's life (another of Complications' unexplained red herrings, perhaps) but it would have felt more in keeping with Life Story, another of David Attenborough's captivating documentary series, this one focusing on the extraordinary tests of survival animals face in order to continue their bloodline.

Life Story begins on Tuesday (TVB Pearl, 9.30pm) and each episode charts the perilous journey from birth to parenthood from the perspective of a particular species (there's nothing cuter than baby meerkats emerging from their burrows to clumsily frolic with the 89-year-old naturalist).

The barnacle goose's start to life is a frightening leap of faith. Born in Greenland atop a tower of rock - up which predators fear to tread - the newly hatched goslings are hungry and the only food is on the ground, way, way below. They must jump or starve, and bravely plunge they do. Unfortunately, it takes eight weeks for them to learn to fly so, instead, they try for a controlled skydive. It's not pretty watching two-day-old chicks plummet towards the ground, bouncing off a craggy cliff face, but as with all of Attenborough's shows, their plight is neither sugar-coated nor needlessly graphic.

The cinematography is breathtaking and once again it's a joy to be in Sir David's passionate and knowledg-able company.

Robert Joe (above) has investigated more than his fair share of spooky places (including the abandoned Tat Tak School, in Yuen Long) while presenting I Wouldn't Go in There, which returns to the National Geographic Channel on Saturday (at 11pm). More of a history lesson than a ghost 'n' ghoul show, it continues to uncover the stories behind some of Asia's most haunted sites, this time with a focus on the second world war.

Next week, Joe will travel to a remote city in Myanmar, to unearth the truth behind the paranormal manoeuvres of a lost army. This week, though, he's in the City of Lost Souls, Nanjing, where stories of spectral soldiers are rife.

Speaking with historians and survivors of what appears to have been a killing contest during the Sino-Japanese war, Joe joins the dots to describe the horrific massacre committed by a lawless occupying army, and which has left deep mental scars on the people of Nanjing.

Mark Peters