Today's pick: World in Action
Monday 05 January 1998
Ken Hom Travels With a Hot Wok (8.30pm BBC2) With the cuisine of the Pacific Rim currently in much better shape than the region's economy, it's a good time for a visit from the grinning super-chef. Sydney is the first stop on a six- city tour of East-West "fusion" cuisine - tomato soup with lemon grass and coconut milk for beginners, crackling rice-paper-wrapped fish for show-offs.
The Jerk (9pm BBC2) Steve Martin was once considered by American audiences to hold the unofficial title of world's funniest man. British audiences have failed to embrace his manic humour with quite the same gusto - symptomatic, perhaps, of our distrust of extroverts. In his first film lead, he plays a manically energetic simpleton who heads for New York when he discovers that his black parents aren't his real mom and dad.
Life & Style blogs
This restaurant has misunderstood the concept of 'cheese and biscuits'
Penis size study: what's 'normal' anyway?
What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin: How I outwitted the Gestapo
Drinking three to five cups of a coffee a day could reduce risk of heart attacks, study finds
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
- 1 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 2 Licence fee: What is the BBC charge – and how will the changes affect you?
- 3 This is what the photographer has to say about the picture of a weasel riding a woodpecker
- 4 Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
- 5 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
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