King of the Essex-boy cooks Jamie Oliver stands accused of cheating on his timings.

Jamie Oliver helps time-poor cooks put quick, tasty meals on the table.

Jamie's 15-Minute Meals, Channel Ten, 7.30pm

IN LIGHT of Jamie Oliver's latest project in Britain - part-prepared meals that can be bought in supermarkets (and, for all we know, warm up by themselves on the Tube) - one should probably not joke about the possibility of him following this series with something like 30-second meals. Or of that topping the book and DVD sales charts, just as this and its predecessor, Jamie's 30-Minute Meals, did. Whatever else you might think or say of the enterprising, energetic and idealistic celebrity chef, he's remarkably consistent in predicting the mood of time-poor city workers wanting to put quick, tasty and healthy meals on the dinner table. Most of the recipes that have furnished his past two series are pared-down, simplified versions of the ones that appeared in the books that put the Naked Chef on the map. Over-exposed he may well be, but that's not to discredit the slick package that this show is - from the dream kitchen where it's shot, to the seductive photography and his now-familiar come-hither shtick. Tonight's menu is an Asian-inspired beef-and-prawn noodle dish and an appetising salad of mackerel, tomato and quinoa. The 15-minute concept is an appealing dream, especially for those of us who don't have an army of assistants to prepare the kitchen, wash the grit from the coriander and scrub the pots and pans afterwards.

Raymond Blanc: The Very Hungry Frenchman, SBS One, 8.30pm

FRENCH-born chef Raymond Blanc hasn't cooked in his homeland since arriving in Britain in 1972, with neither a job nor much English. Now, he's on a pilgrimage to the land of his youth, culminating tonight in Provence, where a bounty of fresh fish, fennel, wild herbs and artichokes awaits him. But it's not only about childhood reminiscences and folklore for the feted chef, having set himself the task of cooking a Provencal feast for diners at a restaurant at Sanary-sur-Mer. As Blanc and his two assistants visit restaurants and markets, his menu starts to take shape. Despite the surfeit of ooh-la-la exaltations, Blanc's enthusiasm and Provence in summer make this mix of armchair travel and food know-how an enjoyable diversion. As we see when Blanc visits Aix-en-Provence, home of the delectable almond delicacy called calissons, food in this part of the world is close to a religion.

Wild Vets, Channel Seven, 7pm

AT THIS time of year, Channel Seven could well be an offshoot of trans-Tasman TV with its surfeit of mostly indistinguishable New Zealand-made reality and observational documentary shows, such as this day-in-the-life-of-zoo-vets series. Tonight, a clutch of kiwis are relocated, a rhino in captivity gives birth and a couple of crocodiles are flown from Cairns to become attractions at a local zoo. ''One wrong move and he won't be their doctor,'' says one of the vets, ''he'll be their dinner.'' As that line might indicate, this is strictly a summer-season schedule filler and someone didn't miss their calling as a stand-up comic.