Jamie Oliver has lost none of his boyish enthusiasm.
Jamie's 15-Minute Meals, Channel Ten, 7.30pm
IT'S BEEN more than a decade since shaggy-haired ''Naked Chef'' Jamie Oliver bounded onto our screens, wooing us with his cheeky charm. He rode around London on his scooter in search of the best produce and then proceeded to cook up a storm. Now, even as he's ditched the bike and turned into a crusader for healthy eating, he's lost none of his boyish enthusiasm or ability to inspire. This series features an array of time-saving tips as it offers recipes that are fast and flavoursome. The first course in this double-episode serve has him whipping up herb-dressed steak, a contemporary take on the French classic of ratatouille, and a San Francisco-inspired chicken, mango and quinoa salad.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Channel Nine, 8.30pm
THE triple-episode story arc that ended the 12th season of this crime drama and carried through to last week's first episode of the 13th was all about family. It grew into a full-blooded affirmation of the ties that bind, in the workplace and at home, as CSI patriarch and night-shift supervisor D.B. Russell (Ted Danson) hunted down the lowlifes who'd kidnapped his granddaughter. Meanwhile, the lumpish officer Stokes (George Eads, possibly the worst actor regularly on television) got over his tantrum and returned to the CSI fold. So now it's back to business for the team, although the latest crime also hits close to home with a multiple homicide at the diner frequented by the team. So everyone gets busy with their groovy gadgetry, analysing blood splatters, bullet trajectories and microscopic fibres as they chase clues all the way through to a wildly improbable denouement. Much has remained the same in this slick series since it started: the artful lighting, the snappy pace, the snazzy re-creation sequences. But there's also been an evolution for a show that started out as a clinical police procedural that steered clear of its characters' private lives. It's hard to survive more than a decade with such a strict, by-the-book brief, so CSI broadened its horizons. Danson's arrival at the start of season 12 brought an injection of warmth: for the first time, the team was headed by a devoted family man, a personality far removed from the original night-shift boss, the brilliant but socially inept Gil Grissom (William Petersen), and his successor, the quietly commanding Dr Raymond Langston (Laurence Fishburne). The 12th season also saw the arrival of Elisabeth Shue as the impulsive yet brilliant - most of them are super-smart - Julie ''Finn'' Finlay, who doesn't always play by the rules. She has also given the show some spark, replacing Marg Helgenberger's Catherine Willows, who'd started to resemble a robot. The CSIs still ride into each episode with their torches blazing. But for a show that's survived 13 seasons, it still has a fair bit of flair.
Redfern Now, ABC1, 8.30pm
WHEN we meet Raymond (played by the always-impressive Kelton Pell), he's a man who seems to be at the top of his game and has a jaunty strut to match his status. Happily married to the straight-talking Lorraine (Deborah Mailman), he has four lively children and a steady job, and he's in line for an award for his community work. But this carefully crafted story, written by Adrian Russell Wills and directed by Wayne Blair (The Sapphires), is a non-preachy tale of the pitfalls of pride and Raymond is headed for a fall. Once the problem is revealed, layers are peeled back with subtlety as lies, hostilities, suspicions and rivalries are exposed. The third episode of this six-part anthology maintains the high standard and, when it ends, you'll want to spend more time with the characters to see how they get on. Which says a lot about the quality of the storytelling.