Saturday, December 15

Cupid, Universal, 8.30pm

JOELY Fisher stars in this cheerful little confection of a telemovie, which is a sort of Valentine's Day version of A Christmas Carol. Fisher plays talk show host Eve Lovett, a long-term singleton who has given up on ever finding true love. This changes when garishly attired romance expert Vernon Gart (Ghost Whisperer's Jamie Kennedy) appears on her show, having gone to amusingly extraordinary lengths to do so. The eerily omniscient Vernon explains to her that she still has a chance of finding true love, but only if she helps someone else find it, too. Better than the average telemovie romance.

LOLwork, Arena, 9pm

IF SEATTLE is so famous for its coffee, why is everyone at the Cheezburger Network nearly asleep at their desks? And what, you might ask, is this Cheezburger Network anyway? It's a group of time-wasting websites that have grown up around icanhascheezburger.com, the web's leading repository of humorously captioned photographs of domestic cats. Tonight, Cheezburger boss Ben decides that the staff are taking things too easy, so he sends them out on the road to try to sell some ads. The shenanigans that ensue are disappointingly contrived - well, either that or the staff really are complete idiots. There is, however, a kernel of wisdom in frizzy-haired content editor Paul's advice to creative types: ''Lots of times good ideas pop into your head while you're doing something else, so what's really important is being able to do something else.''

Kimchi Chronicles, Nat Geo Adventure, 7.30pm

French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten cooks Korean food for his Australian neighbour, Hugh Jackman.

Inside: The Shanghai Bund, National Geographic, 7.30pm

Nat Geo's excellent current affairs series looks at one of the most expensive strips of real estate in the world.

Big Bash League, Fox Sports 2, 7pm

The Melbourne Stars take on the Hobart Hurricanes, live.


Sunday, December 16

Holy Flying Circus, UKTV, 8.30pm

A MONTY Python pastiche of a telemovie about the controversy over the Python film Life of Brian? It will sound like a great idea to some and a terrible one to others, but the result is somewhere in between - and a fair way towards the bad end of the scale. The script by Tony Roche (who wrote several episodes of Armando Iannucci's political satires In the Thick of It and Veep) is full of self-references and sudden detours down surreal culs-de-sac and even has the odd Terry Gilliam-style animation. The effect is more of a self-conscious aping than free-wheeling homage. The most immediately striking thing is the uncanny resemblances two of the actors (Charles Edwards as Michael Palin and Darren Boyd as John Cleese) bear to the men they're playing. There, though, the verisimilitude all but ends - at one stage the Cleese character explains to the viewer that he is in fact based loosely on the character of Basil Fawlty. The storyline follows the partially successful attempts of Christian groups to have Life of Brian banned in Britain and culminates in the televised debate in which Malcolm Muggeridge and the Bishop of Southwark were so venomous and sneering towards Palin and Cleese. The real story is an interesting one that would have been better treated with straight storytelling, less heavy-handed point-making and much less reliance on speech impediments for presumed comic effect.

Exchange Student Zero, Cartoon Network, 6pm

A NEW Australian animation with the voice talents of Rove McManus, Mark Hamill (yes, from Star Wars), Marg Downey and Peter Rowsthorn.

Drug Kingpin Hippos, Animal Planet, 7.30pm

Documentary following the work of veterinarians to catch and sterilise the hippos that escaped from Pablo Escobar's private zoo.

The New Statesman, Fox Classics, 10.40pm

The Young Ones meets Yes Minister as Rik Mayall plays dastardly MP Alan B'Stard.

Louis Theroux: America's Most Hated Family, BBC Knowledge, 9.20pm

Louis Theroux visits the Phelps family of Westboro Baptist Church infamy.