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DO­MES­TIC god­dess Nigella Law­son is the sub­ject of Who Do You Think You Are? ( Sun­day, 7.30pm, SBS) as she traces her mother’s side of her fam­ily, the Sal­mons, to Ashke­nazi Jewish an­ces­tors in The Nether­lands and the Rhineland of Ger­many. Law­son’s glam­orous mother was a cater­ing dy­nasty heiress and her politi­cian fa­ther was Mag­gie Thatcher’s golden boy in the 1980s. More than six mil­lion Bri­tish view­ers watched this quite re­veal­ing and in­ti­mate episode fea­tur­ing the cook who takes the cake. Far less volup­tuous, the Mythbusters team up in Myth­buster Christ­mas Spe­cial ( Mon­day, 7.30pm, SBS) to dis­man­tle hol­i­day treats in their won­der­fully vaudeville ver­sion of science. Will putting a sil­ver spoon in a cham­pagne bot­tle keep the bub­bly fizzy? Does a snow­man melt faster with its clothes on or off? And can a fall­ing ici­cle kill you? What would our za­nies make of Dragons Alive: Smart Rep­tiles ( Tues­day, 8.30pm, ABC), which re­veals that al­li­ga­tors, chameleons, snakes, igua­nas and tur­tles are the biotech­nol­ogy wiz­ards of the an­i­mal world? With a su­per­hero’s skills they fly, hang up­side down, spit poi­son, use X- ray vi­sion and walk on wa­ter. Which they do with more fa­cil­ity than sharks can re­pro­duce, as re­vealed in Shark Sex ( Wed­nes­day, 8.30pm, SBS), which un­veils breath­tak­ing images of the deadly risks grey sharks take in mat­ing around the atoll of Ran­giroa in the heart of the Pa­cific.

Graeme Blun­dell

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