Ottawa Citizen

Jamie ‘rescues’ unhealthy city

- BY ALEX STRACHAN

Beneath the sexy exterior that is Jamie Oliver beats a warm, sensitive heart. He’s not just interested in bringing us round to his way of cooking; he genuinely wants to make us healthier.

Tonight, in Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, the inspiratio­nal f igure behind The Naked Chef ventures to Huntington, W. Va., reportedly “the unhealthie­st city in America” — now there’s an idea for a reality show — to show residents how to improve their diets and, as Oliver himself says, “rediscover the sense of pride (and) satisfacti­on you can get from cooking for the people you love.”

Oliver says he wanted the experience to be “a celebratio­n of what we can achieve when people come together,” though the truth is that, when he tried a similar project in the U. K., he was showered with abuse and had to brace himself against the inevitable hostility and invective. People do so love their burgers ‘ n’ fries.

Oliver is not one to take insult sitting down, however.

“I want to prove that turning around the epidemic of obesity and bad health doesn’t have to be boring or dull in the slightest,” he says.

(9 p.m., ABC, A)

THREE TO SEE

Do ■ you wonder if the supposed miracle cure “non-surgical spinal decompress­ion therapy” actually works? Check out tonight’s Marketplac­e with Erica Johnson. (8:30 p.m., CBC)

■ Matthew Broderick delves into his family ancestry in tonight’s Who Do You Think You Are? and discovers he doesn’t have any relatives or descendant­s living in Brighton Beach, nor is he re- lated in any way to the late John Hughes. Who’d’ve guessed? (8 p.m., NBC, Citytv)

Anyone ■ who caught last week’s things--men-will-do-for-t heir-cyber-daughters episode of Caprica knows, the sci-fi parable is working on a whole other intellectu­al level than most TV dramas. Caprica plays with some seriously disturbing ideas, and it’s fascinatin­g to see. (10 p.m., Space)

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