Posted: 29 Aug 2011 03:18 AM PDT
Viewers will be treated to lots of special shows on TV during the festive season.
IN conjunction with the double celebration – Hari Raya Aidil Fitri and the country's 54th National Day – there are many entertaining shows for TV viewers. From magazine shows (Passage To Malaysia: The Hi Life, Raya Bapa Merdeka and We're 1Malaysia) to blockbuster movies (Pisau Cukur, Nur Kasih The Movie, Papadom, Magika, Evolusi Kl Drift 2 and Adnan Sempit), just take your pick.
Hari Raya Eve
> Passage To Malaysia: The Hi Life (TLC/Ch 707, 9pm): Denise Keller takes the high road through Malaysia and discovers fascinating terrain with unique ways of life at high altitude. In the cool hill station of Cameron Highlands in Pahang and the thick jungle around Gopeng, Perak, she learns to navigate Banjaran Titiwangsa, Peninsula Malaysia's main mountain range. She then heads to the remote Kelabit highlands of Sarawak before climbing Sabah's Mount Kinabalu, the highest peak in South-East Asia.
First Day Of Hari Raya
> Pusara Di Lebuh Raya (TV3, 11am): Hakimi, a bus driver, makes a promise to send his parents on a pilgrimage to Mecca once his wish to have a child is fulfilled. Four years later, his wife is pregnant again and Hakimi decides to fulfil his promise but he is short on cash. Desperate, he agrees to take a job with an unlicensed bus company. Fauzi Nawawi, Lisdawati, Fadilah Mansor and Idris Md Diah star.
> HKPO & Frances Yip: Diva Concert (8TV, 1pm): Catch "Asia's leading lady of song" – who sings in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Thai, Japanese and Polynesian – at a concert where she performs with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in 2005.
> Shahrukh Khan Malaysia (TV1, 9.15pm): Iqram Dinzly stars in this comedy as Shah Rizal who is obsessed with Bollywood stars like Shahrukh Khan, and Hindi music. However, his interest in everything Bollywood only lands him in trouble as he starts slacking in his studies. Intan Ladyana and Afzan Abdul Rahman co-star.
> Konsert Aura 3 Diva (Astro Raya HD/Ch 188, 9.15am): A 90-minute musical showcase featuring Datuk Siti Nurhaliza, Ramlah Ram and Ella who performing their evergreen and latest hits.
> Magika (Astro Citra/Ch 131, 1pm): The award-winning movie tells of Ayu (Diana Danielle) and Malik (Fimie Don) who are mourning the death of their mother. One evening, after a fight with his sister, Malik goes into the woods where he gets lost in a magical world called Magika. The Nenek Kebayan (Ziana Zain) and her follower Awang Kenit capture Malik as they need children's tears to make a magic potion. Ayu tries to save her brother and en route meets mythical characters such as Badang (Mawi), Naga Tasik Chini (Datuk M. Nasir), Puteri Bunian (Maya Karin) and Puteri Gunung Ledang (Ning Baizura).
> Kitab Cinta (Al Hijrah/Ch 114, 8.30pm): When her wedding ceremony to Irfan is called off at the last minutes, Mustika struggles with her grief and learns to accept it as fate. Months later, she befriends Iqbal and their friendship blossoms into love. Nur Fazura, Hardy Hartono and Aaron Aziz star.
> Michelle Yeoh (The Biography Channel/Ch 731, 9pm): Malaysian-born Datuk Michelle Yeoh attended the London Royal Academy of Dance in her teens, but a spinal injury ended her dream of becoming a prima ballerina. However, she made it big in the film industry as an action star, starring opposite such notables as Jackie Chan and Chow Yun-fat. She achieved international fame after appearing in the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies and the award-winning action thriller Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Find out more about Yeoh in this special.
> Konsert Tribute P. Ramlee: Di Mana Kan Ku Cari Ganti (Astro Raya HD/Ch 188, midnight); Held in collaboration with Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur, the event brings together established names in the music industry – Datuk Sharifah Aini, Ning Baizura, M. Masir, Ella, Yuna, Misha Omar, Amy Search, Jaclyn Victor, Haziq, Vince, Aizat, Altimet and Hujan. They perform cover versions of songs made popular by the late Tan Sri P. Ramlee.
> Raya Bapa Merdeka (TV3, 1pm): Take a stroll down memory lane and relive the country's most significant moment when our first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, took charge of the first National Independence Day celebration which was during Ramadan that year.
> We're 1Malaysia (8TV, 5pm): This programme tells the entire journey of the signing of the Merdeka memorandum to how unity was forged and how Malaysia was formed as an effort of unity and harmony among the ethnic groups.
> Nur Kasih The Movie (TV3, 9pm): Brothers Aidil and Adam are determined to find the true meaning of happiness. Aidil must find the strength and reason for him to move on for the sake of his two children following the death of his wife. Meanwhile, Adam and his wife Nur Aminah help Aidil cope, though they are struggling with their own dilemmas. Remy Ishak, Tiz Zaqyah, Fizz Fairuz and Mia Sara star.
> Papadom (TV1, 9pm): This award-winning movie is about Saadom who is a successful nasi kandar businessman in Penang. His wife's last wish was for him to take good care of their daughter Mia. From a busy businessman Saadom changes into a father who is very much focused on his daughter, which Mia finds stifling. Afdlin Shauki and Liyana Jasmay star.
> P. Ramlee (History/Ch 555, 9pm): P. Ramlee was the inimitable, charismatic and multi-talented Malaysian screen legend with a huge following in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia in the 1950s and 60s and whose reversal of fortune in the 70s left him scorned and forgotten by his fans. Yet long after his death in 1973, there was a resurgence of interest in his films and a clamour for everything P. Ramlee which has endured to this day.
> Mahathir (The Biography Channel/Ch 731, 9pm): Discover the life of Mahathir Mohamad, one of South-East Asia's most outspoken and controversial leaders. As Prime Minister for 22 years, he modernised Malaysia.
> A Leader's Legacy: Tun Abdul Razak (National Geographic Channel/ Ch 553, 10pm): Travel back to Malaysia's nascent years (1970-1976), when the late Tun Abdul Razak became the second Prime Minister of Malaysia. Known to many as the "Father of Development", here is the inspiring personal story of Tun Abdul Razak's visionary leadership.
Third Day Of Hari Raya
> Police Story 2 (8TV, 6pm): Jackie Chan returns as cop Chan Ka Kui, who is all set to bring down the toughest guys in the city. When Hong Kong faces a bomb threat, Chan has to flush out the bad guys. However, Chan's increasingly grumpy girlfriend, May, becomes tired of playing second fiddle to drug dealers and mad bombers.
> Adnan Sempit (TV3, 9pm): Nan Sempit, an orphan and a mat rempit, decides to move to Kuala Lumpur after being treated unfairly by his aunt's family. During his stay in the city, Adnan stays with his elder brother Macha (Cat Farish) and works as a dispatcher at a private company. Adnan soon charms his way into the heart of his boss Nadia (Intan Ladyana).
Fourth Day Of Hari Raya
> Evolusi KL Drift 2 (TV9, 1.30pm): Illegal racer Zack is now a professional drifter. However, his past as an illegal racer is back to haunt him when his rival Joe wants to settle an old score with him. Joe's sidekick Ery is also after Zack as he blames Zack for his best friend's imprisonment. Syamsul Yusof, Fasha Sandha, Farid Kamil, Aaron Aziz, Iqram Dinzly and Diana Danielle star.
> Simfoni Lebaran RTM/Mediacorp (TV1, 9pm): A special concert featuring artistes from Malaysia and Singapore, including Noryn Aziz, Nora, Hardy Mirza, Rahayu, Taufik Batisah and Sarah Aqilah. They perform popular Raya songs such as Hari Di Hari Raya, Aidilfitri and Cahaya Aidilfitri.
> Geisha Melayu Terakhir (Astro Ria/Ch 104, 9pm): Suraya is a bangsawan actress who is much loved by the villagers. During the Japanese occupation, Suraya is caught by Major Shiro who later releases her on condition that she works for the Japanese forces. Starring Scha Al Yahya and Tiz Zaqyah.
Fifth Day Of Hari Raya
> Pisau Cukur (TV9, 1.30pm): What happens when prey and predator are both trapped on a luxury cruise ship? Two gold-digging girls, Bella and Intan, are in the company of three Datuks, their wives and children, plus Bella's diehard fan. On this eventful voyage, viewers can expect some surprises. Starring Maya Karin, Nur Fazura, Aaron Aziz, Eizlan Yusof, Datuk Rahim Razali and Umie Aida.
> Malaysia Revisited: Architecture (History/Ch 555, 10.30pm): We discover how the effects of climate change have given us more reasons to construct greener buildings and to give old shophouses a second chance. Architects Ken Yeang and Serina Hijjas talk about their respective green buildings in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya. Also a visit to an eco-mosque in Kuching, Sarawak, and the Unesco World Heritage City of George Town, Penang.
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