Television Broadcasts Limited is a television broadcasting company based in Hong Kong. The company operates five free-to-air terrestrial television channels in Hong Kong, with TVB Jade as its main Cantonese language service, TVB Pearl as its main English service. TVB is headquartered at TVB City at the Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate, it began operations on 19 November 1967. The company was registered on 26 July 1965 and was co-founded by Sir Run Run Shaw, chairman from 1980 to 2011, together with Sir Douglas Clague and Harold Lee Hsiao-wo of the Lee Hysan family; when TVB first began broadcasting it was known and promoted as "Wireless Television" in Chinese to distinguish it from the cable television broadcaster, Rediffusion Television, which became ATV. It is still referred to with that name, although ATV switched to "wireless" broadcasting as well. TVB is known for its dramas, produces the Miss Hong Kong and Miss Chinese International pageants, it has been the most dominant broadcaster in Hong Kong.
The government set up a working party in the early 1960s to study the idea of setting up a second television station in Hong Kong, where the only television at that time was the wired, subscription-supported Rediffusion Television. There was debate as to whether the second station should be set up as a Crown corporation, as with the BBC. Another challenge lay in procuring enough content for the new station. In 1962, Director of Information Services J. L. Murray stated that while English programming could be purchased from other countries, "no country is producing a mass of suitable pre-recorded material in Chinese". Though Hong Kong was regarded as a centre for film production, it was considered a challenge to source enough Chinese language content for another television station, as most of it would need to be produced in Hong Kong. Regardless, there was commercial interest in the concept. A government franchise for a new wireless television station was opened for tenders on 6 February 1965 and closed on 6 August 1965.
On 25 January 1966 it was announced. The new Television Broadcasts Limited station on Broadcast Drive in Kowloon Tong, Kowloon was opened by Governor David Trench on 19 November 1967; the governor spoke of the potential for television to better society, stating that the new station would play a significant role in "helping and enlighting our people", calling television "one of the most potent means of disseminating information there is". The first images shown on the station were a live transmission of the Macao Grand Prix, which began broadcasting at 9:00 am that day and was interrupted by footage of the opening of the new station; the first colour broadcast was made, a feature called "London Calling Hongkong" which constituted greetings from former governors Alexander Grantham and Robert Black. Following this was a piano recital by Chiu Yee-ha, who had performed at the opening of the Hong Kong City Hall; the new station broadcast English-language channels. The Chinese channel, called TVB Jade, began regular service on 4:30 pm that day on Channel 21, while the English service began at 6:00 pm on Channel 25.
The inaugural programming lineup included Enjoy Yourself Tonight, a Chinese language variety show, Meet The Press, an English current affairs programme. Hong Kong's mountainous topography posed a challenge to TVB, Hong Kong's first television station broadcast wirelessly. A network of transmitters, built atop various mountains, helped provide coverage to the territory; the main transmitter was built at Temple Hill, above Kowloon, to reach most of the main populated centre of Hong Kong as well as parts of the New Territories. Two broadcast relay stations were came into operation on 15 May 1968: one at Lamma Island expanded coverage to Pok Fu Lam, Repulse Bay, parts of Stanley, while another at Castle Peak covered Tuen Mun, Yuen Long, Ping Shan. A third booster station, located on Cloudy Hill, was activated in June 1968 and brought TVB reception to Fanling and Sheung Shui. TVB receives praise for its programming from a wide range of demographics, including the middle class, as was the case with its 2004 historical drama series War and Beauty.
Its programme line-up features a steady stream of soap operas, variety shows and other populist fare. TVB has been criticised for signing exclusive contracts with many local celebrities which restrict them from appearing on other local television stations. Hong Kong's Cable T. V. claims. In fact, many artists do not have exclusive contracts with TVB and are free to show up in programmes produced by other local television stations or out-sourcing production houses; the annual TVB Music Awards ceremony is one of the biggest for Cantopop personalities. It is rumoured that TVB distributes the awards to those who are obedient to the company's demands, the Independent Commission Against Corruption has investigated the arrangement of the awards, it ruled. Afterwards, TVB reformed its music programmes in a bid to reestablish their authority. On the other hand, TVB was awarded the National Association of Broadcasters's International Broadcasting Excellence Award in 2001; the award recognised the company's outstanding contributions to the community through a wide range of charitable programmes and activities.
Hong Kong thus becomes the first city in Asia to receive this prestigious award in this area. In 2
Shades of Truth
Shades of Truth is a 25-episode television comedy-drama from Hong Kong. Produced by Siu Hin-fai, the drama is a TVB production; the story is a parody on the legendary story of Wu Song from the Chinese classical novel Water Margin and the 2002 Hong Kong crime-thriller film Infernal Affairs. Brothers of Mount Liang, Together through birth and death. Reunited after generations, In a bid to bring justice.900 years ago, Wu Song and Lin Chong were best friends, just like their characters from Water Margin. They were as close as brothers and swore to uphold justice together in their next lives. 900 years after they reincarnate to Hong Kong, they meet again as the young patrol officer Dung Chung Cho and top police official TC Lam. Under the orders of police official KY Wong, Dung Chung Cho is sent to the triad controlled by Sung Po as an undercover. In only several months time, Dung Chung Cho gains Sung Po's trust and wins the heart of Nichole, Sung Po's biological daughter. After a slight injury on the head, Dung Chung Cho gains his past memories as Wu Song 900 years ago and tries to convince TC that he is his long lost brother Lin Chong.
Meanwhile, one of Sung Po's men, Kwan Lo begins to suspect Dung Chung Cho as an undercover for the police and is plotting to overthrow Sung Po's position in the gang. How come the police can never gather enough information to capture the triads for holding illegal businesses and charge them for attempting to murder so many people? It is when Dung Chung Cho begins to realize that there is an undercover in the police force working for the triads. Theme song: 沒有半分空間 by Wong Hei Sub-Theme song: In Another Time by Jodie Simmons TVB Square's Review spcnet.tv's Review
Virtues of Harmony II
The Virtues of Harmony II is a long-running TVB television series, which follows its first series, Virtues of Harmony, a series set in Imperial China. It stars Nancy Sit, Frankie Lam, Michael Tse, Joyce Chen, Bondy Chiu, Cutie Mui, Louis Yuen, Yvonne Lam, Johnny Tang, Bernice Liu, Lau Dan, Stephanie Che, Joseph Lee, Hawick Lau, Johnny Ngan, Helen Ma, Timmy Hung, Sherming Yiu, Kingdom Yuen & Maggie Shiu; this new, second series of the Virtues of Harmony is set in Modern Hong Kong. Chinese Title: 皆大歡喜 English Title: Virtues of Harmony II Chinese Pronouns Title: Gai Dai Foon Hei, Jie Da Huan Xi Vietnamese Title: Tình Người Hiện Ðại Released: May 2003 || June 2003 || September 2003 Episodes/Tapes Length: 443/111 || 296/148 Producer: Tsui Yu On Genre: Modern Comedy/Light Drama Year: 2003-2005 Company: TVB Frankie Lam & Bernice Liu Michael Tse & Bondy Chiu Johnny Tang & Joyce Chen Steven Ma & Linda Chung Louis Yuen & Yvonne Lam Lee Kwok Lun & Kingdom Yuen Johnny Ngan & Helen Ma Yu Yeung & Chan Man Na TVB Anniversary 2001 Top 13 Favorite Roles...
Nancy Sit TVB Anniversary 2002 Favorite Couple/Group Award... Bondy Chiu, Joyce Chen, Yvonne Lam, Cutie Mui Next TV Awards 2002 Top 10 Programmes... #5 Virtues of Harmony Next TV Awards 2003 Top 10 Programmes... #10 Virtues of Harmony Next TV Awards 2004 Top 10 Programmes... #8 Virtues of Harmony II Next TV Awards 2005 Top 10 Programmes... #7 Virtues of Harmony II Fairchild TV Top 10 Dramas In Last 10 Years... Virtues of Harmony Astro Wai Lai Toi Drama Award 2004 Favorite Character... Nancy Sit Metro Radio Black and White Television Characters Awards 2004... Nancy Sit TVB Weekly Magazine Popular Show... Virtues of Harmony II Longest TVB Costume Series... Virtues of Harmony I #2 Longest TVB Modern Series... Virtues of Harmony II #2 Longest TVB Drama... Virtues of Harmony The second series of The Virtues of Harmony follows on from the happy ending of the first series; the family makes a wish on a wishing tree to live together into eternity and ever. Their wish come true, they live on from the Ming Dynasty, pass the Qing dynasty, past the World Wars, past Depression and Strike and War and Conflict and end up now in the modern world.
Yau Nim Chi has become the owner of a HK style cafe which called "Tung Mut Yuen", Chi was a police officer in her youth and after marrying the "Tung Mut Yuen" cafe owner Kam Wah, she left her position to look after the three young children that Wah had with his previous wife. The eldest son was Kam Nin, second son Kam Yuet and youngest daughter Kam Yat, although they were not borne from Chi, they see her as their natural mother and the family lived together harmoniously. After Wah died, Chi took on the role of father and together with Wah's sister Kam Sa Sa, they continued to look after the cafe and although it is a small business, they had a comfortable life. Eldest son Kam Nin works in a fashion company as Merchandising Manager and although he is appreciated by his manager Wong Sheung, he is considered as competition by another Merchandising Manager in Ka Yan Company, Man Kwai Fei; the two have their own stances and in work are always fighting to beat each other, whilst the smooth and cunning Sheung watches over but does nothing, so as to allow the two to show their talents whilst he reaps all the rewards.
Sheung has an only daughter Wong Yee or Joey, spoiled from an early age and has never been through any hardship and studied fashion design at a top school in England. On one occasion, when returning to Hong Kong on vacation, she gave up her studies for the sake of an argument and decided to find herself a job, Sheung is concerned that her naivety will lead her to be tricked, so he secretly arranges for her to work in his company and they reach an agreement that they will keep their connections a secret as she is sent to be a fashion designer in his company. With no social experience, Yee sees her work as a plaything and is forever leaving her work to the last moment before the deadlines, causing much frustration for Nin, who does everything by the rule book and wants to fire Yee, at this time, Sheung steps in to say that she has a three-year contract with them and he cannot fire her, Nin doesn't know whether to laugh or cry. In fact, Nin had fallen in love with Joey at first sight because he was mesmerized by her sweet sincere smile.
He never knew that he would see her again at Ka Yan Company working under him! They had some ups and downs with Joey mistaking Nin of being a rude and uptight person when he tried to reason with her to take her job seriously. However, Joey soon learned that Nin is a sweet and thoughtful guy and this is when she started to have feelings for him. Through misunderstandings, they got together; the day when they first became a couple, Joey got into a car accident and lost only her memories of Ah Nin. The last thing she remembered of Nin was that Nin is a horrible person. At this time, Joey's admirer, Nin's best friend, Sam came back from his work, he took advantage of that. He persuaded Joey that they were a couple and Nin is trying to stop them from being together. Although Joey trusted his lie, she doesn't see his face in the dream. Soon, she realiz
The Prince's Shadow
The Prince's Shadow is a Hong Kong television series first broadcast on TVB in March 2005. It stars Sheren Tang, Tavia Yeung, Joyce Tang & Marco Ngai as casts of this series; as a child Ko Sing entered the Qing court to act as a whipping boy to the Qianlong Emperor and continues to live at court as a hanger on. However unknown to all, the Qianlong Emperor is not the literate and able ruler of history but a foolish and incompetent one, only with the aid of Ko Sing is he able to protect his reputation and the reputation of the Qing court. Playing the role of a layabout with no official titles or duties, Ko Sing acts as a trouble shooter within the palace, allowing plotters and malcontents to underestimate him until it is too late. Although Qianlong has a harem of thousands the Empress controls the harem, arranges either consorts from her own clan or ugly ones to serve the Emperor's bed. Finding the Empress's arrangements not to his liking Qianlong becomese besotted with Yu-yee a newly arrived serving-girl in the palace, demands that Ko Sing help bring her to him.
Unwilling to become the play thing of the Emperor, Yu-yee escapes from the palace but in doing so falls into the hands of slavers who sell her on to a brothel. Believing that Yu-yee has been stolen from the palace, along with other treasures, Qianlong sends Ko Sing in pursuit. Ko Sing finds that Yu-yee is in the possession of brothel madam So Sam, in order to free Yu-yee Ko Sing buys the brothel; however he is told by Yu-yee that she would rather be a prostitute at the brothel free to choose her own customers than to be the plaything of the Emperor. In order to fund the purchase of the brothel, Ko sing creates an artwork attributed to the Emperor and which he sells, this artwork finds its way back to the palace, reveals to the Emperor where Ko Sing and Yu-yee are; the Emperor arrives at the brothel in disguise and residing there is served by the other girls but not Yu-yee to the detriment of the affairs of state. When it is time to return to the palace, the Emperor is so enamoured with the brothel and its occupants that he has the brothel recreated in the grounds of the palace and So Sam, Yu-yee and the other girls taken captive.
Knowing that such an arrangement will damage the reputation of the Empire and the Emperor's ability to rule, the Empress and Ko Sing plot to free the girls from the palace. They do this by presenting the girls formally to the Emperor as candidates to be Imperial consorts, given the Empress's previous habit of offering ugly candidates to him, the Emperor rejects the girls out of hand and, without inspecting them, orders them to be sent away. Note:the romanisation of the characters' names uses a Cantonese romanisation. TVB.com The Prince's Shadow - Official Website
Wong Fei Hung – Master of Kung Fu
Wong Fei Hung – Master of Kung Fung is a TVB costume action series released overseas in November 2004 and broadcast on TVB Jade in January 2005. Wong Fei-hung is a hotheaded youth with a developed sense of justice, beginning to show the qualities of the famous hero he will become in the future. After his mother’s death, Fei-Hung has followed his father, Wong Kei-ying known as one of the "Guangdong Tiger", to earn a living by performing martial arts and selling medicine on the streets travelling from province to province aimlessly. After many years they return to their home village in Fushan to pay their respects to Wong Fei-Hung's deceased mother. Wong Kei-Ying is eager to leave. Having lived a nomadic life, Fei-Hung was eager to stay and make some friends in Foshan, they meet up with Fei Hung's aunt Tang Yu-Bo who has just returned from France to open a western cafe. Yu-Bo helps Fei-Hung to convince his father to stay. So Kei-Ying and Fei-Hung's new life in Fushan begins... TVB.com Wong Fei Hung - Master of Kung Fu - Official Website
The Charm Beneath
The Charm Beneath is a TVB period drama series broadcast in October 2005. The series is shown to celebrate TVB's 38th Anniversary. Sheren Tang and Bobby Au-Yeung were cast in this series instead of Gigi Lai and Moses Chan when the teaser trailer premiered in the TVB sales presentation in 2005, they hide a dagger in a smile, Are they driven by desire for power, Or is it their only way to survive? With the grand production title and boasted a impressive casts, TVB Had spent the amount of money and promotion into the production to granted out Anniversary Series as well as set out to create a 1930s version of successful's War and Beauty but returned the disappoint rating they been expected due to the various of reason about viewers's taste and the way the drama portray different so far from War's Darken plot, making the grand production which failed. Began with 27 average point and minor growth in the following, praised the cast and producer an unhopeful high rating already; the Drama ended up with a bit better result with 32 average point with highest peak at 36 although it still couldn't compare to War and Beauty's final rating.
Despite the loss in the terms of rating, The Charm Beneath pressed out with a majority of positive reviews, began critical acclaims. One of the Outstanding drama of 2005 considered in some reviews, deemed it classics; the Drama had memorable with Anne Heung's villain. Other began with cast's Disturbing well script, its theme song recognized well into its story line with the quiet but breathtaking sound. After all, The Drama garner enough for two female nomination at TVB's 38th Anniversary award with Gigi Lai for Best Actress and Kiki Sheung for Best Supporting actress. TVB.com The Charm Beneath - Official Website
Hong Kong the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China and abbreviated as HK, is a special administrative region on the eastern side of the Pearl River estuary in southern China. With over 7.4 million people of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre territory, Hong Kong is the world's fourth most densely populated region. Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire after Qing Empire ceded Hong Kong Island at the end of the First Opium War in 1842; the colony expanded to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 after the Second Opium War, was further extended when Britain obtained a 99-year lease of the New Territories in 1898. The entire territory was transferred to China in 1997; as a special administrative region, Hong Kong's system of government is separate from that of mainland China and its people identify more as Hongkongers rather than Chinese. A sparsely populated area of farming and fishing villages, the territory has become one of the world's most significant financial centres and commercial ports.
It is the world's seventh-largest trading entity, its legal tender is the world's 13th-most traded currency. Although the city has one of the highest per capita incomes in the world, it has severe income inequality; the territory has the largest number of skyscrapers in most surrounding Victoria Harbour. Hong Kong ranks seventh on the UN Human Development Index, has the sixth-longest life expectancy in the world. Although over 90 per cent of its population uses public transportation, air pollution from neighbouring industrial areas of mainland China has resulted in a high level of atmospheric particulates; the name of the territory, first spelled "He-Ong-Kong" in 1780 referred to a small inlet between Aberdeen Island and the southern coast of Hong Kong Island. Aberdeen was an initial point of contact between local fishermen. Although the source of the romanised name is unknown, it is believed to be an early phonetic rendering of the Cantonese pronunciation hēung góng; the name translates as "fragrant harbour" or "incense harbour".
"Fragrant" may refer to the sweet taste of the harbour's freshwater influx from the Pearl River or to the odor from incense factories lining the coast of northern Kowloon. The incense was stored near Aberdeen Harbour for export. Sir John Davis offered an alternative origin; the simplified name Hong Kong was used by 1810 written as a single word. Hongkong was common until 1926, when the government adopted the two-word name; some corporations founded during the early colonial era still keep this name, including Hongkong Land, Hongkong Electric and Shanghai Hotels and the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. The region is first known to have been occupied by humans during the Neolithic period, about 6,000 years ago. Early Hong Kong settlers were a semi-coastal people who migrated from inland and brought knowledge of rice cultivation; the Qin dynasty incorporated the Hong Kong area into China for the first time in 214 BCE, after conquering the indigenous Baiyue. The region was consolidated under the Nanyue kingdom after the Qin collapse, recaptured by China after the Han conquest.
During the Mongol conquest, the Southern Song court was located in modern-day Kowloon City before its final defeat in the 1279 Battle of Yamen. By the end of the Yuan dynasty, seven large families had settled in the region and owned most of the land. Settlers from nearby provinces migrated to Kowloon throughout the Ming dynasty; the earliest European visitor was Portuguese explorer Jorge Álvares, who arrived in 1513. Portuguese merchants established a trading post called in Hong Kong waters, began regular trade with southern China. Although the traders were expelled after military clashes in the 1520s, Portuguese-Chinese trade relations were reestablished by 1549. Portugal acquired a permanent lease for Macau in 1557. After the Qing conquest, maritime trade was banned under the Haijin policies; the Kangxi Emperor lifted the prohibition, allowing foreigners to enter Chinese ports in 1684. Qing authorities established the Canton System in 1757 to regulate trade more restricting non-Russian ships to the port of Canton.
Although European demand for Chinese commodities like tea and porcelain was high, Chinese interest in European manufactured goods was insignificant. To counter the trade imbalance, the British sold large amounts of Indian opium to China. Faced with a drug crisis, Qing officials pursued ever-more-aggressive actions to halt the opium trade; the Daoguang Emperor rejected proposals to legalise and tax opium, ordering imperial commissioner Lin Zexu to eradicate the opium trade in 1839. The commissioner destroyed opium stockpiles and halted all foreign trade, forcing a British military response and triggering the First Opium War; the Qing ceded Hong Kong Island in the Convention of Chuenpi. However, both countries did not ratify the agreement. After over a year of further hostilities, Hong Kong Island was formally ceded to the United Kingdom in the 1842 Treaty of Nanking. Administrative infrastructure was built up by early 1842, but piracy and hostile Qing policies towards Hong Kong prevented the government from attracting merchants.
The Taiping Rebellion, when many wealthy Chinese fled mainland turbulence and settled in the colon