05/06/1985 at 01:00 AM EDT
PBS (Monday, May 6, 8 p.m. ET)
The first of this 12-part series on China is thumb-sucking dull. Even the direction is boring, with the camera slowly meandering around still-life scenes. With no people and long strings of strange names, the series looks at first like some dreaded college history course. But things pick up considerably in Part Two about eating habits in China, giving you some life and some interesting scenes, like the making of a modern-day Chinese banquet. The banquet, like the series, runs hot and cold.