Picks and Pans Review: Giants: Sharks

updated 08/14/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/14/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Discovery Channel (Sun., Aug. 13, 10 p.m. ET)

Show of the week

This is the 13th year that Discovery Channel has marked Shark Week, indicating some folks are hungry for anything on marine predators. But you needn't be a Jaws fanatic to enjoy Giants: Sharks, the second of five new offerings during Shark Week Uncaged (Aug. 13-20). British naturalist Nigel Marven, who serves as the week's overall host, gets wet and wild during this exhilarating hour—hand-feeding reef sharks in the Caribbean, swimming with a gentle whale shark near Australia and getting a "prey's-eye view" of a great white off South Africa. Marven may be overly fond of phrases like "absolutely unbelievable," but his enthusiasm is infectious as well as boundless. Giants is preceded at 9 p.m. by Sharks 3-D, with a disappointing gimmick and humans who are comparatively dry.

Bottom Line: Take a bite

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