TEN, Tuesday, 7.30pm, PG ( 1990)
Feel- good director Chris Columbus set one of the most successful kids film franchises in motion with this amusing variation on a wish fulfilment theme. When a young boy – the genuinely appealing Macaulay Culkin ( above) – wishes his family would go away he finds himself left at home by mistake when the folks leave for a holiday. Cue the bad guys in full pantomime style, with Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern incompetently evil as two crooks planning to break into the ( apparently) empty house. The antics of Culkin in defending his territory have lost none of their charm, spawning two more than adequate sequels.