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Noon, Seven, Prime7

PG. 2004. Thack­eray’s sprawl­ing novel of up­ward mo­bil­ity in turn-of-the-19th-cen­tury Eng­land makes a grand can­vas of char­ac­ters and of­fers a bravado role for Reese Wither­spoon as Becky Sharp, the or­phan who rises like flot­sam through so­ci­ety by sheer force of will and per­son­al­ity. Backed by a ter­rific cast that in­cludes Bob Hoskins, Rhys Ifans and Gabriel Byrne, this is a grand, re­ward­ing romp. 7.50pm, Go!

PG. 1991. Can you re­ally ex­pand a cult halfhour TV se­ries into 90 min­utes and make it en­joy­able? An­jel­ica Hus­ton, Raul Ju­lia and Christopher Lloyd (as Un­cle Fes­ter) do a ster­ling job but we found our at­ten­tion flag­ging af­ter an hour or so. Some de­light­fully kooky touches. 9.30pm, Eleven

M. 2004. Ef­fec­tive re­make of the Michael Caine clas­sic of the 1960s is up­dated for the post­mod­ern au­di­ence with Jude Law as a New York chauf­feur, ded­i­cated to se­duc­ing as many women as pos­si­ble. Law is less the se­ducer than the in­gen­u­ous man-child whose charm cor­rupts the lives of those around him. Not as good as the orig­i­nal but car­ry­ing its own po­tent mes­sage. 10.40pm, 7TWO

M. 1986. Chicago cop Richard Gere vis­its the bay­ous of Louisiana to ar­rest a feu­dal Ca­jun gang­ster. He finds and res­cues Kim Basinger only to be pur­sued and be­sieged by the gang­ster and his min­ions. Good thriller, helped by the Louisiana lo­ca­tions. AS­SEN­GER liner RMS Ti­tanic sank in the North At­lantic Ocean on April 15, 1912, af­ter col­lid­ing with an ice­berg dur­ing her maiden voy­age from Southamp­ton to New York. The death toll was 1514. The largest ship afloat at the time of her maiden voy­age, the Ti­tanic’s 2224 pas­sen­gers in­cluded some of the rich­est peo­ple in the world, plus 1000 em­i­grants from Bri­tain, Ire­land, Scan­di­navia and else­where seek­ing a new life in North Amer­ica.

The ship fea­tured a gym­na­sium, swim­ming pool, li­braries, high-class restau­rants, op­u­lent cab­ins and a pow­er­ful wire­less tele­graph for pas­sen­gers.

Ad­vanced safety fea­tures in­cluded wa­ter­tight com­part­ments and re­motely ac­ti­vated wa­ter­tight doors.

But there were not enough lifeboats to ac­com­mo­date all those aboard.

Most tele­vi­sion net­works are ex­pected to mark the an­niver­sary of the sink­ing of the Ti­tanic with spe­cials and doc­u­men­taries.

Chan­nel 7 has snaf­fled a new four-part minis­eries by the mak­ers of Down­ton Abbey, but the launch date is yet to be an­nounced. Other spe­cial pro­gram­ming in­cludes: The wreck of the (above); inset (left) James Cameron (right) Bob Bal­lard and (left)

team of four engineers.

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