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.