Week­end’s top TV

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

SPAR­TA­CUS - ABC1, 1.00pm: Kirk Dou­glas is in ca­reer-best form as the fighter who led a revolt against the op­pres­sive Ro­man Em­pire and its rulers in this Stan­ley Kubrick clas­sic. THE CHAMP - Nine, 2.00pm: NYPD Blue’s Rick Schroder ( here as eight-year-old Ricky) makes a good fist of his role as the son of a burnt-out prize fighter ( John Voight) who finds him­self caught in an emo­tional mine­field when his re­mar­ried mother ( Faye Du­n­away) re­turns af­ter seven years, seek­ing sole cus­tody. LAD­DER 49 - Seven, 11.00pm: Bal­ti­more Fire Chief Mike Kennedy ( John Tra­volta), a prankster who’s seen many bud­dies come and go, takes rookie Jack Mor­ri­son ( Joaquin Phoenix) un­der his wing, teach­ing him the ways of the funlov­ing, beer-drink­ing brother­hood.

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