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PUBLISHED : Saturday, 12 August, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 12 August, 2000, 12:00am

I Know What You Did Last Summer

Pearl, 9.30pm

The tension is set by the title, which works better than the sequel's name and content, recently seen on Cable. But like that sequel, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, this one also cashed in on an earlier success, writer Kevin Williamson's box-office hit Scream. Jennifer Love Hewitt (Party Of Five, above) and Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) lead the cast of teens who get their comeuppance, in the form of a gruesome hooked and hooded fisherman, who haunts their seaside holiday following a crime they committed 'last summer' (1998).


Movie 2, 10.30pm

Gizmo is as cuddly as Pikachu. But be warned, cuddly creatures can spawn nasty monsters. Gremlins was one of executive producer Steven Spielberg's big events of the 1980s, a comic nightmare of what happens when an ET-type friend turns nasty when fed after midnight, multiplies, and wreaks violent havoc across town. Watch out for a cameo from Spielberg himself. He is the man in the electric wheelchair watching a TV monitor. Howie Mandel supplies the voice of Gizmo. ET, in doll form, also makes a brief appearance, a remnant of a more innocent Spielberg story (1984).


HBO, 9pm

An entertaining Mel Gibson vehicle, with the Lethal Weapon cop this time playing the bad guy. Being Gibson, though, he still possesses unusual heroic charm, for a baddie. He is determined to recover $70,000, no more, no less, and using whatever lethal means possible to do so. Directed by Brian Helgeland, who co-wrote LA Confidential.

In Search Of Giants

Pearl, 8.30pm

The very tall are used to being gawped at whenever they step out of their front doors, and they will be so again in this documentary, which introduces us to the tallest woman in the world, Sandy Allen (above), who measures 2.23 metres, and other human giants. Genuine enlightenment is also offered. We learn of the causes of such unusual stature, and what it is like for those who reach such heights.

Darwin: The Life

BBC World, 8.10pm

Charles Darwin was an academic failure while at school and dropped out of studying medicine. But later, he was to change the way we understand the world with his revolutionary ideas on evolution. This documentary, the first in a series on his work and its profound impact, tells his life story and asks why he waited more than 20 years to publish The Origin Of Species after his famous world voyage on board The Beagle.

The BBC continues to explore the great debate he unleashed, between science and religion, in the new series Science Friction. In the United States, the divine creation versus evolution argument still rages, with Christians determined the Biblical version of the story be taught in schools. This episode, Creation, tells of the extraordinary passions behind the Anti-Evolution Bill, which would ban the teaching of evolution as fact and make a criminal of a biology teacher who did so.