PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 September, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 September, 2000, 12:00am

Stephen King: Shining In The Dark

Pearl, 10.45pm

When Stephen King (above) was hit by a campervan while walking along a highway in the Maine countryside in June last year, the world nearly lost one of its most prolific storytellers.

Yet just over a year later, after recovering from injuries which left him maimed for life with broken bones and damaged organs, the master of the macabre is back, fighting the publishing industry for which he has made millions and which, in turn, has made the American author rich beyond his wildest imagination.

At issue is King's new medium of choice for delivering his works to his millions of fans worldwide: the Internet. To date, he has released one novel, Riding The Bullet, on his official Web site (, while the third instalment of his latest novel, The Plant, will be released next Monday.

By releasing his latest works online, King has effectively cut out the publishing industry and he has asked his readers to send him US$1 (HK$7.80), through an honour system, for each forthcoming instalment.

While King's 'David versus Goliath' battle with the publishing industry is interesting to watch, it is debatable whether readers will have the patience to wait many months for each instalment of The Plant. Another concern is the format: it can be difficult to curl up on the couch with your PC.

To accommodate reader impatience, King said on his Web site that later instalments of The Plant (there could be as many as eight) would be as long as 25,000 words to bring a conclusion to the novel.

In Stephen King: Shining In The Dark, the BBC documentary provides good insight into the man who has delivered such classics as Carrie, The Shining, The Dead Zone, Misery and many more.

The show was produced before his accident and coincided with the release of the film version of his serial novel, The Green Mile. The documentary includes footage of the author's beloved Maine and interviews with Tom Hanks, Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins.

Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

Pearl and Jade

TVB Jade continues its extensive live coverage of the Olympic Games with hosts Nat Chan and Priscilla Ku in studio and ex-Miss Hong Kong contestant Theresa Lee from Australia.

Starting at 7.30am, the coverage follows the men's badminton single quarter-finals and mixed doubles semi-finals. At 4pm, the action turns to the men's gymnastic individual all-round final.

At noon, TVB Pearl has the final of the women's weightlifting (75kg class) followed by women's table tennis and the swimming finals, featuring a much-anticipated clash between the host nation and a strong US squad.

Suicide Kings

Cinemax, 6pm

Christopher Walken (above), who has made a career of playing psychopaths, is in fine form in this 1988 film about a retired mob boss, kidnapped by a group of young people looking for leverage in their hostage.

As Carlo Bartolucci, Walken is abducted from a bar, waking up in a suburban mansion taped to a wheelchair, a scenario which mirrors his role in Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead.

He immediately tries to out-psyche his college boy captors. If you liked films like Pulp Fiction, True Romance and Go, this is worth watching. Comedian Denis Leary and Henry Thomas (E.T.) co-star.


HBO, 10.30pm

Grunge was effectively killed when Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994 but it was the music he had created with his band, Nirvana, which made Seattle the coolest music centre in the world in the early 1990s. Using grunge culture as its backdrop, this likeable film, with an excellent soundtrack, explores the trials and tribulations of the single's scene in the Pacific Northwest. Look for members of Pearl Jam playing in Matt Dillon's band. (1992)