Nice suits, shame about the acting

PUBLISHED : Friday, 02 July, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 02 July, 1993, 12:00am

HONGKONG favourite Jane Seymour stars as Marie Antoinette in the six-part series French Revolution (World, 8.32pm), a piece of casting that should tell you all you need to know about this production.

Not only is Ms Seymour hopelessly inappropriate for her role, most of the other members of the big name cast - which includes Sam Neill, Klaus Maria Brandauer and Claudia Cardinale - look decidedly out of sorts with their powdered wigs and Franglais accents.

As often happens with this sort of production, the more heavyweight the star list, the lighter the script, which manages to reduce the call to arms and storming of the Bastille to a scene from The Life of Brian.

On the plus side the costumes at the Palace of Versailles are lavish - but how come all the starving peasants are also in designer rags? THREE of the original Young Guns cast - Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland and Lou Diamond Phillips - live to ride again in YG II (Pearl 9.30pm, ORT 103 mins). They're joined by a new band of ''regulators'', including this year's recipient of MTV's Most Desirable Male award Christian Slater (Pump Up the Volume) and Balthazar Getty (The Lord of the Flies).

This time Billy the Kid (Estevez) et al are off to the safety of Old Mexico pursued by former buddy turned sheriff Pat Garret (William Petersen of Manhunter).

Like the original film, the plot has more holes than some of Billy's victims, but the enthusiasm and spirit of the piece make up for it.

Jon Bon Jovi provided the Blaze of Glory theme song.

FEW Englishmen may wish to watch, but the Third Test in The Ashes series has begun and highlights of the first day's play at Trent Bridge will be aired this morning (Prime Sports 8am).

Australia are already two up in the six-match series. The English selectors have made five changes to the original English side in the hope of lifting their performance.

IF there's one thing STAR Plus really needs, it's another soap opera . . . NOT. As if the likes of Neighbours, Santa Barbara and the unbelievably awful Riviera weren't enough, we now have Richmond Hill (2.10am today and 10pm tomorrow), ''a serial about the private lives of the people who live in an outer suburb of a large Australian city''. Two alternatives: watch this; or get a life.