PUBLISHED : Saturday, 23 February, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 23 February, 2002, 12:00am

Johnny Mnemonic

Pearl, 9.35pm

In the 21st-century, information is the ultimate commodity. In a world where cyberspace is a reality and outlaw hackers thrive, the most valuable information must sometimes be transported by mnemonic couriers - professionals like Johnny (Keanu Reeves, above) who offer the ultimate in security and confidentiality. Johnny guarantees delivery, for the right price, but he's paid a price of his own - a heavy one - for his chip-enhanced data storage capacity; he's dumped his own memories to make room for the programs he smuggles for shadowy corporate clients. Now, he wants those memories back and it's going to be expensive - so expensive that he'll make one last run to pay for it.

Based on a short story by acclaimed cyberpunk author William Gibson and directed by celebrated artist Robert Longo, Johnny Mnemonic is a unique action-adventure that takes us on a wild ride down the dark side of the information superhighway to a place where technology has taken some very lethal turns.

Characters you don't care about speak dialogue riddled with cliches, but if you're a sci-fi fan you will enjoy the special-effects quota. Also starring Dina Meyer, Ice-T and Dolph Lundgren. (1995)

Ainsley's Gourmet

Express 2

World, 8pm

Irrepressible chef Ainsley Harriott (above), known for his enthusiastic

approach and singing in the kitchen, creates a selection of dishes which fit in with the hectic pace of modern living.

In this episode he prepares some of his favourite Chinese and Indian take-away dishes, including noodle-wrapped crisp-fried prawns, sesame salt sea bass, lamb shank, rogan josh and srikhand with iced mango shards.

Soccer: English Premier - Manchester United vs Aston Villa (live)

ESPN, 7.55pm

League matches can be a come-down for Manchester United but the visit of Aston Villa is one of the biggest tests they'll face all season. Worse, seventh-placed Villa are on full alert under their new manager, former England boss Graham Taylor, with players such as England strike hero Darius Vassell hoping to establish a regular first-team place. Their goalkeeper, Peter Schmeichel (above), will relish his return to Old Trafford while on-form Argentine striker Juan Pablo Angel is a delight to watch. The Red Devils will be looking for hitman Ruud Van Nistelrooy to maintain his impressive goalscoring form.

William Wadsworth


HBO, 9pm

Tracing a single day in Los Angeles, where a number of interconnected lives are changed

forever. A gameshow host (Philip Baker Hall) has terminal cancer and tries to make amends for past mistakes. A former champion of the show (William H Macy) struggles to find love while the current champion (Jeremy Blackman)

suffocates under the pressures of being a boy genius. An elderly man (Jason Robards) lies on his deathbed, tended by nurse Phil Parma (Philip Seymour Hoffman), while his trophy wife (Julianne Moore) wrestles with grief and guilt and his estranged son (Tom Cruise) teaches workshops on how to love and leave women.

Throughout all this, past deeds are lamented and strange forces loom. (1999)