Delicious Audrey

PUBLISHED : Monday, 14 February, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 14 February, 1994, 12:00am

THE eulogists have been falling over themselves to find the right words for Audrey Hepburn since she died of cancer a little over one year ago. They talk of her coltish gait, her doe eyes, her lovable voice and that heart-shaped boyish face. Whatever it was that made Audrey delicious and delectable, she shows it all in Roman Holiday (Pearl, 9.30pm).

What makes her performance more special is that it came during the Monroe years, when Hollywood was bursting with sex dolls and blonde bombshells from all over. The film gained 10 Academy Award nominations and Audrey won an Oscar for Best Actress, remarkable because Roman Holiday was her American debut.

Comedy King William Wylder cast her opposite Gregory Peck. She is infectious as Anne, a princess on holiday in Rome and he is dependable and protective as the reporter who meets her after she falls asleep on a park bench. He initially pretends not to know who she is and takes her on a guided tour while his photographer snaps away; all the while he is falling for her. Take the telephone off the hook and enjoy it.

THE 21,000 souls of Lillehammer, southeast Norway, must have been thrilled when they heard their city would host the 17th Winter Olympics, much of which is being shown live in Hong Kong on Prime Sports. Not a great deal had happened in the city previously, unless you take into account the opening of the open air Maihaung folk museum and the conversion into a national memorial of author Bjornstjerne Bjornson's nearby home and farm.

Things have changed, thanks to the arrival of a few thousand athletes and more than 2,000 police for the Games, which opened on Saturday. Scenic Lillehammer, where excitement reached fever pitch last week when members of the local elk community wandered on to a ski trail, has been dragged blinking into the world spotlight.

Today's main event is one of the most dangerous anyone has slipped into their thermals for; the Men's Combined Downhill (live at 6.00pm). Skiers, who fling themselves down mountains at 120 kilometres per hour, have described the course as having some ''tricky little sections''. Brian Langley and Jonathan Green will be hosting from the safety and warmth of the studio.

THE Pearl Report (Pearl, 7.20pm) dedicates itself to the environment in Hong Kong, a topic which needs all the attention it can get. A quick look in the harbour, or at the rubbish dropped by moral cretins on top of Lantau Peak, on Shek O beach, and ina cross-section of this territory's barbecue pits will help you see why.

The first part of the programme will look at Hong Kong's environmental record and how much progress we are making along the road to being a friend of the earth. The second part asks about safety at Daya Bay and finishes by canvassing opinion from that old journalistic chestnut, the Man In The Street.

WHILE Jill Dando goes canoeing down the Zambezi river(Holiday, BBC World Service, 6.05pm), Eammon Holmes trudged off to Benidorm on the Spanish Costa Blanca, a town known not for Iberian art and culture, but for holidaying British lager louts and a beach that makes Repulse Bay in summer look like a tranquil oasis. I was unlucky enough to be carted off to Benidorm at the age of 15 and after spending the first night sleeping on a sofa because the hotel was overbooked, was beaten over the head with a truncheon by the local welcoming committee as I sat with my parents quietly watching the pollution drift by on the tide. Holmes finds out if things have improved.

Also on the BBC Arena: The Graham Greene Trilogy (8.05pm), looks at the childhood of the prolific British author who died elusive and reclusive in 1991. This episode, England Made Me, is the first of three spanning Greene's life and career.