Serving up a tennis treat

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 09 January, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 09 January, 1993, 12:00am

THE First Pacific Bank Challenge tennis match between world number one Monica Seles and Jennifer Capriati will be broadcast live from Victoria Park (Pearl 7.35 pm).

Capriati visited Hongkong last year and beat Gabrielle Sabatini in three sets. This is Seles' first trip to the territory.

The preliminary match between Patricia Hy and Stephanie Rehe will be shown at 3.55 pm.

ATV is also going live with coverage from Beijing of the second stop of the short-course Swimming World Cup (Home, 3pm). Highlights will be shown on World at 8.30pm.

Freestyle specialist Robyn Lamsam is Hongkong's big hope in this second event, following an impressive display at the Barcelona Olympics.

The first stop of this nine-part World Cup series took place in Shanghai on Wednesday, where the Germans won seven gold medals and China four.

''IF he didn't make you smile so much you'd ask him to leave'' smarms the theme song from the sitcom Uncle Buck (World, 6.30pm). Well he doesn't, so can he go? Okay, Kevin Meaney who plays the title role is sometimes funny, but his charges - one sullen teenager and two 'ickle cuties - are revolting and the scripts are as corny as they come.

However, don't let this put you off the movie on which the sitcom was based, it's much better.

Uncle Buck (World 9.30pm, Original Running Time 100 minutes) stars John Candy as the ne'er do well bachelor who gets landed with his brother's kids for a couple of days.

Too often, talented comedian John Candy has wound up in mediocre roles - witness Armed and Dangerous, The Great Outdoors, or Who's Harry Crumb?. This is one of his better ones, though here too he is hampered by weaknesses in the script, written by John Hughes, who also directed it.

Macaulay Culkin (before he found fame and fortune in Home Alone) also stars.

Good family fun.

DON'T you love to hate the atrociously compulsive WWF Prime Time Wrestling (Prime Sports STAR Plus, 8pm)? It's just like the rubbish your granny used to watch every rainy Saturday afternoon.

One question though is what is it doing on a sports channel? Surely it should be on STAR Plus with the soaps - after all it's more believable than Santa Barbara, and the acting is better.

ANTARCTICA (Pearl 9.45pm, ORT 112 mins) should have a familiar ring to it since the film was only on in March.

It's the story of the first Japanese expedition to Antarctica in 1958, abandoned suddenly because of a fierce blizzard. In the confusion, the team's 15 dogs are left behind, chained to the ice.

Some freeze to death on the spot, while others free themselves and struggle to survive. The film is beautiful, harrowing, long and a strange choice for a Saturday night.

A BETTER choice is the 1948 Ealing thriller Against the Wind (STAR Plus 2.30pm, ORT 96 mins).

A group of British and Belgian agents are brought together and trained to help the resistance movement in occupied Europe in World War II.

Simone Signoret adds glamour, while Jack Warner plays the traitor in the midst.