THE wonderfully-crafted comedy The Graduate (Pearl, 9.30pm) made Dustin Hoffman a star. It also gave Richard Dreyfuss his first film role; watch quickly for him as a college undergrad in a Berkeley rooming house. Watch also for scriptwriter Buck Henry, who plays the desk clerk. This is a film - a sex comedy, really - which reflects the anything goes mood of the 60s. Hoffman is Benjamin Braddock, a rich Californian ex-student who is led into an affair with the wife of his father's friend, Mrs Robinson (Anne Bancroft), then falls for her daughter (Katharine Ross). The Graduate opened a few doors and includes some wonderful comic moments, like Benjamin hiding in a swimming pool and Benjamin saying to Mrs Robinson: 'Mrs Robinson, if you don't mind me saying so, this conversation is getting a little strange.' If Hoffman was the revelation of The Graduate, Bancroft was an able co-star, more than worthy of her Oscar nomination (Hoffman got one too, but only Mike Nichols actually collected a gong, for Best Director). Bancroft's metamorphosis from middle-aged matron to predatory vamp is a marvel. She hikes up her skirt lusciously and whispers promises of smoldering sex which almost leave Hoffman comatose. The film was an enormous hit. The first half is so good that no one notices the second half is only average. Simon and Garfunkel's soundtrack became a hit in its own right. THERE can be few sitcoms as bad as Full House (World, 7.05pm) and Step By Step (World, 7.30pm). Malevolent programmers show them one after the other so they can nip out to the pub while we suffer in silence. There are many times the television should be turned off. Tuesday evenings at 7.00pm is one of them. Do not think you can escape with some nifty channel surfing; on Pearl you will only find Annamarie Wood, struggling her way, to the embarrassment of all concerned, through Eye On Hong Kong (7.15pm). Full House stars Bob Saget, who has a day job as host of America's Funniest Home Videos. He plays a widowed sportscaster who has to bring up his kids with help from his brother-in-law. This is cornier than Iowa. The jokes come at you like giant cowpats ('Gee Dad, that's a nice tie. Shame you were sick down it'). Step By Step incorporates more insufferable children into its fatuous stories. Suzanne Somers and Patrick Duffy - sporting an ofay hairstyle and a Ronnie Corbett cardigan - are a widow and a widower who fall for each other, but not so much for each other's kids. And who can blame them. THERE are more laughs, and longer ones, in Clive James In Japan (STAR Plus, 4.00am) than there are in Patrick Duffy's cardigan. This was shown on STAR last year, but is being shown again and what the hell, it's worth it. In fact it is being shown as part of a series of Clive James In . . . documentaries. In Japan James does little to break the stereotypes. He meets a robot receptionist (plenty of them in Hong Kong), takes part in a kamikaze-style television game show, the kind in which contestants have to jump naked into cauldrons of boiling pot noodles, and meets a geisha girl. IN Instant Justice (World, 9.35pm) Scott Youngblood (Michael Pare) is the perfect marine, apart from having a name that could only have been made up by the producers of a made-for-television thriller. When his sister (Lynda Bridges) gets bumped off during a modelling assignment in Madrid (Spain, before you reach for an atlas) he resigns his commission and goes gunning for revenge. THE documentary Washoe (World, 8.35pm) carries with it the promise of enlightening television. Washoe is one of five chimpanzees who learned to communicate with other chimpanzees, and with humans. If they can teach Giordano shop assistants to say 'Good morning can I help you thank you very much please call again it's a pleasure', they can presumably teach chimpanzees to hold group discussions on theological questions. Washoe was adopted in 1965 by two psychologists who raised her like a human child. The programme follows their progress, and hers.