THERE is much to marvel at in Love is a Many Splendored Thing (World, 9.35pm), notably the remarkable swimsuits sported by William Holden and Jennifer Jones when they go swimming near Tai Tam Bay. The fact that they go swimming at Tai Tam Bay is also to be marvelled at. This was filmed in 1955 when the sea looked the way sea is intended to look. These days Mr Holden and Ms Jones would find themselves going through the motions. Then there is Mr Holden's car, which appears to have been picked up cheap on the set of Noddy Goes To Toytown. The planes at Kai Tak airport resemble Dinky toys and Kai Tak airport itself resembles anything but an airport. Love is a Many Splendored Thing is a sentimental soaper, but one that never pretended to be anything else. The story, from the book of the same name by Han Suyin, who based it on her own life, sees Eurasian Ms Jones fall for war correspondent Mr Holden. He courts her aggressively and is then shipped off by his newspaper to Korea, where war has broken out. The film's real joy lies not in any greatness, because it doesn't have much. The characters are the usual motley crew of two-dimensional Asians and pompous expatriates who think fraternising with the natives is a bad show. But the Hong Kong the film portrays is great. You can't help but feel it must have been more fun then than it is now. The men wear unstructured linen suits and Panama hats and the women are all dressed as Christmas trees, in flowery silk. The hospital scenes are filmed in and around The Matilda and most of the big love scenes on The Peak, before it became a high altitude shopping arcade. THE French did not come out of the Rainbow Warrior incident smelling particularly good. The terrorists who did the bombing were convicted of manslaughter, but returned to France after serving minimal time, a French minister resigned and, in 1992, the World Court forced the French to pay reparations to Greenpeace. The true story, or as close as we are likely to get to it, is told in The Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior (Pearl, 9.30pm). Starring Jon Voight and Sam Neill, the film deals with the undoing of the French, but also looks at the problems faced by the tiny Auckland police department more used to investigating traffic accidents and the occasional sheep savaging. Officers were stonewalled, blocked and confronted with lies and cover-ups. IN the first episode proper of Chicago Hope (World, 8.35pm) - last week we saw the pilot - the screenwriters get down to the nitty-gritty, with experiments on cadavers, questions of medical ethics, a mystery illness, a massive tumour and a potential lawsuit. Not much sex, but there are still half a dozen episodes to go. THIS week's Ruth Rendell Mystery Movie (STAR Plus, 9pm) is called Talking to Strange Men and, in great Agatha Christie tradition, features a philandering wife, a bitter and frustrated husband, a library and a cryptic code. George Baker is the detective who has to sort the mess out. THERE is only one joke in The Plumber (STAR Plus, 2.am), but the director and cast milk it for all it is worth, with a limited amount of success. This film is offbeat, quirky and Australian. The joke is this: a disgruntled plumber tears apart the bathroom of some unwilling tenants. Judy Morris, Ivar Kants and Candy Raymond are the stars. FILMS on Cable Movie Channel: Stand Up, Don't Bend Over (5pm). Mind-boggling title for director Hwang Jing-xin's (The Black Cannon Incident ) acclaimed film about social changes in China after Deng Xiaoping's implementation of the open-door policy. The story is told through the encounters of an author, a vulgar worker and a Communist Party cadre. Almost Pregnant (3am). Feeble comedy sees a couple willing to go to any lengths - even some partner-swapping - to conceive a child.