HEART surgeon Jeffrey Geiger (Mandy Patinkin, whose new musical recording is available in a record store near you) finally went bananas in Chicago Hope (World, 8.30pm). Off the Geiger counter, as it were. There had been indications something was about to go down - Geiger had taken to playing with a train set wearing only his boxer shorts - but when it happened it was a real Krakatoa job. This man makes the chainsaw-wielding Dr Kronk look the model of consistency. You would be well advised, if you are in Chicago and having a thrombosis, to make sure someone else is on duty. Geiger is getting help, which is what Chicago Hope might need if the Geiger character does not pull himself together. Hitherto the series had been an exercise in humorous restraint, but now we are being asked to believe that one of America's greatest heart surgeons is a borderline loony who hangs around in bars. His wife is a loony, and is only allowed out of her padded cell with a shrink in attendance. It was never like this for Drs Kildaire or Finlay. BLAKE Edwards' Breakfast At Tiffany's (World, 9.30pm) is likely to disappoint only those who swear by the book. This is an impossibly cleaned-up version of the Truman Capote story, with Hepburn gambolling through it as the fey, slightly neurotic Holly Golightly. George Peppard is more charming than he ever was again; only Mickey Rooney fails to impress, as the Japanese neighbour who is driven to distraction by Holly's all-night parties. Breakfast At Tiffany's is romantic to the 'nth' degree, swathing New York in dewy-eyed chic. It copped a number of Oscar nominations (for Hepburn and the screenplay). It won one for the song Moon River, written by Henry Mancini and crooned by Hepburn herself. IN Inside Story (World, 8pm) Samantha Butler is hanging around not in bars, but in Hong Kong's last authentic Shanghai bath house, where strange things happen in the name of good health. Mark Niu visits a New Territories pig farm, where the jobless are being taught all things porcine, and we hear what young offenders think of life behind bars. Many are worried about what will happen to them on post-1997. THE mini-series A Woman of Independent Means (Pearl, 9.30pm) grinds to a halt this evening. It was produced by Sally Field and stars Sally Field, who does a poor job of ageing 70 years in six hours. We have come through good times and bad times (a death, an accident, another death) and are now facing a couple of world wars, a passionate second marriage and conflict with mother. A Woman of Independent Means is based on the best-selling book of the same name and, in between all the emoting, features pleasing sets and a number of good performances, notably from Irish actress Brenda Fricker, who played Daniel Day-Lewis' mum in My Left Foot, and Australia's Jack Thompson (Breaker Morant ). FILMS on Cable Movie Channel: Switch (7am and 1pm). Inferior rip-off of Goodbye Charlie about a philandering male who's shot by a vindictive conquest and returns to earth as a woman. Old-hat premise allows director Blake Edwards few opportunities for fresh laughs. Ellen Barkin is the sole saving race, far better than anything else in the film. The Crucifix (9am and 3pm). A cop who takes pride in his distinguished record at solving cases is mystified when two suspects in a murder investigation die - apparently with no reason. Starring Chou Man-kin and Tsui Ho-ying. Rebel (7pm). Tiresome and obscure drama featuring a pre-Rocky Sylvester Stallone as an alienated political radical. Chez 'N' Ham (9pm). Funny men Cheung Wai-kin and Eric Tsang team up for the first time in a feature film as a couple of dolts who are offered serious money to assassinate a young woman. When their consciences get the better of them, they decide to fake the killing and keep the cash.