IT'S been a long time coming, but Jimmy Smits, formerly of LA Law makes his debut in NYPD Blue (Pearl, 8.30 pm) this evening, swapping his porta-phone for something even more lethal. It happened almost a year ago in America: Smits, as detective Bobby Simone, walks through the doors and immediately handcuffs a deranged man, which endears him to the chief, but not to Sipowicz (Dennis Franz), whose stomach prevents him from acting quickly. This, of course, is the oldest trick in the book. Sipowicz takes an instant dislike to his new partner (he doesn't say 'yer cudd've got us all killed', but we know he's thinking it) which means we can enjoy the emotional wait for the inevitable reconciliation. That comes later, when Simone invites everyone for a drink and reveals his wife died of breast cancer and he raises racing pigeons. Raisers of racing pigeons, like train spotters and fans of the Internet, don't usually have friends. But Simone's oddness endears him to Sipowicz. Later that night they help each other with paperwork. It's as moving as The Bridges Of Madison County. SEAN YOUNG (Wall Street and Cousins ) is generally thought of as a woman who should not be in acting, but I must jump to her defence. In A Kiss Before Dying (World, 9.35 pm) she has two parts, as twins Ellen and Dorothy Carlsson, and makes a fair go of them both. Additionally, she features in a fine example of the shower scene. Not since Psycho has having a wash been as exciting. The film is based on the thriller by Ira Levin (as was Sharon Stone's Sliver ) and is moderately effective, even though it is a considerable simplification of the book. That was an investigation of psychosis; this is a straight-forward 'my husband is a mass murderer and I didn't even notice' story. Matt Dillon (Drugstore Cowboy ) is the mesmerising Jonathan, a young man who is taking revenge for something, although we do not find out what until the end. Trivia fans should note that A Kiss Before Dying was filmed mostly in south Wales. One of the major locations was the Tremorfa Steel Works, which appear in the film as the Carlsson Copper Plant. AT Victoria Park the Marlboro Championships 1995 (Pearl, 9.30 pm) grind to their conclusion. There is no Michael Chang this year and it seems likely that defending champion Stefan Edberg will win, although by the time you read this I might be choking on those words. The tournament has a very second-rate look about it. The threat of rain adds some interest. ELVIS Presley looks suitably bored in The Trouble With Girls (World, 1.40 am). This was a strange but not wholly ineffective vehicle for his acting talents. He plays a young man (Walter Hale) in his 20s who manages a chautauqua (an educational travelling medicine show) and gets involved in a small town murder. Marlyn Mason plays the young girl who wants to leave home and join the troupe. Vincent Price appears as the man with the strange name, Mr Morality. Look sharp for Dabney Coleman - this was his first film. FILMS on Cable Movie Channel: That Was Then, This Is Now (7 pm). A delinquent kid, alienated from society, clings to his relationship with his adoptive brother - and freaks out when the older boy takes a girlfriend, seeing her as a threat. Emilio Estevez stars; he also wrote the screenplay, based on the book by S E Hinton. The intense emotions probably read better than they play out on screen. It's a variable film, with some good moments and some bad. Morgan Freeman has a cameo. Hard Boiled (9 pm). The film - the very violent film - that got director John Woo noticed in Hollywood. Chow Yun-fatt is a decent and capable cop and gets mixed up with an undercover officer (Tony Leung) and a gun-runner who decides he wants Chow dead. The climactic fight at the hospital uses bullets as if they were going out of fashion. It's all very slick, but superficial.