OF this evening's three main films War Games (Pearl, 9.30pm) has to be the best. The competition, it has to be said, is not especially testing. Kickboxer (World, 9.35pm) stars Jean-Claude Van Damme - do you need to know more? - and The Night Train to Kathmandu (World, 1.45am) is a trite teenage tale which mixes dollops of Brigadoon and Lost Horizon, but turns out to be not as good as either. War Games was one of the earliest computer films, a genre that has grown in direct proportion to the number of people using the Internet. It stars Matthew Broderick as a teenager who unwittingly taps into the Pentagon from his home computer. He believes he has discovered a new game; in fact he has started the sequence for the launching of nukes against the Soviets. They, of course, have a few nukes of their own and intend to fight back. The result is mildly diverting. Dabney Coleman and Ally Sheedy provide able back-up, as do the computers which, circa 1983, had more flashing lights than their modern counterparts. RIMMER (the splendidly eccentric Chris Barrie) continues to find in Red Dwarf (Pearl, 6.20pm) that life is not easy for holograms when he wakes up with somebody else's arm. Lister (Craig Charles) is showing signs of space fever, insisting that he be allowed to go on a date with a dead shipmate (Christine Kochanski). JIMMY Smits has developed rings around his eyes since joining NYPD Blue (Pearl, 8.30pm) from LA Law, handling the transition from chipper attorney to world-weary New York City cop Bobby Simone better than anyone had a right to expect. This evening's episode has him still on the tail of a serial killer, while Sipowicz (Dennis Franz, whose performance entitles him to a gold medal in world-weariness) co-operates with a snitch to catch hoods planning a bank robbery. WHERE were you when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon? I remember sitting cross-legged in front of a television set at primary school wondering why reception from the lunar surface was so bad. Moonshot (World, 8.35pm), which documents the race to the moon, is not only an interesting documentary, but a great slice of nostalgia. Armstrong's 'one small step for man' is up there on the list of momentous events with the day Kennedy was shot. It features footage that has not been seen before - computer enhanced so it appears more than a white cat in a snowstorm. MARLEE Matlin makes a guest appearance in Picket Fences (STAR Plus, 9pm). She is the deaf actress - hearing impaired, if you prefer - who won an Oscar for her 1986 film debut in Children of a Lesser God, starring opposite William Hurt. In Fences she plays another in the long line of deranged criminals that Rome, Wisconsin is reknowned for: a woman called Laurie Bey, aka the Dancing Bandit, a robbery suspect. The Sailor's Return (STAR Plus, 2am) flawlessly evokes rural life in Victorian England, with all its scandals and intricacies. Tom Bell (Prime Suspect ) is a sailor who returns from Africa with a beautiful black princess for a bride. The villagers become curious, then shocked, then violent. FILMS on Cable Movie Channel: The Fabulous Baker Boys (10.30am). The Bridges brothers (Jeff and Beau) are bar piano-players looking for a sexy lady to spice up their act; enter feisty Michelle Pfeiffer, who fits the bill and later does that famous Makin' Whoopee number on the grand piano. Mission of Justice (7pm). In the fictional city of Eastgate, where crime is the order of the day, elite cops battle the forces of evil. Look out for statuesque Brigitte Nielson, the former wife of Sylvester Stallone. My Wife's Lover (9pm). Erotic rubbish from director Kevin Chu about a crisis in a yuppie couple's marriage when the wife meets a lesbian. Plenty of bare flesh. No script.