DO not expect much in the way of revelation in Sinatra (Pearl, 9.30pm). This two-part mini-series (the second part is being shown the same time next week) was produced by Tina Sinatra, the singer's daughter, and while it does touch on some of the untouchable areas of Sinatra's life - the mob, the politicians, the secret service - it does so gently, so as not to offend anyone, particularly Sinatra himself, who at the last reported sighting was still alive. If Sinatra has anything going for it, it is a cast that includes notables playing notables. Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck ) is the domineering mother and Rod Steiger one of Sinatra's 'associates'. David Rayner plays Sammy Davis Jr, Danny Gans is Dean Martin and James Kelly plays John F Kennedy. Look out also for sexy Marcia Gay Harden (Miller's Crossing ) as Ava Gardner, with whom Sinatra had an affair. IT does not come close to the stage version, but Children Of A Lesser God (World, 9.35pm) is still worth turning on the television for. William Hurt stars, but the show is stolen by Marlee Matlin, the deaf actress who starred in the play (by Mark Medoff) and won an Oscar for her performance in the film. She is the isolated but obviously intelligent young woman who falls for her speech therapist. IN The X-Files (Pearl, 8.30pm) another invisible entity is on the loose, which seems to be the norm when Mulder and Scully are around. This one is attacking people at a convalescent home and appears to emanate from a patient afflicted with Alzheimer's disease. The rest of the plot you can piece together. ON STAR Plus Oprah Winfrey (3pm and 3am) is talking about drugs and Phil Donahue (noon and 4am) about the latest rage in Nashville, country and western drag queens. But the real business of the day is Bodyline (8pm), a new 10-part Australian drama series. New in Hong Kong terms, that is. I remember watching it in Britain more than six years ago. It follows the central figures in one of the most controversial sporting events of the century, the infamous 'bodyline' Test cricket series in Australia in 1932, when a young English team led by Douglas Jardine decided the only way to win the Ashes was to bowl at the Australians, not to them. IT will come as no surprise that Tarka The Otter (TDM Channel 2, 8.45pm) is about an otter called Tarka, and is a film that should only be watched with children and tissues. This kind of film was popular in the 70s. Tarka is a Disneyesque spin-off from that other weepie, Ring Of Bright Water (which was released in 1969, should you want to be reminded of how time flies) about a mild-mannered civil servant who buys a pet otter and moves to a remote cottage in the western Highlands. FILMS on Cable Movie Channel: The Babysitter (10.30am). Feeble comedy about a babysitter who finds herself between a rock and a hard place when both the father and brother of the baby she is looking after fall in love with her. George Segal at his worst. White Hot: The Mysterious Murder Of Thelma Todd (7pm). Average drama about the 30s film comedienne and restaurateur, her life in Hollywood's fast lane, her affair with Lucky Luciano, and her still unsolved murder at the age of 35. Was she bumped off by a lone whacko, or was the mob behind it? Conspiracy theorists will have a field day. Adapted from Andy Edmonds' book Hot Toddy. Cast includes Loni Anderson, Lois Smith and Scott Paulin. Salaam Bombay! (4.30am). Gut-wrenching chronicle of a young country boy and his various experiences among the street hustlers, drug peddlers and prostitutes of Bombay. It unravels as a novel with vividly-drawn supporting characters. A fine debut from director Mira Nair.