HORROR writer Stephen King was granted an injunction forbidding the use of his name in connection with The Lawnmower Man (Pearl, 9.30pm). It should have been called Stephen King's The Lawnmower Man, but King decided he wanted nothing to do with it. The producers were allowed to say the film was 'based on a story by . . .' but could go no further. King was upset because he had little involvement and believed director Brett Leonard would make a hash of the project. This Leonard duly did, producing a film which is notable only for spectacular special effects, many of which will be reduced to naught on the small screen. Otherwise, it's a drab and predictable science fiction movie. Hong Kong, with its passion for all things virtual, loved it. Jeff Fahey and Pierce Brosnan, recently promoted to James Bond, star. Brosnan is the brilliant-but-loony scientist who experiments with drugs and computers to improve the mind of his retarded gardener (Fahey). The results, needless to say, are startling and unforeseen. WHICH is more than you can say for anything that transpires in Fortune Hunter (Pearl, 8.30pm), a poor man's spy series with shades of Mission Impossible or The Man From U.N.C.L.E. but with too much contemporary gloss for its own good. Mark Frankel stars as secret agent Dial, this evening looking for a hi-tech mini research submarine that has gone missing. Careless. TWO programmes to be avoided if at all possible are Fox's Rock 'N' Roll Skating Championships (World, 9.30pm), the ice skating 'spectacular' first show last year featuring Nancy Kerrigan; and Top Models, Oh La La! (World, 8.30pm) which promises - this from the synopsis - superb models getting dressed and undressed for the viewer's pleasure. It also shows 'models who have made it, with all the advantages this entails - getting up late in the morning, visiting high-class restaurants and smart nightclubs'. It was shot in London, New York and Paris, as if the locations are of interest. ENGLAND football is reaching the interesting stage, which is why Manchester United vs Newcastle (Jade, 1.55am) is being shown delayed live. What that means is that the game is not live, but shown an hour after it starts. We see the first half, while they are still playing the second half. It's a complicated arrangement, but one that keeps British expatriates happy. The state of play at the moment is as follows: Manchester United, one of the country's most loved and detested teams, are second in the league to Newcastle, with four months of the season remaining. Manchester had been chipping away at Newcastle's lead until last week, when Liverpool rained on their parade by beating them 2-0 in a match that ended with a spectacular streak from a gentleman with a mild obscenity painted across his buttocks. Extra spice is added by the presence of Andy Cole. He was a prolific scorer for Newcastle, but took the money and ran off to Manchester, where he has since proved a dismal failure. Newcastle supporters will be keen to remind him of the fact. Eric Cantona, kung fu expert, soothsayer, wayward genius and focus of much vitriol, will likely be present. FILMS on Cable Movie Channel: Dancers (7pm). A ballet star/lothario (Mikhail Baryshnikov, perfectly cast) is rehearsing a screen version of Giselle and becomes infatuated with an innocent young dancer. The script is trite, the romance is dull, but there are some exciting moments of dance. Leslie Browne, Alessandra Ferri and Julie Kent also star. The Navigator - A Medieval Odyssey (11pm). Engrossing and imaginative tale of a psychic boy in a tiny English medieval village who, to protect villagers from the plague, leads a tunnelling expedition which emerges in a modern city in 1988. Directed and written with great clarity, the film has much of the feel of a genuine medieval fable. Beautifully done on a low budget.