If you can't get excited about Pete Sampras bulldozing his way towards the inevitable in the Hong Kong Salem Open 1996 (Pearl, 9.30pm), try The Client (Pearl 8.30pm). This is a John Grisham production, based on his novel. Grisham also acted as consultant. Why he didn't go the whole hog and star in it, I can't say. Instead he got JoBeth Williams (Wyatt Earp ) and John Heard (The Pelican Brief ). Ossie Davis plays the wise and compassionate statesman Judge Harry Roosevelt just as he did, by coincidence, in the film, which was also based on the novel of the same name by John . . . you get the picture. Williams plays Reggie Love (a part taken in the film by Susan Sarandon). Love is a no-nonsense attorney who risks her career and her life in ways that only attorneys in John Grisham and Michael Crichton novels can. The rest is par for the course and as black and white as a zebra crossing: the little man triumphs over the big, good triumphs over evil. There is no room for gradations of good with Grisham. You're either an all-out low-down son of a bitch or an angel with a halo so big it's amazing it doesn't cause vertebral damage. Tess (Pearl, 1.15am) has a touch more class about it. Here's a young woman who is basically good, but often stupid, always belligerent and in the end as tragic as tragic can be. The bad thing about Tess, apart from its length and occasional lack of vitality, is that it was shown by Pearl at Lunar New Year. Visually, Tess is a masterpiece. Director Roman Polanski even handles cinematic cliches with aplomb - Nastassia Kinski getting her lips around a strawberry is not the subtlest sexual metaphor in the book, but it is pretty. Kinski is peasant girl Tess Durbeyfield, who is sent to the estate of the fabulously rich d'Urbervilles by her father after he learns that the two families are distantly related. It turns out that the d'Urbervilles are not the d'Urbervilles after all, but a family that bought the noble line's name. Tess is disappointed, scorned, then raped by her cousin. And these are some of the nicer things that happen to her. When she gets a menial job on a nearby dairy farm and falls for Angel Clare (Peter Firth) life seems brighter, but as often with Thomas Hardy, the end is violent. In Class Of 1999 (World, 9.35 pm) three android teachers go haywire when brought in to bring discipline to a lawless high school. Here is a film aimed at teenagers in love with violence. It is heavy-handed and not entirely sure whether to settle for high camp or a morality message. Stacy Keach goes well over the top as one of the robots. Sonia Braga, from Kiss of the Spider Woman, is marginally the best thing about the above average made-for-television movie Last Prostitute (World, 1.25am). It tells the coming-of-age story of two teenage boys in the 1960s who seek out a legendary good-time girl, only to find she is no longer 'in the business', but running a horse farm instead. The two teens are well played by Wil Wheaton (Stand By Me ) and David Kaufman. Films on Cable Movie Channel: Shadow Cop (5.30pm). Hong Kong actioner of the police-versus-triads genre. Racy in parts, and traditionally violent. Fathers And Sons (7pm). A father and son move to a new neighbourhood only to find it is the favourite hunting ground of a serial killer.