Since I became a newspaper journalist some years ago, the television column, or rather the job of writing it on a daily basis, has always intrigued me. I mean, what else can we tell our readers but 'go out and rent a video tonight'. Then I was asked to sit in for colleague Deborah Herd for a couple of days while she recovers from watching too much Hong Kong television for her own good. Only kidding. I don't know about you, but I have always found local television - both the Chinese and English channels - boring. Good series and movies that make it to our screens are few and far between. After all, this is a city where viewers have to wait endlessly for a TV station to air the third series of the popular (and excellent) cult sci-fi series The X-Files. And we are still waiting. Anyway, back to tonight's programmes. Those of us who can only tune into the terrestrial stations are split between Clint Eastwood and Christopher Lambert. Don't hold your breath for too long as you might miss these shows. The American Film Institute Salute To Clint Eastwood (Pearl, 9.30pm), as its name implies, involves a lot of industry big names saluting Mr Tough Guy. And why not - Eastwood is, without a doubt, a movie icon. I can remember my parents staying up late years ago to watch him pointing his gun at the good, the bad and the ugly, and muttering 'Make my day!' in Cantonese. (In those days, many foreign movies were dubbed into the local language.) Today, my mother gasped in disbelief when she saw her hero looking aged. 'Look at those lines on his face,' she said in astonishment. I told her wait until she saw Paul Newman. Eastwood is the 24th recipient of this award, with Jim Carrey and Rene Russo hosting the glossy ceremony. There will, no doubt, be a lot of tears and standing ovations. If you find the above show slightly nauseating, your other choice is Highlander III - The Magician (World, 9.30pm) starring Christopher Lambert as the immortal warrior. In this sequel, he is confronted with his most powerful enemy, Kane, the Magician. My father always enjoys films with special effects - even when they are completely trashy. Earlier in the evening is a documentary called Satellite Wars (World, 8.30pm) that deals with satellite television. The series of three, made by Channel 4 in Britain, looks at the origins and development of satellite in the past three decades, and the satellite television war between major broadcasters such as STAR TV, CNN and BBC World Service Television. And in the final episode, it looks at how governments try to control satellite. Now, those of you who are lucky enough to have Cable TV installed at your homes, there is Roman Polanski's Bitter Moon (Cable Movie, 12.30pm) starring Hugh Grant before he shot to fame with Four Weddings and a Funeral and his brief encounter with Divine Brown in a car. This psycho-drama tells a bizarre tale of an English man's obsession with a crippled man's wife whom he meets while on board a holiday cruise with his wife (Kristin Scott-Thomas). There is also Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing (Cable Movie, 1.00am) that has a cast including Michael Keaton, Denzel Washington, Keanu Reeves and Emma Thompson. Unfortunately, Wharf Cable, owing to 'technical problems' (as I was told by the cable man), is unable to wire its product into my home, so I'll have to ask my friend to tape that for me. Might as well; I can save that up for this weekend.