It sounds like a combination of Twin Peaks, The X-Files and Picket Fences, so American Gothic (Pearl, midnight), a soap opera of the supernatural, should be a hit. Sadly, the series only drew a cult audience in the US so its future has remained darkly uncertain. The central character is Sheriff Lucas Buck (Midnight Caller's Gary Cole), who rules the postcard-pretty town of Trinity, South Carolina, with an evil, iron will. In the first episode, the mysterious death of Merlyn Temple, a traumatised young girl, sets off a series of events that leave townspeople questioning the motives of their charming sheriff. But the twist in American Gothic's sud is that the rivers flow with blood, sudden storms rise up to wreak vengeance and Buck can 'morph' himself. His motto is: 'Never let your conscience be your guide.' When one townie sees visions of blood in his fridge, Buck replies: 'Someone's trying to send you a message. Cut out the cholesterol.' Creator and former teen heartthrob Shaun Cassidy (David's younger brother) said: 'The pilot was so scary that I think it set up this idea in a lot of people's minds that it was going to be this thrill ride all the time. I never meant for the show to be that.' Cultists enjoy while you can. There really have been too many merry men for everyone's liking but the legend should have been buried forever after Kevin Costner pulled on his green stockings and headed for 'Nahdingham'. Robin Hood (Pearl, 9.30pm) was released just ahead of Costner's Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves but failed to stir audiences despite efforts to be different. There's something slightly goofy about Patrick Bergin's Robin, who is anything but the swashbuckling hero. In standard post-modern manner, he seems to view his own exploits with wry amusement. Uma Thurman's Maid Marian is pointedly unblushing, telling Robin: 'You're so handsome when you're angry . . . What are you going to do with me?' Filmed on location in England, but in decidedly damp and muddy Yorkshire, not Sherwood Forest, it is moody and blue in tone, rather than gay and green - which does nothing to enhance the tale. Cool World (World, 9.30pm) is ridiculously like Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which may have been a technical marvel but completely failed to stir. Kim Basinger is the cartoon nymph Holli Wood, who pulls cartoonist Deebs (Gabriel Bryne) in and out of Cool World. She dreams of becoming human by coupling with a real man and the plot is obsessed with whether or not they'll get it together. Basinger doesn't appear in the movie until late and even Brad Pitt's contribution does little to save what is visually dazzling animation but utterly soulless otherwise. The greatest pleasure of playing the Mark Six or any lottery is debating how to spend the money if you win. My parents admitted to having a blazing row over how much my brother and I would get, and they hadn't even won. In the BBC film Rich Deceiver (Pearl, 12.55am), Ellie Freeman, an ordinary Liverpudlian, secretly does the pools every week. When she wins a fortune she decides to tell no one except the local bank manager. Even her husband, Malc, is kept in the dark. Instead, she formulates a plan for Malc to get a job as a salesman. He does well and they move to a better house and a better neighbourhood, but soon he is spending more and more time away from home. Money, Ellie soon finds out, does not always bring happiness.