Maybe I am missing the point. I thought television companies aimed to attract as many viewers as possible by scheduling programmes at times when they were most likely to attract the largest audience. I thought that achieving 90 per cent-plus audience shares was the intention. It appears I am wrong. At least I think I must be. Why, otherwise, would ATV schedule the children's classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (World, 2.15am) in the early hours? Surely there are no children awake at that time? Surely there are no adults, nostalgic though they may be, who want to watch the flying car and its adventures at this time of day? Maybe, I thought, this Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a new, adult version of the story, a horror version or even a spoof. It crossed my mind that perhaps the authorities had discovered in the near 30 years since it was made that crackpot inventor Caractacus Potts (Dick Van Dyke) was a paedophile, that there were subliminal messages lurking beneath the colourful exterior. Let us not forget it was the rather dark and brooding writer Roald Dahl, he of The Tales Of The Unexpected, who penned the screenplay. Maybe we should re-read James And The Giant Peach and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory with renewed insight. But no, it appears this is the same film that has enchanted children for years. We have very few films on Hong Kong television for children. This is one of the most delightful. Full of whimsy, slapstick and mild scares, with colourful and crazy characters that make children gasp, it is the sort of movie every child should see. Surely it can be swapped with Agatha Christie's Poirot, which is aired on Sunday afternoon at 1.40pm. Sunday is the nearest thing to a family day and ATV will be wise to show family films in the afternoon slot. I may be missing the point but the TV stations appear to have lost the plot altogether; I can only assume they simply do not care. The Fall Of The Roman Empire (World, 9.30pm) is one dirge of a film that can well be screened later in the evening. The characters, although well presented, are dull and the result is restrained and severe. Still, if you enjoy such epics, you will probably like this one, which is certainly big in spectacle; the forum set is one of the largest ever built. Anthony Quayle, Mel Ferrer, Omar Shariff and Christopher Plummer are among the cast. Metamorphosis: The Alien Factor (Pearl, 9.30pm) will appeal to sci-fi fans, a loyal band of film buffs. It is set in a research facility, where a biological experiment spins out of control. The Talos Corporation has state-of-the-art security but it is no match for the creature unleashed when Dr Michael Foster (George Gerrard) is bitten by a mutant creature created with genetic material from another planet. As his colleagues try to save him, Foster's body is transformed into a new hybrid life-form, which breaks loose. Get Mulder and Scully on to it. She may have been irritating but I loved watching Diane Chambers (Shelley Long) drive Sam Malone (Ted Danson) and Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) crazy in the bar-room sitcom Cheers. Tonight, she guest stars in Frasier (Pearl, 11.50pm), the programme that is a spin-off from Cheers. Diane is in town because a play she wrote is being produced at a local theatre. Frasier agrees to back the play, a 'feminist odyssey', but is horrified when he finds out what it is about.