There's no arguing that if Arnold Schwarzenegger is the man mountain of Hollywood, Gerard Depardieu is the actor alpine of France. It is rare, indeed, that we see a contemporary French film of much repute without the broad-backed, bulbous-nosed, long-haired Gaul breathing fire and garlic on to our screens. In Mon Pere Ce Heros (Pearl, 9.30pm), he plays Andre, an errant divorced father of a 14-year-old boy-crazy daughter, Vero (Marie Gillain). When father and daughter go on a tropical holiday to mend their troubled relationship, Vero meets a sexy young man whose good looks and charm spin her headlong into impetuous, adolescent love. To impress him, Vero concocts a scheme to pass her father off as her lover. Unaware of his daughter's fib, Andre finds himself caught in a web of lies - wondering why the other guests eye him with disdain. Pearl was meant to show the American remake of 1994, My Father the Hero, which Depardieu also starred in, but changed its mind at the last minute. The French original, was made in 1991 and was directed by Gerard Lauzier. This version is dubbed into English. True to form, the remake was a disappointment. American movies simply don't have the charm of the French; subtle humour becomes slapstick comedy, chic glamour becomes showy glitz. Don't expect to find Schwarzenegger in Return of the Terminator (World, 9.30pm). The Terminator of the title is Paco Queruak, a Native American soldier who was one of the few survivors of a suicide attack against the headquarters of the US peace-keeping forces in Beirut. After a distinguished service career, Queruak decides to retire and return to South Dakota where he spent his early years living with his father. He dreams of building a house on the outskirts of town on land inherited from his father, but he doesn't account for the hostile reception awaiting him from the white woodsmen in the area. The only thing this film does have in common with Arnie's films is a huge amount of bloodshed and violence. There's oodles of bloodshed and violence in Project Shadowchaser (World, 12.40am), but there's also a brilliant idea. Set in the near future, the plot revolves around a group of armed terrorists who take over a high-rise hospital, where the hostages include the US president's daughter. The FBI plans a rescue attempt but the only man who can help is the hospital's architect. And this is the good idea: he's in deep freeze, serving a life sentence in a cryogenic prison. Not everyone agrees in capital punishment but wouldn't it be practical if, instead of spending millions of dollars feeding and housing lifers, we could put them in the deep freeze. That way, we could bring them back if it ever turned out there had been that fateful error of justice and they'd be unaware of their absence. The problem in the film is that the wrong man is unfrozen and the rescue attempt doesn't go quite to plan. It's all very well being brave in movies but it's real-life heroes who make better stories. Dennis Rogers worked day and night as a bomb disposal engineer among the burning oil wells of Kuwait during the Gulf War, but didn't blanche when he found himself risking his life to rescue two boys from an active minefield. Through a mix of interviews and reconstructions, For Valour (World, 8pm) tells his tale.