Ever since Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982) and The Man With Two Brains (1983) I have, I think, been unconsciously in love with Steve Martin. He's no great face but there's something about him - the lost-puppy look - that is irresistible; there's no other actor who makes me laugh by simply riding a horse. Roxanne (1987) turned him into a romantic hero. If he could woo Daryl Hannah (and she's had John Kennedy Jr, for goodness sake), who would I be to turn up my generous nose. Planes, Trains And Automobiles, with the late, great John Candy, reduced me to belly-aching laughs like few films have. As did, to my surprise, Parenthood (1989). It was inevitable that he would be chosen to play the Father Of The Bride (Pearl, 9.30pm) in the remake of Vincente Minnelli's 1950 film starring Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor. Although it skims the edge of sitcom land, Father Of The Bride is a light-hearted but satirical look at the American family and packs a punch, even if it is above the belt. Martin plays George Banks who can scarcely believe his 22-year-old daughter Annie (Kimberly Williams) is old enough to date, let alone walk down the aisle. He is loath to accept his son-in-law-to-be, Bryan MacKenzie (George Newbern), seen by everyone else as the perfect catch, and gets himself into endless scrapes coming to terms with the problems, responsibilities and near-ruinous expense of marrying off a daughter. Martin Short is a delight as the flamboyant wedding co-ordinator Franck, hired at considerable expense to turn the Banks' home into a wedding wonderland. Williams is not uncanny as the daughter. Diane Keaton as the mother of the bride is unusually cool and collected, a great foil to Martin's paranoid dad, who gets himself into the most embarrassingly ridiculous scrapes. Fathers of daughters will inevitably feel some sympathy for him. If someone asked you to come up with an idea for the ultimate adventure, would you not suggest flying halfway around the world in a balloon, scaling a treacherous and untraversed mountain face, exploring unexplorable locations or something of that ilk? Australian Dave Wilson doesn't have the same sense of adventure as most it would seem when it comes to a Challenge (World, 6.30pm). He goes underground to explore the caverns of Chillago, then takes to the skies with a group of helicopter cowboys as they round up a herd of cattle. To catch stragglers, Dave and bull catcher Tommy Tees hop a jeep and play tag with the rogue cattle. Finally, Dave and his mates attend a local rodeo. Was this programme made in 1970? Hong Kong is a thriving centre of Chinese art: a smuggler's haven, an auctioneer's hub, a collector's heaven. The Pearl Report (Pearl, 8pm) examines the concerns that after 1997 export restrictions imposed by the Chinese government on antiques and national treasures leaving the mainland could be extended across the border. I am certainly no purist but I do object to Hollywood changing the outcome of well-known or classic novels simply to fit its idea of an acceptable or suitable ending that will succeed at the box office. The Hollywood version of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter (Cineplex), with Demi Moore, Gary Oldman and Robert Duvall, was rewritten to provide a happy ending. Before long, someone will make Romeo And Juliet and decide to leave out the suicides. Do filmmakers think audiences are stupid?