Professionally, Olympia Dukakis was destined to come into her own as she grew older; the actress' first stage role was as a sexagenarian, her second as a 100-year-old woman. Indeed, she is best known for her work in 1987/8 when she was in her late-50s (the same period her cousin, presidential candidate Michael, was much on people's minds). Dukakis, who alternated between screen and stage through the 1960s and 1970s, won worldwide recognition and an Academy Award for her feisty portrayal of Cher's Italian mother in Moonstruck (1987) and then went on to further critical acclaim in Working Girl (1988), Steel Magnolias and Look Who's Talking (both 1989). The daughter of Greek immigrant parents, the former physical therapist began her acting career after taking adult-education classes at Boston University. She now teaches drama at New York University and runs a small theatre company in New Jersey with her husband, actor Louis Zorich. The Cemetery Club (Pearl, 9.30 pm) teams Dukakis with Diane Ladd and Ellen Burstyn, but it is the latter who comes off best. All three play Jewish women (though all are Gentiles) whose friendship is reinforced by the deaths of their husbands. Cautiously entering the singles world, the women quickly realise that the crop of eligible men has been harvested. That is until a charming widower (Danny Aiello) appears and develops an interest in one of the 'girls'. Unfortunately, while Burstyn is a pleasure to watch, Dukakis and Ladd create hackneyed characters that throw what is an uplifting and cheery film off course. It is hard to believe that Legend (World, 9.30 pm) was made just a year before Tom Cruise's appearance in Top Gun, the movie that would make him a megastar. The youthful actor (who, incidentally, spent a year in a Franciscan monastery before deciding on his career), was biding time after making a name for himself in teen outings, Risky Business and All The Right Moves. In Legend, a beautifully mounted but misdirected fantasy saga about the Prince of Darkness trying to gain control over a young girl, Cruise looks too innocent to be allowed out at night let alone save the world. Still, the effects and make-up are excellent, even if the character development and story are poorly defined and hidden beneath the greasepaint. Children will enjoy it. There are a handful of songs that have achieved the mantle of the biggest-selling record of all time; Bing Crosby's White Christmas is one of them. Now the stuff of supermarket jingles and elevator music, it is hard to remember it in context. But if you don't want to wait for the festive season to hear it again, watch Bing Crosby: His Legendary Years (World, 1pm) and watch the crooner schmooze you back to Christmases like they used to be. The portrait looks at some of Crosby's best film performances, from exclusive footage of early action in Max Sennett two-reel comedies, through the 'Road' movies with Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour, to his Academy Award-winning performance in Going My Way. Other songs include Swinging On A Star, Accentuate The Positive and Moonlight Becomes You. In tonight's episode of One Foot In The Grave (World, 6.30 pm), Patrick's cherry tree begins to throttle Victor's junipers, prompting him to seek professional help with unexpected results. And Victor's new hobby of keeping tropical fish prompts the local branch of Greenpeace to mount a picket outside the pet shop.