A word of praise this week for TVB which, while strangely subdued when it comes to 'plugs' on Pearl, has redeemed itself impressively in the eyes of non-Cable-watching armchair soccer followers. Hot on the heels of the live Poland-England World Cup qualifier in Katowice comes comprehensive coverage of the four-nation Tournoi de France. Featuring World Cup champions Brazil, England, Italy and hosts France, the summer spectacular provides valuable pointers to France 98, and Cantonese-language TVB Jade has been right on the ball. Early on Sunday (2.25am), stand by for the France-England match in Montpellier, followed in the same timeslot on Monday by Brazil-Italy from Lyon, the teams' first meeting since the 1994 World Cup final in the United States. The tournament finishes in Paris with England-Brazil on Tuesday and France-Italy on Wednesday: expect the televised feast to continue. Added to this, sports fans have extensive coverage of tennis to look forward to. Tonight, the French Open Tennis 1997 (Pearl, 11.45pm) runs through the night; Wimbledon gets under way later this month. In contrast, TVB has highlighted the tennis ad nauseam in what must be the worst trailers ever broadcast. If I had to hazard a guess, I would say Jean-Claude Van Damme appears in more films on Hong Kong's English-language channel than any other actor. The reason, of course, is simple: his films guarantee the martial-arts action that Hong Kong film viewers love so much. He has moved around the various categories of the 'chop-socky' genre, working in a sci-fi vehicle (Cyborg ), a spy thriller (Black Eagle ) and a fighter for hire in Lionheart (World, 9.40pm). But what is as clear as daylight is that, though he is handsome and can throw a stylish punch or two, Van Damme the man lacks the ability to deliver a line that's even marginally less wooden than a sequoia. Indeed, his complete lack of humour or irony sets him apart from other action actors, who get by on their charm. Yet he does project a certain (clearly false) modesty that is vaguely endearing; indeed, he tries hard. Lionheart (aka AWOL and Wrong Bet ) is simply for fans of staged fights. The plot involves the French Foreign Legion, the death of Van Damme's brother, and revenge. The rest you can work out for yourselves. Far more entertaining are the mating habits of Australia's birds. And I do, of course, mean the feathered variety. Three birds and their unique methods of courtship and incubation are the topic of Global Family (World, 6.30pm), Birds Of A Different Feather. The satin bowerbird builds a courtship bower to attract a mate; the male 'superb lyrebird' struts, sings and displays its magnificent tail feathers while the female takes care of nest-building; but it's the habits of the brush turkeys that take some real beating. The turkeys lay their eggs in compost heaps. The chicks emerge two months later ready to fend for themselves as their parents have long disappeared to new pastures. The dance floor of Harlem's Savoy Ballroom provides the backdrop for Stompin' At The Savoy (World, 2.55am), a television movie about four Southern black women who head to New York to try to find better lives in post-Depression America. One plays the numbers daily, hoping for a big win so she can open a beauty parlour; another is a frustrated singer; one is deeply in love; and one is determined to get an education.