Despite his obvious acting inconsistency, inflated ego and equally inflated torso, Marlon Brando has remained one of the world's most popular stars and, perhaps more surprisingly, is often quoted as America's greatest actor. His early performances in films such as A Streetcar Named Desire, On The Waterfront and The Wild One attracted such acclaim that a new breed of actors eager to walk in his footsteps was born. There was clearly something in his 'method': many of those who came after - James Dean, Paul Newman and Robert De Niro - need no introduction. In the early years, at least, the actor's commitment to his characters was beyond the call of duty: he spent a month lying in bed at a veterans' hospital to prepare for his screen debut as an embittered paraplegic in The Men (1950). But, in later years, his choice of film has been dictated less by the role than the producer's willingness to pay his exorbitant fees and put up with his temperamental nature (early on he was discovered to be 'difficult'). So his face has appeared in some daft movies, notably Superman and The Formula. The latter's success was totally dependent on the relationship between Brando and co-star, George C Scott. The success of The Freshman (Pearl, 9.30pm), an equally unlikely vehicle for this star, depends on the chemistry between Brando and Matthew Broderick and, peculiarly, it works, helped along by Andrew Bergman's script and direction. Broderick plays a university film student who inadvertently gets involved with a mafia plot to smuggle endangered species. Brando's self-parody is superb. Star Sports has done well to secure rights to several international rugby contests including the current series involving South Africa and British Lions, New Zealand and Argentina, Australia and France. There is more to come in the weeks ahead, with the annual Tri-Nations series between the All Blacks, Wallabies and Springboks, as well as England's visit Down Under. Some colleagues who wouldn't necessarily rate rugby union their favourite sport still talk of how the first Lions Test at Newlands, Cape Town, carried live last Saturday - in which the tourists came from behind to beat the World Cup champions - left them spellbound. The second Test in Durban this Saturday is eagerly awaited but, strangely, Star plans to show it only on Sunday afternoon, by which time many enthusiasts will unavoidably know the result. The channel is screening several hours of Wimbledon on Saturday night, which presumably explains the decision, but the tournament will not even have reached the quarter-finals by then, so perhaps Star could have afforded to squeeze 80 minutes of rugby in at this time. You had only had to be at Jimmy's Sports Bar on Saturday night to see the healthy turnout - admittedly an expat crowd in the main - to see what a large audience rugby Tests command. It's a rare pleasure to watch a wildlife show about an animal that is no longer endangered. The Indian rhinoceros is one of five different rhino species in the world: the other four are seriously under threat, mainly from poachers. But the Indian rhino's survival is testament to the dedication of the people and government of Nepal to preserving these two-tonne vegetarians. This episode of Global Family (World, 6.30pm) takes viewers into Nepal's largest wildlife preserve, Chitawan, which is now overpopulated by rhinos, to see how one is captured and relocated. The project has proved to be key to the Indian rhino's survival and revival in numbers.