Now The English Patient has gone down in movie history as one of the greatest surprise hits of the decade, it is hard to imagine a time when a film with Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche in it could be anything else. But six years ago they made their first film together, Wuthering Heights (Pearl, 1.10am) and the result was such a mess that the two must have felt jinxed. It was Binoche's reception after that film that must have convinced her that the British hated her, as she said a few weeks ago on receiving an award for The English Patient. But, to be fair to her, it was the casting director's mistake, not hers. She, of course, plays Cathy, the highly strung heroine who has such a rotten time of it at the hands of the hero, Heathcliff (played by Fiennes). Cathy is one of the most passionate English heroines ever written, but that does not necessarily mean that she needs to be played by a French actress. Binoche is so wonderful to look at, that she nearly gets away with it, but then she has to open her mouth and the resulting mess is so incomprehensible (and inconsistent) that it quite ruins everything. Fiennes is not really on top form either. He can play swaggering bad guys, as we saw in Schindler's List. But he is not quite comfortable playing this one. His attempts to smoulder sometimes come across as petulance, which is a petty emotion, and the one thing Heathcliff can never be is petty. Sometimes good actors can ruin a decent movie, and sometimes they can transform an average one. The latter is what happened with Mr Baseball (World, 9.30pm) in which Tom Selleck plays a thoroughly obnoxious, fading baseball star, who loses his place on the team to a younger man. He is so far from his former status in the sport that the only job he can get is not even in the United States, but in Japan. So off he goes, grumbling all the way, and spends the rest of the movie realising he has something to learn from the Japanese, as well as something to teach them. Selleck has finally found the big hit that might push him to the A-team of male stars in Hollywood with his latest movie, In & Out, in which he is cast against type as a gay and, even more daringly, clean-shaven journalist, who sets out to seduce Kevin Kline. This film has been a huge hit and, on the back of it, Selleck has a new film deal with a major studio, and a new sitcom of his own called The Closer, which goes into production this spring. That deal probably owes less to the new movie, and more to his role as Richard in the sitcom Friends. He is probably the only actor of his generation who could take the role, and never ever make it look as if Monica had a father complex, or that Richard was a pathetic creep who could handle only women half his age.