ONLY one more day to go and the final Oscar run-up offering is a gentle affair, Driving Miss Daisy (Pearl 9.45pm, ORT 99 mins) based on Alfred Uhry's award-winning stage play. Jessica Tandy plays a cantankerous old Southern Jewish matron whose son (Dan Aykroyd) insists on hiring her a driver after she crashes her car. Morgan Freeman plays the easy going black man who's hired for the part, and what starts out as a forced acquaintance turns into a life-long friendship. It's all very genteel, at times too much so, but it managed to pick awards for Best Picture (despite being nominated in the same year as My Left Foot and Goodfellas), Actress, Screen-play and Make-Up. SADLY, World's season of old Oscar winners has ended. But for pure curiosity value take a look at Siesta (World 11.35pm ORT 97 mins), then sit back and ponder how actors of the calibre of Ellen Barkin, Gabriel Byrne, Jodie Foster and Martin Sheen managed to get roped in. Barkin plays a sky-diver who winds up semi-naked in Spain believing she might have murdered someone. Her subsequent odyssey includes repeated encounters with a taxi driver who keeps attempting to rape her. The makers tried to excuse this embarrassment by claiming it was an experimental film. Well chaps, the experiment failed. The only positive result was Barkin and Byrne married a year after the film was made. THE final curtain comes down on Monday Monitor (World 8.30 pm) with a look at pedigree dogs in Hongkong and pop art in China since the Tiananmen massacre. After a two-week recess, the show will return on April 19 with a new name, format and look. NOW, here's a topical storyline: ''Cheers may be forced to close forever for operating without a liquor licence.'' Hongkong bar-owners still awaiting licences should stop crying into their (non-alcoholic) drinks, and have a few laughs as the team from Cheers (Pearl 9 pm) handle a similar problem their way. CLINT Eastwood reprises his Dirty Harry role for the fifth time in The Dead Pool (World, 9.30pm, ORT 91 mins), and again attempts a new record for fewest words uttered in a movie. The ultimate in strong, silent types, Inspector Harry Callahan is investigating an illicit betting pool, where players predict who'll be killed first of candidates on a ''dead pool'' list. Then, guess what?, his name appears on the list. Clint's presence lifts the usual cars, cops and corpses formula. SATURDAY'S Premier League took a rest in England on Saturday, as the national team faces Turkey on Wednesday in a crucial World Cup qualifier, so the featured matches on English Soccer (Pearl, 12.05 am) are Man United versus Arsenal, and Norwich City v Aston Villa, which were played mid-week.