It is a pleasant surprise to find that it is commercial old TVB that has decided to rearrange its schedules at the last minute to pay tribute to the late Akira Kurosawa this evening, rather than ATV. Last year, after all, ATV bravely screened Kurosawa's exquisite version of King Lear, Ran, against TVB's tacky ratings winner, The Odyssey. It is right that schedules should be abandoned in tribute to the director. Kurosawa was easily the greatest Asian film director. Some considered him the greatest film artist of all time. I hope TVB will excuse me for pointing out that it usually aims for movies with mass appeal, and Kurosawa never really had that. Tonight's movie, Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (Pearl, 9.30pm), was made only seven years ago, when the director was already 80 years old. Instead of the great themes of his earlier, more famous works, Ran, Rashomon, Seven Samurai and Ikiru, here he chose to portray his own dreams. There are eight separate stories, all described with Kurosawa's customary visual style. The earliest deal with childhood, and then become increasingly bleak and surreal. They include an account of the nuking of Mount Fuji, a rescue from a blizzard and a recreation of the paintings of Vincent van Gogh (played by Martin Scorsese). Kurosawa may have slightly lost the plot, as it were, in these stories, which occasionally reek of self-indulgence, but he never lost the ability to create extraordinary images. His original training was as a painter, and it is said that he actually painted the storyboards for his movies. Perhaps that was the secret. Murphy does actually die and go to heaven this evening in Murphy Brown (Pearl, 6.50pm) but since this is not the end of the series, it is fairly safe to reveal the outcome, since fans will know it is not the end. She begins the show planning to leave FYI, feeling she has finally shaken off her cancer and now wants to spend more time living and less time working. Last time she left FYI, to go and snuggle up with Bill Clinton in the White House, she ended up being diagnosed with a tumour. One would think she had learnt from the experience, but apparently not. As this, the final series, ever draws to a close, the ratio of regulars to guest stars goes up dramatically. Tonight we get Julia Roberts, popping in to see Kay and missing Frank, and Bette Midler as the appalling new secretary. Mike Wallace from 60 Minutes is on next week, and rumour has it Candice Bergen might be returning the favour in the future. She appeared as an interviewee on the show a few months ago, and made such an impression on Don Hewitt, the show's all-powerful executive producer that he has said he has asked the actress if she would like to guest present on the show in the future.