When director Alan J Pakula was killed on November 19 in an accident so absurd we would not believe it if we saw it in a movie, it was the end of a man much loved and much admired in Hollywood as making the kind of movies people wanted to see, actors wanted to play in and critics wanted to praise. Not all his films were successful in all these ways, in fact in the last decade he usually had to make do with two out of three, but this was the man who had made Klute, All The Presidents Men, and Sophie's Choice in the past, and could afford a few near-misses. Unfortunately, TVB's belated tribute to the man is Consenting Adults (Pearl, 9.30pm) which was definitely not vintage Pakula, although it did expand on one of his central preoccupations, the survival of relationships in modern life. It stars Kevin Kline, who made his screen debut with Pakula in Sophie's Choice, as Richard Parker, a sensible middle class man living a sensible middle class life with his sensible, blah blah blah wife Priscilla (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio). They are vaguely aware that contentment in Suburbia is a bit boring, but not really worried about it until a new set of neighbours move in next door. Eddy and Kay Otis (Kevin Spacey, and Rebecca Miller) just seem to have more fun, and Kay, looks like a pin-up fantasy girl. The four become friends, begin to socialise, and begin to flirt with one another. It is all harmless stuff at first but inevitably proximity breeds an unhealthy familiarity and Richard is hardly shocked at all when Eddy casually suggests a bit of wife-swapping. Admittedly, Spacey is utterly irresistible as Eddy, but even at this state of the game it is also obvious he is completely amoral and quite mad. Obvious to us, but not to Richard, and so the film deteriorates into fantasy. Not the best Pakula ever at all, but still a cut above the average. Do Bobby Donnell and his team ever defend anyone who is actually innocent? The second series of The Practice (World, 8.30pm) begins to get into its stride tonight with the curious murder of a controversial Councilman. The obvious and chief suspect is the man who calls them from the murder scene, before dialling 911 for the cops, and asks for a lawyer to come around and help him with the body. Last week, while Bobby was wrestling with his conscience over that murderess 'but to defend her when she is guilty!', Eugene finally lost patience with him. 'They are all guilty! Then we get them off and they go home.' It was a rare moment of honesty, and strangely didn't help Bobby decide what to do at all.