NEIL Jordan's The Crying Game won the Best Screenplay award at the Oscars last month, and is currently being well received in Hongkong's cinemas. Now, there's a chance to enjoy one of the writer/director's earlier films, Mona Lisa (World 9.30pm, Original Running Time 104 mins), and it's just as good. Bob Hoskins gives a touching performance as a small-time villain hired by slimy nightclub boss Michael Caine as a chauffeur to prostitute Cathy Tyson. He's a short, fat racist and she's a ''thin, black tart'' with whom he becomes infatuated, and agrees to find her friend, another prostitute who's disappeared. There are obvious parallels with Martin Scorsese's 1976 classic Taxi Driver, but unlike Robert de Niro's avenging character, Hoskins' driver remains hopelessly naive about the seedy, depraved world he's inhabiting. He's only really at ease listening to Nat King Cole records or swapping stories with his mate Robbie Coltrane (Perfectly Normal ). PEARL'S alternative is not bad either. Misery (9.45pm, ORT 104 mins) is based on Stephen King's book about a pulp-novel writer (James Caan) who is held prisoner by his number one fan Annie (Kathy Bates). She rescues him when he's involved in a car accident in snow-bound Colorado, but when she discovers that in his new book he's killed off her favourite heroine, Misery, his rescuer becomes his jailer. Director Rob Reiner plays down the gore and plays up the psychology in a darkly humorous adaptation, which gave Kathy Bates her role of a lifetime - and an Oscar to boot - in the increasingly wacko character of Nurse Annie Wilkes. THIS week's Best of British is a lavish adaptation of George Eliot's classic tale Adam Bede (Pearl 12.15 am) set in 19th-century rural England. Adam Bede's a carpenter who is set on marrying pretty dairymaid Hetty Sorrel (played by Patsy Kensit of Absolute Beginners and Lethal Weapon II fame). She in turn falls for the local squire and the plot thickens when she winds up pregnant. A NEW Australian series for younger viewers, The Henderson Kids (World 7.30pm), begins today. It could be worth a look if only because one Kylie Minogue is listed in the credits as playing ''Char''. Whether this is a char, or someone called Char is unclear, but it certainly sounds like a role from the skinny one's less exalted days. PEARL kicks off two new documentary series, both from the BBC. The Velvet Claw (8.30pm) examines the development of the carnivore. It opens with the demise of the dinosaur, and the development in certain groups of animals of the carnassial tooth, a feature which would become vital to their survival. That's followed by Secret Nature of the Channel Shore (9pm) a seven-parter exploring the wildlife to be found along the shores of the English Channel, one of the world's busiest waterways.