I HAD a fahm in Efrikah'' . . . only six words into the movie and Meryl Streep's already established she's ''doing'' another accent. This woman could have put Professor Higgins out of a job. The film is, of course, Out of Africa (World 9.30pm, Original Running Time 161 mins) Sydney Pollack's exquisite screen adaptation of the life of Karen Blixen. The woman was no slouch. She married her cousin (Klaus Maria Brandauer) for convenience, moved from Denmark to Nairobi, fell in love with a British adventurer (Robert Redford) and faced emotional and financial ruin, before finding fame - albeit posthumously - by getting it all down in print under the pseudonym Isak Dinesen. The film won much praise and many Oscars. Its only faults are it's too long and it's been on too many times. THERE'S one scene everyone remembers from Black Rain (Pearl 9.45pm, ORT 126 mins), when Andy Garcia (Accidental Hero) has a brief encounter with the sharp end of a sword. Other than that, the film is slick, stylish and strangely forgettable. Garcia and Mike Douglas (Basic instinct) play cops escorting a ruthless Yakuza from New York to Osaka where he is snatched from under their noses. They join forces with the Japanese police to get him back. Intriguing at times, but predictable - and it's racist. SALLY Round interviews travel writer extraordinaire Paul Theroux for this week's edition of the new, improved current affairs show, Inside Story (World 8.30pm). Theroux - author of such books as The Kingdom by the Sea and Riding the Iron Rooster - is hereto write an article on Hongkong and Southern China. Let's hope, Round's done her homework, interviewers Theroux considers not up to standard have in the past found themselves savaged in his books. The show also includes a report on the recent violent attacks in Tuen Mun. Mona Liu interviews residents about their fears and how they feel the police should be protecting them. SICK Building Syndrome is the subject of The Pearl Report (7.35 pm), a problem caused by poor air quality inside air-conditioned buildings. Host Peter Maize promises he'll reveal a controversial step taken by the Government to keep Legislative Councillors from falling asleep on the job ''because of lack of fresh air in the Legco chambers''. Always thought it was lack of anything fresh in the speeches that had them nodding off. THE ongoing demise of the environment is the pertinent issue in a new seven-part series, Battle for the Planet (STAR Plus 7.30pm). Each episode will highlight a particular issue, such as problems with food aid, population and sea pollution. The first episode, A Struggle for Shelter, comes from Argentina, and looks at the problems posed by sprawling cities worldwide.