Move over Turner Classic Movies. From today, those interested in old Chinese movies can have their appetites sated with the re-launch of Cable's Movie 3 channel. Cable is taking a leaf out of TCM's book by turning Movie 3 into the Asian Classic Movie Channel, featuring movies from the silent era of the early 1930s to the booming late 1980s when the Hong Kong film industry was releasing a new film every day. Although the channel will be running day and night, Cable is saving the 12.30am slot for special packages focusing on particular stars, directors or genres. While some might think viewers would be in dreamland well before these movies finish, this is apparently not the case in nocturnal Hong Kong. Cable's research has shown that this is the most favoured time for movie watching. The specials begin with a week of films of Hong Kong's legendary Cantonese opera queen, Yam Kim-fai, starting with her 1953 costume opera Five Remonstrations With An Unreasonable Life (Movie 3, 12.30am). Yam, famous for always singing male roles, starred in about 300 films before ill-health forced her to retire in the late 1960s. She died in 1989, aged 76. Even before its re-launch, Movie 3 (channel 13) was focusing on older Chinese films. But during the day it showed repeats from its international film forum, Movie 2. From now, English and foreign language movies will not be found here. Meanwhile, sports fans will be mourning the loss of ESPN, which went off air last night following Cable's failure to negotiate a new contract with the regional sports channel. The climax of the European Champions League is the main victim. But soccer fans can take consolation that it is only 20 days to the FA Cup final and six weeks to Euro 2000, both to be carried on Cable's sports channels. A revamped Sports 2 takes the place of ESPN on channel number 7, now featuring 24-hour sports. Upcoming events include the 2000 European PGA Tour and the French Open Tennis Tournament later this month. Basketball fans will be less pleased that they can only see the European Basketball League, while the all-important American version is lost with ESPN. Sports 2 will carry more women-orientated programming, including women's tennis and football and a weekly women's sports magazine. With Sports 2 moving to ESPN's old slot, Cable's local youth music YMC Channel goes 24-hour from today. The elephant is more closely related to sea cows than any other animal, which might explain why the species is surprisingly adept at swimming. The Swimming Elephants (National Geographic, 11.30pm) is worth watching just to see these enormous animals gracefully paddling through the blue waters of the Andaman Sea. This documentary focuses on elephants that toil alongside their mahouts in the commercial timber forests of India's Andaman Islands. As well as their swimming talents, the animals are shown to be remarkably intelligent, able to understand about 40 command words. Some mahouts are convinced they understand much more.