Rush Hour HBO, 9pm Jackie Chan makes his Hollywood debut as the Hong Kong cop who flies to Los Angeles to rescue a Chinese consul's daughter kidnapped by a gang of antique smugglers. The FBI want no such assistance, so assign a local detective (motor-mouth comedian Chris Tucker, above with Chan) to babysit Chan. Differences between the two are inevitably resolved so they can embark on their roller-coaster rescue mission, with Chan carrying out some hair-raising stunts in the LA traffic (1998). Licence To Kill Pearl, 9.30pm One of the better Bond movies, starring Timothy Dalton in his second and final outing as the British spy, who this time takes on a villain of surprisingly limited ambitions. Franz Sanchez, played by Robert Davi, does not want to rule or destroy the world, but only to be a cocaine billionaire. Carey Lowell is Bond's sexy companion (1989). Perdita Durango Cinemax, 7pm Much-criticised road thriller involving a kidnap for the purpose of human sacrifice, trade in human embryos for the cosmetic industry and plenty of gratuitous blood-letting. Alex de la Iglesia's movie (1997) is a sequel of sorts to David Lynch's Wild At Heart, based as that film was on a book by Barry Gifford and containing some of the same characters. Rosie Perez is Perdita, the Latin femme fatale reeling from the brutal murder of her sister, who hooks up in crime with satanic priest Romeo (Javier Bardem). James Gandolfini's name appears low in the credits, for one of his lesser roles before finding fame in The Sopranos. Do Parents Matter? Pearl, 8.30pm Throw away all those parenting books! According to the radical theories of a 61-year-old grandmother, it is not parents who shape their children, but peer groups and genes. Judy Harris' (above) ideas stem from her own experiences as a child and as a mother. Her argument is supported by other studies, including those of identical twins growing up in different environments, and of ruthless children creating their own world, entirely separate from adults. Children instinctively adapt to the peer group, because it is within it that they must compete for resources and eventually breed, argues Harris, the author of The Nurture Assumption. The Spying Game BBC World, 10.10pm BBC journalists David Rose and Sarah Hann took a leaf out of James Bond's book for this intriguing new series on Cold War espionage. Cameras and microphones hidden in ties and jacket lapels were used to confront East German Stasi agent Robin Pearson, a lecturer at Britain's Hull University who believed East Germany was some sort of paradise, and 87-year-old London pensioner Melita Norwood (above), who supplied scientific intelligence to the Soviets for almost 40 years. In this week's A School For Spies, Rose examines the efforts of Warsaw Pact countries in countering the West's intelligence activities. On The Edge: Real Rescues On The High Seas National Geographic, 9pm Members of the US Coast Guard's elite Rescue Swimmer Team risk their lives to save others, in this case a swimmer left stranded 480 kilometres offshore. The documentary shows how the team train in readiness for dropping into rolling seas and on to moving ships without hesitation.