TODAY'S a public holiday, which in TV land means throw in everything you've got. This explains why A World Apart, a film about apartheid can be followed by the Pound Puppies; why music ranges from Elvis, through Rostropovich to Natalie Cole; and why a single National Basketball Association Final play-off can be shown minus the other six. Still, one live NBA play-off (Pearl 8am) is better than no play-off at all. This is the third of seven games between the Chicago Bulls - who're hoping to win the title for the third year running - and the Phoenix Suns. VETERAN Italian Marcello Mastroianni is magnificent in Everybody's Fine (World 9.30pm, ORT 112 mins), director Giuseppe Tornatore's follow-up movie to Cinema Paradiso. He plays an elderly Sicilian who tours Italy visiting his five grown-up children, and has most of his dreams and hopes for them shattered en route. It's another trip down nostalgia lane for Tornatore, though he fails to achieve another Paradiso. But, if you can forgive him that - and a bad attack of the Fellinis midway through - then watch anyway for Mastroianni. TWO factors make director Chris Menges' anti-apartheid film A World Apart (Pearl 1.30pm, ORT 113 mins) a different kind of ''cause'' movie. First, it's seen through a teenage girl's eyes; and second, it makes the rare point that martyrs are difficult to live with. Thirteen-year-old Molly (Jodhi May) is the daughter of liberal journalist Diane (Barbara Hershey), who was the first white woman to be jailed under the 90-day Detention Act in 1963. Molly is resentful as her mother neglects her for the greater cause, and more furious than concerned at Diane's imprisonment which prompts Molly's schoolfriends to ostracise her. IGNORE The Heretic, tonight's The Exorcist III (Pearl 9.30pm, ORT 110 mins) is the real sequel to the first movie which ended with a demon casting itself into the body of a priest, who then plunged to his death . Fifteen years on, it appears the priest may be alive and responsible for a series of brutal murders in the town. George C. Scott plays the sceptical detective who gradually comes to believe the priest may be back. The real good news is that this relies more on suspense than gore, and while it loses its way towards the end, the film offers some real shocks. EACH year thousands of Chinese illegal immigrants are arrested and sent back over the border, but what about the illegal Western workers who come to Hongkong to escape economic hardship at home? The Inside Story (World 8.30pm) team asks why these people are here and how they're surviving. IN a late programme change, Pearl has replaced the sitcom Dinosaurs with Zhu Rongji on China (6pm), an interview China's Executive Vice-Premier did in Canada on his trip there last month. Mr Zhu talks about human rights on the mainland, as well as China'sdiplomatic policy, trade conflicts and its economic reforms.