IN 1971, William Friedkin gave cinema its most unforgettable car chase in The French Connection. Fourteen years later in To Live and Die in LA, he created another spectacular chase sequence - this time on a six-lane highway during rush hour and going against the traffic - sadly he forgot to add anything else worth watching. The characters in the film (Pearl 9.30pm, ORT 116 mins) are at least consistent: both goodies and baddies are equally unlikeable. William L. Petersen plays the ace Secret Service agent tracking down counterfeiter and general sleazoid Willem Dafoe (Body of Evidence ). Friedkin plays it as brutally as he did in French Connection, and this time the violence is viciously updated. Look out for John Turturro (Barton Fink ), Robert Downey Jr (Chaplin ) and Dean Stockwell (Married to the Mob ). HARRISON Ford's new movie - and reportedly his best in years - The Fugitive, is due to open in Hong Kong cinemas tomorrow, and tonight you can get a sneak preview of how the project was put together. The Making of . . . The Fugitive (World 10.30pm) goes behind the scenes with director Andrew Davis to discover how he's put new life into the old 60s TV series of the same name, which starred David Janssen as Dr Kimble, a man wrongly accused of his wife's murder. Ford takes on that role in the movie, and, while he gives his usual sympathetic good guy performance to perfection, it's reportedly Tommy Lee Jones (Under Siege) who steals the show as deputy marshal Sam Gerard, a man obsessed with tracking Kimble down. IN view of the recent discovery of medical waste washed up on Rocky Bay in Shek O, the Hong Kong Connection (Pearl 7pm) looks at the lack of a well-defined code of practice in the territory for the proper disposal of such hazardous rubbish. At present, medical waste is either burned in hospital incinerators or dumped with ordinary rubbish as landfill. Hermia Leung discovers that none of the 34 hospital incinerators meet standards required by the Environmental Protection Department and landfill dumps are not suitable for this sort of garbage. AFTER five decades of rapid deforestation, economic expansion and population growth, India is now struggling to save its natural environment. Wild India (Pearl 8.30pm) looks at how the nation has responded to the need to protect dwindling numbers of elephants and tigers. PEARL extends its Mandarin programming from 20 minutes to 50 today with the addition of the Putonghua News Magazine (6pm). This is a locally-made programme looking at current affairs in Hong Kong. It will be hosted by Gong Yong-ning and Pong Li-yun. The programme is in Mandarin, without subtitles. LATEST in a long-line of nonsensical public information films is the one asking parents to communicate with their depressed teenagers. The scene: an empty school hall. The players are the Depressed Teen, crying highly unconvincingly into a tissue; and oneUnderstanding Friend. Dialogue is along the lines of: DT: ''I'm confused and have no one to talk to.'' UF: Can't you talk to your mum?'' DT: No, she doesn't have time.'' UF: Never mind, you can always talk to me . . . come on, let's go for a drink.'' The message is not only trite, condescending and about as useful as a water-pistol at a gunfight, it also sounds suspiciously like our school kids are being encouraged to nip down the nearest pub and drown their sorrows.