IT may be a rerun, but Roman Polanski's menacing thriller Frantic makes far better viewing a second time than would-be black comedy, She-Devil, does a first. In Frantic (Pearl 9.30, Original Running Time 120 mins), an American doctor (Harrison Ford) goes to Paris for a conference and a second honeymoon, only to have his wife (Betty Buckley) mysteriously disappear while he's taking a shower. Polanski masterfully controls Ford's gradual mood change from mild bewilderment to complete panic. Neither the hotel management nor the police take Ford seriously, so he sets out to find her himself, encountering first a corpse then a bubble-gum chewing punkette Emmanuelle Seigner (Polanski's wife) on his sinister but unstoppable journey into the Parisian underworld. Polanski relieves the tension with a little humour now and again, particularly in Ford's increasingly disreputable return trips to the posh hotel, shoeless, dishevelled and with a micro-mini-skirted nymphette in tow. FAY Weldon's novel The Life and Times of a She-Devil was a darkly humorous tale of a scorned woman setting out methodically to destroy her husband's new life - Home, Family, Career and Freedom. Tis a pity then that the film version, She-Devil (World 9.30pm, Original Running Time 99 mins) is predictable, humourless and totally lacking in any sense of irony. Roseanne Arnold (her surname was Barr then) plays the frumpy housewife who gets dumped, but the actress lacks the big-screen presence to make her character truly a devilish avenger. Meryl Streep is the glamorous romantic novelist to whom the husband (Ed Begley Jr) flees, and while her first film foray into comedy has merit, the fluttering hands and wispy voice eventually grate on the nerves. The result is a frothy comedy where there should have been a subtle satire. Instead of sitting in front of this for two hours, try reading the book. CONTROVERSIAL movie Rising Sun is the subject of this week's E! Features (STAR Plus 7pm). It's based on the novel by Michael Crichton (author of Jurassic Park) and has been condemned in some quarters as anti-Japanese. Sean Connery and Wesley Snipes (White Men Can't Jump) star in the movie, which Philip Kaufman (The Unbearable Lightness of Being) directed. OUR daily dose of wildlife documentary, Man's Heritage (Pearl 8.30pm), kicks off with Anglia TV's award-winning study of the wonders of flight in all its forms. From flying frogs to airborne lemurs, and from bats to birds, the cameramen use X-ray photography and slow-motion to reveal up-close the mechanisms by which creatures fly. The grand finale is a mid-air conflict between a Mexican cave bat and its arch-enemy the red-winged hawk. That's followed by Life in The Slow Lane, a look at the life and changing times of your 'umble tortoise. Once a popular pet, most children now will only see these reptiles in a zoo, since most of the 60 species left are classified as endangered or vulnerable and steps have been taken to protect them. THE Asian World Cup Qualifying tournament continues in Qatar, and the match being broadcast live today is North Korea v Japan (Prime Sports 10pm). Tennis is the sport of the moment on the local channels. Pearl continues with highlights from the Marlboro' Championships '93 (Pearl 12.15am) being played in Victoria Park, while World begins broadcasting action from the Salem Open, the first ATP Tour event to be played in China.