SYDNEY Pollack's delightfully scenic hit Out of Africa (World, 9.30pm. Original Running Time 162 mins) makes its way to our small screens tonight in a splash of colour and romance. Based on Karen Blixen's written account of her life, the film tells of the love that develops between the Danish coffee bean farmer (Meryl Streep) and maverick British pioneer Denys Finch Hatton (Robert Redford, yuck) during the gradual collapse of her marriage to Swede, Baron Bror Blixen (Klaus Maria Brandauer). The romance and emotional turmoil supplies the perfect contrast to the fabulous scenery of the Kenyan hills and wildlife and Streep is in her element as the sweet Danish love-bird as she once again shows her skills in mimicking foreign accents. Worth staying home for. ONE of Michael (Jurassic Park) Crichton's earlier writing and directional efforts can be seen on Pearl tonight in The Great Train Robbery (9.30pm. ORT 111 mins). It is mid-19th century and the Crimean War rages far away from the mints of London where the troops' wages are being loaded on to a train bound for Russia. The ever-reliable Sean Connery plays Edward Pierce, a man determined to become the first Brit to rob a moving train and keep the loot. He employs the criminal skills of others, namely his lovely mistress (Lesley-Anne Down) and a nimble pick-pocket, Agar (Donald Sutherland). The fun story and script coupled with the great cast makes this simple film surprisingly good, so make sure to tune in for this one. MEANWHILE on the darker side, a thrilling and rather dramatic little piece of cinema can be seen late tonight on Pearl. True Confessions (12 midnight. ORT 110 mins) is an interesting look at how the tepid relationship between two brothers, one a powerful Roman Catholic priest (Robert De Niro) and the other a tough city cop (Robert Duvall), heats up when the latter suspects his fellow family member is involved in the brutal murder of a hitchhiking prostitute. Scandal and intrigue abound in this gripping suspense feature with typically good performances from the lead actors. Charles Durning and Burgess Meredith co-star. THAT laugh-a-minute animated family is back tonight in another episode of the cult series The Simpsons (World, 9 pm). This week screwball Bart Simpson feels he's being neglected by his dad and spots an advertisement on television offering ''bigger brothers'' who can give all the companionship and good fun a kid could ever need. Then in true Simpsons tradition, Homer tries his own hand at being a Big Brother and takes on a young protege who is desperate for anybody he can look up to. Typically, as with virtually all American sit-coms, the torn family patches are mended within the 30 minute time frame, but the laughs along the way are worth it. IF you are desperate for a late night movie then turn over to World for Dead Run (2 am. ORT92 mins). Not one of the greatest flicks ever made but still watchable, this 1969 film tells the tale of a petty thief who accidentally steals confidential documents during one of his ''jobs'' and ends up caught in a wild goose chase of espionage and danger. Peter Lawford, Countess Ira Furstenburg and George Geret star in this mildly thrilling tale.