PEARL should have screened director Wayne Wang's engaging comedy/drama Eat A Bowl Of Tea (11.35pm) in prime time. Instead they have plumped for Stone Cold (9.30pm), two hours of silliness which is only saved from the scrapheap by some incredible stunts towards the end. More on Stone Cold, which stars a real-life American footballer, just like O.J. Simpson, later. The beauty of Eat A Bowl Of Tea is that it is nothing more than it modestly aspires to be. And that is a sharply-observed, witty domestic drama about an American-born Chinese (Russell Wong) who brings his Chinese-born bride (Cora Miao) back to New York City. Once there he finds that family pressures to make them produce children make him impotent. Wang himself, a Chinese-American born in Hong Kong, shot much of the film in the territory and said it was ''a killer'', with one disaster after another. It cost less than US$2 million (HK$15 million)- a mere drop in the Hollywood ocean - but work included several mishaps. Most of them involved Hong Kong workmen, who never got the 40s sets looking quite the way Wang wanted. Directing the Hong Kong actors was also a strain. ''Some of them were predictable because they do so much TV. Getting them to take risks was an interesting exercise.'' Among those Hong Kong actors is Miao, who happens to be Wang's wife. She was already established in the territory when she appeared in one of his earlier films, Dim Sum. Then there is Eric Tsang Chi-wai, a comedian, producer and director, who plays a slick gambler and womaniser. In the best Hong Kong tradition of holding down at the same time more jobs than many Westerners have in a lifetime, he managed to appear in Tea while making three other films. AND so to Stone Cold, which is mostly about sex, drugs and murder. Its star is Brian Bosworth, a former American football player known to his fans as ''Boz''. He plays a policeman who infiltrates a gang of bikers who have been bumping off his buddies. Strictly six-pack stuff. THE BBC Masterpiece Theatre production We Shall Meet Again (World, 8.30pm) reaches its conclusion. Amos (Alec Guinness) has struck up an odd friendship with Lisa (Lauren Bacall), an enigmatic American woman staying at the same hotel in Normandy, France. But Lisa comes close to ending her life on a French beach, with a happy cocktail of pills and gin. Now watch on. THE story so far in the Puppet Master series is that puppet master Andres Toulon (Steve Welles) is dead. In Puppet Master II (World, 9.30pm) he is brought back to life by his inhuman offspring to deal with some unfinished business. The first victim is Nita Talbot, a researcher who disappears at an abandoned hotel that turns out to be anything but abandoned. JOHN Gacy had killed 33 people - all men - before police got hold of him. When he ran out of space to hide the bodies in his house, he dumped them in the river. His story is told in Great Crimes And Trials Of The 21st Century (World, 7.30pm). IN Sirens (World, 12.50pm), which is a bulk-standard cop series but with women cops instead of men, our three heroines are fighting crime on the mean streets of Pittsburgh. Molly (Liza Snyder) is single and spends most of her off-hours looking for that special guy; Lynn (A.J. Johnson) is a divorced mother caring for two children; and Sarah (Jayne Brooke) is having problems with her husband while at the same time being attracted to her partner (John Terlesky) at work. All three are rampant stereotypes, but do not let that spoil the fun. Cagney And Lacey was better, but Sirens is all right. IT took Alain Degre three years to film the one-hour documentary The Fight Of The Elephants (Pearl, 8.30pm). Degre discovers how African elephants are reacting to the invasion of their natural habitat by man and why their existence is threatened. Paradoxically, the many reserves where elephants are being studied are financed by hunting. When elephants escape from the reserves - and they often do - they wander towards farms, where farmers make them less than welcome. Massacres are not uncommon, and it is the orphans from these massacres who really suffer. They are often taken to centres where they are trained to serve man by carrying tourists and taking part in film shoots.