ONE of these days, and it won't be long, this paper will try and get a handle on Cable TV's ever-expanding repertoire, and that will solve the sort of problem I face in weeks like this when the movie line-up on ATV World, TVB Pearl and Star Plus is as threadbare as a street sleeper's quilt. Cable has its own movie channel (even with Category III naughties thrown in at a premium rate) and once its audience reach exceeds its hype, it will be a welcome addition to the home entertainment scene. TODAY FOR the time being, though, we're left with World's budget-buster of the moment, Farewell To My Concubine (World, 9.30 pm), which appears on screen for the second consecutive night. Join Leslie Cheung, Zhang Fengyi and Gong Li in another depressing struggle through China's recent history. TUESDAY There I was hoping Impulse (World, 9.30 pm) would be the mildly entertaining 1984 sci-fi effort starring Meg Tilly and Hume Cronyn, but instead it turned out to be the mildly entertaining 1990 cop thriller starring Theresa Russell, Jeff Fahey and the supporting actor's supporting actor, George Dzundza. Well, there you go. Anyway, it's a story about an undercover cop who cannot, or will not shed light on a murder case. Sondra Locke directs and it all comes across like an early '80s Clint Eastwood effort. THURSDAY THANK heaven, or wherever, for Joel and Ethan Coen. Whatever genre they tackle, they do so with originality - as The Hudsucker Proxy demonstrates. Take the gangster flick, for instance, which by the late 1980s became the domain of the flashy film-makers. Well, there's nothing flashy about Miller's Crossing (Pearl, 12.40 am), their take on Depression-era mob rivalry. In fact, this is a deliberately sombre piece of work in which Gabriel Byrne, Albert Finney and John Turturro do the double-cross. But with talent like that of the brothers and photographer Barry Sonnenfeld at hand, this makes for classy, if edgy, viewing. FRIDAY IF IN doubt, go for Bond. That's rule number seven in the book of TV programming, and TVB is applying it tonight. The funny thing about On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Pearl, 9.30 pm) is that it features more explosive stunts (and climaxes) than any other 007 romp. That is probably because it stars the one-off George Lazenby rather than Sean Connery, and is adapted from the most depressing of the Fleming books. Diana Rigg is the babe and Telly Savalas the baddie. SATURDAY ALRIGHT, matinee folk, today's nostalgic wallow is a real movie buffs' treat. The Bad And The Beautiful (World, 12.15 pm) was very much an 'in' Hollywood movie, released in 1952, and dealing with a fictitious hard-nosed Hollywood producer. He is described through the reminiscences of a director, a star and a screenwriter. Starring Kirk Douglas and Lana Turner. The great Vincente Minelli directs.