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Big movies, little movies and memories


Look to the 8 o'clock movie marquee for a selection of notable films. NBC is spending a few hours in nostalgia, from a repeat visit to wild places to Bob Hope's recollections of his World War II entertainment travels.

* "30 Years of National Geographic Specials" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- From Jacques Cousteau's underwater adventures to Jane Goodall's work with chimps, the TV version of the familiar magazine has taken viewers to exotic places around the world. Richard Kiley narrates a repeat special featuring highlights. NBC.

* "Touched by An Angel" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Peter Scolari, who will star in the new CBS sitcom "Dweebs" in the fall, makes a guest appearance in this repeat as a dweeby lawyer with whom Monica (Roma Downey) takes a job. CBS.

* "Bob Hope Remembers World War II" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Frances Langford, dancer Patty Thomas and Dolores Hope add their memories to those of the comedian from Cleveland who brought laughs to American troops overseas. NBC.

* "Walker, Texas Ranger" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Trivia test: Why is the casting of guest star Roy Thinnes in this repeat episode so clever? In the story, Walker (Chuck Norris) investigates a little girl who says her father was abducted by "skypeople." Trivia answer: From 1967-1968 on ABC, Mr. Thinnes starred in "The Invaders" as an architect who tried to warn others that aliens were on Earth, making takeover plans. CBS.


* "Big" (8 p.m.-10:30 p.m., USA) -- Here's an important early piece in the impressive body of work by two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks, who may be in the running for No. 3 (with "Apollo 13). In this 1988 hit, he captures the push-pull agony of adolescence as a kid suddenly occupying the body of an adult. With Elizabeth Perkins and Robert Loggia.

* "True Lies" (8 p.m.-10:30 p.m., HBO) -- Before "Waterworld," this was the most expensive film on record ($115 million vs. the new film's $175 million or more). The 1994 action thriller stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as a spy who uses covert skills to check whether his wife (Jamie Lee Curtis) is cheating on him while he tries to foil a terrorist plot.

* "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (8 p.m.-10 p.m. A&E; Network) -- The sharpest sword is the satirical one swung with inspired lunacy as John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman and Terry Gilliam hack away at medieval quest cliches.

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