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A LIZA MINNELLI double-bill today features two of her finest films. Shot on the same soundstages where, her mother, Judy Garland had 30 years earlier, filmed some of her most enduring work, Martin Scorsese's New York, New York (10pm FilmFour) is a classy pastiche of the big-band musicals of the 1940s. Minnelli and Robert De Niro play the singer and sax-player whose careers flourish despite problems in their personal lives.

This is followed by Bob Fosse's musical, Cabaret (12.50am, right), which picked up five Oscars (including Best Actress). Minnelli again dominates proceedings as Sally Bowles, a singer at the hedonistic Kit Kat Klub in pre- war Berlin, who finds a spellbound admirer in Michael York. The decadence of the club - embodied by Joel Grey's leering MC - is played out against the backdrop of the rise of Nazism.