Digital, Cable and Satellite Television: Pick of the Day

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THE GODFATHER PART II (10pm Sky Cinema, right), Francis Ford Coppola's second installment of Mario Puzo's Mafia saga, is thought by many to be the finest post- War American film. The first sequel ever to scoop a Best Film Oscar, it is a brilliant account of the decline of Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) into the kind of heartless mobster he once swore he would never become. Interwoven with his ruthless streamlining of the "family business" are sequences from the early life of his father, Vito (an Oscar-winning Robert De Niro). Many scenes stand out - none more so than the confrontation between Michael and his wife, Kay (Diane Keaton), when she tells him that she is leaving.

Burt Lancaster stars in The Swimmer (6pm FilmFour), a quirky drama about a man who travels home through his neighbours' swimming pools.