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WHILE JUSTLY celebrated for his unrivalled singing ability, Frank Sinatra (right) has perhaps not always got the credit he deserves as an actor. The winner of two Oscars - for From Here to Eternity in 1953 and The Man with the Golden Arm in 1955 - he was able to convey a variety of emotions on screen. Maybe this was down to his contradictory personality, which fellow actor David Niven encapsulated thus: "his talent, his generosity, his ruthlessness, his kindness, his loneliness, and his rumoured links with the Mob." Sinatra is profiled in today's Hollywood Hall of Fame (5.30pm Sky Cinema).

Ancient tribal beliefs hold that Pele, the fiery goddess of volcanoes, used to rule the Hawaiian Islands. The Curse of the Goddess Pele (6pm History Channel) examines these beliefs.