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PURISTS WERE UP in arms about the very idea of setting William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (10.05pm Sky Premier) among the contemporary gang culture of California. But surely even they can't have complained about the end product, a compellingly vivid reading which introduced the play to a younger generation who might never have come across it otherwise. The director Baz Luhrmann, who enjoyed an earlier unexpected hit with Strictly Ballroom, scores with his hip milieu but also with his canny casting of youth icon and heart- throb Leonardo DiCaprio (right) opposite Claire Danes.

While the new Superman film awaits further financing, Nicolas Cage is reportedly interested in the part. He would be well-cast as the superhero, since - as tonight's Action Heroes (8pm Sky Moviemax) reminds us - he has made his name as an action man.