Satellite and Cable: Pick of the Day

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AN ACTOR habitually described as "lean and mean", Sean Bean (right) has cornered the market in strong, silent types (in that respect, playing Mellors in the BBC version of Lady Chatterley's Lover did him no end of good). He smoulders to similar effect in the satellite premiere of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina (8pm Sky Premier). He plays Count Vronsky, the aristocrat with whom the wealthy Anna (Sophie Marceau) starts a passionate, but ultimately doomed affair.

Anthony Quinn once recalled Hollywood's initial reaction to him: "they said all I was good for was playing Indians." He soon proved them wrong, carving out a highly successful career in a wide range of roles stretching from his Oscar-winning display in Lust for Life to Zorba the Greek. He is the subject of tonight's Hollywood Hall of Fame (9.30pm Sky Cinema).