Satellite: Pick of the Day

KEVIN BACON (right) does a mean baddie - cf, JFK and The River Wild - so he is well cast as the ringleader of a group of cruel guards who abuse four youths at a juvenile detention centre in Sleepers (10pm Sky Premier). For Barry Levinson's memorably tough movie, Brad Pitt, Jason Patric, Ron Eldard and Billy Crudup play the four as grown-ups seeking revenge on the guards. Shockingly, the majority of this film - which also features Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman and Minnie Driver - is based on a true story.

Clash of Wings (4pm History Channel), is a detailed 13-part examination of the various aerial battles fought during the Second World War, from the massive bombing raids and dogfights to the kamikaze attacks. Today leading aviation expert Walter Boyne chronicles "The Plunge into Reality."

James Rampton