A dramatic new version of "Animal Farm," George Orwell's classic 1945 novel, premieres on TNT Sunday at 8 p.m. Pete Postlethwaite has the role of the abusive drunk of a farmer who sparks a takeover of his land and home by herds of neglected animals.
The animals themselves ultimately organize against a ruthless and repressive system. Orwell, of course, was alluding to the corruption of power in the Soviet Union.
The film, which features state-of-the-art animatronic technology developed by Jim Henson's Creature Shop, is directed by John Stephenson, head of the Henson Creature Shop in London.
It also features hundreds of live animals and a voice cast that includes Kelsey Grammer, Ian Holm, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Julia Ormond, Paul Scofield, Patrick Stewart and Peter Ustinov.
The Hallmark Entertainment production for TNT repeats at 10 p.m. and midnight, Wednesday at 8, Thursday at 10:30 p.m. and Oct. 10 and 13.
Sunday on Animal Planet at 9 a.m., Kelsey Grammer serves as host of "World Animal Day," featuring 18 hours of new and encore episodes of "The Crocodile Hunter," "The Planet's Funniest Animals," "O'Shea's Big Adventure" and "Vets in the Wild."
Sunday on A&E Network at 8 p.m., "The Secret Life of Geisha," a two-hour visit inside exclusive teahouses of Kyoto and Tokyo where people from Japanese society pay thousands of dollars for an evening of geisha entertainment. Repeats at 10 p.m., midnight and 2 a.m.
Sunday on TLC at 8 p.m., "Super Structures of the World" visits two of the world's most productive gold mines. Located 14,000 feet up in the jungles of New Guinea, they were built by the most daunting and expensive engineering.
Sunday on History Channel at 8 p.m., "Tales of the Gun" examines Remington, America's oldest gunmaker, created from the simple desire to make a better rifle. Repeats at midnight and Saturday at 5 p.m.
Monday on A&E Network at 9 p.m., Bill Kurtis's Investigative Reports airs "To Russia for Love: Mail Order Brides," a look at pricey romance tours such as a recent one where 60 American men in search of mates met 1,000 Russian women over three days in Moscow. Repeats at 1 a.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m.
Monday on Showtime at 10:05 p.m., "Norman Jewison on Comedy in the 20th Century: Funny Is Money" finds director Jewison and writer Harry Shearer looking at comedy and commerce.
Tuesday-Friday on Fox Family at 10 p.m., the premiere of three series. "Exploring the Unknown" airs Tuesday; "World Gone Wild," with Steve Santagati, debuts Wednesday; and David Alan Grier hosts two episodes of the half-hour "Random Acts of Comedy" on Friday.
Tuesday on HBO at 7:30 p.m., Linda Ellerbee hosts "Life Afterlife," a
90-minute special exploring the oft-pondered and open-ended question: What happens after you die? Repeats: Oct. 10, 18 and 21.
Saturday on Disney Channel at 7:30 p.m., "Don't Look Under the Bed" stars Erin Chambers and a host of teenagers in a story about the importance of finding a balance between fantasy and reality. Repeats at 9:10 p.m. and Oct. 11, 15, 26 and 29.
Saturday on Nashville Network at 9 p.m., Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Glen Campbell, B.J. Thomas, Crystal Gayle, Larry Gatlin, Lorrie Morgan and Ricky Van Shelton contribute to "Ryman Country Homecoming," the first of two specials from and about the auditorium called the "Mother Church of Country Music." Part 2 airs Oct. 16 at 9 p.m.
Saturday on The Movie Channel at 9 p.m., William Petersen, Gary Cole, Sheryl Lee and Terence Stamp star in "Kiss the Sky," an original story about two businessman on a spiritual trip searching for answers to complete their lives. Repeats: Oct. 20, 29.