The millennium comes up big on cable Sunday night as A&E Network opens its two-part, four-hour "Biography of the Millennium: 100 People . . . 1,000 Years." CNN counters with a premiere episode of 1,000 years of history in "Millennium," a 10-part, 10-hour, 10-week series.
A&E's 100 subjects, and a "Person of the Millennium," were chosen by polling more than 360 journalists, scholars and political leaders. The first two hours air Sunday at 8 p.m., the final two Monday at 8 p.m. There are three repeats nightly at 10 p.m., midnight and 2 a.m. All four hours repeat on New Year's Eve.
The CNN series, inspired by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto's book "Millennium: A History of the Last Thousand Years," is divided into the 10 centuries brought to life by vignettes from five different locations. The 10 parts air Sundays at 10 p.m. through Dec. 12.
The titles for the centuries, beginning with the 11th are Century of the Sword, Axe, Stirrup, Scythe, Sail, Compass, Telescope, Furnace, Machine and Switch. Each episode repeats at 1 a.m. on the night it debuts.
* Sunday on the Golf Channel at 8 p.m., 36 of the "Greatest Moments" of the game nominees will be presented and discussed. Viewers' votes will be tabulated with the final 18 to be aired Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. (Nos. 10 to 18) and
Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. (Nos. 1 to 9).
* Sunday on Starz! at 8 p.m., Christopher Lambert produced and stars in "Gideon," about living life to its fullest. The cast includes Charlton Heston, Shelley Winters, Carroll O'Connor, Shirley Jones and Mike Connors.
* Sunday on Discovery Channel at 9 p.m., "Riddle of the Desert Mummies." John Malkovich narrates a program about scores of mummies, as much as 4,000 years old, that were exhumed from the deserts of Western China bearing Caucasian features.
* Monday on Lifetime at 9 p.m., Gabrielle Anwar joins Joe Mantegna in "My Little Assassin," a movie inspired by real events about a young American woman who loved Fidel Castro, bore his child and then, when she returned to kill him, was unable to do so. Jill Clayburgh and Robert Davi co-star. Repeats: Saturday at 6 p.m., Oct. 20 and 24.
* Tuesday on A&E Network at 8 p.m., a "Biography" profile about Ingrid Bergman, a shy girl from Sweden who became a top Hollywood and Broadway star, then found herself ostracized in Hollywood for having an affair with Italian director Roberto Rossellini. The star of "Casablanca" returned triumphantly after she broke up with Rossellini. She won three Oscars, a Tony and two Emmys before she died of breast cancer at 67. Repeats at midnight.
* Tuesday on AMC at 8 p.m., a one-hour portrait of James Dean. The late actor had the lead in only three films: "East of Eden," "Rebel Without a Cause" and "Giant," but those roles created an enormous following. "Rebel," made in 1955, follows at 9 p.m.
* Thursday on HBO at 7:30 p.m., "Dear America" airs its fifth program featuring young heroines in significant moments of American history. "So Far From Home" is about an Irish girl working amid unsafe conditions in a 19th-century textile mill in Lowell, Mass. Repeats: Oct. 17, 20, 25 and 29.
* Friday on the History Channel at 9 p.m., "Time Machine: Sell & Spin," a two-hour look at how advertising exploits and seduces consumers with thousands of ads every day on television and radio and in newspapers, magazines, planes, trains, buses and cyberspace.
* Saturday on Disney Channel at 7:30 p.m., "Britney Spears & Joey McIntyre in Concert," a one-hour special in which the teen stars perform and tour Walt Disney World. Repeats at 9 p.m. and Oct. 18, 20, 26 and 28.
* Saturday on HBO at 8 p.m., "Excellent Cadavers," a drama about two courageous prosecutors who risk their careers and lives to bring the Cosa Nostra to justice. Filmed in Rome and Palermo, Sicily, the movie stars Chazz Palminteri and F. Murray Abraham. Repeats: Oct. 19, 21, 24 and 27.