Evening News From Moscow (C-Span, 6-6:30 p.m. EST): A report in Russian with simultaneous English translation.
Sin and Redemption (CBS, 9-11 p.m.): This sad, sometimes touching film may not be a classic, but it is a good example of how a skillful TV dramatization can give meaning to those clinical news items that pop up so often in the media. Filmed on location in Vancouver, British Columbia, the fact-based tale focuses on a young rape victim - the daughter of a minister - befriended by a likable fellow whom she ultimately marries.
The outcome turns on a fact that gives the plot an elemental, almost Oedipal tone, conveyed through simple, credibly performed scenes (some involving harsh medical events). Individually, the scenes - covering many years - are often unremarkable. But the production's unsensational and at times sensitive approach shows convincingly how an incredible human story might actually have happened. * WEDNESDAY
48 Hours (CBS, 10-11 p.m.): To make ``Behind the Blue Line,'' reporters spent two days and nights in arguably the toughest police precinct in the United States: the 77th Division in South Central Los Angeles, where the historic L.A. riots took place in 1992. This street-level look at a place where the crime rate is sky-high reveals a little of the problems and successes of law-enforcement groups.
In the show's ``Gangbusters'' segment, the 77th's antigang unit sends 11 of its officers - headed by a former Marine - out on the streets to associate with gang members, see how they operate, and try to forestall violence. At one point they follow members to a showdown.
``Showtime'' deals with getting prostitutes off the street - and one way is to set up sting operations to catch their customers. ``Murder Detective'' shows how tough it is to get reluctant witnesses to testify when they are threatened by gangs - as we see when a homicide team tries to solve a new crime.
Please check local listings for these programs.