An Evening With Lena Horne (A&E, 8-9:30 p.m.): At age 77, the singer whom many say is still as stylish and classy as they come did three sold-out performances in Carnegie Hall, then taped this special on Sept. 19 at Manhattan's Supper Club. One critic called it a show worth waiting a lifetime for. With old friends and fans in the audience - Liza Minelli, Bobby Short, Lionel Hampton, and Ed Bradley among them - Horne delivers classics like ``Just One of Those Things,'' ``Watch What Happens,'' ``Ours,'' and ``Mood Indigo.''

She also sings numbers from her recent CD, ``We'll Be Together Again,'' including the Billy Strayhorn tune ``Maybe'' and the song he co-wrote with Duke Ellington, ``Something to Live For.''

Backing her is the Lena Horne Band and the Count Basie Orchestra. Later the Basie group performs two of its own classics: ``Jumpin' at the Woodside'' and the timeless ``April in Paris.''

The Fisher King (NBC. 8-11 p.m.): Jeff Bridges is a nasty radio talk-show host and Robin Williams a homeless man in this eccentric 1991 comic-fantasy involving guilt, redemption, and several other symbolic themes. Amanda Plummer plays a woman who wins Williams's heart, and Mercedes Ruehl is Bridges's lover, a role that won her the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

Jacob (TNT, 8-10 p.m.): This is the second in the TNT series of ambitiously produced Old Testament stories that began last year with ``Abraham.'' The new program stars Matthew Modine in the title role, the man who tended his uncle's flocks for 14 years, expecting to marry Rachel (Lara Flynn Boyle). Much of the action was filmed on location near Morocco's Atlas Mountains, in contrast to the studio back lots typical of De Mille and Zanuck Bible epics of the 1950s.

The director is Sir Peter Hall, founder of Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company and successor to the late Laurence Olivier as head of the Royal National Theatre.

Please check local listings for these programs.

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