0 Scottish Assembly (Scottish) 10.30—11.30pm. Malcolm Wilson fields more questions to Scottish Television's special Assembly.


0 Speed Chess Challenge (C4) 6.30—7pm. Latest unlikely sport for C4 to make compulsive viewing? Against the clock, Gary Karsparov and Nigel Short.

0 Saturday Review (BBC2) 8.45—9.40pm. Russell Davies journeys to Venice to talk to Anthony Burgess who has celebrated seventy in style with the publication of his autobiography. Little Wilson and Big God (to be reviewed in The List next fortnight). o The Film Club (BBC 2) 9.40pm—lam. James Dean in his last film, Giant, directed by George Stevens.


o The Philadelphia Story (BBC 1) 3—4.55pm. The original High Society. Delightful, very funny

John Lvnch and Helen Minen In Cal. C4.

movie with Cary Grant, James Stewart and Katharine Hepburn.

o A—Z ol C a W with Hank Wanglord (C4) 8. 15—9. 15pm. A personal history ofcountry and western with the inimitable Hank. First in a new series.


0 Hello Mum (BBC2) 10.20—10.50pm. New, live comedy series which orginated with the Radio Four live comedy show, In One Ear. But Hello Mum? A pretty silly name, methinks.


0 Scotland 2000 (BBCl ) 8-8.50pm. First in a major series examining all aspects oflife in Scotland in the run up to the 21st centruy. Tonight a personal view of the constitutional position from Professor Christopher Harvie.

0 Where Eagles Dare (BBCI) 1()—12.30pm. Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton battle it out once more in the vintage World war Two intrigue repeated as a tribute to the late Alistair Machan.


0 Dallas, the Early Years (BBCl)

Hank Wanglord and Billy Bragg in A-Z at C a. w. C4.

7.35—8.50pm. A prequel to the series that takes a break for two weeks dreaming time. The Story ofJock, Ellie and Digger. when JR was just a nasty glint in his father's eye. Can’t wait.

0 Heart at the Country (BBC2) 9.25—1025pm. Susan Penhaligon stars in a new comedy drama written by Fay Weldon, whose The She Devil was such a hit when she adapted it for television last year.


0 Film on Four: Cal (C4) 9—10.55pm. Bernard MacLaverty‘s novel lost some of its simplicity in this dramatic version starring Helen Mirren and the young John Lynch. But see it if you haven’t already.

0 By-Electlon Special (BBCI) 11.50pm—2.30am. Marginal drama from Greenwich on the night they are also deciding who‘ll be the next DG (will it be presenter of tonight’s programme, David Dimbleby?).


0 Aids: the Facts (BBC1/2) 9.30-9.40pm. Both channels are showing the first in the BBC‘s series of factual bulletins on the Aids crisis. Robert Kilroy-Silk chairs a debate on BBC] later in the evening at 10.30pm.

0 First AIDS (Scottish) 7.30—9pm. ITV too is paying close attention to Aids tonight with a celebrity format aids discussion programme. Over the next few weeks you won‘t be able to avoid Aids on tv that is.


0 Horizon (BBC2) 8. 10—9pm. The flagship science programme joins in the concern about Aids with a look at the ‘science’ behind the virus.


O Tutti Frutti (BBCl)9.30pm. John Byrne’s Tutti Frutti a rock romance

starring Robbie Coltrane looks like being a big hit for all concerned. See Feature.


0 Tickets tor the Titanic (C4) first of a series of three black comedies tonights is Keeping Score. The Dread Brigade aim to get even . . .


Hyacinth is a none-too-sweet little boy who manipulates his father‘s local election result with much cunning and guile. Not surprisingly it is a short story by Saki, dramatised by actor-writer Brett Usher: Hyacinth R4, Tues 24 Feb, 1 lam.

Maidstone Market in Kent is a famous and popular local landmark, full of bargains and personalities. Gary Davies makes it his subject of the Moving Bit in the Middle R1, Wed 25 Feb, 12.45pm. Later in the week the programme becomes the Intemational Moving Bit in the Middle when he makes it to Amsterdam for a special live show.

A man attending a psychology conference on ‘a woman‘s use of her body‘ heard a case history of a woman who had had three abortions as a teenager and decided to write a play about her. Presumably provoked by the sadness of the case the woman continued to remember the date when they would have been born many years later— it remains to be seen what he can make of the subject: Mary and the Birthday. R4. Thurs 26, 3pm.

The 16thC lute is the subject ofThe Music Makers on R. Scotland. Sun 22 Feb. Bill Samson, an amateur lute maker and player, and professional lecturer at Dundee College of technology talks about the popularity ofthc instrument.

R.Scotland‘s weekly arts round up. Tuesday Review looks at a seven man cast in Verdi‘s Macbeth, which is touring the Highlands, islands and lwolands as part of Scottish Opera's Opera Go Round. It also looks at the wide variety of uses to which print-making has been put, from the heavily-outlined wood-block prints of the Japanese, on view at the Collins Gallery, Glasgow to the precise work of Robert Nanteuil. engraver to Louis XIV. The Japanese use flat areas ofcolour without mid-tone. an approach quite different from the shading and modelling of Nanteuil. whose work is exhibited at the Scottish Gallery and the National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh.

Finally, did you know that mushrooms have become one of the country‘s most protected crops? Output has doubled over the past two years. In the latest edition of In the Country, R. Scotland, Wed 25 Feb, Joan Elrick investigates the mushroom in the company ofGavin Rogerson, a student of the North of Scotland College of Agriculture, who is currently working on a feasibility study on the viability of growing mushrooms.

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