0 Film Club (BBCZ) 9.5(Ipm—1.3()am The intellectual warm ups for the new season of BBCZ‘s just slighty irritating film formula are this time provided by different people each week. Tonight Richard Lester. who directed ‘Hard Day‘s Night' and ‘Superman 2‘ introduces the comedy thriller ‘Le (‘op‘ (1984. dir Claude Zidi). and ‘Toch of Evil‘ — Orson Welles in a wonderfully evoked seedy Mexican border Town ( 1958. dir ()rson Welles).
o The Dame Edna Experience (Scottish) 10.30—1 1 .2()pm Jeffrey Archer is the ‘can‘t wait to see him squirm‘ target in this edition ofthe Dame's funny new show. but Joan Rivers will be giving as good as she gets.
0 Weekend World (Scottish) Noon— I pm Matthew Parris returns with LWT's current affairs flagship.
It is no secret that Scottish Television have been looking for a new light entertainment tormat with which to hit not just Scottish audiences but to mount an assault on the network. This could be the programme —certainly it boasts a wealth oi talent (much at it new to television) drawn from the Scottish theatre and music circuits. Following the structure at good old fashioned TV variety shows, a singer, Terry Neason iorms the pivot oi the six show series. Sometime singer with
0 Business Daily (C4) Noon—12.30pm As the independent companies begin to get by law a greater look in on TV programming (and now not just Channel Four by the BBC and ITV companies as well). there is a growing realisation that ‘News’ too can be included. Business Television. who already produce C4's Business Programme. have installed the first full-scale newsroom in the independent sector to produce this new daily. half-hour. business news round up. The programme will be presented by the excellent Susannah Simons.
o Reuben, Reuben (BBCZ) 9—10.40pm First showing on TV. Tom Conti is the drunken. lecherous. Celtic poet.
o The Politics of Famine (C4) 9—lUpm An investigative series of four documentaries begins tonight with a poignantly titled report. An Unnecessary Famine. It looks at Sudan. a country once called ‘the
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qiﬂ" ' -525 Wildcat, she's a big lady with a strong voice who scored a popular hit with her portrayal oi Eva Peron. She’s joined on the new show by Victor and Barry - one at the hottest comedy properties around — and some of the current crop of successful Scottish bands. Hue and Cry, and Deacon Blue amongst others are scheduled to appear and Hank Wangtord, not long sice departed from Acropolis Now will also be popping in. Can Scottish Television reinvent the variety show lorthe eighties? (N.B.)
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0 Changing Faces (C4) 8—8.30pm Philip Mould presents the first of his six part look at 900 years of portrait painting.
o The Untouchables (BBCl)
1 1-1 1.50pm As the remake film goes on release in Scotland (see Feature). a chance to examine an episode from the original TV series which starred Eliot Ness.
o Blackadderlll (BBC1)9.30—10pm Will Robbie Coltrane become typecast as Dr Johnson? Fresh from his stage role as the great Iexicographer. here he is playing him again as special guest star in Rowan Atkinson‘s historical (if not hysterical) comedy.
0 Terry Neason (Scottish)
10.30—1 . 15pm Important new cabaret series from Scottish Television — see paneL
We have. as has been well-observed. seen the art and heard bands and soon we‘ll be admiring the plants as all eyes turn to Glasgow as it inches towards the Garden Festival next year and its climatic success as City ofCulture in 1990.
In view ofthis. Michael Oliver
begins a new season of Music Weekly on 3 with a special edition called Glasgow—City oiChange. R3. Sun 20. 10.30am and it focuses on its classical music life — the SNO. the Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Scottish Opera and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Future plans inlcude the ‘scratch‘ orchestra. busking and electro—acoustic music.
Russell Harty makes a welcome takeover from Richard Baker to present the troubled programme Startthe Week from Mon 21. R4. Russell Harty cut his radio teeth as the original presenter of Mid Week which in its time was the best of R4’s chat shows and he will need all his skills to revive $18“ the Week which has lost its way even before the dismissing of Kenneth Robinson.
R4‘s Saturday night theatre isn‘t known for its innovative writers. but Fancy Man. R4. Sat 19. 7pm. by Mike Stott, whose play Dead Men was presented by Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre a couple of years ago. may lend a different tone. Death — as is usual in this slot — gets a good airing. this time. gruesomely. in the form of a suicide pact by a young married couple.
R4‘s ever-excellent Kaleidoscope turns its attention to the Edinburgh Festival Chorus which enjoys a reputation for musicianship ofthe highest standard. Robert Dawson Scott — The List‘s own columnist. presenter of Radio Scotland‘s Tuesday Review and Scottish theatre critic of The Times — follows the chorus from rehearsal to performance.
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