year with U2. Bruce Springsteen. Garry Glitter. the Bhundu Boys. the Grateful Dead . . . A rock review of the year.
I New Year’s Pieces (C4)
ll.lSpm—l2. 15am. John McGrath isthe producer of this more reﬂective Hognamay show which it is hoped will maintain a strong and traditional Scottish feel without pandering to stereotypes. David llayman and Maureen Beattie present a collection of song. poetry and sorties with contributions from amongst others Norman MacCaig. Liz Lochhead and Elaine C Smith.
I The New Year Show (Scottish) 11.55pm— 1 .30pm. Last year Scottish Television's till then staid Hogmanay show hit the headlines - mostly forthe wrong reasons. The mix this year is a little different but still the intention is that it won‘t return to the traditional format. Dave Anderson (of Wildcat) introduces Aly bain. The Boys from the Lough. Arnold Brown (1987 Perrier Winner). Phil Cunningham. Don and George. Terry Neason. Peter Nardini. Jean Redpath. Victor and Barry and Tam White. All live from Cowscaddens with the sweetener of a special edition of Take the Highroad on immediately before — will the audience come round? A more traditional Highland Hogmanay follows with a party at the Coylumbridge Hotel in Aviemore.
NEW YEAR’S DAY
I Australia Live: A Celebration of a Nation. (C4) 8.30am—12.30pm. The year begins as it is likely to carry on — dominated by Australia and its bicentenary. This programme kicks of the year in Australia — a four hour celebration from all over the huge country hosted by Clive James. Paul Hogan and Dame Edna Everage.
I The Bounty (BBC!) Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins star in this fitully successful retelling ofthe maritime mutiny adventure. First tv showing for the 1984 film.
IWay Upstream (BBCI) lO—ll.40pm.
BBC film version of Alan Ayckbourne’s comedy which sets the middle classes aﬂoat and at eachother‘s throats.
I eamum(BBC1)2.50—4.50pm. Michael Crawford's amazing performance as the circus showman come to television with this specially recording of the stage show. I The Giltie (C4) 9—10pm. Richard O‘Sullivan stars with John Wells in Wally K Daly's comedy (originally an award-winning radio play) about inventors who accidentally produce clone copies of each other.
I We Interrupt This Year(BBC2) lrreverent review of 1987 with Ned Sherrin and his celebrity guests.
I Flashdance (Scottish) 12.35—2.2()am. Oscar winning (for the title song). fast moving tale of a girl who dreams of becominga dancer. Made in 1983.
I Rude Health (C4) Second series of the medical sitcom starts tonight starring John Wells (whose adaptation of La Vie Parisienne. the first opera he has directed as well. is currently in the Scottish Opera repertoire) and John Bett (who has written this year's panto at Mussselburgh‘s Brunton Theatre — Sleeping Beauty.
I Sumo Wrestling (C4) From the people who brought you American Football. the ﬁrst ever Britsh TV season of Sumo wrestling from Tokyo.
I Women in View (C4) Made in association with Border Television by a new company. Scarlet Productions; Marion Bowman. Sarah Hargrieves and Lynn Ferguson presents this new current affairs show reporting on issues relevant to women.
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I Lost in Space (C4) This sixties
American Sci ft drama series was a contemporary of Star Trek (indeed given the opportunity of commissioning one or the other US network CBS went for Lost In Space leaving NBC to pick up Star Trek). Much more a piece of its time,with its origins firmly rooted in the film science fiction of the fifties (an updated version of Robert the Robot who ﬁrst appeared in the classic film The Lost Planet— which can be seen on BBC2 on 21 Dec — is one of the stars of the series) it hasn‘t the enduring quality of Star Trek. Nevertheless. the adventures of the ‘Space Family Robinson‘ could easily achieve a cult following on Channel Four. I Two Men in a Balloon (C4) TVS‘s account of the ballooning adventures of Richard Branson - could also be called Lost in Space I suppose.
Radio at least is fairly impregnablc to the crass commercial drive of Christmas and with a bit of luck you can miss the glittery hard-sell nonsense altogether. Little Honors is billed as a series of five short and nasty tales by Angus Graham Campbell. hence presumably the reason for it being tucked away at 11.45pm on Boxing Day. Their theme is the psychological powers of children over adults and each other — not an altogther inappropriate subject to contemplate after Christmas.
There‘s scarcely a whiff of topicality to R3‘s New Year's Eve programme Pleasure Garden. 9pm. Produced by Piers Plowright , who has a gift for producing these types of programmes it‘s an evocative recollection of a 19th-century bohemian brasserie , La Closerie des Lilas. so called because the café and tables here encircled by a small, fragrant lilac hedge. Goodwill and compassion is absolutely not what Bing Hitler. of
Eidleburgher University has in mind when , he deals with listeners’ problems in Ring Hitler and Friend. a 3-hour special on Radio Clyde. 1 Jan. midnight—2Jan.3am. ,'
Time too at Christmas to enjoy a little crime with R4‘s series Crime at Christmas and in Miss Pym Disposes R4. 30 Dec. 7.45pm by Scottish writer Josephine Tey. Miss Pym finds Ley‘s Women‘s College of Physical Education is not all a decent educatative establishment might be. There‘s more drama from Radio Clyde with The Ice House. Sun 27. 9pm. specially commissioned from Stephen Mulrine and an impressive cast includes Jean Marsh and Frank Windsor. Peter Hall‘s celebrated production of Family Voices by Harold Pinter with Peggy Ashcroft (who celebrates her 80th birthday the same day) is repeated Tues 22. R3.6. 15pm.
Radio Clyde are broadcasting a series of late night/early morning jazz programmes. including Spyro Gyra and Stanley Jordan 16 Dec. 2am and Wayne Shorter and Keith Jarret 23 Dec lam. They also have a series of In Concert Specials. all recently recorded in London or Scotland including Hue and Cry Christmas Day 6pm. Rory Gallagher 26 Dec. 2am. T'Pau Tue 29. 7pm and The Christians Fri 1.7pm.
Opera highlights include a production of Carmen by Opera North. Sat 19.7.10pm. Producer Richard Jones. conductor Alexander Rahbari and members ofthe cast talk about this wonderfully rich and passionate opera during the interval at 8.45pm. Christmas music proper kicks off with Handel‘s Messiah. R3. Dec 18. 7pm with a live relay from Huddersfield conducted by Jane Glover.
Sending up Satre. Hemingway. Scott Fitzgerald and Doris Lessing are Eleanor Bron and Kerry Shale. the readers of Parodies Lost. a six part comedy series by Malcolm Burgess beginning Sun 20, 7pm. And. mindful of the fact that it's owned by , three quarters ofall families in Britain (and probably a few more after this Christmas) R4 devotes a whole programme to Lego in The Brickthat Created the World. R4. Sun 20. 8.30pm.
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As the first exhibition to look at how modern art dealswith classical ideas, Edinburgh
lntemational should have the highbrows raising'their eyebrows.
There will be paintings and sculptures by renowned international artists on show. And this
will be the first time the artists have ever exhibited together anywhere in the world.
Edinburgh International is on at the Royal Scottish Academy on the Mound, a classical
building if ever there was one, and the perfect setting for this exhibition.
With paintings like the one on the left on show, however, it’s clearly not for the narrow minded.
Edinburgh lntemational. Reasbn and Emotion in Contemporary Art.
191h December 1987-14th February 1988 at the Royal Scottish Academy. Opening Times: 10am-6pm Mon-Sat, I 2 noon-6pm Sun. Admission £1.00, concessions 50p.
Scottish Arts Council Exhibition
Made possible with the 3‘, help of Moosehead Beer W
32 The List 11 Dec 1987—7Jan 1988