determination'. These are the qualities - above all determination not to repeat the 1981 world championship iiasco. in which. linishing last. he was accused oi abject deleatism — which means that whatever race he is in. be it ‘wholly insigniticant‘ orthe Olympic iinal. Tom McKean will be in atthe death on the iinishing straight. See Sport Listings. (Stuart Bathgate)
SWEDRU BRASS BAND
There may not be seventy-six trombones in this brass band. butthere
-are masquerades and stiltwalkers. Swedru will be appearing as part oi Glasgow's International Streetbiz Festival - a month otiree open-air periormances—thatstarts thisiortnight. The band come irom Ghana, and their music and style illustrates several cultures iused together: local Airican ritual music. contemporary ‘highliie‘ music and the sound oithe colonial military band. For details at Swedru and other international street pertormers see Streetbiz Listings.
PHOTO THANKS TO SCOTLAND'S RUNNER
A special Gucstlist report: Julic Morricc investigates Scotland‘s game-show ratings rivals.
Game shows are the sale bet in the gambleior television ratings. Universally popular and cheap to make. they are the television accountant's dream. With the pressure on to iind and keep high viewing iigures. some strange quirk oi late has brought Scotland to the lore oi game show manuiacture and two Scots into the glare at national publicity. One is tall. dark and Glaswegian. the other is a blond. pint-sized Edinburgher; both are sold as easy-going. iun-to-be-with guys. Paul Coia and Nicky Campbell have never met. but the battle may be on between the game show toy-boys.
Steady rain hasturned Reniield Street into a slippery nightmare oi scummy puddles and dodged umbrellas, but inside the Scottish Television studios the sun shines irom massed ranks oitloodlights onto a candy-coloured Magic Roundabout world and into strained. smiling laces.
which game shows are achieving at the moment. It lortune smiles, ten million people will watch Wheel at 8.30pm on Tuesdays. That should please Nicky Campbell. Edinburgh-born twenty-seven yearold. Radio One DJ. and now your host on Wheel oiFortune. ‘l've always wanted to be iamous. When I was youngeritwas asa iootballer or an actor. but
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Paul Coia is happy doing light entertainment: ‘A magazine show is atreat. because there are always new people. lhave avery
some kindplmaﬂl'. NiCl‘Y Future aspirations are notin Campbell IS a E the direction oi ‘serious' sell-nonlessed : television. rather he
exhibitionist. The ‘buzz' he I harbours a fantasy or
gets irom periorming torthe becoming a nonwood camera is. he believes. "18 actor. He does admire some same ior participants. ‘but current affairs
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less large. The accessibility otgame shows is all-important. Theiririendly
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very good at putting people at ease. Over at 88C
: Scotland. Paul Coia is doing
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the quiz show which
surprised everyone by regularly attracting nearly 3 million viewers to daytime 88C2. ‘The essence oia good quiz show is thatyou can play it at home. You get involved with it. It's addictive'. Coia enjoys the
broughthim. and doesn't think it is spurious: ‘Forthe public you become important. People watch
viewerirom all overthe country. Coia and Campbell both have the necessary boy-next-door appeal. indeed Coia has already achieved a double spread in Woman magazine. but Nicky Campbell believes it is a bit at a risk to put a Scot at the helm at a nationwide show. As ‘a London Scot‘. however. he might not upset the palliative eitect so badly. ‘This is mass media“. hetold me. ‘Thisis importantto people. liit brings a smile to people's iaces. that's meaningiul‘.
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