[Urff‘s wonderfttlly rich ( 'urmrrru Barium. Sec Festival Classical Mrrsrc section.

I The ITV Play: Checkov in Yalta (Scottish)

f 9.30- I lprn. Strong cast i‘l‘om Courtney.

Ronald l’ickup and Diana Qurck ) in a comedy drama set in turn of the century Crimea where the Mttsetrw Allsl heatre plot toenstrre that ( hekov Cs next play goes totherrr.

I Everyman: A Place Like Hungerford

(BBt'l I til I I Itlprn lhe religit‘rusattairs programme travels to the location of last vcar's horrific massacre and investigates ihc efforts of the community to put those

event: behinl th. at IACBS HighiSeorrrshri f." ifi‘kntr. linim able ll unstrbtle adaptation of R t'

' Sherrillis. lasste l irst “wild \\'.tt'pl;i_\'.

Juror.» s 1‘ ml \ltieh of the at iion is

trarisferedtoan early flightseiuadron. With Malcolm McDowell and( itristopher


I Rough Guide To Euroge r BBt 2;

o 3!» " 25pm the hip holiday programme

where l'iank Bough would surely fcclat ' homeyisrtsl jubljanarn Yugoslavia.

where Ircedlesstosay it can't resist avi:.it to a nudist beach

IWogan i BBC] I ",itlpm Wogar‘rs

; special guest is comedy actor genius.

Marcel Marceau

I Trading Places t srgoirish r v ttaipm (with break for \t'\\ s a! lent Dan Aykroyd and lzddre Murphy in spasmodrcally funny role reversal movie from 1%.?

I Byline ( BBC] )0 ~ill- lll lfiprn. Maya Angelou presents her personal documentary in this new series. She sees how black culture survives in today's Britain.


I Wheel of Fortune (Scottish r b.3tl—9prn. Boats and bathrooms to be won.

I Glasgow. By The way rt 4) 9-- lilpm. 'r‘ire- Stearnie‘ lhe four part documentary series made by an all women production company . trn ns to women for this installment of its story of what makes Glasgow . (ilasgow

I Rehearsal For Murder i BBL tr

930—11 tt5pm. Patrick March-e Jeff Goldblum and Lynn Redgrave in a made for 'l \' lilrn shown in the Murder ()rre series The programme is the work of ('olrmrbu creators. Richard Levinson and William link.

I Edinburgh International Festival Report: Forth FilealBBCZl ltt—ltt 3tlprn. Isn’t it difficult to come up with a hall waydcccnt title for a programme about the Edinburgh Festival. Could this be a subject for a debate at the 'l‘\' festival‘.‘ Murial Crray presents the first of six review programmes tonight. kicking off with a report from Rob Ouantock's bus and a review of Michael Clark's [Am Curious. Orange.

I Late Great Britons (BBCI)

11.4(lpni— 12. ltlam. Cromwell: dictator or liberator'.’

I The McMasters ( Scottish) 12.30—225prn. Continuing the Wuyoui Wesrseries of westerns. A 19 7U l‘ilnraboui racial biggotry which apparently had two endings in one the good guys win. inthc other they don't. \Vell that's life lsuppos‘e With Burl Ives and David Car radirre.


I International Athletics (Scottish) 8—9pm. The Zurich Grand Prix. Had enough athletics already. ta.

I l Preferred Madness (BBczrs. tit-9pm. To commemorate the one hundredth anniversary ofJohn Logic Baird‘s birth- the Scot who invented television BBC Scotland have made what looks like being a fascinating drama documentary. Paul Kermack front Take The High Road plays the man who died disappointed. Despite his brilliance his invention was blocked (in

part by hrs old College enemy John Reithl

and an alternative system was adopted by the embryonic BB( 'l V ser vice Illemingway ((4) rtr—tu 55pm. l’art

three of the drariratised lite ofthe American novelist with Stacy Keach as

Hemmingway. lorright the returntronr Africa to Re y West and a growinginte rest in the Spanish ( rvil War and the w riter Martha (icllhorrr

I Great Painters r BB(‘2 r s.th 9pm sn- i.ax'. re nee ( it‘MIIIg explore s the work t .i the Mill century Dutch painter.

I True Stories: Missile t that

ltlprn i2 It‘arn. Fred Wiseinan strlrn

doe uncut... v about the special tr ainiirg school for the inert who have awesome responsibility or running the [Jones States Minuteman missile system

I Festival Cinema r Scottish)

till" ll “Spin. Sheena McDonald sorts


out the LCllUlUlLl aspects of rhisycar 's lidinburgh festival.


'l he Beeb is going for all-out coverage of the he sli\ al this year Radio Scotland's tried and rested morning show Festival View, with Nev ille (iarden prodding the review er s awake after late nights at the tireatre and concert hall. starts up again at b.4tlazn e very week day during the Festival On Saturday s from August 13.

t 'raig Ferguson aka Bing Hitler willboth be hosting Craig's COOI Chat Show which goes out live from the Fringe Clrrbat l;..iiirrrri, ( raig Bing will spend his week hunting down the best acts. He will then ake them up nice and early on Saturday and let them loose on a live. or possibly semi comatose audience; the ArtSutter show was rte vet like this. Tuesday Review star ts its Festival cover age with an interview with International Festival highlight. Michael Clark on August 16. o3irprn1l‘lead 0n sends Colin Bell over to Edinburgh every moi ning at 9am to take a look behind the scenes arid under the carpet: and practically every Radio Scotland programme will be marking the Festival in some w ay or another

Radio 3's Festiy al coverage startson August 19 at l lam with a songrecital given by soprano Barbara Hendricks from the Queen's Hall. ’1 he concert is followed at i 1.40am by the first of live programmes entitled Third Ear in Edinburgh In this first one Frank Dunlop and Raymond Monelle discuss the Festis al‘s music policy. which has eome in for criticisnr in recent years as theatre and frlrn have taken a bigger slice of the annual arts least. Radio Zpresents Cut Off Al The Fringe a round-up of the best music and comedy. on August 23 at 10.30pm. while stand—up comic. Paul Merton does the honours for Radio4‘s late night Aspects of the Fringe August 19. 11.30pm. it's all change at Radio Forth. who have

abandoned their usual Festival programme in favour of three daily Festival bulletins (Mon-Sat. from August l5) which will give the latest news on what‘s hot at the Fringe and what you can

still get tickets for. Reviews of Fringe and ,

Festival shows will be slotted into programmes throughout the day . and interv icws with the infamous and unfamous will crop up after 10pm. Radio Clydc's Mike Riddoch turns over his usual arts programme Interact to coverage of Edinburgh activity during the Festival The programme. broadcast at 8pm every Sunday. will consist mainly ofinterviews with performers. writers and directors.

5??“ 19157.7.

I Sport is listed as diary: by sport. then by day, then by event.

ATHL lC Saturday 13

I Glasgow Highland Gathering Bellahoustorr l’ar'k. (ilasgow . 'l‘raditional lll|\llllL' of athletics and l lighland (iamcs



I City of Glasgow Hall—Marathon Bellahotrston l’ark. tilasgow . 'l‘hisevent replaces the full Marathon ofpre'v iotrs renown. y retrm of falling numbers and dw rrrdling sponsorship. 'f he title of Scottish l’coplc‘s Marathon. prc‘. ioUsly held by that event. now passe'stothe l)umfrrcs Marathon.

I Octavians Relays and SAM Medley Relay Championship Meadowbank. ladinlrurglr. Organised by lzdinburglr A.C. , this


meeting is composed of a \ dire-iv oi relays. a particular attrzrt tron being the Medley - one legof Jtilimcties. twoot Stilt. anda last leg (we 1' Kill l'r‘

Wednesday 17

I Caerketton Hill Race llillend. lzdinburgh (BusesJ. 15 ). Low cloud can destroyhill racing as a spectator sport . but for the seriously masochistic participant. this is the realthing ironeolyorrrtartantrack nonsense. See feature in a forthcoming issue.

CRICKET Saturday13


I Clackmannan County v Fifeshire The Arns. Alloa.1.30pm.

I Stirling County v Ayrshire Williamlield. Stirling. 1.30pm.

I West Lothian v Forfarshire Boghall.


Naked Radio's award-winning ‘Only Art Excuse?’, a comic history of Scottish football first broadcast during the ’86 World Cup, quickly attracted a cult following, both among the fans, and among the players and commentators who were the targets of its acid abuse. (Maurice Johnston, characteristically concise, is reported to have said it was ‘brill’.)

The sequel, ‘A Tale of Two Seasons’. goes out this Saturday in the ideal slot - on Radio Scotland’s ’Sportsound’ programme, just half an hour or so before the new football season kicks off. The range of targets is, if possible, wider than before, with every Premier club coming in for the verbal equivalent or a good kicking. ‘As the title suggests,‘ says producer Phil Differ, ‘we wanted to have a look back at the past couple of years in the game, and not just restrict ourselves to the Old Firm or the national team.’

Differ admits, however, that the main butt of the team‘s humour is novelist, pretentious pontilicator and

alliteration—addict William Mcllvanney. (The credits claim that Mcllvanney is the narrator, but in fact all the voices belong to just two men - Jonathan Watson and Tony Roper). ‘We get a bit obsessed with the man', he says. ‘Our script conferences are often just us sitting around, thumping the table and shouting at each other “there's no’ enough fuckin’ Mcllvanneylsms in that script”.’

It was the mind-numbing seriousness with which the media pundits take the game that ‘Only An Excuse‘ was so successful in deflating. ‘A Tale of Two Seasons’ promises to live up to that high standard. Because while the whole Naked Radio team are football mad, they also realise that, as ‘Mcllvanney‘ said, the game is often just ‘a brilliant excuse to get pissed’. (Stuart Bathgate).

‘A Tale of Two Seasons’ goes out on Radio Scotland this Saturday 13, at around 2.20pm as part of the ‘Sportsound' programme.

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