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I Opera Factory Double Bill (C4) 10.15-11.50pm. Ligeti'sAvenrures and Nouvelles A ventures, and a production of Peter Maxwell Davies‘ Eight Songsfora Mad King which has so displeased its composer that he has disassociated himself from it.

I The Nose (Scottish) 12.30—3am. Bette Midler stars in this clumsy melange of performance and biopic. the Clumsiness arising from the fact that the fictional protagonist is a portmanteau-portrayal of every dead female 60s rock star you could think of. Cliches a go go.

I Waterfront Beat (BBCl ). New police series set in Liverpool. Do we need another police series? Do we need another TV programme set in Liverpool?


I COSI Fan Tutte (C4) 2pm. Mozart's opera, played by the London Sinfonietta. marks the start of six Operas on 4for Sunday afternoons.

I Return Journey (BBCl)4. 15—5.05pm. The series ofcelebrities' childhood tales continues with Susannah York going back to her Ayrshire roots.

I Fragile Earth: Greenpeace Antarctica (C4) 7—8pm. A documentary on the Greenpeace ship Gondwa, the crew of which fought to stop Japanese whalers and a French construction crew from damaging the Antarctic environment.

I Seven Nights In Japan (Scottish) 1.55—4am. Michael York is the prince who escapes the tedium ofa state visit to the Orient to take up with his tour guide and have a wacky week ofit.


I 4 Minutes: Train to Lymlngton (C4) The first of seven four-minute dramas made to

on a set that could be .‘Ilud .Ilrttcolliding

give an opportunity to new writers and directors.

I Consuming Passions (C4) Four half-hour documentaries on retired people who have kept up a particular pursuit.

I The Secret Cabaret ((4) Young illusionist Simon Drake. who has accompanied Kate Bush and Julian Lennon on tour and appeared in numerous videos. stages theatrical tricks

into Blade Runner. Designer magic. anyone?

I Chelmsford 123 ((-1) Rory McUrath and Jimmy Mulville slap on the woad fora second series of the limp ‘Romans in Britain' comedy.

I Big Big Country ((11) Hank \N’angford traces the legends of country music through the USA. Mexico and as far liast as Bulgaria.


I Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit ( BBCZ) Beginning a three-part adaptation of Jeanette Winterson's literary debut. which in 1985 won the Whitbread Prize for Best First Novel. The female protagonist, subject of a strict religious upbringing. finds that life in the Morccambe (iucst House for the bereaved is more appealing than a future as a missionary.


I Focal Point (BB(‘1 ) 8--h‘.3llpm. The investigative series continues with a look at racism in Scotland.

I See For Yourself: Speak ForYoursell (BBCI ) Marmaduke lltissey and Michael (‘heckland. respectively chairman and director-general of the BBC. answer vicwers‘ questions and criticisms about the network.

Julie Morrice tunes in to a tribute to Roy Orbison and looks forward to Radio One’s nostalgic season.

In the dark days of last December Roy Orbison died. lie was In his early fifties and had lust re-embarkod on the

songwriting career abandoned twenty years earlier following the deaths of his llrst wife and two of his sons. Withdrawn behind dark glasses, wobbllng on his taut wire of a voice, Orbison seemed, emotionally, like one of the walking wounded. Yet Jean Pennington's straightforward tribute on Radio One revealed a soft, slow speaker, a man like Garrison Keillor who travels life In the slow lane, and some days never gets out of the lay-by. Orbison used to write in his car at night with the windows rolled up. Locked away from Shacksville, Texas, he created the plaintive yet soothing sounds which made his name. He wrote always from his own experience: ‘lf you've ever been in West Texas and it’s 60 miles to the nearest hamburger

place or drive-In theater, then you'd know what ‘Oniythe Lonely' ls.’

Skipping over the bleak middle years of Orbison’s life, the programme ended In a haze oi reminiscences and tributes from George Harrison, Elvis Costello and others. But the truest word was spoken bythe man himself. When he first heard his voice recorded, Orbison remembers, ‘I thought that il I ever heard that voice again, I'd know l'd heard it belore.’

Asimllarleellng ofdéja-vu (orshould It be deia-enlendu?) may strike the Radio One listener over Christmas and New Year. Apart from Alan Freeman reliving three ‘classlc Christmas charts' from '63, '74 and '81, the nostalgia network is wallowing in a repeat of McCartney on McCartney, starting on Christmas Day, and re-runs of concerts by Elton John, Queen, and Led Zeppelin. The fifteen year-old son of my upstairs neighbour informed me the otherweek that he likes ‘old music' like Led Zeppelin and The Clash. How are the mighty fallen.

For anyone who makes it through that lot, New Year's Day is enlivened by six hours of the sounds of the Eighties. Headliners are Stevie Wonder,

Michael Jackson, Madonna, Culture Club, Wham! and The Pet Shop Boys. Enough to send anyone into the Nineties on a song and a prayer. (Julie Morrice)

62 The List 22 December 1989 - 11 January 1990