. mm- A selection of television highlights. listed by

day, in chronological order. Television Listings compiled by Tom Lappin.


I Second Thoughts (Scottish) 8—8.30pm. A

new sitcom about divorcees sharing a

house together. It‘s one ofthose will they/won‘t they have it away together

situations beloved of sitcom writers. James Bolam used to be good in the Liker Lads though. I Short Stories: Animal Bites (Channel 4) 8.30—9pm. The documentary series has a

distinctly Evelyn Waugh feel to it this week. with a film about the largest pet

crematorium in Europe. run by Clive Jackman in Cambridge. I Cheers (Channel 4) 9—9.30pm. Sam injures his back on the eve of his annual St Valentine‘s Day date with old flame


I The Sharp End (BBC1)9.3()—1().2()pm. The couthy Yorkshire drama series

continues with Celia Forrest (Gwen

5 Taylor) tailing an elusive debtor.

I I Roseanne (Channel 4) 1()—i().30pm.

Roseanne's mother causes havoc when

she comes to visit. and sister Jackie is

called to the rescue.


I Friday At he Dome (Channel 4) 11pm—12. 15am. A new music show presented by Craig Ferguson and Dave Fanning. Tonight‘s programme includes Alexander O‘Neai. Lush. Massive. and a duet between David Byrne and Richard Thompson. See preview.

I A Matter With Biatter (Scottish) 11.10—11.40pm. A spectacularly awful title for an exclusive interview with soccer chicfSepp Blattcr. FIFA‘s Secretary General.

I Return 0i The Vampire (Channel 4)

: 12.45—2am. A sprightly little B-Movie from 1943 with Bela Lugosi in the title role. staked out in 1918. but returning during the Blitz to get his teeth intothe usual gormless victims. Didn‘t these vampires know there was a war on?


I Guli Memorial Service (BBCI)

11.40am-1.15pm. The Remembrance and

Thanksgiving service is relayed live from

1 Glasgow Cathedral.

1 I Sound Stun: Treasures Beyond The Forest

(Channel 4) 7—8pm. Transylvania is

probably more often associated with

vampires than music. but it has an ancient

tradition of folk song. Hungarian

musicians Marta Sebestyen and Bela Halmos explore the role of folk musicin the Romanian province. before and after the revolution. I Adventures: The Logan Run (Channel 4)

i 8—9pm. The return of the personalised travel series. retracing the steps ofthe

1925 Yukon expedition up Mount Logan in Alaska.

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out for altered schedules so that they can Z show every frame. I Great Expectations (Channel 4) 2—4.15pm. The likes of Alec Guinness (in . his first major screen role) and John Mills star in the late David Lean‘s version ofone

Complex tale of Pip and his involvement

Miss Havisham. I Dallas (BBCI) 3—3.45pm. Howthe

for the denizens of Southfork returning for

. this is very silly. Channel 4‘s fixation with ethnic sports has induced them to show

I The Eurovislon Song Contest (BBCI)

8— 10.45pm. The annual war reparations competition returns, offering the Dutch their opportunity to gleefully award the Germans zero points. and for third-rate cabaret acts from every chicken-in-a-basket dive across the Continent to churn out instantly forgettable songs. Britain‘s representatives are Napalm Death . . . no, hold on. Samantha Janus. Oh. well.

I thirtysomething (Channel 4) 9thpm. The recession bites as Michael and Elliott face trouble when the ad agency hasto shed staff after losing a valuable account.

I The Comic Strip Presents: GLC (BBCZ) A repeat run for the series begins with one of , their better spoofs. starring Robbie Coltrane as Charles Bronson as Ken Livingstone sort of thing. trying to save the GLC from the evil clutches of the Ice Maiden (Jennifer Saunders as Brigitte Nielsen).

I The Wolvis Family: A Course Of Therapyln Six Sessions (BBCZ) 9.35-10.05pm. An intriguing new comedy/drama series based on the practice of ‘family therapy'. The (fictional) Wolvis family are falling apart, when author and budding TV presenter Graham Wilcockson persuades them to act out their difficulties in front of the'FV

I David Lean: A Lile in Film (Channel4) 10pm—12.45am. A South Bank Showfilm profile made in 1985. shown as a tribute to the legendary film director who died recently.

I Take The Money And Hun (BBC2) 11.30pm—1am. Woody Allen‘s directorial debut plays it strictly for laughs. and there = are plenty of them in this spoof

inept criminal. Virgil Starkwell. stumbling from one mishap to another.

I Sunday Grandstand: The World Snooker Final (BBC2) 1.55—5pm. The culmination of three weeks of intense competition is

Monday morning if things drag on. Look

of Dickens‘ most popular works. It remains the definitive film version ofthe

with the distant Estella and the obsessive

mighty are fallen. A Sunday afternoon slot

a new series. J.R. is in a lunatic asylum while Bobby gets away to Paris on honeymoon (not another one).

I Kabaddi (Channel 4) 66.30pm. Now

this game from the Indian Sub-Continent. Basically it consists of players running into their opponents‘ halfof the field, touching as many opponents as possible in 30 seconds. while chanting ‘Kabaddi‘ non-stop. I kid you not. Somehow Ican‘t see it taking over from Gazza.

I Fragile Earth: Game Wars (Channel 4) 7—8pm. Poaching in the Scottish Highlands is flourishing to the extent that local estate-owners are hiring ex-SAS

members to protect the deer. This ; programme looks at how peace can be 2 restored to the glens.

I Scottish lntematlonai (Scottish) 6—6.30pm. Margo MacDonald tells us how international political events are going to affect things in Scotland. I The Darling Duds Di May (Scottish) 7.45—8.45pm. A wet English summer convinces Pop Larkin that a holiday is required. I Hard News (Channel 4) 8.05-8.35pm. David J essel presents the newspaper watchdog show. I Protesslonal Foul (Channel 4) 8.30—10.05pm. Channel 4 have borrowed a few old BBC plays like thisTom Stoppard comedy. It stars Peter Barkworth as an ineffectual philosophy lecturer caught between English football supporters and Czech dissidents in Prague. I Tonight At 8.30: Family Aibum(BBC1) 3.35—9.05pm. Joan Collins is apparently almost unrecognisable as an elderly Victorian spinster in the latest Coward tdaptation. Look out for Bonnie Langford don‘t say I didn‘t warn you). I Jeeves And Wooster (Scottish) 1.05—10.05pm. Bertie decides to take up he trombone. Not a move guaranteed to neet with Jeeves‘ approval I Film 0n Four: Drowning By Numbers (Channel4)1().()5pm—12.20am.Iflsay Peter Greenaway. you‘ll know what to expect. A mordant black comedy with Joan Plowright, Juliet Stevenson and Joely Richardson forming a conspiratorial triumvirate to commit three identical murders. It‘s self-indulgently weird/marvellously original in true Greenaway style, with plenty of grim gags to savour.


I Chaikiace (BBC2)6.25—7.15pm. Hull truck playwright John Godber devised this nine-part drama series set in a Midlands comprehensive. Whether it can live up to the high standards set by Grange Hill remains to be seen. In the first episode head teacher Barbara Kent (Rosemary Martin) assesses her school's place in the marketplace.

I Birds Di A Feather (BBCI ) 8.30-9pm. Pauline Quirke and Linda Robson star in a repeated run of the Sparky Cockney sitcom.

I The Untouchables (BBCl) 9.20—11.15pm. A welcome showing for Brian De Palma‘s spectacular thriller set in prohibition era Chicago. Kevin Costner is Eliot Ness, the incorruptible Special


Agent out to end the nefarious career of Al Capone (Robert De Niro). Sean Connery won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as Costner‘s grizzled and cynical sidekick. Malone. It‘s a buddy movie with a difference. with a strong screenplay by David Mamet. and particularly sharp suits by Armani.

I Watching The Detectives (Channel 4) 9:10pm. The second in the documentary series looks at ‘the real James Bond’ the Dallas private eye Bill Dear, ample of girth and wallet alike.

I ENG (Channel 4) 10—11pm. More pacy action from the Canadian television news station on the track ofsome hot stories.

I Arena: Bob Marley (BBCZ) 10.25—11.55pm. A decade after his death, the first TV profile ofthe reggae superstar is repeated. The film features extensive live footage and interviews with his family and fellow musicians.

I Scottish Women (Scottish)

l().50pm—l 1 . 10pm. Sheena McDonald introduces a new series of the show that canvasses the views of 100 Scottish women on a variety of subjects. See panel.

I Hooked On Scotland (BBC 1)

11. 15—1 1.45pm. Paul Young visitsthe country‘s oldest angling festival. and goes inshore fishing with Andy Gray from City Lights.

I Android (Scottish) 12.05-1 .30am. Another in the Sci-Fi on Scottish season, android stars Klaus Kinski and Don Opper in a so-so tale of three criminalson the run in outer space. ending up on a research station where a scientist is developing a female android.


I Listening Eye (Channel 4) 5.30—6pm. Presenters Clark Denmark and Rachell Bastikar continue the series for the deaf and hearing-impaired. I Eiiton (Scottish) 6.30—7pm. Shereen Nanjiani. Craig Swan and Don Lindsay return with a new series of the showthat tackles religious. social and moral issues. I Chalktace (BBCZ) 8.30—9pm. More antics at David Lloyd George School after a rather high-spirited basketball fixture lands the team coach in trouble with the head. I Twin Peaks (BBCZ) 9—9.50pm. Return of the snookered soap after three weeks away. Agent Cooper persuades Josie Packard to tell the truth. the whole truth and just a few preposterous tales. I Chancer (Scottish) 9—10pm. Piers begins a legal battle for the custody ofJo‘s baby. I Rear Window: My Name Is Loneliness (Channel 4) 9—9.45pm. The arts and culture series explores the life and work of African artist John Muafengejo. who died in 1987 aged 44. It examines a range of his most powerful works and the background in which they were created. I Kinsey (BBCI) 9.30—10.20pm. Kinsey (Leigh Lawson) hears about his erstwhile partner‘s accident in Portugal, and is forced to make some tough decisions in the final episode of the series.

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