I The Secret World Of Sex (BBC2) 9.50—10.20pm. Steve Humphries‘ series continues, featuring interviews with
‘ people stigmatised by pregnancy outside
I Cany 0n Regardless (Channel 4)
10-1 1.45pm. Another classic in the
‘Beyond Ealing‘ season. this one stars the
legendary Sid James as the boss of the
‘Helping Hands‘ agency, peopled by such
luminaries as Kenneth Williams, Charles
Hawtrey, Joan Sims, Hattie Jacques and
Kenneth Connor. They don‘t make ‘em
like this anymore.
I Excess (BBCl) 7.35—8.05pm. Richard Jobson presents the first of three special programmes coming from the Glasgow Mayfest.
I Birthrights (BBC2) 7.40—8. 10pm. ‘What does it mean to be British?‘ asks this new series of documentaries exploring culture , identity and citizenship from a black perspective.
I Dragonslayer (Scottish) 8—10pm. A fantasy adventure , all special effects and ludicrous plot, starring Peter MacNicol and Caitlin Clarke in an everyday tale of a wizard and his apprentice setting out to slay a fire-breathing dragon and save the damsel.
I The Deer Hunter (Channel 4) 9.30—10pm. Michael Jackson visits Plzen in western Bohemia, the Mecca of lager drinkers throughout the civilised world.
I The Paper Man (BBC2) 9.25-10.20pm. A thrusting young Australian rises to become a powerful and ruthless international media supremo. Sounds familiar? This is strictly ﬁction however, so Rupert can hold the lawsuits. John Bach plays the no-nonsense Philip Cromwell. and Oliver Tobias is in there somewhere as well.
I Inside Story: Fatal Encounter(BBC1) 9.30—10.20pm. Oleg Penkovsky wasthe most important spy of the Cold War years, supplying regular information and Soviet secrets to the West. He was executed by the SOViets in 1962. Subsequently, suspicions were raised that he had been a brilliant double agent working for the Soviets. Inside Story sifts the conflicting evidence.
I losle (Channel 4) 10.30—11pm. Josie Lawrence continues her mélange of humour, song, parody and impersonation, featuring a healthy dose of taking-the-piss-out-of—northern-folk. I Manhattan Cable (Channel 4) 11—11.45pm. Another trawl throuh the scum and detritus of New York’s public access cable TV network.
I The Time Tunnel (Channel 4) 6—7pm. Our elegantly-coiffured heroes end up at the Battle of New Orleans in 1812, and are arrested as British spies. More gritty realism from the 605.
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I Floyd 0n Dz: (BBC2) 8—8.30pm. Our intrepid cook is in Central Australia (that big desert bit) feeding fashion models, and making bush damper bread which includes several pints of Fosters.
I On The Line (BBC2) 8.30—9pm. The return of the series that offers aserious analytical approach to sport, with in-depth investigative reporting. Presented by Sue Mott and Ray Stubbs.
I Scarle 0n Art (BBC2)9.30—10.10pm. Having covered sex last week, our Gerald turns his attention to art, and attempts, unsuccessfully, to flog a £500,000 Picasso on Bayswater Road.
I Poetry In Motion (Channel 4)
9.30—10pm. Alan Bennett introducesa repeat run of poetry appreciation programmes, starting off with John Betjeman. who, as far as I can recall, used to knock out a lot of rather kinky stuff about flighty young things in tennis skirts. I A Gathering Of Old Men (Channel4) 10—11.45pm. Richard Widmark, Holly Hunter and Louis Gossett Jnr star in German director Volker Schlondorff‘s tense drama set in the backwoods Cajun country of Louisiana. The black elders of a farming community are forced to stand up against the local red-necks out for revenge after a murder.
I NB (Scottish) 1045—1 1 . 15pm. Arts and entertainments peviewed by Allan Campbell, Janice Forsyth and Bryan Burnett.
I Scottish Books (Scottish) 11.15—11.45pm. Jenny Brown introduces the book review programme.
I Sounds Dl Eden: Hue And Cry (BBCI) 7.30—8pm. A repeated 1989 concert recorded at Inverness's Eden Court Theatre, featuring the not-so-loving siblings Pat and Greg Kane of Hue And Cry.
I Short Stories: Solitary Journey (Channel 4) 8.30—9pm. Lord Hunt and Sherpa Tensing recall their feelings and memories from the Everest expedition of 1953, and comment on the changes it brought for the local people.
I The Real McCoy (BBC2) 9—9.30pm. A comedy sketch series featuring new black performers from the comedy club scene. As well as the performers, the writers are also new to television, emerging from a BBC Comedy Writers‘ Workshop.
I The Chief (Scottish) 9—10pm. Last ofthe
series, with Chief Constable John Stafford investigating an oil spill on Eastland beach.
I Cheers (Channel 4) 9—9.30pm. Samtries everything in his power to prevent Rebecca from buying up the bar.
I The Sharp End (BBC1)9.30—10.20pm. Gwen Taylor stars as the no-nonsense debt collector, assigning hulking minder Carmichael (James Cosmo) to oversee her daughter‘s trip to a disco.
I Roseanne (Channel 4) 10—10.30pm. Dan‘s objectionable father announces his intentions of marrying Roseanne‘s best friend.
I Friday Al The Dome (Channel 4) Craig
' Ferguson submerges himself in Death Metal, and there are performances from
Lemmy, Curve and Christy Moore. See preview.
I nghtThe Darkness (BBCl)
‘ Midnight—1am. Sir Peter Ustinov and guest stars launch a worldwide ‘chain of
; light‘ in solidarity with victims of war. The } programme mixes music and documentary
i footage focusing on humanitarian issues
and the code enshrined in the Geneva
I Undying Monster (Channel 4)
12.45—1 .55am. No, not a Bill Wyman biopic, but another one of those compulsive B movies that Channel 4 specialises in. Scotland Yard trail a hairy killer who might just be connected with a local family of aristocratic werewolves.
I Sound Stutt The Singing Voice (Channel 4) 7—8pm. The one instrument we all possess is examined in detail, using complex scientiﬁc and visual techniques to analyse a variety of voices from heavy rock to choral and opera singers.
I Taming The Lion (Channel 4) 8—9pm. Nothing to do with whips and stools, or even last year‘s Tory leadership crisis. This is a tale of intrepid canoeists tackling the northern stretch of the Indus, known as the Lion in Buddhist terminology.
I thirtysomething (Channel 4) 9L10pm. Melissa gets a rare opportunity to photograph a famous author. Unfortunately Melissa‘s mother chooses that moment to break a leg. Life‘s a bitch sometimes ain‘t it as one ofthe thirtysomething characters is unlikely to
I The Comlc Strip Presents: South Atlantic Ralders, Part1 (BBC2) 9.05—9.35pm. An adventure spoof managing to combine true romance, bank robberies and the I Falklands invasion into an anarchic farce. With Nigel Planer, Ade Edmondson, and the rest ofthe gang.
I The Wolvis Family (BBC2) 9.35—10.05pm. The second episode ofthe family counselling comedy series.
I Pather Panchall (Channel 4) 10pm—12am. A masterly debut film from Satyajit Ray, it was the first in his famous Apu Trilogy. It is an epic and emotional story about the lives of a poor family in a small Bengali village.
I Video Diaries: On The March With Bobby’s Army(BBC2) 10.10pm—12.10am. Actor and football fan Kevin Allen took his camera to ltalia ’90 to record a personal view of how the ordinary fans reacted to the world‘s greatest sporting occasion. Another chance to singalong with the lads and sobalongaGazza.
I Bunkum And Balderdash (BBC2) 7.10—8pm. Apparently this was one ofthe favourite phrases of Margaret Thatcher‘s press secretary, Bernard Ingham, the subject of this profile.
I The Darling Duds Di May (Scottish) 7.45—8.45pm. David Jason stars as Pop Larkin in the hit TV comedy based on the HE. Bates stories. This thing is currently pulling in 19 million viewers. Are you one ofthem?
I A Concert For the Kurds (BBC2) 8—1 1pm. Paul Simon, Sting and Rod Stewart
I Bob Marley- The Legend (Channel 4) 11.55pm-12.55am. A compilation oflive footage and interviews shown to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Marley's death.
I Carry On Dick (Scottish) 1.05—2.40am. Every man‘s role model Sid James is said Dick, jovial highwayman disguised as a vicar, enjoying the occasional frolic with Barbara Windsor and steering well clear ofthe Bow Street Runners led by Kenneth Williams. Terrific stuff.
I Watching The Detectives (Channel 4) 9—10pm. Former undercover cop Bo Dietl got fed-up being mugged in the Bronx, and started his own detective agency. serving top criminal defence lawyers..You might have spotted his cameo appearance in Goodfellas recently, and Warncrs have commissioned a screenplay on his life story.
I ENG (Channel 4) IOpm-l 1pm. Electronic News Gathering from the thrill-a-minute Canadian newsroom drama serial.
perform live at Wembley in aid ofthe Kurdish refugees. I Just Another Saturday (Channel 4)
? 8.30—1().10pm. Anothcrofthe BBC plays being repeated, this Peter McDougall film from 1975 looks at the dilemma facinga
, young drummer in a Glasgow Orange
march, played by John Morrison. Billy
i Connolly also features and the director I; was John Mackenzie. I Tonight At 8.30: Fumed 0ak(BBC1)
8.35—9.05pm. Joan Collins stars in another in the series of adaptations ofNoel
Coward plays, with ex-husband Anthony
Newley again co-starring.
I Jeeves And Wooster (Szottish ) 9.05—10.05pm. More spirited Wodehouse adaptations by Clive Exton with excellent
~ performances from Stephen Fry and Hugh
I Spitting Image (Scottish) 10.05—10.35pm. Wonderful puppets and weak scripts from the crude satire team.
' I Fllm 0n Four: We Think The World OlYou
(Channel4) 10. 10pm—11.55pm. Two men and a dog are the central protagonists of Colin Gregg‘s low-key film set in London in the 505. Alan Bates plays Frank,
l bickering with Megan (Frances Barber) over visiting rights to Johnny (Gary 8 Oldman), his lover and her husband, who
is doing a stretch inside for housebreaking. Frank is forced to transfer his affections to Johnny‘s German shepherd dog.
I Scottish Women (Scottish) 10.45—11.15pm. Sheena MacDonald introduces another topical discussion with 100guests providing theopinions.
I Breadline Britain (Scottish) 11.30pm—12am. The documentary series on poverty looks at the rise in numberof young, unskilled people forming a desperate underclass.
I Listening Eye (Channel 4)5.3o-opm. The award-winning magazine programme for the deaf. presented by Raehell Bastikar and (‘lark Denmark.
I Eikon (Scottish ) (3.30~7pm. More religious. social and moral issues tackled in an innovative fashion.
I Chalkiace ( BBC‘Z) 830—9an Further goings-on at David Lloyd (‘ieorge Comprehensive ill the school drama series.
I All Good Things (BBCI )«mo— 10.20pm.
. With the classic Sleepers barely tucked
away in the archive cupboard. the ' admirable Warren (‘larke is back inthis new comedy drama series playing
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