A selection of television highlights. listed by 7

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


I The lnsiders(BBC1 )7.21)—7.5(lpm. Gordon Kennedy heads for the Ayrshire coast in the final programme ofthe series. taking in Butlins. bikers and the best cafe in Scotland. assisted by local Susan Milligan.

I The Scottish Chart Show ( BBCI) 7.50—8pm. Nicky (‘ampbell introducesthc Tartan Top Twenty. running through the new Scottish chart and featuring the latest chart breakers.

I Casualty(BBC1)9.3o 10.20pm. Holby General this week has to cope with both Peggy Mount and Charlotte Cornwell. Peggy pegging out early on. Charlotte playing a worried mother.

I Dream On (Channel 4) 1(L-1(1.35pm. Martin has it away with his ex-wifc on the eve of her wedding. I Icy. don't knock it till you‘ve tried it.

I Omnibus: in The Manner Di Eric Hebbom (BBCI) 10.20-1 1.10pm. A profile ofthe greatest art forger of the century. From his country retreat in Italy. Ilebborn has regularly fooled art experts with his skilfully executed fakes.

I The Mystery Train ( BBC?) Richard O'Brien introduces another bunch of tacky horror selections including the 1957movie Invasion ()f The .S‘aut‘ermen. where strange things are happening in Hicksberg.

IThe Word (Channel 4)

11.15pm—12. 15am. Terry Christian and the seriously gortnless Amanda De

. Cadenet are joined by the hyperactive

pollutant Katie Puckrik for a showthat includes an interview with Ted Danson.

I Ring My Bell ((‘hannel4) 12.15—1am. Laurie Pike‘s new live phone-in show with five guests fielding the calls.


I Right To Reply (Channel 4) 6.30—7pm. Rory McGrath presents the viewer feedback show offering the TV audience a


chance to take on the programme makers.

I Birds DIA Feather (BBCI ) 8.05—8.35pm. Sharon (Pauline Ouirke’) starts dating an

- upmarket man from the ‘huntin‘. shootin‘

and fishin“ set.

I The House 01 Eliott(BBC1) 8.35—9.30pm. The girls kiss and make up and start getting together theirfirst fashion collection. Anthony Valentine turns up as a fashion writer. the wonderfully-named Victor Stride.

I Performance: The Trials Of Oz (BBCZ) 9.45—11.15pm. A re-creation of the 1971 obscenity trial when 0: editors Richard Neville. James Anderson and Felix Dennis faced a life sentence iffound guilty. Nigel Hawthorne. Leslie Phillips. Simon Callow and Nigel Planer are among the cast. See preview.

I Next Stop Hollywood: The Heart DlThe Deal (Channel 4) 9.40—10. l()pm. Yuri Neyman and Marina Levikova‘s film follows the adventures ofa thirtysomething accountant surprised by an unthinkable demand from two mysterious visitors.

I Child's Play (BBCI ) 1 1 .20pm— 12.45am. Wonderfully preposterous horror tale about a doll that becomes possessed with the spirit of a psychopathic murderer. and goes around bumping off babysitters and the like. Tom Holland directs. Chris Sarandon and Catherine Hicks star.

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I The Travel Show Guides (BBC2) 6.05—6.35pm. You can tell it‘s winter when the travel programmes come thick and fast. Penny Junor introduces this new series aiming to go a bit deeper than the usual gloss. The first destination is Florida. for a look at the varied attractions ofthe Sunshine State.

I Whiclter Way Out West (Channel 4) 8—8.31)pm. The first of five repeats from Whicker‘s classic 1973 series. delvinginto the eccentricities ofCaIifornians. The first show looks at the dollars and doloursof the plastic surgery industry.

I London's Burning (Scottish) 8.45—9.45pm. The Blue Watch team in more fire-fighting adventures at the London station. this week called to a hotel fire where escape routes are blocked.

I Jute City(BBCl ) 9. 15—10. 15pm. The answers begin to fall into place in the final episode of David Kane‘s mystery thriller starring David ()‘I Iara. Caroline Roth and John Sessions. , I Rebels With A Cause: A Face In The Crowd (Channel4) Ill—12.20am. The 50s Hollywood season continues with a cautionary tale about the powerof television as a performer turns megalomaniac. Terry Wogan stars. Er. make that Andy Griffiths stars.

I Changing Step (BBCZ) 10.15—1 1 .45pm. A repeat showing for Antony Sher‘s award-winning play set in a Scottish convalescent hospital during the First World War. The play follows the relationship between two newcomers to the hospital. Private James Ross and Lady Alice Napier. It‘s an ambitious piece covering class collision and disability among its themes.

I The South Bank Show (Scottish) 10.35—11.35pm. A profile of Dame Vera Lynn. bless her. Couldn't have won the war without her and all that.

I Dance Energy (BBCZ) 6.45—7. 15pm. The male Amanda De Cadenet. Normski. gets you back on the floor.

I Desmond’s (Channel 4) 8.3(l—9pm. A TV crew arrives to make a documentary about the barber shop.

I City Lights (BBCI ) 8.3(l—9pm. Return of

the easy-going Scottish sitcom that has proved remarkany enduring. Gerard Kelly stars as failed writer Willie Melvin. returning from a three-month stay in London to find that things have changed in his absence.

I Little Shop Di Honors ( BBCZ) 8.30—10pm. A black comedy horror musical (a hitherto unexplored genre) starring Rick Moranis and Ellen Greene as flower-shop employees taking delivery of some flesh~eating flora from outer space. Camp. over-the-top. but plenty enjoyable.

I Cutting Edge: Home Fires (Channel 4)

9— 10pm. A year after the events. the documentary team looks at the Gulf War through the eyes of the wives and mothers of servicemen. It includes footage of video Valentines sent by the troops. and the ‘just in case‘ letters they wrote to their loved ones.

I Rumpole 0t The Bailey (Scottish) 9—10pm. The fat brief is being bullied by She Who Must Be Obeyed into takinga cruise to the Adriatic.

I Naked Video (BBC2) 10—10.30pm. The comedy team plough the same furrows they‘ve been doing for years, to occasionally amusing effect. Tonight Elaine C. Smith impersonates Oprah Winfrey.

I The Gravy Train Goes East (Channel 4) l()—11.()5pm. Malcolm Bradbury‘s EC satire continues in the mythical Balkan state of Slaka. where everything is not as it seems.

IHome(BBC1) 10.40—11.10pm. Another slice oflife in the town of Portrce.Skye. with the tourist buses arriving. creating mixed reactions among the locals.

I Scottish Women (Scottish)

10.45pm—l 1 . 15pm. Sheena McDonald hosts the debate. this time on smoking.


I The Black Bag (Channel 4) 8-8.30pm. A report on young South Africans who are exerting pressure on both the government and the ANC.


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i I Without Walls: I Want Your Sex (Channel 4) 9—10pm. A programme exploringthe myths and beliefs about black sexuality prevalent in Europe. using archive footage and interviews with Spike Lee. Cathy Tyson. academic Stuart Hall and feminist Michelle Wallace.

I Making Out (BBC1)9.30-10.20pm. The final episode of Debbie Horsfield‘s spiky comedy series gathers all‘the regulars into a Latin-American dance troupe in an attempt to raise money for charity. The chance to meet Tommy Docherty is also a motive, apparently.

I Empty Nest (Channel 4)

11.45pm—12. 15am. Richard Mulligan stars as the widowed paediatrician.

tonight invited to father an ex-patient’s child.


I Rough Guide To The World's Journeys: USA Southern States (BBCZ) 6.50—7.40pm. Magenta Vine. her shades and Sankha Guha head through Atlanta. Nashville and Memphis and on to New Orleans, visiting Gracelands. a charm school and sundry other attractions en route.

I The Sweet Smell 0t Success (BBCI) 7.50—8.30pm. Veteran Glasgow-born film director Sandy Mackendrick talks about his career and his films including classics Whisky Galore and The Ladykillers.

I Travelog (Channel 4) 8.30—9pm. Pete McCarthy visits the Bahamas 500 years after Columbus. although my guess is that Chris didn‘t find such a variety ofbeach bars on offer.

I Children Of The North (BBCZ) 9.25—10.15pm. Episode three ofthe complex political thriller based on MS. Power's novels. British Intelligence officer Maltravers has been moved from his post. and his replacement. Shrapnel]. is leading an undercover operation against IRA activists.

I DEA: The Ant And The Elephant (BBCl) 9.30—10.20pm. The documentary series continues with agents moving in on the Colombian Cali Cartel. an organisation that accounts for 80 per cent ofNew York‘s cocaine market.

I The Golden Girls (Channel 4) 10—10.30pm. Rose takes up skydiving to bring a little excitement into her life.

I Intematonal Sportscene(BBC1) 1().20pm—12.20am. Highlights of Scotland‘s crucial European Championship qualifier against the mighty San Marino. who have only ever scored once in their entire footballing history. Ominous. Other games featured include the England v Poland clash.

I S And M (Channel 4) 10.30—1 1pm. Tony

Slattery and Mike McShane continue their improvising. tonight tackling ad campaigns that never saw the light ofday. I Viz-The Documentary (Channel 4) 11pm—midnight. A repeat showing ofa rather strained spoof attempt to explain the Viz phenomenon. Auberon Waugh. Harry Enfield and Keith Chegwin offer their theories.


I The Time Tunnel (Channel 4) 6—7pm. As luck would have it. Tony and Dougget caught up in a battle between Ghenghis Khan and Kublai Khan. which suggests their machine has developed a serious anachronism fault.

I Focal Point (BBCt ) fir—8.30pm. Return of the punchy documentary series. opening with an investigation of an acutely psychotic man who was pronounced safe by a psychiatrist only two days before he killed his wife.

I Free For All (Channel 4) 8—8.30pm. The return of the series made entirely by viewers who write the stories and call the shots. See preview.

I An Actor's Lite For Me ( BBCI) 8.30—9pm. John Gordon-Sinclair stars in an adaptation of the Radio 4comedy series. He plays jobbing actor Robert Neilson, whose career never seems to take off.

I MInder(Sc0ttish) 9—10pm. Arthuris serioust tempted by what seems like a winning roulette system. It‘ll end in tears. mark my words.

I Murder Most Norrid (BBCZ) 9—9.3(ipm. The first of a new series ofwhodunnit spoofs starring Dawn French. The first. written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. is a tale of conspiracy and corruption concerning a planning officer‘s head being set in concrete. See preview.

I 40 Minutes: Berlin Lights(BBC2) 9.30-10.10pm. A report from an East Berlin light-bulb factory struggling to survive in the grim realities of the West.

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