I Drop The Dead Donkey (Channel 4) 10—10.30pm. Topical newsroom comedy, with psychiatrist's help needed in the newsroom.

I I! (Scottish) 10.45—1 l . 15pm. Forsyth, Campbell and Burnett on the state of the arts.


I Roseanne (Channel 4) 6-6.30pm. Roseanne’s on a diet, and so is Dan, although the concept of exercise seems too hideous to contemplate.

I Gone To The Dogs (Scottish) 8-9pm. The romantic comedy series continues with the syndicate having cash-flow problems.

I Cats: Cath Supercat (BBC2) 8.30—9pm. The final show in the series looks at cat breeding in the USA where certain breeds are beginning to seem almost like mutant strains of cat.

I Cheers (Channel 4) 9L9.BOpm. At last a chance to meet Cliff’s legendary mother (played by Frances Stemhagen) who is about to confront his girlfriend (Cliff has a girlfriend?)

I Casually(BBC1)9.30-10.20pm. Dramatic stuff in the penultimate episode of the hospital drama. as philandering MP John Ferris is besieged in his home by tabloid paparazzi. One overcnthusiastic photographer falls through the conservatory roof and badly injures the MP’s wife Helen. Must have been from one of the ‘heavy‘ papers.

I The Two-Edged Sword: A Wild And Dream-lee Trade (BBC2) 9.30—10.20pm. Anthony Sampson begins a two-part report on the secret world of the international arms dealer. 1n the first programme he tracks down the contrasting but all larger-than-Iife characters who deal in arms.

I Dream On (Channel 4) 10—10.35pm. Martin’s cousin Phil wants to get to grips with the battleaxe secretary Toby.

I Omnibus: The Prince Of Paisley Park (BBCl) 10.20-11.10pm. A frank profile of the diminutive but sleazy star, visiting his headquarters in the USA and examining the main themes in his work. Myths are exploded. his sexual persona discussed. and even his religious convictions get an airing. See preview.


I Mrs Warren’s Profession (BBC2)

7.45-9. 10pm. Glasgow Citizens‘ present their first television production. The play is George Bernard Shaw’s protest against prostitution and the poverty and hypocrisy

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I Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio (Channel 4) 8—10pm. Macca goes classical with this full-length work, featuring Dame Kiri Te Kanawa as the leading’soloist plus Sally Burgess, Jerry Hadley and Willard Smith. It deals in part with the story of McCartney's life in Liverpool, through his schooldays to his meeting with his wife Linda. Aaaah.


I Moving Pictures (BBC2) 9. 10—10pm. The story of British film over the last 40 years is told from the perspective of the Thomas family: Ralph, director of the ‘Doctor’ films. Gerald. director of the ‘Carry On‘ series, and Jeremy producerof The Last Emperor and the forthcoming Buddha.

I 4-Mations: Sinbad And the Eye oi the Tiger (Channel 4) 2—4.05pm. Nothing to do with Rocky. but much more exciting. Some of Ray Harryhausen‘s best special effects are recruited to try to stop Sinbad (Patrick Wayne)'s mission.

I Scotsport (Scottish) 5—6pm. Highlights from one of the weekend‘s top Premier Division games. plus action from south of the border and across Europe.

I Sports Review Di The Year 1991 (BBCI) 8.05—9.50pm. Desmond Lynam and Steve Rider present a live round-up of the year‘s sporting events. The Sports Personality Of The Year Award (won by Gazza last year) is presented, as are the Overseas Personality and Team OfThe Year awards.

I The Tin Star (Channel 4) 10—1 1.45pm. A

powerful western from 1957. starring Henry Fonda as a sheriff-turned-bounty hunter teaching greenhorn lawman Anthony Perkins how to do the job.


I Public Eye: Not The NuclearFamlly (BBC2) 8.20—8.30pm. The first programme in a week ofinvestigations into the future of the family in Britain. Tonight Jean Smith talks about her life as a single parent in North London.

I Savage Islands (BBC2) 8.30—10pm. A swashbuckling adventure set in the 19th century in the South Pacific. Tommy Lee Jones plays an infamous brigand captured by his sworn enemy played by Max Phipps. Agreeable nonsense also featuring Michael O‘Keefe and Jenny Seagrove.

I Deadly Intentions (BBC1)9.30-l 1pm. The first part of an American mini-series starring Michael Biehn as a demented murderous doctor who subjects his wife Madelyn Smith to systematic mental torture. Part two tomorrow.

I Scottish Women (Scottish) 10.45-11.15pm. Sheena MacDonald and her 100 guests tackle the tricky subject of babies.

I Steve Reicth New Musical Language (Channcl4) 12.30—1.30am. A profile of the avant-garde musician covering his work over the last twenty years from the early tape pieces to orchestral works with extracts from concerts in London and New York.


I Food And Drink Christmas Special (BBC2) 8.30—9pm. The usual team gear up for seasonal gluttony with an original and spectacular recipe for turkey gaiantine, and a round-up ofsparkling wines for Christmas.

I Quantum Leap (BBC2) 9—9.50pm. Scott Bakula stars as time travelling scientist Sam Beckett bouncing back in time to Ohio as a naval man with a Japanese wife. Sam faces a tough task forcing family and neighbours to accept her.

I Without Walls: War 01 The Words (Channel 4) 9—9.30pm. Simon Hoggart reports on the spread of‘political correctness‘ across US campuses. which some claim will undermine the whole of western civilisation.

I Class Rule: Towards A Classless Society (BBC2) 9.50—10.30pm. Concluding the story of the class factor in post-war politics. Michael Cockcrcll looks at the recent rise ofthe ‘loadsamoney‘ society and the phenomenon of Essex Man.


I Travelog (Channel 4) 8.30—9pm. Art critic Brian Sewell (he ofthe silly voice) visits Vienna to indulge his love ofart, architecture and probably some chocolate cake as well.

_ I Raise The Titanic (Scottish) 8—10pm.

Lew Grade's huge flop revolving around a plan to retrieve a secret stash of radioactive material from the stricken liner. Crap dialogue, dull action sequences and a dubious love interest combine to make this a wet disaster.

I Witness (BBCl) 9.30—1 1 .20pm. Harrison Ford stars in Peter Weir‘s superb drama as detective John Book. taking refuge in the secluded Amish community after escaping from corrupt police officers. it’s a tense. beautifully-shot thriller with a magnificent harvest scene almost stealing the thunder from the more mainstream shoot-outs. Weir‘s finest movie. and probably Ford‘s as well.

I 8 And M (Channel 4) 10.30-1 1pm. Improvised comedy series starring heavyweight Mike McShane and innuendo-ridden charmer Tony Slattery, tonight enacting an escape from a goldfish bowl. The last show in the series.

I Bill Douglas Tribute: My Childhood/MyAin Folk (Channel 4) 11pm—12.55am. A homage to the writer/director Bill Douglas who died earlier this year. These autobiographical films follow his upbringing in a Scottish mining village'and the death of his grandmother which leaves him alone in the world. The final partof the trilogy is shown on 21 December.


I Free For All (Channel 4) 8—8.30pm. Another viewer takes control of the crew to present their viewpoint on an issue of their choosing.

I Secret History: Prisoners DI Propaganda (Channel 4) 9:10pm. The intriguing story of how Australians came to ‘cooperate‘ in the making ofa Japanese propaganda film during the war.

I Murder Most Horrid (BBC2) 9-9.30pm. Dawn French plays both suburban spinster Katie Hatcliffe and her double Sonya Redfern in the final episode of the comedy murder series. It‘s a Hitchcockian tale of double identities and swapped lives, or something like that.

I Stanley And The Women (Scottish) 9—10pm. The final episode ofthe misogynistic drama series starringJohn Thaw in the title role (Stanley that is).

I 40 Minutes: Boobs In Toyland (BBC2) . 9.30—10.10pm. She earns more than Madonna and has been immortaiised by Andy Warhol. She is Barbie. the subject of this special profile narrated by Josie Lawrence. looking at the appeal and failings of the first doll to have breasts.

IJabberwocity (Channel 4) 1().35pm—l2.3()am. Terry 'Fisher King‘ Gilliam's warts-and-all version ofthe Lewis Carroll poem features Michael Palin as the poor cooper‘s son who tries to take on the Jabbcrwocky.




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