a selection ol television highlights, listed by day, in chronological order. Television Listings compiled by Tom Lappln.


I 100% (BBC2) 7. i5-8pm. The youth programme talks to teenagers who have been victims of sexual abuse as children. The show also rounds up the usual arts and music news.

I Short Stories: Old Pro's Paradise (Channel 4) 8.30—9pm. Old troupers never die, they just retire to Brinsworth House, a home for old variety acts. Many a nostalgic tale is told as showbiz folk come to terms with old age and a life away from the stage and the applause.

I Cheers (Channel 4) 9—9.3opm. More beers with Norm, Cliff, Sam, Woody and the rest of the Boston bar regulars.

I Heat‘lheai (Scottish) 9— l opm. Former EastEnder Nick Berry stars in a new ten-part drama series set in North Yorkshire during the hos. He plays a young London copper coming north with his wife to take on the job of village bobby. But first he has to overcome the suspicion of the locals.

I Arena: A Spanish Odyssey ( BBC2) 9.3o—to.3opm. A profile ofJavier Mariscal, the ‘Andy Warhol of Barcelona' as he is described. Mariscal is a graphic artist, designer, cartoonist. painter and illustrator who, inspired by comics, pop art and television, creates fantasy backdrops for everyday living. He is about to become known throughout the world for his designs for the Barcelona Olympics.

I Roseanne (Channel 4) l0—lO.30pm. lt’s Hallowe’en again in the Conner household and Dan and Roseanne decide to celebrate by scaring theirobnoxious neighbour Kathy.

I Hysteria Ill (Channel 4) 11.05pm—tam. The charity show recorded at the London Palladium features the cream of young British comic talent, including Stephen Fry, Tony Slattery, Rowan Atkinson, Ben Elton and French and Saunders. Musical contributions come courtesy of Elton John and Beverley Craven.


I HIgthO Reply (Channel 4) 6.30—7pm. Sheena McDonald hosts another set of viewers’ complaints and ideas and offers them a chance to tackle the programme- makcrs. Expect some election . controversies to emerge in this afternoon’s I programme. I Back To The Future (BBC!) 6.55—8.5opm. Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd star in the first of the time-travelling capers. Fox plays Marty McFly playing gooseberry at his parents' teen romance and having to reunite them in order to ensure his own future existence. Worth catching in the unlikely event that you haven't already.

I The Opening Oi EuroOisney (Scottish)

7. 55-ropm. Can’t see the appeal of a giant bland mouse myself, but that’s enough about the election result, let’s head off to Paris, France for the grand opening, with guests Cher, Jose Carreras, Gloria Estefan, The Gipsy Kings, Tina Turner and Angela Lansbury (what a motley selection of celebs).

I TV Heaven: 1976 (Channel 4) 8pm- 1 2 midnight. Frank Muir plunders the mid-70$, opening up with a rather dubious West Indian sitcom The Fosters (starring a youthful Lenny Henry), taking in a Jack Rosenthal play Ready When You A re Mr McGilI and an episode of Andrea

Newman’s Bouquet 0f Barbed Wire,

before rounding off with a creaky Aquarius documentary about British reggae.


I Flipper (Channel 4) 1 1.30am-noon. This is a cracker. Flipper rescues an elderly sponge diver who believes that the chirpy dolphin is the reincarnation of his

brother. What kind of drugs were these writers on?

I Women's Football (Channel 4) 5.30—6pm. The annual glimpse ofthe female soccer scene opens with the Women‘s FA Cup semi-finals. The formidable favourites Doncastcr Belles take on Maidstone, and Wimbledon play Southampton.

I A Masculine Ending (BBCt) 7.45—9.2opm. Janet McTeer and Imelda Staunton star as amateur detectives in a special film-length dramatisation ofJoan Smith‘s thriller. McTeer plays lecturer Loretta Lawson travelling to Paris with her friend Bridget Bennet fora symposium. Their weekend is somewhat spoiled when they find a body in the flat they have borrowed.

I Soul (BBC2) 8.05—8.55pm. Nothingto do with Barry White. this is the first of three films looking at new thinkingin cosmology, evolution and brain science. In the first film. scientists examine the Big Bang theory and explain how for some, scientific research has helped find a way back to faith in a divine Creator.

I Jeeves And Wooster (Scottish) 9.05-io.o5pm. An excellent Wodehouse adaptation starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, up to their old tricks on the other side ofthe Atlantic this time.

I Screaming (BBC: ) 9.3o—topm. The Carla Lane sitcom continues. Gwen Taylor. Jill Baker and Penelope Wilton play three friends who decide to share a man-free house. Tonight Beatrice uncharacteristically writes to a magazine problem page, no doubt asking for advice on how to get out of this nightmare of a show.

I Spitting Image (Scottish) 10.05—10.35pm. The weak satire limps into a new series. Hopefully the new parliamentary intake will inspire a rather more barbed line in scripts.

I Mastermind (BBCi) 10.25-10.55pm. The erudite quiz hosted as ever by stern

lcclander Magnus Magnusson, asking questions about King Stephen.John i Hawkwood (who he?), Raymond Chandler and European Silent Cinema (sexeee . . .)

I The South Bank Show (Scottish) I 11.05pm-12.o5am. A report on how i director David Croncnburg adapted ;

Burroughs‘s controversial The Naked ' Lunch for the cinema. , I World Cinema: Sacrifice Ot Youth ! 11.55pm-t .45am. Chinese director Zhang Nuanxin’s insubstantial but strangely compelling story stars Li Fengxu as a young Peking girl sent to work in a small Dai village in the south-west of China

during the Cultural Revolution.


I Standing Room Only (BBC2) 6. 50—7.4opm. Simon O‘Brien introduces the TV soccer fanzine show, looking at the successful youth policy of top Dutch side Ajax Amsterdam, and interviewing Ossie Ardiles about his career as a player and manager.

I Open Space: llo Licence To Kill . . .The BBC (BBC2) 7.40—8. 10pm. A call from the Voice of the Listener and Viewer (VLV) demanding a public inquiry into the future of the BBC. The results of a survey into people‘s attitudes to the licence fee are announced, and contributors express opinions about the current direction of the Corporation.

I Handel’s Messiah (Channel 4)

830—! l .4opm. To mark its 250th anniversary, the world’s best-known oratorio is broadcast live from the Point Theatre in Dublin , conducted by Sir Neville Marriner and performed by the Orchestra and Chorus of the Academy of St Martin-ln-The-Fields. The interval features a short documentary tracingthe popularity of the work over the last couple of centuries.

I Sleepers (BBC2) 9—10.3opm. A welcome repeat of the excellent comedy thriller starring Nigel Havers and Warren Clarke as a couple of Soviet agents forgotten by their KGB bosses, who have assimilated themselves rather too successfully into British life. The plot‘s a tad far-fetched but the wealth of detail in characterisation and dialogue make it a delight to watch. The original four parts have been edited into two 90-minute episodes, with the second being shown on Wednesday.

I Sport In Ouestlon (Scottish)

10.45-I 1.45pm. Archie Maepherson presents the last programme in the current sports discussion series, tonight introducing guests Craig Brown, Andy Irvine, John O’Leary and Gerry McNee.


I KYTV (BBC2) 8.30—9pm. The satire on satellite TV featuring a rather confused scheduling clash between a frank sex chat show and coverage of a local by-election.

I Without Walls: llang The 0.! (Channel 4) 9-9.3opm. To mark the 25th documentary of wunnerful Radio One, this irreverent documentary looks at the lives, times and embarrassing haircuts of the four naffest DJ 5 ever to disgrace the airwaves, Tony

Blackburn, Dave Lee Travis, Mike Read

and Gary Davies. Presented by Mike Smash (aka Harry Enfield’s sidekick Paul

' Whitehouse) I Medics (Scottish) 9-iopm. More strife

for the hard-pressed staff at Henry Park

' Hospital.

I 40 Minutes: llot At Their Age (BBC2) 9.50— 10.30pm. Five couples aged between 65 and 9t tell their stories of how they met and fell in love despite being past retirement age.

I Through A Glass Darkly (Channel 4) l0—l 1.40pm. Laughing boy Ingmar Bergman won an Oscar for this meticulous drama charting 24 hours in the lives of four people spending the summer in an isolated cabin on the Baltic coast. The cast includes Harriet Anderson, Gunnar B jornstrand. Max Von Sydow, Lars Passgard and Sid James as the cheeky Cockney cabbie Nobby. I flesniclt: Lonely Hearts (BBCI) to—to.5opm. Tom Wilkinson stars as the pastrami-munching Nottingham detective investigating a killer who stalks his prey through newspaper classified columns. I Film 92 (BBCt) 10.50—1 1.20pm. Barry Norman reviews Sylvester Stallone‘s latest turkey ‘Stop Or My Mom Will Shoot’, and Volker Schlondorff’s ‘Voyager’.


I Artrageous! (BBC2) 7.30—8pm. A distinctly visual new arts show aiming to cover everything from opera and poetry through to film, video and fashion from different locations throughout the country. The first show comes from Bradford , and features the work of metal sculptor Mick Kirkby-Geddes, as well as a report on the London-based film clubThc Reely Club which launched the careerof Derek Jarman. I Inspector Morse (Scottish) 8— l opm. Rave on Morsey baby. The glum one’s investigation into the death of a bright young thing leads him into the world of house parties, raves and designer drugs. This you have to see. I The Food File (Channel 4) 8.30—9pm. The food issues programme presented by Drew Smith looks at the question of additives in food and reveals that new EC regulations will allow 500 extra kinds of additive to be used in British products. I OED: Highl Tenors (BBC! ) 9.3o—iopm. One in 50 British adults is affected by terror of the night, leading some to crash through windows or attack others while sleeping. QED filmed some of the sufferers, using infra-red cameras, and followed their attempts to find a cure. I Sean’s Show (Channel 4) 10.30—1 1pm. Dublin‘s finest exponent of comic truth, Sean Hughes, takes a wrecking crew tothe sitcom format in the first episode of his new series. Suffice to say that it includes Windsor Davies, Samuel Beckett, a bath full of jelly, and some Alphabetti Spaghetti. Confused? You will be. See preview. I Cinema Canada: Strangers In Theervm Land 11.30pm—12.25am. As a curtain-raiser to the Canadian film season, this German documentary profiles some of the young directors working in Toronto and Winnipeg including Atom Egoyan. Patricia Rozema and Bruce McDonald.


I The Big One (Channel 4) 8.30—9pm. The last episode of the sitcom romance starring

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