A selection of television highlights, listed by day, in chronological order. Television Listings compiled by Tom Lappln.
Schedules are likely to be heavily interrupted by a certain sporting event in Barcelona.
I Cheers (Channel 4) 9—9.30pm. Tensions mount at the Boston bar when a customer leaves Cheers and its patrons 3 1000000 in his will.
I Haked Hollywood (BBC2) 9.30—10.20pm. A repeat showing of last year’s behind-the-scenes investigation of the ﬁlm industry. The ﬁrst programme looks at the work of the screenwriter. Their work is mangled beyond recognition, but with fees touching $3 million a time, who‘s complaining?
I Virtual Murder. Last Train To Hell And Back (BBCI) 9.45—10.40pm. Cornelius (Nicholas Clay) and Samantha (Kim Thomson) hunt the murderer of psychologist Jane Arkwright. Chief suspect is Judge Rawcliffe. a seriously deluded type fond of passing the death sentence in his fantasy courtroom.
I Roseanne (Channel 4) 10—10.30pm. Dan steps in as delivery :oom coach when Crystal has her baby.
I Deadly Nights: The Dark Comer (Channel 4) 11.30pm-1 .20am. A film noir from 1946 starring Mark Stevens as a jailbird detective who is framed for murder.
I Columbus And The Age Di Discovery: The Sword And The Cross (BBC2) 7.20-8. 10pm. Mauricio Obregon traces the destructive progress of Spanish colonialism that followed in the wake of Columbus’s expeditions. Greed for gold fought against religious scruples throughout the first half of the 16th century.
I Brewster's Alllllons(BBC1) 8.10—9.45pm. Richard Pryor and John Candy star in Walter Hill's so-so comedy. Pryor plays Monty Brewster who inherits his uncle Rupert‘s $300 million fortune - on the condition that he can blow $30 million in 30 days.
I GDit(Channel 4) 9—10.30pm. The final part of the Bleasdale drama ﬁnds Michael Murray meeting his nemesis at a local Labour Party meeting, in the unlikely form of Jim Nelson.
I Video Diaries: Desperately Seeking Hassle (BBC2) 10.05—11.05pm. Steve Feltham takes viewers to the banks of Loch Ness to share his lifetime obsession with the monster. He lives in a converted mobile library on the banks of the loch , waiting for the day when Nessie will finally reveal herself.
I Cinema! Clnemai: Tim Sur Le Planiste (Channel 4) 10.30pm—midnight. Truffaut’s stylish if vapid second feature stars Charles Aznavour as a timid bar pianist whose brothers entice him into a world of crime and violence.
IPtIll Cool (Scottish) 10.55—11.25pm. A new series from the rubber-faced impressionist, with comedy, sketches and songs.
I Scotsport (Scottish) 5—6pm. Jim White is back with a new series offering extended highlights of a Premier League game, plus action from Europe. Commentary from Gerry McNee.
I American Chronicles: This Gun's For Hire/Defender Di The Faith (Channel 4) 5—5.30pm. Lynch and Frost conclude the series of offbeat documentaries with a study of weekend warriors and a repeat
showing of the proﬁle of bom-again boxing veteran George Foreman.
I Europe Express (Channel 4) 8—8.30pm. The acclaimed European current affairs series with Isabella Stasi Castriota reporting from Rome, Klaus Schwagrzinna from Berlin, Stefan Rybar from Prague and Marie Guichoux from Paris.
I Beverley Hills Cop (BBCI) 8.15—9.55pm. Eddie Murphy, whose latest film Boomerang hits these shores very soon , stars in this above average cop caper as Axel Foley, the maverick detective on the track of a killer in Los Angeles.
I Hollywood Greats: Marilyn - Something's Got To Give (Channel 4) 8.35—9.30pm. A new series of profiles of Hollywood stars opens with a documentary that purports to tell the truth about Marilyn Monroe‘s acting career using interviews with workers on the set of Something ’3 Got To Give.
I TV Squash (Scottish) 10.45—1 1 . 15pm. The second edition of the TV satire show, focusing attention on BBC] this time with guests Tony Blackburn, Patrick Moore and Tessa Sanderson.
I Aloviedrome: Lolita (BBC2)
l 1.30pm—2.05am. That book by Nabokov gets the big screen treatment with James Mason as Humbert Humbert, Shelley Winters as blowsy Charlotte Haze and Sue Lyon as her nymphette daughter. Peter Sellers plays all the rest of the parts in the usual overstated style.
4) 12.30—2.40am. More Truffaut than you can poke a stick at this week. This is an unsentimental study of adultery starring Jean Desailly, Francoise Dorleac and Nelly Benedetti.
I Star Trek lV—The Voyage Home (Scottish) 8.30—10pm. 10.40—11.25pm. The Enterprise crew head home to face trial
, for mutiny, and ﬁnd a very alien world.
I Secret History: Death Of A Democrat (Channel 4) 9—10pm. American student Thomas Kotik returns to Prague to probe the mysterious death of Jan Masaryk the Czech Foreign Minister who was found dead in 1948 two weeks after the Communists seized power.
I Dream On (Channel 4) 10pm—12. 10am. A refreshing and original portrayal of life
on a Tyneside estate. A good witch arrives on the Meadow Well scheme and brings a touch of magic to the local women‘s darts team. Featuring Maureen Harold, Amber Styles and Anna Maria Gascoigne (Gazza’s sister).
I Oil The Page (Scottish) 11.25—11.55pm. Jenny Brown speaks to Sir Steven Runciman from his home in Lochmagen, about his pioneering work as the world‘s leading Byzantine historian.
I Siskel And Ebert (BBC2)
11.15-1 1 .35pm. The sparring Chicago ﬁlm critics size up Bob Rafaelson‘s Man Trouble starring Jack Nicholson , A Stranger Among Us starring Melanie Grifﬁth, and Meryl Streep’s latest, Death Becomes Her.
I The Plague Di The Zombies (Scottish) l2.50-2.25am. Yup, the soccer season's started in earnest.
I Shaking The Heavens: Long Distance Runners (BBC2) 7.45-8.30pm. The ﬁrst in a new series devoted to individuals who
T refuse to take old age lying down.
80~year-old Jenny Wood-Allen is Britain's oldest female marathon runner, while Tom Jones is, at 91 , Britain‘s oldest milkman , still chatting up the widows of Pontypridd.
I My Dead Dad (Scottish) 8—8.30pm. The second part of John McKay‘s supernatural sitcom finds Eck (Forbes Masson) in more trouble when his sister Ova pays him a Vtsrt.
I Colin's Sandwich (BBC2) 8.30-9pm. Mel Smith plays Colin Watkins, tonight enduring a vigil at the bedside of his dying father, but coming up with an idea for the perfect ending to his script.
I Hollywood Greats: Gentlemen Preler DIondes (Channel 4) 8.30—10. 10pm. A classic musical starring Marilyn Monroe as a lovable gold-digger looking for a millionaire to marry on a trip to France. Jane Russell provides support, funnily enough.
I Dressed To Kill (Scottish) 10.45pm—12.45am. Distinctly dubious thriller about a transvestite slasher who kills a sexually-disturbed matron and then goes after a witness.
I Green Pages (Scottish) 6.30-7pm. The series devoted to opportunities for improving the environment, locally and globally. Presented by Pat O‘Mahoney, Shauna Hawthorne, Stephen Fulton and Gary Rimmer. I Elizabeth it (Scottish) 8—10pm. Another chance to see the special documentary originally shown on BBC 1 to mark the 40th anniversary of the Queen‘s accession to the throne.
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myths about deaf gay culture, as deaf lesbians and gay men talk about their experiences of love and sex on the gay scene.
I Screenplay: Death And The Compass (BBC2) 9.30—10.30pm. Alex Cox‘s first
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ﬁlm for television , and let's hope it’s better than his movies. It‘s a wild detective story filmed on location in Mexico, based on a short story by Jorge Luis Borges. Peter Boyle plays Inspector Lonrot, embroiled in a series of murders, and rejecting the more obvious explanations. I Absolutely (Channel 4) 10.30—11.05pm. A selection of highlights from the third series with all your old favourites. Written and performed by Morwenna Banks, Jack Docheny, Moray Hunter, Gordon Kennedy, Peter Baikie and John Sparkes. I Into The Hight(BBCl) 11pm—12.503m. Michelle Pfeiffer and Jeff Goldblum star in an above-average romantic comedy-thriller. Goldblum plays a bored husband who bumps into the ﬂeeing Pfeiffer and ends up with more than he bargained for. David Bowie plays an English hit man. and there are a host of cameo appearances by young gun Hollywood directors like Jonathan Demme and David Cronenburg.
I Moio Working (Channel 4) 11.05—11.30pm. James Brown struts his
I in God We Trust (Channel 4) 12.50—2.35am. British television premiere of Marty Feldman‘s rather strange satire of organised religion in the USA. He plays a monk who is sent out to raise money to pay the monastery's mortgage. With Richard Pryor and Wilfred Hyde-White.
I Conspiracy Of Silence (Scottish) 9—10pm, 1040—] 1.30pm. The first part ofa mini-series, shown over two nights, based on a true story of racism leading to murder.
I The Travel Show (BBC2) 94.30pm. Penny Junor and intrepid traveller Matthew Collins present the consumers‘ holiday show, which includes a report from the exotic location of Glasgow, where Carol Smillie takes us on a tour that takes in the Barras and the Grand Ole Opry country and western club.
I 999 (BBC1)9.30—10.25pm. More true-life tales of derring-do from the emergency services, including the story of a family rescued in the nick of time from a house fire.
I Talking Heads - Soldiering Dn (BBC2) 9.30—10.10pm. Stephanie Cole stars in the latest Alan Bennett monologue, playing Muriel, the recently-widowed wife of a stockbroker. Gradually she reveals that all her assets, even her memories, have been systematically stripped awa . I hlen Talk: (Channel 4) 10.20—10.50pm. Richard Jobson hosts a discussion on relationships with other men, and asks if emotional repression is the cause of violence. I ND (Scottish) 11.30pm—midnight. The usual arts and entertainment info from Bryan Burnett and Janice Forsyth.
I Around Vlhlcker's \Vorld - The Ultimate Package (Scottish) 8—9pm. Alan Whicker continues his high-expense trip round the world.
I Bottom (BBC2) 9—9.30pm. Repeated
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