A selection of television highlights, listed by day. in chronological order. Television Listings compiled by Tom Lappin.
I Around Whicker‘s World - The Ultimate Package (Scottish) 9- 10pm. The nasal one concludes his megabucks journey with the idle rich travellers. The last leg ofthe trip reaches South America. but has it been worth it?
I Virtual Murder: A Torch For Silverado (BBC1)9.30—10.20pm. Former Dr Who. Jon Pertwee plays Luis Silverado. a frustrated brothel-keeper who takes revenge by torehing a number ofsex establishments. Our hero Cornelius runs him to ground just as he triggers the final bomb. Melodramatic or what?
I Roseanne (Channel 4) 10— 10.30pm.
3 Darlene and Becky treat their mother toa ; complete makeover at the Beauty Box
3 salon as a Mother‘s Day gift. but have ulterior motives behind their generosity. I Deadly Nights: Burglar (Channel4) llpm-—12.40am. Another datedfilm noir starring Dan Duryea and Jayne Mansfield as a couple of jewellery thieves being
' tracked by a bent copper who wants the sparklers for himself.
I The Three Musketeers ( BBCI) 5.50-7.35pm. Richard Lester‘s gloriously over-the-top version of the Dumas classic plays it mostly for laughs. with the fight scenes verging on slapstick. Oliver Reed puts in a fabulous performance as the drunken. overweight Athos.
I Columbus And The Age Dt Discovery: In Search Of Columbus (BBC2) 7.20—8. 10pm. Mauricio Obregon introduces the last programme in the series. which traces the legacy of Columbus. and looks at how he is viewed by the different peoples ofthe American continents.
; I Fellini Fiddles, Home Burns (Channel 4) 9—9.30pm. Saturday night is Fellini night. 3 opening with this specially commissioned a documentary. examining the film i director‘s vision of Rome in moraldecay.
Followed at 9.30pm by a screening of his ‘ classic La Dulce Vita and at 12.45am. by a lot of talking heads who will tell us what a terrific ﬁlm that was and what a diamond j geezer Fellini is. always buys his round. j helps old ladies across roads etc. etc. i I Encounters: Beautitul Lies ( BBCZ) l 9.45—I().4(lpm. The first in the seriesof | dramas looking at imaginary meetings 3 between 20th century notables. Paul Pender‘s play is set in 1941 and pits George Orwell in a debate about faith. reason and politics against HG. Wells. ’ See preview.
I Video Diaries: Elvis-The Yorkshire Years (BBC2) 1(l.4()—-l 1.40pm. Scott Davis records the ups and downs of his career as an Elvis impersonator. Disillusioned with life on the North-East club circuit he
1 books himselfon a mini-tour ofOrlando. l .__- . . . _ 95'I'hc List M leAugust I‘M?
Florida, but the contrasts are just too painful to take. I Phll Cool (Scottish) 11.20—11.50pm. Laughs and impressions from the rubberfaced one. j I Craig. Millar and Cosgrove At The Festival 3 (Scottish) 11.50pm—l2.50am. : Snappily-titled studio programme I gathering up the threads of the Edinburgh j Festivals and Fringe. See preview.
j I Scotsport (Scottish) 5—6pm. Jim White is back with a new series offering highlights of all the Premier League games. plus action from Europe. Commentary from Gerry McNee. I Europe By Design: Fantasy Houses 3 (BBC!) 5.55—6.25pm. A new series looking at the ambitious and outlandish f designs of Europe. starting with a report on some of the more startling examples of modern architecture. including a house in the mountains above Nice that could be mistaken for a space-ship. I Europe Express (Channel 4) 8-8.3opm. 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 The Alan Bennett Season: A Visit From Miss ProtherO(BBC2)8.1(L8.50pm. . Another glum slice of life about retired Mr ' Dodsworth (Hugh Lloyd) whose easy life ; is disturbed by a visit from office busybody Miss Prothero (Patricia Routledge) who is full of praise for his replacement. I Moviedrome: Walker (BBC2) 9.5()—11.25pm. Alex Cox introduces his own film. a so-so biopic ofthe extraordinary William Walker. an Edinburgh University medical student who conquered Nicaragua in the 19th century with a band of 58 mercenaries and a terrific soundtrack from Joe Strummer. The locals didn‘t know what hit ‘em.
I Track 29 (Channel 4) 10—] 1 .40pm.
j Dennis Potter wrote and Nicolas Roeg
E directed this surreal black comedy starring
Theresa Russell as a sexually frustrated
North Carolina housewife who becomes
involved with young stranger Gary
Oldman. Only snag is. he might just be her
son. Look out for Sandra Bernhard in a
I TV Squash (Scottish) 10.45—1 1.15pm.
More of the TV satire show. with guests
Lee Chapman. John Conteh and Nick
I Cinema! Cinema!: Jacques Hivette
I (Channel4)12.15-l.3(lam.Toconcludc the seemingly interminable French New Wave season (can you imagine Canal Plus running a three-month season of‘Carry
On' films? No you cannot) we have a lengthy profile of one of the founders of the movement.
I Secret History: The Robert Kennedy Assassination (Channel 4) 9—lOpm. A programme that reinvestigates the conviction of Sirhan Sirhan for the murder of presidential candidate Bobby. and guess what. they‘ve uncovered a bizarre CIA conspiracy.
I lie Film Festival Special (Scottish) 10.45-11.10pm. Allan Campbell previews the best of the films from this year‘s Festival.
I Edinburgh Nights (BBC2)
11.15—1 1.55pm. And look what‘s onthe
' other channel. Kirsty Wark introducesthe . first of the Festival specials looking at the
‘ Film Festival premiere. Strictly Ballroom. é discussing the new Traverse with Billy
- Connolly. Robbie Coltrane and John
Byrne. and even tracking down John Noakes to his Majorca hideaway. See - preview.
I Shaking The Heavens: A Lite In Reverse (BBC2) 7.45—8.30pm. 83 year-old composer Minna Keal describes her extraordinarily late discovery of her talent.
I My Dead Dad (Channel 4) 8—8.30pm. The fourth part ofJohn McKay's supernatural sitcom finds Eck (Forbes Masson) trying to explain away his late father's presence to his landlady Carol (Siobhan Redmond).
I Hollywood Greats: Mr Deeds Goes To Town (Channel 4) 8.30—10.40pm. Frank
C apra‘s classic comedy stars Gary Cooper as a naive country boy who inherits $20 million. goes to New York and ends up being accused of insanity.
I Floyd 0n Spain: Galicla (BBC2) 8.30—9pm. The gastronaut who's fond ofa garglc or three heads offto the increasingly-trendy Iberian peninsula for a new series of culinary explorations. The series opens in the north west where Floyd cooks up hake. potatoes and peppers with a garlic and paprika sauce.
I Children Of The Dragon (BBCI)
9.30—1 1pm. British actor Bob Peck starsin the first part of an Australian mini-series. He plays Will Flint. an Australian cancer surgeon who heads off to China to resolve a personal crisis. There he unwittingly becomes caught up in the burgeoning student protest movement. Part two tomorrow.
I Star Trek: The Cage (BBC2) 6—7pm. Trekkies rejoice as a repeat run of the first ever series begins. The Cage is the original pilot show which is screened for the first time on British TV. Jeffrey Hunter plays Christopher Pike. Captain ofthe Enterprise on her maiden voyage. who tangles with the locals on Talos IV.
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 Out (Channel 4) 9—10pm. The lesbian and gay magazine show reports on the
experiences of 30 drag-queen squatters in East Berlin in a repeated ﬁlm. The Battle Of Tutenhaus. with an update on events since German reunification.
I Pulse (Scottish) 9L10pm. 10.40—11.25pm. Daft sci-fi nonsense about a series of bizarre electrical surges that endanger a Los Angeles family.
I Absolutely (Channel 4) lO.3l)--l 1 .05pm. A selection of highlights from the third series with all your old favourites. Written and performed by Morwenna Banks. Jack Docherty. Moray Hunter. Gordon Kennedy. Peter Baikie and John Sparkes. I Molo Working (Channel 4) 11.05—11.30pm. A rare treat for fansof JanisJoplin. with footage of the legendary blues singer.
I Edinburgh Nights (BBC2) 11.15—11.55pm. Festival highlights featuring flamenco dancer Cristina Hoyos and Jeremy Weller's latest Grassmarket Project production Mad.
I PS And 08 (BBC2) 8.30—9pm. The latest vehicle for the limited talents ofTony Slattery is this quiz show revolving around questions of etiquette. Captains Lesley Joseph and Jonathan Meades are joined by cartoonists Michael Heath and Ros Asquith and stately home owners Sir Thomas Ingilby and James Hunter.
I Me, You And Him (Scottish) 8.30—9pm. Punt. Dennis and the other one in the domestic sitcom.
I Stand By Your Man (Channel 4)
8.30—10. 15pm. A biopic of the legendary country singer Tammy Wynette. played by Annette O‘Toole. Funnin enough. the KLF are not mentioned.
I The Travel Show (BBC2) 9-9.30pm. Penny Junor and intrepid traveller Matthew Collins present the consumers‘ holiday show.
I Talking Heads— A Cream Cracker Under The Settee(BBC2)9.40—10.10pm.Thora Hird won a BAF'TA award for her role in this Alan Bennett monologue. She plays an elderly woman Doris. whose passion for cleanliness results in a fall. Lying helpless on the ﬂoor. she starts to reminisce.
IThe Woman In Hed(BBC1) iii—11.25pm. Insipid Gene Wilder comedy romance starring Kelly Le Brock as the object of middle-aged PR man Wilder's desire. Stevie Wonder sings ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You‘ along the way.
I Men Talk: Her Indoors (Channel 4) 10.15—10.45pm. Richard Jobson hosts a discussion on misogyny. asking whether men are scared of strong women and all subconsciously want to marry their mothers.
I NB (Scottish) 10.40—1 1. 10pm. Bryan Burnett and Janice Forsyth present a special edition from the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe. I Out (Channel 4) 10.45-1 1 .45pm. The ﬁnal programme in the series goes out after the watershed. which may give you some clue as to the content of Rosebud, a sensual account of a young woman’s sexual awakening, and Caught Looking. a fantasy about interactive video sex games. IFirst Reels (Scottish) 11.10—11.40pm. Janice Forsyth presents more work from young ﬁlmmakers who have received ﬁnancial assistance from Scottish Television and the Scottish Film Council. See preview.