A selection of television highlights,
listed by day, in chronological order. Television listings compiled by Tom
I Parenthood (BBCZ) 7—7.45pm. Yuppie comedy cuteness based on the Steve Martin movie. Ed Begley Jr stars as Gil Buckman. ﬁnding his children plagued by the pox - chicken variety.
I Stay lucky (Scottish) 9— 10pm. Dennis Waterman as Thomas ﬁnds his business venture slow to take off and he turns to his friends for help.
I Hides (BBC l ) ‘).3()—l().2()pm. Jill Baker plods on as Patrice in the frankly daft mini-cab drama. thankfully coming to a halt with the ﬁnal episode. The whole team becomes involved in a charity fund- raising event.
I Cheers (Channel 4) 9.30— 10pm. It came to an end last Sunday. now roll on repeats ad inﬁnitum. Tonight the late. great Coach falls in love with lrene. while Sam falls in lust with her daughter Sue.
I Roseanne (Channel 4) to— 10.30pm. Roseanne wants Darlene's boyfriend to move in (he: Conner. but Dan isn‘t so keen.
I Clive Anderson Talks Back (Channel 4) 10.30—1 l.l0pm. More bickering banter with the baldy barrister.
I Extreme Prejudice (Scottish) l0.40pm—l2.35am. Walter Hill's typically no-nonsense. action-packed thriller stars Nick Nolte as a dedicated Texas Ranger aiming to eliminate drugs baron and old buddy Powers Boothe. Echoes of T/it‘ Wild Bunch are fairly prevalent.
I later With Jools Holland (BBCZ) ll.l5pm-12.05am. The groovy fella is joined by critically-acclaimed combo The Auteurs. Tanya Donnelly's mighty Belly and Mexico‘s Maldita. not to mention smooth soulsters Charles And Eddie.
I Electric Ballroom (Channel 4) l2.40—l.4()am. The ﬁrst of ﬁve shows from Dublin featuring interviews and performances from alternative type popsters. The ﬁrst show includes The Grid. Faith No More and Shane MacGowan with Nick Cave. See preview.
I The House or Eliott (BBC l) 7.05—8pm. Stella ‘Wooden‘ Gonet and Louise ‘Anachronism’ Lombard ‘star‘ in a repeat run of the daft 30s fashion drama. Evie meets dashing racing driver James Duglass.
I Camera 0i Courage: A Tribute To Juris Podnielts. (Channel 4) 8—9pm. The Latvian ﬁlmmaker who died in a diving accident a year ago left a body of work that is an extraordinary record of the changes in the Soviet Union and a tribute to the resilience of the Latvian people.
I Westbeach (BBC 1 ) 9.05—9.55pm. The seaside power struggle reaches its ﬁnal episode. Alan Cromer learns about the future of the old holiday camp site. while Simon returns to town ready to make up his quarrel with his father.
I Cinema! Cinema!: Volere Volare (Channel 4) l().3()pm—l2.2()am. Maurizio Nichetti's inventive mix of animation and live action follows the romantic tribulations of sound engineer Nichetti‘s love affair with the intimidating Angela Finocchiara. The problem is his penchant for occasionally rnetarnorphosing into a cartoon character.
I The Next Big Thing (Channel 4) 5.30—6pm. The fortunes of aspiring singer-songwriter Leona Naess (whose
dad just happens to be married to Diana Ross) are examined as she develops her songs in a studio to prepare a tape for her rnanager
I Masterchel (BBCI ) 5.35—6. IOpm. The snooty food show continues its pseudish run. with resident horror Loyd Grossman joined by guestjudges Stephen Fry and Josceline Dimbleby.
I Frontline (Channel 4) 8.30—9pm. A new series of ﬁrst-person current affairs reports opens with Jann Turner‘s account of her return to South Africa ﬁfteen years after seeing her father — a white liberal — murdered.
I Jeeves And Wooster (Scottish) ‘)—l()pm. Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie play the eponymous characters in the last of the Wodehouse adaptations. with Bertie thrilled by the imminent marriage of Madeline Bassett and Sir Roderick Spode. I lady Chatterley (BBC I ) 9.35—l().30pm. Sean Bean. Joely Richardson and James Wilby star in the third episode of Ken Russell's TV adaptation of the notorious I). H. Lawrence novel. Connie’s marriage is under increasing pressure and her passion for Mellors is out ofcontrol.
I First Sex (Channel 4)
ll.()5pm— l 2.05am. The pilot edition of a new magazine show for women. with reports on Edinburgh‘s Zero Tolerance campaign. computer games for girls. and the widespread example of rape as a weapon of war. See preview.
I Moviedrome: The Hill (BBCZ)
l l.2()pm—l .2()am. Sidney Lumet's tough World War ll prison drama is set in a desert military punishment camp run by the sadistic Sergeant Major Wilson (Harry Andrews). When a prisoner dies. the other inmates respond angrily. led by Warrant ()fﬁcer Joe Roberts (Sean Connery).
I Wimbledon 93 (BBC!) noon-8pm. Prepare yourself for 120 TV hours worth of overpaid. overseas superstars battering the ball at each other for hours at a time. Last year at least had the unexpected bonus of Andre Agassi. a player with a spark of personality. winning the Men‘s Singles. Injuries permitting. he'll be back to defend the title. with challenges frotn top Yanks Satnpras and Courier. and the Wimbledon-loving Boris Becker. In the Ladies Singles it's difﬁcult to see beyond Stefﬁ Graf. unless it's tenth time around for Navratilova. Saturation coverage on BBC2. with highlights and early evening matches on BBC i.
I Bruce’s Cuest Hight (BBC t ) 8-8.3(lpm. Camp meets kitsch as Bruce ‘Brucie' Forsyth chats to Canadian lower-case country singer kd lang. Will he ask about Martina?
I Peait Practice (Scottish) 8.30—10pm. Kevin Whately and his frankly daft hair- style continue their rural doctoring and romancing.
I Magic 0r Medicine (Channel 4) 9—lOpm. Dr Rob Buckman asks why tnore and more patients are becoming dissatisﬁed with conventional medicine and are turning to alternative practitioners. I I’ll Fly Away (Channel 4) lO—iO.55pm. The 50s American drama continues. Lilly (Regina Taylor) jeopardises her job when she takes part in an illegal demonstration. I Scottish Women (Scottish)
l0.30—l l . l5pm. Kaye Adams presents a debate on pregnancy and childbirth. with guests and audience contributions.
I Histoire(s) Du Cinema (Channel 4) 10.55—l 1.55pm. The parenthetical ‘s' signiﬁes the word can be used to mean both ‘history‘ and ‘stories‘. lfthat‘s not pretentious enough for you then the news that it‘s a demanding and challenging look at the cinematic art by top Frenchie Jean l.uc Godard should put you in the picture. Strictly for the beret and goatee squad I'd say.
I Adultery: Second Time Around (BBCZ) 9.50—i().3()pm. The bit-on-the-side documentary series continues. interviewing a couple and three individuals. including the editor of Penthouse. about their experiences of adultery.
, . , _ r g ‘1 I When The Wind DIM (Channel 4) 12.05— i .40am. The award-winnning feature based on Raymond Briggs's affectionate and disturbing tale of an elderly couple (voices of Peggy Ashcroft and John Mills) facing the aftermath of a nuclear attack on Britain.
I TV Heroes: Barbara Woodhouse (BBCl ) 8.50—9pm. Danny Baker pays tribute to the mad old biddy who became a TV cult with her dog-training programmes in l979. She was never cruel to the dogs. but boy did she give the owners a hard time.
I Trial And Error (Channel 4) 9—iOpm. David Jesse! presents an investigation of the case of Mark Cleary. convicted with another youth of the abduction and murder ofa ten-year-old boy in I985. Investigations have shown the evidence to be highly unreliable.
I The Golden Palace (Channel 4) l()—l().3()pm. Hotel guests. the Daughters ()fThe Traditional South. are more ‘traditional' than the hotel staffcan handle.
I Sin With Bruce Morton (Channel 4) l().30pm—l 1.05am. Brucie tackles the topic of anger in the ﬁnal part of his likeable stand-up show.
I H8: Bands Special (Scottish)
l 1.35pm—1225am. A compilation of music performances from the last series. featuring Gary Clark. TTF. The Trashcan Sinatras and many more.
THURSDAY 24 Tl
I Moments or Crisis (Channel 4) 8—8.30pm. Mavis Nicholson continues to ask very personal questions in a deeply sensitive and caring kinda way.
I The Travel Show (BBC2) 8.30—9pm. Penny Junor returns with the twelfth series of the consumer-oriented holiday show. In the ﬁrst programme Carol Smillie visits Sicily. and Paddy Haycocks checks out the Tate Gallery in St lves.
I Tell Tale (Scottish) 9—lOpm. The ﬁnal episode in the drama about a criminal who turns supergrass. The pressure of looking after Billy and Doreen Hodge is beginning to affect the home lives of their police minders. Starring Bernard Hill. Nigel Harrison and Rachel Davies.
I A Bit or Pry And Laurie (BBC2) 9-9.30pm. No sooner has their lTV series ﬁnished than Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie smart-talk their way back on to the small screen in a repeat of their sketch series.
I Under The Sun: Dreams From The Forest (BBC2) 9.35—l0.20pm. No. not the last days of Brian Clough. but a report on the Mehinacu tribe in the Xingu reserve in Central Brazil. Dreams. myths and rituals form a vital part of their way of life. but now their existence is threatened by interference from the white man.
I Sylvania Waters (BBCl ) 9.35—10.05pm. The Aussie fly-on-the- wall saga continues. Michael’s birthday party is cancelled after a big row with Laurie and Noeline about potential gate- crashers.
I Emo Phillips: Comedian And Mammal (Channel 4) 10.40—1 1.25pm. Long time no hear from the geeky lunatic from the States. This is an old show. but worth treasuring all the same for his inimitable brand of idiot-comedy.
I Scottish International (Scottish) 7—7.30pm. An off-beat look at France continues with a visit to the organic vegetable market in Alsace. and an interview with Scottish Bluebell dancer Lisa Cameron.
I Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman (Scottish) 8—9pm. Jane Seymour stars as Dr Michaela Quinn. patching 'em up on the American frontier in the 1860s. and troubled by the return of the errant husband of her friend Charlotte.
I Europe Express (Channel 4) 8—8.30pm. The continental news series with reports from Isabella Stasi Castriota in Rome. Stefan Rybar in Prague and Klaus Schwagrzinna in Berlin.
I Cheers (Channel 4) 9.30—lOpm. Coach is still in love. and his wife-to-be hasjust won 52 million in a lottery. What can go wrong? Stoopid question.
I The Brain Drain (BBC2) lO—10.30pm. Jimmy Mulville hosts a new series of the daft question series. with guests Stephen Frost and Sandi Toksvig. ()ne of the less successful products from the otherwise Midas-touched Hat Trick stable.
I Roseanne (Channel 4) IO- 10.30pm. Roseanne plans to mark the Conners‘ 20th wedding anniversary with some sexy boudoir photographs. His present to her is less considered.
I Halloween (Scottish)) l0.40pm—12.40am. John Carpenter‘s 1978 horror stars Donald Pleasence. Jamie Lee I Curtis and Nany Loomis in a superior tale I
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