her possessions after the accidental shooting of her lawman husband. Will she bring in the cotton harvest in the face of an imminent typhoon and attacks from the Ku Klux Klan? The sort of thing Nanci Griffiths writes songs about.

I In The Wild (Scottish) 9—l0pm. Timothy Dalton embarks on a 5000-mile journey to the Arctic to investigate the habitat of the wolf. one of the world‘s most mali ned creatures.

I Magic 5r Medicine (Channel 4) 9—I0pm. Dr Rob Buckrnan concludes his alternative medicine series with a look at therapies that use patients' own psychological resources to combat disease. visiting centres in the UK and USA.

I I’ll Fly Away (Channel 4) lO—I().55pm. The 50s American drama continues. Lilly (Regina Taylor) gets into trouble for bringing pamphlets on black voter registration rights into the white neighbourhood.

I Scottish Women (Scottish)

l0.30—l l.l5pm. Kaye Adams presents a debate on how far women would go to stay young and beautiful in their quest for youth.


I Valhalla (Scottish) 7—7.30pm. The yachting travelogue series continues with a trip to the uninhabited isles of Taransay and Scarp in the company of Muriel Gray (a tad incestuous this. as it‘s her production company making the series). I Craobh An Eolais (Scottish) 7.30—8pm. That's Gaelic for ‘Tree Of Knowledge' apparently. This somewhat hippy-dippy Gaelic culture show looks at the work of artists William McTaggart and Will McLean. with a musical contribution from Karen Matheson of the ubiquitous Capercaillie.

I Adultery: (BBC2) 9.50—lO.30pm. The bit-on-the-side documentary series concludes. with Uncle Ray Gosling canvassing the views of three women with very different experiences and attitudes to infidelity.

I An Exchange or Fire (Channel 4)

lO—l l.40pm. The first episode of a two- part drama set in London and Prague. Frank Finlay plays terrorist Pavel Rhele. embroiled in an Eastern European conflict. Tom Wilkinson plays the president of a troubled state who sends his daughter as an emissary to London. A bungled kidnap ensues in which an English girl is grabbed by mistake. Second part tomorrow.

I Desperately Seeking Susan (BBC 1) lO.20pm—midnight. Madonna's only half- decent film. in which she basically plays herself. the mysterious and glamorous

figure who becomes the object of bored housewife Rosanna Arquette’s obsession. Susan Seidelman‘s film is flimsy. hip and watchable. more French than Hollywood in feel.


I Goodbye Cruel World (BBC 1) I0—l0.55pm. A repeat showing for Tony Marchant's gloomy tale of a married couple (Sue Johnston and Alan Armstrong) coming to terms with her terminal. muscle-wasting illness.

I Christine (Scottish) l l.40pm— I .30am. The American Dream goes sour in this adaptation of Stephen King’s bestseller. A I958 Plymouth Fury gets its carburettor in a twist and goes on a mechanical killing spree. mowing down its owner‘s enemies. I One Night Stand: Jimmy Tingle (Channel 4) 1240—]. 15am. The politically astute stand-up recorded on stage at the ()ld Vic Theatre Chicago.


I Moments Di Crisis (Channel 4) 8-8.30pm. Mavis Nicholson continues to ask very personal questions in a deeply sensitive and caring kinda way.

I Michael Ball (Scottish) 8.30—9pm. Top singing superstar (it says here) Michael begins his own all-music show with guests Wet Wet Wet and Ray Charles.

I Crime limited (BBC 1) 8.30—9pm. Broadcasting stool pigeon Nick Ross presents another series of crime reconstructions. supposedly taking ‘a close look at the human consequences of crime' but with an eye on the huge ratings achieved by shows like America Tr Most Wanted.

I The Travel Show (BBC?) 8.30—9pm. Penny Junor presents the consumer‘s holiday programme with reports from Carol Smillie in Provence and Paddy Haycocks on the isle Of Wight.

I True Stories: noger And Me (Channel 4) 9—10.45pm. Michael Moore's blackiy comic and poignant documentary tracing his pursuit of General Motors executive Roger Smith. in an attempt to elicit some response to the devastation Smith had caused by his decision to close eleven plants in Flint. Michigan. Maybe Moore can be persuaded to do a similar film about Rosyth.

I A Bit or Fry And Laurie (BBCZ) 9—9.30pm. Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie practise one-upmanship and the art of funny names in a repeat of their sketch series.

I Sylvania Waters (BBCI ) 9.30—l0pm. In which Mick discovers making a cup of tea is not as simple as his Mum and wife make out. Australians. pchah!


I Eldorado (BBC I) 7—7.30pm. One for the video vaults this. The last episode of the BBC's Mediterranean folly. Scottish may have bowed to codger-power and

reprieved Take The High Road. but no such luck for Eldo. Don‘t expect to see all the characters wiped out in a blazing holocaust however. as these independent production companies like to leave their options open.

I Scottish lntemational (Scottish) 7-7.30pm. An off-beat look at France continues with Margaret Morrison. Adrian Shaw and Jenny Fraser.

I Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman (scottish) 8—9pm. Jane Seymour stars as Dr Michaela Quinn. patching ‘em up on the American frontier in the l860s. Tonight a naughty miner pollutes the town water with mercury and our Jane has to give him a stern talking to.

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—IOpm. Diane is concerned about the prospect of meeting Frasier‘s mother. a renowned psychologist who seems to have flipped her own wig somewhat.

I The Brain Drain (BBCZ) 10—10.30pm. Jimmy Mulville hosts the daft question series.

I Roseanne (Channel 4) 10—l().30pm. Roseanne and Dan decide to invest in a friend's business. renovating and selling old homes.

I Tough Enough (Scottish) I0.40pm—l2.35am. Dennis Quaid stars as an aspiring country singer who discovers a talent for boxing. Soon the fight game takes over his life to the exclusion of his family and music. Gritty and weepy in uncomfortany equal doses.

I later With Jools Holland (BBCZ) ll.l5pm—12.05am. The perky piano— tickler is joined by plodding former mod Paul Weller. Irish whimsyists Clannad and songwriter Lena Fiagre.


I Without Walls: ilang The DJ (Channel 4) 8.30—9pm. A repeat of Srnashie and Nicey (Aka Paul Whitehouse and Harry Enfield)‘s affectionately brutal ‘tribute' to the glory days of Radio I. with contributions from some of the naffest ‘personalities‘ to disgrace the airwaves. including Dave Lee Travis. Mike Read and Tony Blackburn.

I The Face or Tutankhamun: Everywhere The Clint Dt Cold (BBCZ) 9.10—lOpm. ‘Tutmania' sweeps the world in the third programme in the documentary series. investigating the influence of the discoveries on the worlds of art. design. fashion and film.

I Spender (BBC I) 9—9.55pm. This time Jimmy Nail definitely does return as the glum Geordie ‘tec with an assortment of lowlife pals. He's back in his native Newcastle after upsetting his London boss. but his new chief isn't exactly enarnoured of him either.

I Ferris Bueiler’s Day on (BBC I)

I0. lS—I 1.55pm. One ofJohn Hughes‘s indistinguishable teen comedy romances stars Matthew Broderick as our Ferris. a cool dude who skips school to take a trip to downtown Chicago in his mate's dad's red Ferrari.

I Cinema Cinema!: Nikita (Channel 4) 10.30pm— I 2.25am. Last issue‘s cover star Anne Parillaud first came to public attention in Luc Bresson's moderately daft semi-exploitative thriller. She plays a junkie punk hoodlurnette. enlisted by the government to train as an undercover assassin (title of the imminent Hollywood remake incidentally). Not exactly cerebral stuff but action-packed. with excellent lingerie throughout. and a cut above the badly-dubbed video release.

I The Real World (Channel 4) 6—6.30pm. The fly-on-the-wall documentary following the lives of seven young

Americans aged between I9 and 25 who have been accommodated by the TV crew in a luxury New York loft and told to get on with their lives.

I Strathblair (BBC l) 7.50—8.40pm. More rural traumas and quivering emotions in BBC Scotland‘s 50s drama serial. with Derek Riddell. Francesca Hunt. David Robb and Alison Peebles.

I In The Hot Seat (Scottish)

l0.50—l l.50pm. A compilation of highlights from the TV interviewing career of hard-hitting. controversial chat- show wild man Michael Aspel. the ‘man they couldn‘t tame’.


I Blooming Bellamy (BBC 1) 7—7.30pm. The chirpy cockney botanist returns to your small screen with a series looser pertaining to medicinal plants. with much characteristic looning about. See preview. I Frank Stuhbs Promotes (Scottish) 9—10pm. A new comedy drama written by Simon Nye of Men Behaving Badly fame. starring Timothy Spall as lovable ticket tout and fly-boy entrepreneur Frank.

I I’ll Fly Away (Channel 4) l0—I ipm. The major drama series from the makers of St Elsewhere and Northern lit/insure. continues.

I Scottish Women (Scottish)

l0.30—I 1.25pm. Kaye Adams presents another topical debate with studio guests and occasional contributions from the audience made up of Scottish women.


I Valhalla (Scottish) 7—7.30pm. Charles Kennedy. radio presenter. TV personality and. oh yes. Lib-Dem MP takes his turn on deck of the Valhalla visiting the smaller islands of his constituency via Skye.

I Nature: Exhausted (BBC2) 8—8.3()pm. Seventy years ago it was almost unknown for people to be admitted to hospital for asthma. Today it is the most common cause of admission for small children and 2000 people die in the UK as a result of it. Unpublished research suggests that asthma can be triggered by traffic pollution.

I Switched At Birth (Scottish) 9— l 0pm. 10.30—l 1.30pm. First part of an American tear-jerking mini-series about two contrasting families whose babies are . . . well what do you think? Concluded tomorrow night.


I Canned Carrott (BBC l) 9.30—10pm. Repeated spoof ads. sketches and monologues with the cantankerous Brummie comic.

I ENC (Channel 4) llpm—midnight. More drama of a personal and professional nature with the Channel IO news- gatherers.

I Nation (BBCZ) ll.l5—I l.55pm. Trevor Phillips leads a studio discussion on a topical issue related to the theme of a multi-cultural Britain.


I Out There (Scottish) 7—7.30pm. A repeat of the rock documentary tracing the convoluted links of the Bellshill scene. featuring Teenage Fanclub and every other slack fringe in the neighbourhood. and probably a tad too much BMX Bandits. I Soldier Soldier (Scottish) 9—l()pm. The ' servicemen drama with its mixture of misfits or stereotypes and its

melodramatic storylines.

I The Missionary (Channel 4) lOpm—midnight. Michael Palin stars in a likeable comedy reminiscent of Iialing.

He plays a naive cleric sent among the fallen women of Edwardian London. with whom he strikes up a physical bond or several. A selection of comic set-pieces rather than a coherent whole but enjoyable nonetheless.

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