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I Bloody Bosnia: Right To Reply Special (Channel 4) 8-8.30pm. Sheena McDonald hosts a discussion among viewers. reporters and editors about the consequences of dropping or downgrading the war in Bosnia from British news schedules.
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. Tonight she's attempting to prove that a travelling medicine man is a fraud.
I Billy The Kid (BBC 1 ) 9.30—1 1.10pm. Gore Vidal (who makes a cameo appearance as a priest) wrote the screenplay for this biopic of the outlaw. played by Val Kilmer. Billy avenges the murder of his rancher boss by killing a corrupt sheriff and his deputy. Allowed to escape by a liberal Governor. he forms a band of outlaws. but his former friend Pat Garrrett sets out to bring him to justice. I Cheers (Channel 4) 9.30— l()pm. Carla's ex-husband turns up with his new bride. demanding custody of their eldest son.
I Nurses (Channel 4) 10—1030an The hospital sitcom returns with two new staff members — a criminal serving out his sentence through volunteer work. and an arrogant male nurse.
I Naked City (Channel 4)
l l.()5pm—12.()5am. The music series. part Won]. part indie-kids heaven. presented by lolmny Vaughan and Caitlin Moran. looking at the bizarre habits of the stars. I The Great Waldo Pepper (Scottish)
1 l. l()pm—l.l()am. Robert Redford stars in George Roy Hill‘s adventure comedy. playing an early aviator travelling from town to town giving sky rides for a fee.
I Star Trek II: The Wrath 0i l(han (BBC1)5.40—7.30pm. lt's Ricardo Montalban time again. this time playing the irksome Klingon chief. Khan. returning to seek vengeance on Kirk and his crew.
I Rhythms Of The World: Manu Dibango (BBCZ) 8—9pm. A profile of the Cameroon-bom musician who has lived in liurope for 40 years as an ambassador for African music.
I The Best Of Cutting Edge: liepomen (Channel 4) 8—9pm. The blackly comic and disturbing report on ‘repossession agent’ Ian Hood anti his sidekicks ‘Big Boy‘ and ‘Rover'. finding little room for compassion in the midst of a recession.
I The Wexlord Trilogy: A Handful Of Stars. (BBCZ) 9—10.25pm. The second of Billy Roche's Wexford plays. focusing on the men who frequent the Poker and Pool Hall.
I The Big One (Channel 4) 10.05—10.35pm. A repeat run of the Sandi Toksvig and Mike McShane romantic comedy about a fastidious American writer and a slovenly copywriter.
I Teenage Diaries: Bad Sax Guide (BBCZ) l0.25—l 1.15pm. 13-year-old Polly clashed with teachers and pupils at her comprehensive school. Now she is attending classes at a hospital where her father works. but struggling with the rules that go with the one-to-one tuition.
I Manhunter (BBCZ) 11.15pm— l. 10am. The ﬁrst film made from at Thomas Harris novel is a less ﬂamboyant affair than The Silence Of'l'lie [JUN/)8. with Brian Cox a more subdued Hannibal Lecter than Anthony Hopkins. That said. it's a distinctly gritty serial killer thriller with a cerebral edge that the blockbuster lacked.
I The Real World (Channel 4) 6-6.30pm. The fly-on-the-wall documentary following the lives of seven young Americans aged between 1‘) 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 1) 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 To Be Or Not To Be (Channel 4) 8.30—l().3()pm. Mel Brooks stars in the 1983 remake of the black comedy about a Polish theatre troupe trying to outwit the occupying Nazi forces. A witty revamp of an excellent original. only slightly undermined by the cartoon Germans.
I Frank Stubbs Promotes (Scottish) 9—l()pm. A 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—l 1pm. The major drama series from the makers of S! [ilsmvhere and Northern [it/insure. connnues
I Taxi (Scottish) 10.30—11.10pm. Classic American comedy with the Brooklyn cabbies.
I Pacitic Station (Channel 4) 8.30—9pm. The sitcom starring Robert Benson Guillaume as the grizzled by-the-book cop teamed up with hippy dippy partner Richard Libertini. whose unorthodox approach reaps dividends.
I Laverne And Shirley (Scottish)
l 1.30pm—midnight. More offbeat adventures from the Milwaukee bottling plant.
I Canned Carrott (BBC 1) 9.30— l 0pm. Repeated spoof ads. sketches and monologues with the cantankerous Brummie comic.
I Sean’s Show (Channel 4) 10.30—1 lpm. Repeated genre subversion from the Dublin comic. who returns with a new series in the autumn.
I ENG (Channel 4) llpm—midnighl. The Canadian Channel 10 news-gatherers go out in search of more stories. personal and public.
I Out There (Scottish) 7—7.30pm. Repeated arts documentary featuring the Glasgow Print Studio celebrating its 2lst anniversary.
I Soldier Soldier (Scottish) 9-10pm. The servicemen drama with its mixture of misﬁts or stereotypes and its melodramatic storylines.
I Cal (Channel 4) 10.30pm—12.25am. Bernard McLaverty‘s tale of a sensitive sort (John Lynch) who falls in love with the local librarian (Helen Mirren). Things are complicated by the fact that he was indirectly involved in the murder of her husband. Strong acting in a tortured story of guilt and the human tragedy behind partisan warfare.
54 The List 30 July-l2 August 1993