A selection oi television highlights, listed by day, in chronological order. Television listings compiled by Tom



I love Hurts (BBCl) 9.30—l0.30pm. Adam Faith and Zoe Wanamaker return for a third and final series of the menopausal romance. The irritating couple are now married with a sprog. but their problems are not all in the past. See preview. I CIIBBI'S (Channel 4) 9.30—l0pm. Carla is outraged when her sixteen-year-old son requests permission to get married. I Harry Enlleld’s Television Programme (BBCZ) lO—lO.30pm. A repeat showing for the last series with all your favourites. including playboys Sam Moritz. Monty Carlo and Sydney Harbour-Bridge.

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I The Unpleasant World at Penn And Teller (Channel 4) 10.30—1 1.05pm. The wonderfully sick and scurrilous magicians perform more bad-taste trickery. with help from John Cleese and newsreader Jon Snow.

I Commando (Scottish)

l0.30pm-l2. 15am. Gung-ho action thrills with Arnold Schwarzenegger as a trigger- happy veteran returning to action to rescue his daughter from a South American baddie. Wildean wit and irony are conspicuously absent.

I The Word (Channel 4)

ll.l0pm—l2. l()am. Terry Christian. Huffty. Dani Behr and Mark Lamarr introduce more salacious showbiz. chat and music.

I Fantasy league ’94 (BBC: )

ll.l5—l l.45pm. A new comedy sports series hosted by Frank Skinner and (boo hiss) David Baddiel. Guest celebrities are invited to manage imaginary teams made up of real players. and their results accord with events in the following day's fixtures. Confused . . 1’


I The Hevt Adventures Of Superman (BBCl) 6—6.45pm. The soapy take on the superhero saga continues. Superman is challenged by the might of arch-villain Lex Luthor. forcing Clark Kent to take a low profile.

I Casualty (BBCl) 8—8.50pm. Holby is a hotbed of rumour after its sister hospital is closed. Things aren't helped by a toxic spill and a patient with a fetish for nurses‘ uniforms.

I Paciiic Heights (Scottish) 9.05—l lpm. Melanie Griffith. Matthew Modine and Michael Keaton star in an objectionable tale of two yuppies who let out space in their dream house to the tenant from hell. John Schlesinger directs. and could probably use some of the footage for a

Tory Party Political Broadcast about tenants' rights.


1 I NYPD Blue (Channel 4) ‘)-- l()pm. The pilot episode for a new series. The latest American cop show from Steven Bochco

'1- , (creator of Hill Street Blues) has caused a : i storm in the States. with its mixture of

j gritty action. gutter dialogue and bare-

depth report from the streets of New York.

'- f t IShort Stories: Beaders’ Wives (Channel

3 4) l()-l lpm. A special report on the

. phenomenon whereby suburban

housewives and girlfriends pose for soft

porn magazines. Sad. funny and

E occasionally disturbing. See preview. I Between The lines (BBC2 ) 10.05—10.55pm. A repeat showing for the first series of the acclaimed drama.

Police Complaints Investigation Bureau. I The Double lile 0i Veronique (BBCZ) l().55pm~—12.25am. Krzysztof Kieslowski's story follows the contrasting lives of two doppelganger girls. one French. one Polish. When Polish Weronika dies. her French counterpart feels a devastating anti unaccountable sense of loss.

I Broadway Stories: Romancing In The

Boating Forties (Channel 4) I l —l 1.35pm.

Mike McShane recounts the salacious tale

of the sucker who dared to take more titan two peeks at Dave the Dude‘s doll.


I Moviewatch (Channel 4) 6—6.30pm. Johnny Vaughan hosts the film review show front Blackpool. offering opinions on Manhattan Murder Mystery. Bhaji ()Ii

; The Beach and Hmtr ()f The Pig.

1 I Turner And Hooch (Scottish)

; 6.30—8.15pm. Neat and uptight detective

5 Tom Hanks plays the detective who

; adopts a large slobbery dog who is the

I Time Team (Channel 4) 7—8.05pm. Tony Robinson hosts a new series taking an accessible approach to archaeology. Working against the clockthe team have to unearth some new information about the Saxon battle-ground at Athelney.

I Oklahoma! (Channel 4) 8.05—lO.45pm. A Rodgers and Hammerstein musical where the wind goes whipping through the corn or some such.

I Moving Pictures (BBCZ) 8.10—9pm. A new series of the film-buffs programme

presented by Howard Schuman begins with an interview with Quentin Tarantino.

at work on his follow-up to Reservoir Dogs. anti British director Mike Figgis talks about his thriller Internal Ajfitirs.

starring Richard Gere and shown later : tonight. I A Touch DI Frost (Scottish) buttocked romps. See next issue for an in- i

8. l5—l(). ISpm. David Jason stars as the laid-back detective called in to investigate a string of attacks on ()APs.

. I Comic Asides: Woodcock (BBCZ) 9—930an A comedy pilot by writer lan ' MacPherson. set on board an 18th century

sailing ship. An impressive cast includes

Michael Angelis. Prunella Scales and

Imelda Staunton. with Frank Skinner as

the voice of the parrot.

. y . I Headhunters(BBC1)9.10—10pm.A starring Neil Pearson as Tony Clark of the

new three-part drama from BBC Scotland following the troubled life of wealthy ‘headhunter‘ James Fox. whose ruthless trade begins to impinge on his personal life. Francesca Annis co-stars as his novelist wife. See preview.

I The South Bank Show: Woody Allen (Scottish) llpm—midnight. A profile of) the New York comedian. director and Bergman wannabe. with emphasis on his

body of work. although he does talk

candidly to Melvyn Bragg about the traumatic personal events of the past two years.


I The Bigger Picture (BBCZ) 7.30—8pm. Billy Connolly continues his leisurely perusal of the history of Scottish art with an exploration of Scottish landscape painting.

I Under The Hammer (Scottish) 9— I ()pm. Richard Wilson stars in the auctioneering comedy/drama. which is shaping up as lTV's Lot'ejuv. Tonight‘s episode concerns a suspect case of valuable wine.

? vital witness in a murder case. The first in I Cutting Edge: Nurses (Channel 4)

l a batch of tnutt movies to hit Hollywood.

3 9—10pm. A look at the underpaid workers

in the nursing profession and the emotionally and physically demanding tasks they have to rform.

I Homicide: life (i): The Street (Channel 4) IO—l lpm. Cold turkey hits the Baltimore homicide squad as Bayliss and Howard attempt to give up smoking.


I Undercover Britain: The Killing Set (Channel 4) 9—9.30pm. Graham Hall goes undercover to expose badger-baiting. and encounters an English couple who organise badger-killing holidays in Ireland.

I All Quiet On The Preston Front (BBC!) 9.30—l0.20pm. The feeble Territorial Army comedy drama finds Eric (Paul Haigh) dressing up in a crocodile costume to impress a girl.

I Karachi liops (Channel 4) 9.30—10pm. On the streets of Pakistan’s largest city. a shoot-out results in the capture of four car-thieves. A somewhat abrupt interrogation ensues.

I 40 Minutes: Heads And Tales (BBC2) 9.50—l0.30pm. A catalogue of stories. serious or comic. illustrating our obsession with our hair.

I The Breakfast Club (BBCl) lO.50pm—l2.25am. One of the first of the cloying ‘brat pack‘ movies. John Hughes‘s high school drama stars Emilio Estevez. Molly Ringwald. Judd Nelson. Anthony Michael Hall and Ally Sheedy as contrasting kids learning a little more about life during their Saturday detention.


I Travelog (Channel 4) 8.30—9pm. Lisping lad Robert Elms strains his vowels in the contrasting Essex pits of tedium Jaywick. Clacton and Frinton.

I 99-1 (Scottish) 9—l()pm. Leslie Grantham stars as undercover ex-cop Mick Raynor in a depressingly downbeat crime series. where the gore doesn't disguise the plodding dialogue.

I The Day Today (BBCZ) 9—9.30pm. Radio hit ()n The Hour reaches the TV screen with the same closely-observed satire of news programmes. Steve Coogan does his bit as Alan Partridge. and the team includes Armando lanucci. Chris Morris. Doon Mackichen and Patrick Marber.

I Clive James: Postcard From New Your (BBC 1) 9.30—l().20pm. The verbose Aussie bites into the Big Apple and seeks out the lowlife of New York. accompanied by a personal police protection of course. I Middlemarch (BBCZ) 9.30-10.30pm. The second episode of the six-part adaptation of the classic George Eliot novel. The new doctor Tertius Lydgate (Douglas Hodge) is called in to treat Fred (Jonathan Firth) who has contracted typhoid fever. Andrew Davies has adapted the book for television.

I Walk On The Wild Side (Channel 4) ll.05—l 1.35pm. A new series of bound- to-be-controversial documentaries looking at youth crime and delinquency. The first programme reports on fire-raisers. talking to young offenders about their fascination with watching property burn. See Agenda feature.

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