A selection of television highlights,

listed by day, in chronological order. Television listings compiled by Tom



I A Skirt Through History: A Reputation (BBC2) 9.30—10pm. The story of Renaissance painter Artemisia Gentileschi. whose reputation at the time was ruined because she dared to accuse a fellow artist. Agostino Tassi. of raping her. and brought him to trial.

I Havel (:0th For You (BBC2) 10-10.30pm. Angus Deayton. lan Hislop and Paul Merton are joined by broadcaster and thinker Mariella Frostrup and vacuous TV celeb Neil Kinnock.

I Roseanne (Channel 4) 10—10.30pm. That notorious. publicity-seeking episode in which Roseanne enjoys a lengthy snog with Mariel Hemingway. The excuse is. she‘s proving a point to Jackie and Nancy

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I Viva Cabaret (Channel 4) 10.30—11.20pm. Two suddenly ubiquitous TV sorts. Lee Evans and Lily Savage. crop up in another meiange ofcampness. comedy and applied weirdness.

I 1984 (Channel 4) ll.50ptn—i.50am. Michael Radford‘s bleak rendition of Orwell's novel stars John Hurt as the doomed rebel against a totalitarian regime. with Richard Burton making his final film appearance. as the interrogator.


I The Prague Heritage Concert (BBC2) 6.25—8.30pm. A celebration of Czech musical heritage. from Prague Castle. conducted by Sir Georg Solti. with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa singing her little Kiwi heart out.

I Seinfeld (BBC2) 9—9.25pm. The sublime New York sitcom finds Jerry and friends lost in a parking garage in New Jersey. Classic comedy situation or what? I NYPD Blue (Channel 4) 9—10pm. Kelly suspects Charlie Lear has been framed for the murder of one of his mistresses. Meanwhile Andy is back on the booze.

I Harrmv Margin (Scottish) 9—10.45pm. A frantic train journey through the Canadian Rockies is further complicated by the fact that DA Gene Hackman and his vital witness Anne Archer are being pursued by the mob. Cinephiles can catch the low-budget. but superior. original on BBC2 tomorrow at 11.05pm.

I Fine Cut: Dream Deceivers (BBC2) 9.25—10.25pm. The story ofJames Vance and Ray Belknap who attempted a bizarre

suicide pact in 1985. Vance survived. severely disfigured. and. in a famous legal case. claimed the music of Judas Priest had influenced their action.

I The Dream Team (BBC1)9.15—1 1pm. ' Michael Keaton and Christopher Lloyd star in a male-bonding comedy with a difference. Four mental hopital patients find themselves deserted in Manhattan when their chaperone witnesses a murder. and assorted freakish adventures ensue.

I later With Jools Holland (BBC2) 10.25-11.25pm. Live music with Bonnie Raitt. Dr John. Jab Wobble and Jimmie Vaughan.

I NB (Scottish) “pm—11.30pm. Dougie Vipond and Susan Maxwell host the arts and entertainments magazine.

I Mortal Passions (Channel 4) 10.30pm—12.10am. An offbeat American production from Andrew Lane starting Erica Erickson and Luca Bercovici as lovers who are plotting to kill her husband Zach Gailigan.

I late licence (Channel 4) 12.10—405am. An unusual pairing. Arthur Smith and soccer hardman Vinnie Jones. host a mixed bag of through-the-night viewing. including Do You Remember The First Yirnef’. pop group Pulp‘s film about celebrities‘ first sexual experiences.


I Encounters: Metropolis (Channel 4) 7—8pm. As London hosts the UN’s World Environment Day. this film takes a lyrical look at the UK capital. the least energy- efficient city in Europe.

I Clockwise (BBC 1) 7.30—9pm. A frustrating farce with John Cleese as punctuality obsessed headmaster Brian Stimpson. desperately trying to reach a conference on time. Alison Steadman plays his wife.

I Watergate: Impeachment (BBC2)

8. i()—9pm. The Nixon scandal reaches a climax. as the threat of impeachment forces the President to consider resignation.

I Cadiael (Scottish) 8.30—10pm. Derek Jacobi stars as the been-around-a-bit medieval monk. investigating an attack on the town's goldsrnith.

I John Sessions’s likely Stories (BBC2) 9—9.30pm. A savage send-up of a lovey- dovey morning TV couple who are at each others‘ throats off-screen.

I Visions 0t light: Walkabout (Channel 4) 9—10.55pm. Nicolas Roeg’s visual adventure stars Jenny Agutter and Lucien John as a young sister and brother stranded in the Australian desert.

I Coogan‘s BIufl(BBC2)9.30—1l.05pm. Don Siegel's blueprint for Dirty Harry stars Clint Eastwood as a tough-as-nails Deputy Sheriff on the trail of an escaped killer who is hospitalised after a drug overdose.

I Don’t look Down (Scottish) 10.45—11.30pm. Janice Forsyth looks at the latest activities on the Scottish arts


I Jimmy’s (Scottish) 7—7.30pm. A new series of glimpses at the wards of the St James‘s Hospital in Leeds. -: "gt ‘. aim" .

I Palin‘s Column (Channel 4) 8-8.30pm.

Crinkly-eyed charmer Michael Palin takes

on a sumrnerjob as columnist for an isle of Wight local paper. beginning with an investigation into black magic.

I Miss Firecracker (BBC2)

8.30—10. 10pm. Holly Hunter plays Mississippi idealist Camelle Scott. growing up in the shadow of her beautiful cousin Elaine. the ‘Miss Firecracker‘ of the title. Camelle is determined to follow in her footsteps.

I Men Only: Single Figures (Channel 4) 9—9.45pm. Author Maggie Gee looks at men who live alone. whether through divorce. bereavement or choice.

I The to Percenters (Scottish) 9.30—10pm. Dominic tries to woo an old flame into the books of Eden Management.

I Northern Exposure (Channel 4)

10—1 iprn. Marilyn goes on holiday by herself. much to Joel's distress.


I Travels A la Carte (Channel 4) 8—8.30pm. Sickly couple Sophie Grigson and William Black find themselves in Gascony where they discover the truth about foie gras and patronise the locals something rotten.

I First Sex (Channel 4) 9—10pm. A new series looking at women’s issues. The first programme looks at how fear is being used as a marketing tool to target vulnerable women.

I Midnight Hun (BBCl) 9.55—11.55pm. Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin star in a weak comedy thriller about a bounty hunter (De Niro) on the trail of an embezzling accountant (Grodin).

I little Hapoleons (Channel 4)

10—1 1.05pm. A new drama series with large belpings of intrigue. sexual and political. Norman Beaton and Saeed Jaffrey star as rival solicitors who find themselves unwilling allies on the local councfl.

I Chilling Out: Dream Demon (Channel 4) 11.35pm—l.15am. A short season of horror films begins with a low-budget British shocker starring Jernrna Redgrave as a young woman who is haunted by nightmares in the weeks before her marriage to a Falklands hero.


I Faith Hope And Calamity (Scottish) 7—7.30pm. The excellent history of Scottish soccer reaches the 605, when Scotland still measured their greatness by the annual match with England. Jim Baxter talks frankly about the importance of taking the piss at Wembley.

I Sharpe (Scottish) 8—10pm. Sean Bean stars in more frankly hammy tales of the Peninsular War. once again having to rescue a beautiful damsel in distress.

I The lifeboat (BBCi) 8-8.50pm. The Lynda La Plante drama gets all soapy as a determined Vera decides to confront her husband's lover Bronwen.

I Screen m: A landing On The Sun (BBC2) 9—10.30pm. Michael Frayn adapts his own novel of political intrigue and cover-up. centring on the mysterious death of a Cabinet Civil servant. Susan

Fleetwood. Robert Glenister and Roger Allarn feature.

I Naked City (Channel 4) 11.05—11.50pm. Caitlin Moran and Johnny Vaughan introduce music from Madchester has-beens The Charlatans and back-from-the-brink Boo Radleys.


I Wooldridge 0n Whisky (BBC2) 8—8.30pm. lan Wooldridge manages to get former US President Ronald Reagan to offer his own Scottish anecdotes in another trawl through the myths and facts relating to the spirit of Scotland.

I Moving Story (Scottish) 9—10pm. More comic adventures from the removals boys. doing the Pinner to Peterborough run for an organised customer with a problematic teenage daughter.

I Joking Apart (BBC2) 9—9.30prrr. A repeat run for the barbed comedy about the breakup of comedian Mark's (Robert Bathurst) marriage to Becky (Fiona Gillies). and the excruciating attempts of their friends to cheer him up.

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I True Stories: Fighting Ships (Channel 4) 9.30—10.45prn. The story onyneside shipyard Swan Hunter which went bankrupt last year. after an illustrious history. Mark Knopfier provides a specially-composed soundtrack.

I Hanou (Channel 4) li.iOpm—i.05am. lmogen Stubbs stars as a young English ' girl in France. who moves in with political extremist Jean-Philippe Ecoffey. Their idyllic existence soon fractures.


I Europe Express (Channel 4) 8-8.30pm. The continental current affairs round-up digging up some of the less obvious stories around Europe. Klaus Schwargrzinna explores the rise of Black Metal bands in Norway. while Mieke Van Der Wey discovers illegal cock-fighting rings in Belgium.

I Home Improvement (Channel 4) 9.30—10pm. Tim's plans to take the whole family winter camping get a chilly reception.

I Have I Got News For You? (BBC2) 10—10.30pm. lan Hislop and Paul Merton

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