A selection of television highlights, listed by day, in chronological order. Television listings compiled by Eddie Gibb.
I Moviewatch (Channel 4) ().3()-7pm. Johnny Vaughan and a bunch of movie- goers cast their eyes over Killing Zm’, Nostradamus and Eat. Drink, Man. Woman.
Costello is interviewed at home in Dublin in this profile of the singer/songwriter’s eighteen-year career.
I Short Stories (Channel 4) tat-S 30pm. 'Are You Being Ser'ved‘ follows the work of a process server responsible for making sure the buddies get writs and injunctions. As a former boxer. Derreck reckons he can serve writs where others fear to tread. I Countrywomen (BBCZ) 8--s.3()pm. New series for the green welly brigade about women who work in the great outdoors. The series starts with a programme about Dawn Warr. the only female gamekeeper ill Britain to run a shoot.
I Ceott Hamilton’s Cottage Gardens (BBCIZ) 8.30-9pm. More from the rural idyll with a new series which will enable viewers to ‘bring a breath of fresh country air into gardens everywhere'.
I Ellen (Channel 4) 9—9.30pm. Ellen tries to track down an incriminating video tape in this classy US sitcom.
I Rising Damp (Channel 4) ‘).3()—l()pm. Reruns of the classic tenant/landlord sitcom with Leonard Rossiter and Richard Beckinsale.
I The High lite (BBCZ) ‘).30—l()pm. Victor and Barry. aka Alan Cumming and Forbes Masson. swap smoking jackets for air stewards‘ uniforms in this trashy airline sitcom. High camp. more like.
I The Day Today (BBCZ) l()--l().30pm. Repeat run of this arch. spot-on pastiche of the television current affairs format. with Steve Coogan as Alan Partridge and Chris Morris.
I Roseanne (Channel 4) 1()—10.3()pm. lt‘s ‘gay night‘ round at the Connors‘ until Roseanne discovers Fred‘s dark secret.
I Rocky II (BBCI) l().25pm—12.25am. Sylvester Stallone wrote. directed and starred in this above-average sequel to the original Rocky movie. In this one Rocky Balboa gets married and hangs up his gloves — but not for long.
I The Word (Channel 4) 11.05pm—l2.05am. As it gets worse. it just gets better.
I Hard to Handle (Channel 4)
l2. 10—235mm. First in a late—night James Cagney double bill with a comedy about a dancer whose partner does the dirty after the pair win a contest. Followed by Blondc Crazy (2.35—4am) with Jimmy and Joan Blondell as a couple who mount a sting to recoup the ﬁve grand they lost to a trickster.
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I Aged 74, Margaret Tait made her directorial debut with this Scottish tilm, Blue Black Permanent, a poetic and sometimes difficult story about the family lite of three generations of women spanning tive decades. Celia lmrie, Jack Shepherd and Gerda Stevenson star in the film from 1992 which is set partly in Edinburgh and partly on Orkney. It is being screened as a tribute to producer Barbara Grigor, a tireless exponent of Scottish arts, who died shortly before Christmas.
Blue Black Permanent is on Tuesday 24 January at 11.10pm on Channel 4.
I Jacqueline du Pré and the Elgar Cello Concerto (BBCZ) l()—l 1.10pm. The virtuoso cellist would have been 50 this month if her career had not been cut short : by multiple sclerosis. This documentary about her special relationship with the l-Ilgar piece. ﬁrst screened in l‘)()7. is shown iii an updated form as a tribute. ' I Fragments of Isabella (B BCZ) ll.l()ptll—12.25am. First television showing of this film based on a Pulitzer- winning book by Isabella l.eitner. a H ungariall Jew. who was the first Holocaust survivor to arrive in America. The ﬁlm is screened as part of BBCZ's 'Remember' season marking the 50th anniversary of the llolocaust's end. I Will Durst (Channel 4) lZ.lS--12.5()am. Political satire from Will Durst who moved one notch nearer the top of his I profession after the death of the similarly styled Bill Hicks. I The Beat Specials (Channel 4) l2.5()—«l.55am. Live sttlff from Primal Scream whojust keep on giving out.
I A Soldier’s Peace (B BCZ) 6.15—6.45pm. The series about the role of the United Nations continues with a critical look at the organisation's lumbering bureaucracy. I Keepers of the Kingdom (Channel 4) 8—9pm. Stepping onto traditionally BBC- occupied terrain. this nature series looks at a microscopic world we never see. I The last Machine (BBCZ) 8—8.4(lpm. Continuing series marking the centenary ofcinema by Terry Gilliam. In ‘Real Lives'. the use of early news ﬁlms. botll real atld faked. is explored. including the first US President to be assassinated on I Rocky Ill (Scottish) 9— 10.50pm. Fist- ﬁghts ahoy. ill the third instalment of Sly Stallone's boxing movies. The idea has l worn a little thin by this stage. ‘3 I The Buddha of Suburbia (BBCZ) t 9—10pm. Welcome repeat of the television adaptation of Hanif Kureishi‘s comic 1 i novel about early 70s sexual mores. : 1 Footloose teenager Karim (Naveen 1 i Andrews) is looking for action in south j ', London's suburbs while his father ‘ dispenses eastern mysticism. I The Bullion Boys (BBC 1) ‘).lS—l().5()pm. Repeal of the award- 5 winning comedy thriller with David Jason I as :1 Liverpool (locker during World War I ll. The. Batik of Fligland is moving a i substantial portion of the nation's gold I i reserves via a notoriously blag-happy l K.
l Merseyside dockyard. Bad move . . .
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W “'2 . ‘- , I I Daleks — Invasion Earth 2150 All I (Channel 4) 4.25—6pm. Spin-off ﬁlm from the television series has Peter Cushing as the Doctor ﬁghting off the tin tnen once more. Probably one for die-hard fans and people with a very kitsch sensibility. I Pie in the Sky (BBC! ) 7.30—8.20pm. First in anew series of the amiable cop- in-a-kitchen drama with Richard Grifﬁths as the rotttnd detective who always ﬁnishes dessert before cooking the baddie's goose. I The Money Programme (B BCZ) 7.40—8.20pm. The long-running ﬁnance and business magazine returns for another series with a look at Anita Roddick's Body Shop empire which is being challenged by a new High Street name. the Bath and Body Works.
— . «a. .. I 2010 (Channel 4) l()pm-12.()5atn.
Good sequel to Stanley Kubrick's classic
200/: A Space Odyssey with Roy
. Scheider leading the American contingent in a joint Soviet/American trip to Jupiter.
I A Touch ot Frost (Scottish) 8.30-l().3()pm. More from the second series with David Jason as the almost characterless Cornish detective. Tonight he investigates a hurtling death.
I Reputations (BBCZ) 9. l()— 10.30pm. First in a new series about historical ﬁgures examines Pius X”. the controversial Pope who during War ll. was accused of staying while Jews and Catholics were persecuted. Previously unseen footage from the Vatican at the time is included ill this documentary which re-examines his reputation.
I Blood in the Face (BBCZ)
l0. l()pm—12.()Sam. Documentary shot at a rally of neo-Nazis in America's mid—west. I Everyman (BBCt) lt).25—l l.()5pm. Film about a soutll Yorkshire vicar who is living with AIDS and the reaction of his parishioners to having a gay clergylrlan.
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I Wings of Desire (Channel 4) l2.15--2.35am. Wim Wenders' excellent Berlin film with Bruno (ianz as an angel who falls in love with a trapeze artist.
I I Only When I Laugh (Channel 4) ( S.3()--‘)pm. More from Channel 4's season l ofclassic comedy reruns with James ; Bolam as the deeply cynical hospital i patient. l
I Die Hard (Scottish) 9pm -- l 3.05am (includes News (N 'li'n). Hugely entertaining action movie with Bruce Willis shooting 'em tip it] an LA
l I NYPD Blue (Channel 4) l()- l().55pm.
l Last of the first series repeats. running
' straight into the second series which
begins next week.
I Tom Cruise: A Film 95 Special (BBC 1)
i 1050-] 1.20pm. Coinciding with the
: opening of Interview wit/t (l \iunpirt' (see
3 feature). Barry Norman talks to
lHollywood's biggest star.
I Accattone! (Channel 4) l().55pm—l.()5am. The Pasolini season continues with the director's first ﬁlm about a sordid pimp whose meal ticket is jailed. He finds love but his involvement with the innocent Stella leads to his downfall.
I Virtually l.as Vegas (BBCZ)
l l.l5—l 1.55pm. A lute Show special about husband-and-wife architects Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown who return to l.as Vegas twenty years after their ground-breaking study of a tlloroughly modern city. They regard Las Vegas as the world‘s best example of architecture designed to entertain. not confound.
70 The LiSt 13—26 January 1995