A selection of television highlights, listed by day, in chronological order. Television Listings compiled by Eddie Gibb.


I Lile Alter Live Aid (BBCZ) 7.20-8pm. Documentary film following Bob Geldof's return to Ethiopia where he reflects on tlte achievements of the massive pop fundraiser whiclt he organised ten years ago. I The Gamekeeper (BBC 1) TKO-stint. ‘lily-in-thc-heather‘ documentary about a year in the life of a Scottish gamekceper. See preview. I Punt and Dennis (BBC 1 ) 8.3(l-9ptn. New series from the comedy double act who started ottt as the less annoying. btlt more workman-like. ltalf of the Mary Whitehouse Experience, which also spawned Baddiel and Newman. Steve Pttrtt and Hugh Dennis return with a mix of new sketches. including a spoof of The X Files, plus old favourites like Milky Milky. I Shine On Harvey Moon (Scottish) 8.30—9pm. Harvey is in for an unpleasant surprise while Stanley is on the road to becoming a photographer. I Jilly Cooper’s Riders (Scottish) 0~l(lpm. Repeal of the four-part series based on Cooper's bonkbuster set ill the torrid world ofshowjurttping. ()h. the thighs. thejodhpurs. the snorting fillies! I Ellen (Channel 4) 9-«9.3()pm. Ellen suffers a prolonged bout of insecurity when her apartrneut is burgled. I Chandler and Co (BBCl) ‘).3()--l().25pm. Second series of Paula l’olitii'iurt'x ll’i/e Millie’s entertaining serial about a couple of female private eyes. Class act Barbara Flynn has left bttt lilly Chandler (Catherine Russell) has found a new partner. I The All New Alexei Sayle Show 2 (BBCZ) 9.30 -l0pm. More characters and sketches from Alexei. with guests Jenny Agutter arid Peter Capaldi. I Friends (Channel 4) ‘).3()-~l()pm. Ross meets tip with his ex-wife on Valentine's day. I Monty Python’s Flying Circus (BBCZ) l()—l().3()pm. The Mighty Barbican and Attila the Hun are amongst the characters iit tonight's episode of the classic comedy show. I I Frasier (Channel 4) l()—l().3()pm. Frasier and his brother find themselves ill conflict with their father over the closure of pop‘s favourite bar. I Cry Freedom (BBC 1) l().25pm——l2.55ant. Kevin Kline stars as Donald Woods. a white South African newspaper editor who campaigned against apartheid in the 70s. Richard Attenborough‘s moving film charts the unlikely friendship between Woods and black activist Steve Biko (Denzel Washington). I Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Channel 4 ) l().3()—l 1.05pm. Clive Anderson hosts a new series of the improvisational comedy show.


I The Trev and Simon Summer Special (BBCI) 5.50-6.20pm. Kids' favourites (and adults secretly like them too) Trevor and Simon return with their own series. produced by BBC Scotland’s comedy unit. Look out for Cook That! and the Petrol Shop Boys. plus Letitia Dean. formerly Sharon from EastEnr/ers.

I love and Marriage (Channel 4) 6.30—7pm. New series which follows six couples as they prepare for their big day. I George and Mildred (Channel 4) 8—8.30pmt As part of the ‘Vintage


Thames‘ season. comes the first ever episode of this classic suburban sitcom. a spin-of f from Man About the House. I Minder (Channel 4) 8.30—9.30pm. More ‘Vintage Thames'. with an episode

irt which Terry is minding the son of a rich

property developer played. almost inevitably. by Gareth Hunt.

I Rock Family Trees (BBC2) 9.05—9.55pm. Tonight’s edition of the programme based on Pete Frame's interwined histories of rock looks at the British R & B boom. including Cream. Led Zeppelin and Manfred Mann.

I Bob Monkbouse on the Spot (BBCl ) 9.25-«955pm. Continuing to establish his credentials as the king of improv comedy. Bob responds to a studio audience‘s questions with a stream of 'off-the-cuff‘ one liners.

I Midnight Express (Scottish) 9.45pm--ntidnight. Alan Parker‘s powerful and brutal drama about a young American student who is jailed for drug smuggling

iit Turkey. where he suffers at the hands of

sadistic prison commander.

I Like Water lor Chocolate (Channel 4) l().2()pm-12.25am. Marvellous Mexican film about food. love and heartbreak the story of a youngest daughter who is forbidden front marrying and instead transfers her passion to cooking.

I Alrican Sanctus Revisited (BBCZ) l0.55—l 1.55pm. Composer. explorer and ethnornusicologist David Fanshawe produced a choral work African Surrt‘lus which was the result of ajouney down the Nile recording traditional African music. Twenty years after the television adaptation was first shown. the programme is updated with new material arid clips from the original.


I The Staggering Stories of Ferdinand De Barges (BBCZ) 7.40—8pm. A new

series of outlandish tales starting with

‘The Falcon' about a suave and sophisticated detective. I Fawlty Towers (BBCI) 8—8.35pm. Last

iii the repeated series. in which Manuel's

hamster and the health inspector's visit conspire to convince Basil that there's a rat in the ratatouille.

I Geiger Sweet, Geiger Sour (BBCZ) 8—9.40pm. Sub-titled ‘Tales from the Radiation Age‘. this new documentary launches the BBC’s season of atom bomb anniversary programmes. The impact of radiation is examined through the experiences of ordinary people around the world.

I Wyclilie (Scottish) 8-9pm. A 30-year- old skeleton is unearthed at an archaeological dig site. but the Cornish detective is on hand to investigate.

I Preston Front (BBCt) 9.05—9.55pm. Spock plays host to a group of German students on a trip organised by Dieter. who is more interested in seducing Ingrid in this T.A. comedy drama.

I Highlanders (Scottish) lO—l lpm. Sean Connery narrates this documentary to mark the 250th anniversary of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s attempt to restore his father to the Scottish throne.

I Stand By Me (Channel 4) 10—] 1.40pm. A young River Phoenix is one of four adolescents who go on a n'te-of-passage journey in search of the body of a dead teenager in Rob Reiner’s excellent adaptation of Stephen King's story.


I N.D. (Scottish) 7—7.30pm. The ever- chirpy Sally Gray suggests some things to do around Scotland.

I Comedy First (Scottish) 8—8.30pm. Another offering from the series of sitcom pilots; this time a new comedy by the

, writer of the hit series Waiting which is set in a doctor's surgery.

I The Outer limits (BBC2) 9—9.45pm. A crooked businessman involved in a property scam is taught a lesson when a

mysterious alien woman visits.

I Travels With My Camera (Channel 4) 9—l0pm. Ellen Spiro takes her camcorder to investigate gay culture in some of America's most conservative states.

I The Tales of Para Handy (BBC 1) 9.30— l0.20pm. Three new adventures based on Neil Munro's much-loved stories. starring Gregor Fisher as the skipper of the old puffer The Vital Spur/r. with Rikki Fulton as the engineer.

I Shopping (B BC2) 9.45—10.30pm. Continuing exploration of the late 20th century's most popular pastime looks at the mail order business.

I Fatal Attraction (Scottish) 9-I 1.55pm (including News at Ten). Hugely successful thriller about a happily married man who has an affair with a possessive women who refuses to accept the fling is finished. This time the film is shown with the director's preferred ending. never previously seen on UK television.

I Homicide lite on the Street (Channel 4) l()--l 1.05pm. Kay takes a holiday back home but becomes embroiled iii a murder case involving friends artd family.


I Public Eye (BBCL’) 8—8.30pm. ‘Sex in the Dark' looks at whether those with AIDS have a responsibility not to pttt others at risk throttgh their own sexual behaviour. British AIDS organisations disagree about this ethical point. apparently.

I Nagasaki Journey (BBCZ) 8.30—9pm. This film. shown as part of ‘The Bomb‘ season. looks at the effect on the second Japanese city to be bombed irt 1945 through the eyes of two survivors and a US marine who occupied Nagasaki shortly after the blast.

I Witness (Channel 4) 9--lOpm. For years a Dutch woman has harboured the secret of her treatment as a Japanese prisoner of war. when she was repeatedly raped in an officers' brothel. Finally she tries to come to terms with the trauma by meeting others who had a similar experience.

I Ruby’s Health Quest (BBC 1)

l0.30—l lpm. Ruby Wax spends a day with the paras as she continues her off- beat look at health and fitness.

I Stephen King’s The Tommylrnoclters (Channel 4) 10—] l.45pm. Mini-series based on a Stephen King story about a novelist who uncovers a strange object in an Indian burial ground which has a strange effect on her home town. Concluding part tomorrow.

I Scottish Men (Scottish) 10.30—1 lpm. Scot FM presenter Scotty McClue arid Ian Pattison. creator of Rab C. Nesbitt. are amongst the guests in a new series which gives Scottish men the chance to have their say on the issues of the day.


I Chart Bite (Scottish) 7— 7.30pm. Chart news and latest releases presented by Mari Steven and Ewart MacLeod.

I The Day That Changed My Life ( BBCZ) 8—8.30pm. Documentary about a woman who campaigns for road lorry safety after

her mother was killed by a badly maintained truck.

I Over the Rainbow (Channel 4) 9»- l()ptn. First part in a new documentary series which examines what it means to be gay or lesbian ill America today by looking at the history. politics arid culture ofqueer America.

I HMS Brilliant (BBC 1 ) 9.3t)—-l().20pnt. Continuing documentary about life aboard a Royal Navy warship as HMS Brill/(tn! patrols the Adriatic.

I Parkinson (BBC 1) I l—l l.-l()prlt. Michael Parkinson talks to Richard Burtort about his drink problem attd troubled marriages to Elizabeth Taylor in this repeated classic interview.

I Alrican Footsteps (BBCZ) 3 3.30pm. MP Paul Boateng takes his ten-year-old sort Ben on his first trip to (ihana where Boaleng‘s own father was a political prisoner in the late (ills.

I The Black Bag (Channel 4) X-<.‘<.30pm. The black and Asian documentary looks at how parents of children at a ()5 per cent ethnic minority school campaigned to stop Hackrtey council closing ll dowrt.

I Resort to Murderoch t) it) -ll).55pm. Sam has been refused bail after being charged with the tnurder of his wife and now the main defence witness has gone missing in the second part of this thriller set in Brighton.

I Grace Under Fire (BBCZ) to (0.30pm. The divorced mother-of-three is stnilten by a handsome baseball player.

I A Game of Two Halves (Scottish) l().30~l lpm. Tony Roper arid Denis Law are joined by footballing celebs for quiz fun. I Jimi Hendrix Plays the Isle of Wight (Channel «1) ll.25pm—12.35am. Recording of Hendrix‘s last European show just eighteen days before his death. See preview.


I The Camekeeper (BBC 1) 7.3()~8pm. It's the Glorious Twelfth and the plus— fours are ready to swing into action in this ‘lIy-iri-tlle-liezttlter’ documentary. See prevrew.

I Shine On, Harvey Moon (Scottish) 8.30—9pm. Stanley makes an important discovery. but things couldn‘t be worse for Harvey in this post-war sitcom.

I Rab C. liesbitt(BBC1)9~9.3()pm. Mary is srnartening up her image for her new boss. but Rab thinks she's about to dump him. Some tips on enhancing his love life are clearly required.

I Ellen (Channel 4) 9—9.30pm. lillen is having romantic dreams about Adatn but is unsure whether to turn them into reality. I Chandler & Co (BBC 1 ) 9.30 40.25pm. An over-worked GP wants iilly to trace his agoraphobic wife who disappeared three weeks ago. in this female Private Eye drama serial.

I Friends (Channel 4) 9.3()—l()pm. Monica applies for the chef‘s position at a fancy restaurant but the audition meal she prepares doesn't go quite according to plan. I Monty Python’s Flying Circus (BBCZ) l()——lO.30pm. And now for something completely different. with classic sketches from the Python team.

I Frasier (Channel 4) l()~-l()..i()pm. Frasier offends Seattle residents when he describes their city as ‘soggy‘ iii the new series of this Cheers spin-off.

I Black Rainbow (BBC!)

l().25pm- l 2.05am. Tom Hulce is a small- towrt reporter who becomes obsessed by mysterious clairvoyant Rosanna Arqttetle in this compelling supernatural thriller.

I Whose line Is It Anyway? (Channel 4) 10.30—l 1.05pm. Clive Anderson hosts more improv comedy fun.

I Repulsion (Channel 4) ll.05pm~l.05am. Short season of Roman Polanski films starts with this classic study of insanity starring the icy Catherine

Deneuve whose descent into madness

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