science drama about a medical researcher looking for a common cold cure. lnevitably he gets sucked into a murder case which centres on a creepy private clinic which has claimed to find a cure for ageing. But at what price?

I Northern Exposure (Channel 4) lO—l0.55pm. Ed is taunted by the Green Man. an evil spirit that reflects his lack of self-esteem.

I The Spin (BBCZ) l l.lS—l 1.55pm. John Sweeney reports on a warjournalists' survival course and a row over copyright fees on an archive of Nazi film.


I The Vision Thing (Channel 4) 8—8.30pm. Tate Gallery director Nicholas Serota talks to Sheena McDonald about his vision of a popular appreciation of modern art.

I Agony Again (BBC 1) 8.30—9pm. Maureen Liptnan is an agony aunt in this polished sitcom.

I Short Stories (Channel 4) 8.30—9pm. Sharon Lloyd is a successful black professional from Manchester who can‘t find the black Mr Right at home. The cameras follow her on a man-hunt to New York.

I Seven Minutes (BBCZ) 9—10.3(lpin. Klaus Maria Brandauer's film based on a true story about an attempt to assassinate Hitler.

I Jake’s Progress (Channel 4) 9—10.40pm. Alan GB}! Bleasdale's new six-part drama. again with Robert Lindsay who plays a failed ()0s rock star who now spends his time looking after son Jake. See preview.

I Backup (BBCl) 9.30—l().2()pm. Hilariously bad cop series about the none- too-bn'ght occupants of a police Transit van who bungle their way around the Midlands. Hard to know which is worse the acting or the scripts.

I Scotland Yard (Scottish) 9.30—10pm. Last in the police documentary series looks at sensitive policy issues confronting the Met‘s commissioner. including whether to arm the police and recruitment of ethnic minorities.

I Leyton Orient: Yours tor a Fiver (Channel 4) 1040—] 1.45pm. Documentary film about the London football club which faced certain relegation when snooker and boxittg promoter Barty Hearn rode in with bags ofcash. Will the joint managers survive in the new regime? Looks set to become a classic football documentary to rival the ‘do we not like that' Graham Taylor profile.


I Dreaming of Ajax (BBCZ) 7. l5—8pm. Gary Lineker argues that Dutch club Ajax‘s success in European football provides a model from which British clubs could learn a lot.

I Medics (Scottish) 9— IOpm. Hospital drama with Tom Baker and Sue Johnston. I Rab C. Nesbitt (BBCZ) 9—9.30pm. Scottish TV in-joke as the crew from Gaelic show [fur/m travel to Govan to interview Rah.



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I Heroes of Comedy (Channel 4) 9—10.35pm. First in a new series looking back at the greats of British comedy. Tonight’s extended progratnrne looks back with fondness at Tormny Cooper. with clips and tributes from Anthony Hopkins and Bob Monkhouse. among others. See preview.

I Dangertield (BBCl ) 9.30— l0.20ptn. A stalker threatens Joanna and she decides to stay with Dr Dangerfield for safety.

I Shooting Stars (BBCZ) 9.30— 1 0pm. Bill Oddie and Little and Large are the guests on Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer‘s rather mainstream quiz.

I Room 101 (BBCZ) lO—l().30pm. Angus Deayton shares his pet hates with Nick Hancock.

I Under Siege (Scottish)

l0.30pm—l. 10am. Intelligent thriller about the political implications of a terrorist attack in Washington. co-written by Bob Woodward of Watergate fame.

I Clive Anderson Talks Back (Channel 4) 10.35—l 1.15pm. Tonight's guests include Robbie Coltrane who will. we predict. talk about dieting. the passing of his wild years and Cracker. though not necessarily in that order.

I Mondo Rosso (BBCZ) tl.l5—1l.45pm. Jonathan Ross looks at drugs in B-movies with clips from Reefer Madness and Blond on (1 Burn Trip.

I Passengers (Channel 4)

l l.lSpm—|2.05am. Tonight's gumba of pop culture includes a British gay porn star and Darren Starr. creator of Beverly Hills 902/0 and Melmse I’lut'e.


I The People’s Parliament (Channel 4) 7—8pm. Lesley Riddoch bangs the gavel for another sitting of the public debate programme.

I Casualty (BBC l) 8.05—8.55pm. More medical drama from Holby General.

I The Boss (BBCZ) 8.05—8.55pm. A senior ward sister in an east London hospital shares the experience of her high pressure job.

I Perronnance (BBCZ) 8.55—l0.25pm. Adaptation of DH. Lawrence‘s story The Wit/(Ming oj'Mrs Hulmyt/ about life in a mining community in l9l4. Zoe Wannarnaker is unhappin married to the boozy Colin Firth. but her decision to start an affair leads only to guilt.

I nory Bremner - Who Else? (Channel 4) lO—l0.40pm. More impressions and .opical satire from Rory.

l Sean’s Show (Channel 4)

10.40—l l.lOpm. More mumbling. .ntrospective humour from Sean. who :onight has trouble with Bobby the Builder in this repeated comedy series.

I Tribe Time (Channel 4 )

l l. lOpm—5.25am. The second in this season of themed sub-culture nights is about girls behaving badly. Tonight‘s offerings look this way: Cheerleader

(l 1.10—1 1.25pm) Short film about the cheerleaders who go ra-ra to boost the Scottish Claymores. the Edinburgh-based American football team. China Doll

(l 125—] 1.40pm) Behind-the-scenes look at a beauty contest held in Britain‘s Chinese community. Who will be Miss Chinatown? Clrlz ’n’ the Hood

(1 1.40pm—12.40am) Documentary about two rival girl gangs in Los Angeles. A Tribe Called Treacle ( 1 240-1 . 10am) All- girl Sheffield band Treacle are hoping to become the Yorkshire Bangles. This film follows them to a showcase gig in Stringfellows. She Lives to Ride (1.10—2.20am) Documentary about America's tribe of women bikers. Teen Dreams (2.20—3.40am) Video diaries by three American inner city teenagers who have each had a troubled childhood. Bingo, Bridesmelds and Braces (3.40—5.25am) Three Aussie women look back at the hopes and the fears of their lives in a film which was recorded over twelve years.


I Pride and Prejudice (BBC I) 9—9.55pm. Andrew Davies's excellent adaptation of tile Jane Austen classic continues.

I City of Joy ((‘hatmel «ll

l()pm-l2. ltlam. Roland Joffe's sentimental movie set in the slums of Calcutta about all American doctor (Patrick Sway/e) trying to inject sonte

meaning into ltis life.

I Scottish Voices (Scottish)

HHS—l l.45pm. Bernard Ponsonby presents another edition of the Scottish debate show featuring Ml’s attd their constituents.

I The South Bank Show (Scottish)

1 l.45pm—l2.45am. Profile of Newcastle actor. screenwriter and sometime country singer Jimmy Natl.


I Get It (in (Scottish) 7- 7.30pm. (‘arol Stnillie presents another edition of the Scottish fashion magazine show.

I Cracker (Scottish) 9 10pm. Robbie Coltrane returns as l5it/.. the maverick critnittal psychologist whose personal life is as tangled as the cases he's called in to help solve. The character's creator Jimmy McGovern wrote the first three-part story ‘Brotherly Love' which picks tip where the last series left off ~ Panhandle is

! aiming a gun at Beck who she believes

raped her. Should she shoot'.’

I Cutting Edge (Channel 4) ‘) l()pnt. Documentary optimistically entitled ‘llow to Witt the Lottery'.

I Homicide - Lite on the Streets (Channel 4) l() l 1.05pm. A white supremacist is picked tip for a shooting and I’embleton corners him into making a confession.

I Omnibus (BBt‘l) l().~1()v-| 1.30pm. Second part of this iii-depth profile of American writer Gore Vidal.

I The X Files ( BBCZ) ‘)~9.-15pttt. liox Mulder attd Dana Scully are hot on the trail of another strange phenomenon itt this cult sci-ti serial.

I This Boy’s Story (Channel 4) |()—«l Ipm. Film set in the ()0s about two young brothers who set out on a journey to Liverpool itt search of their hero George Best. who makes a guest appearance.

I Network First (Scottish)

ll.l()pm—l2. l()am. lnvestigation into the British horse racing industry which looks at what happens to foals that don't make the grade. The title ‘They Shoot Horses. Don't They' should give a clue.


I Chart Bite (Scottish) 6.55—7.25pm. Mari and Ewan run down the new Scottish chart.

I People‘s Century (BBC l) 9.30—l0.30pm. The rather random history of the 20th century continues with a mix of archive film and personal reminiscences.

I Northern Exposure (Channel 4) lO—l0.55pm. Holling arid Ruth Anne discover that their ancestors were friends. while Maggie is teaching Chris to fly.

I The Spin (BBCZ) l 1.15—l |.55pm. Observerjournalist John Sweeney presents another mixed bag of stories from the media industry.


I Backup (BBC 1) 9.30— 10.20pm. Another episode of the police drama set in the Midlands.

I Jake’s Progress (Channel 4)

10—1 1.15pm. Alan Bleasdale‘s excellent fatnin drama starring Robert Lindsay and Julie Walters continues as a threat to domestic stability looms.

90 The List 6-19 Oct I995