[ES BALLETS TBOCKADERO DE MONTE CARLO are a glamorous bunch. Formed in New York (where else?) back in I974. they are an all-male. classically-trained troupe of ballerinas who started off doing ‘late late shows in off off Broadway lofts'; and are now a major act thoughout North America. appearing at dance festivals all over the world. and even on The Muppet Show. Boasting sixteen artistes with names like Jacques d’Ambrosia and Fifi Barkova. they perform elegantly conceived parodies of such stars of choreography as George Balanchine. Isadora Duncan and Martha Graham. After cancelling a visit last year. the troupe will be gliding into Edinburgh for a two-date British exclusive this fortnight.

Les Ballets 'I'rockadero De Monte Carlo are at Edinburgh Festival Theatre on Fri lO/Sat ll Jan

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McOALLlJM comes to our screens as the latest in a long line of variations on the police

procedural format. This new series from Scottish Television mixes in that other stalwart of popular TV drama. the maverick medic. John Hannah (Four Weddings And/1 Funeral, Truth

0r Dare) plays the hip forensic pathologist in London's East End. who inhabits a loft

conversion with his gamine girlfriend Suzanna (Joanna Hamilton) and rides to crime scenes on a powerful motorbike.

‘lt’s not justice. it's just matching up bodies to crimes.‘ is Dr lain McCallum‘s view of a job which largely involves cutting up dead people for a living. Trouble is. it ‘\ always seems to be his friends who get bumped off. leading him to take a special interest in every case. Lots of moody interior shots emphasise the idea that death is all around. but that doesn't seem to bother Suzanna who

jumps him every time he walks in to the flat. Maybe the smell of formaldehyde is an aphrodisiac. . . McCallum begins on Mon 13 Jan on Scottish at 9pm.

the List’s at-a-glance guide to the highlights oi the iortnlght ahead.

I Music: Blur Striding into the and musical desert of January. Britpop‘s former leading lights unveil their new single ‘Beetlebum' and doubtless will air material from their forthcoming fifth album. Chirpy cockneys no more. the lads seem to have taken a deeper. darker twist. See preview. page 45. Barrow/and. Glasgow, Tlturs 23 Jan. I Fllm: Shine After sweeping the awards on home turf. this remarkable Australian biopic of pianist David Hellfgott is knocking critics for six in the UK and US. A brilliantly acted story of musical genius and mental breakdown. See this picture now. OFT Glasgow; Cameo. Edinburgh until 23 Jan.

I Music: Celtic Connections In four years. Celtic Connections has firmly established itself on the international folk festival circuit. attracting top quality traditional musicians and performers from around the globe. This year the programme has broadened to include artists that people wouldn‘t generally consider ‘folky'. such as Shane McGowan and Eddi Reader. The more the merrier. we say. See special Celtic Connections section. pages l8—2l.

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and various other venues. Glasgow. Wed 15 Jan—Sun 2 Feb.

I Film: Some Mother’s Son The controversy surrounding the IRA hunger strikes ofthe early 80s is given a human touch in this emotional drama by the writer of In The Name Of The Father. See feature. page 24. General release from Fri I 0.

I Theatre: Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde Leading left-wing playwright. David Edgar. has reworked his version of Stevenson’s classic - commissioned by the RSC in l99l which uses the famous split personality to examine society's attitudes towards evil. See preview. page 63.

Royal Lyceum Theatre. Edinburgh. Fri IO Jan-Sat 1 Feb.

I Art: Darkness Visible If proof were needed that the rage for Japanese food has got out of hand, one need go no further than Stefanie Bourne’s edible seaweed installation. Take a walk through the sea-scented labyrinth and. you'd swear that you were in Davy Jones‘s locker. See review. page 68. Java Internet Cafe'. Glasgow. until Sun I 2 Jan.

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