Performance: Richard II BBCZ, 22 viai, 10.05pm.

’Richard is not first and foremost a man, but a kirig,’ says director Deborah Warner, who has adapted her own Royal National Theatre production for screen This take on the Shakespeare play ic-d Warner to cast Fiona Shaw as Richard to ernphaSIse the fact that the king sav. himself as someone IlVlllg apart from flesn-and-bicmcl humanity. 'ch naiil oei=exes that he is almost an anciei, says Shaw 'As a woman l eittpliasiseri tins and gave it iinnetiis.’


BBC i, 23 Mar, 20.30pm.

Cc: ncrclinci "with the rerelease of the Star l."/ars tizlcrriy is this profile of creaIOr Georg-“- Lucas, as he prepares to prit the first prequel into proc‘luctron From his base er" .".()lir‘i(?:'l‘i California, called Sky'xxalker Ranch, Lucas talks about his rise trnrr his first steps In experimental filrnr'iakirzci tr) presiding over the most

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BBC .7, 2.3 lvlar, 2am.

Stay/>24) lat-i Arte coverage of H()lly\‘.'t‘tl{l\ big night, hosted by comedian Billy Crystal, With a large nuinlter t f British iniivres in With a

t liance of snarling the home crowd's fun Tune in to fii‘d out how many statues The English Pat/en! secures from its twelve rierrrirtaticins, and \'./lrc-tliei' John Hodge gets the nod for Trainspotting in the Best Adapted screenplay c ategory Sleepy-heads can catch Barry Norman‘s edited highlights on Tuesday at lC-pin on BBC l


BBC2, 23 Mar, 9pm.

A. post-war history of ch:ldbirth from a lc,‘.’l‘1!llSl perspective, this film uses a'Ch'xe hartage and Contemporary 'ltlf‘l‘t‘if‘VrS to char". wor‘ieii's tight to regain control 0-5 their bodies from (sectors rivedicalised apprcjac h to

The Vanishing Man: Men Behaving Badly star Neil Morrissey is an air freight pilot who ends up carrying a cargo of weapons-grade plutonium in this two-hour comedy thriller. Wed 2 April at 8pm on Scottish.

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delivering babies. 'We know very little about the complicated biochemistry that's at work in childbirth and here are men tinkering with it,’ says medical historian Dr Jean Donnison.

Witness Channel 4, 25 Mar, 9pm.

The documentary series about personal belief travels to the town in Utah where around 450 families practise plural marriage. Several women devote themselves to rearing children in the same household with a single, male head. An unusual lifestyle, perhaps, unless you happen to be a member of the Snappin titled True And LiVing Church Of Jesus Christ Of Saints Of The Last Days.

The Big C

BBCl, 26 Mar, 10.25pm.

Wendy Richards, the EastEnders actress whose breast cancer was diagnosed last year, presents this two-part health education programme which aims to demystify cancer. The programme follows several sufferers for six months during their treatment, and talks to friends, family and doctors A succesSIOn of celebrities talk about their own experiences, while footballer Ryan Giggs delivers the 'stop smoking message. The second programme is at 10.30pm tomorrow.


BBCZ, 27 Mar, ii.i5pm. Award-Winning dance filmmaker Davrd Hinton presents a portrait of a fictional dancer, portrayed by choreographer and performer Wendy Houston, in Diary of a Dancer. Filmed on a miniature digital camcorder, the film is an attempt to get close to and then reveal the creative process of dance,

The Radio 1 Roadshow BBCl, 28 Mar, 10.40pm.

Filmed before Chris Evans’s high-profile walk-out from his Radio 1 Breakfast Show, this vrdeo diary follows the errant DJ on a week-long outside broadcast tour of English seaside towns. The docwnentary was made by Evans’s own production company, but the BBC has swallowed its pride and is showrng it anyway, provrng that the presenter is indeed a broadcasting law unto himself.


BBCZ, 28 Mar, 8pm.

Sportswriter Hugh Mcllvanney presents the first of three programmes about a trio of famous Scottish football managers lvlatt Busby, Jock Stern and Bill Shankly All three started life as miners in south-crest Scotland, and like his novelist brother William, Hugh Mcllvanney rs interested in the shaping forces of working-class masCuIrnitv See feature

Performance: Broken Glass

BBCZ, 29 Mar, l0.20pm.

David Thacker translates his excellent stage production of Arthur Miller's last play about the psychological impact of the rise of Na2i Germany on a Jewrsn family in New York In Brooklyn in l938, a woman‘s anxiety about the unfolding events in Europe is interwoven with her trOUbled n‘arr'age

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Cutting Edge: The Dinner Party

Channel 4, 24 Mar, 9pm.

According to Paul Watson, the reason he chose a group of Tories to discuss the state of pre-election Britain over haute cuisine washed down with fine wine was because ’most Labour voters don’t have dinner parties,’ Critics of New Labour say the Chablis socialists do nothing else in their lslington

heartlands, but Watson must have known that a bunch of unreconstructed Conservatives were less likely to couch their views in the dead language of

political correctness.

Watson has previously made films on the domestic strife of an Australian family at war with itself in Sylvania Waters, and more recently highlighted the bitterness of a group of old people in The Home. He is a filmmaker who sees no point in switching on his camera unless reality has been heightened

by careful selection of subjects.

Now he has found a group of eight friends recruited from an ad in the Sunday Telegraph prepared to let rip with views that would make Alf Garnett blush. The film was unfinished as The List went to press but a quote from one of the guests gives a flavour of the evening: 'Asians can be quite delightful when they work hard, but the Africans always have their hand out.’ Quite simply, Watson knew that Tories make better telly. (Eddie Gibb)

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Throw The 'R' Away Radio Scotland, Mon 24 Mar, 6.40pm.

Ton Scottish stand-up Fred l.lacAulay i expands his growing media l)lt;ill(’ With this brand new series locking at accents in all their many splendoured shades and hues Over the course of the series oer Fred takes a Sf‘llthflefltl‘: look at various accent-related issues, nciuding [)l'C‘jlldle‘ acia'nst them that speaks both proper and cjon‘rrrio'i, and the We of the BBC in (‘l‘COlll'iltli'Yl

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Mixing It Radiollflo"241Mar, 73.15pm. Airline-“t/tec’ii‘o crut‘it The fIiiture Sound Cf LOPthJ". never tour, but use radio broadcasts as a forum for their live shows Here they perform direct from their Earthbeat studio, London via lSCN lines The show features a new emx of 'T‘iElIC‘l'ii! taken from their recent a'oun. [:eaci Cities, as well as intervretss wth the duo belirnd ESOL, Garry CCba;n and Brian DOuganS What reouiar Radio 3 'rsteners used to classical concerts and recitais will make of the pairs freaked-Cut a'nbie'tt sour/lscag‘es s anynodys


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With rnov1es rangsng lrc>rn Disney animation to current box-eftzt e smash r‘vtars Attacks/ vra Batman, Eduard Scissor/lands and Ed Wood, Tim Burton does not fit into the typical Hollywood director mould Nigel Andrews talks to the director about his iff!’)%yl.;l:liit


Forever In Blue Jeans Radio 2, Tue 1 Apr, 9.C-f3prr:. Apparently, it’s 60 years since we all started buinrning around an ,i-aai‘s, .r' to celebrate, Jeff Banks, presenter of The Clothes Show and ‘.'.';- salute Persii ad star" locks at their universal appeal Banks tia: es the It‘zre deniin Jean from its birth (lurina (to American Col-:lrush tl"<,.:c;l; generations of teci-i‘arters, mums, dads and kiddiewrnks to the tuition-{lol’a' ri‘dustiy 't is tt‘clay

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Radio 4, Mon 3‘: tear, .OZp'n. Actress Jane Horrozks, tulio plays Bubbles in TV's Absolute/v Fahd/0:1

and hit the headlines when she peed live on stage during a recent production of Macbeth, proves she's still daft as a brush by playing an Easter chicken whose feathers are ruffled by the unexpected arrival of an egg in this shOrt st0ry by Lynne Truss (Ellie Carri