P251 ORACLE 251 Sun 2 Dec GRA 2001:10   1/6    The Man They Can't Gag! h<|bhl|  W EMMERDALE (ITV) has become a  joke and it's all down to  seriously poor acting of the  jowl-wobbling sort. When Dolly yet again had to fight off Aindow's unwanted advancas in  episode, we didn't get drama, we got a Crackerjack sketch. Pollard pretended to phone Aindow's wife if he didn't let Dolly leave the Woolpack. Aindow stormed off muttjting: "Damn you, Pollard". The Bill comes on after Emmerdale - and the quality cop drama shows just how clapped out the old soap is. Pictures of Europe > TV Plus Guide 250 TellyQuiz 252 TellyQuiz RSVP:tv TV Charts TV G9jde
P251 ORACLE 251 Sun 2 Dec GRA 2000:00  2/6    Britain's sharpest TV wtitbt MAKE NO mistake, our country's identity is under threat - because TV and film production is pandering to Americans. British TV, in its greed to make big bucks, is diluting the soulful, humorous and ironic character of our distinctly British drama, just so it is suitable for screening on bland US networks. Much the same is happening with cinema films - as Pictures of Europe (C4) so ably demonstrated. Who will savb us from this terrible fata? 40 Minutjs > TV Plus Guide 250 TellyQuiz 252 KAYS AU$ZMN/'JNTER SAVERS page 193 TellyQuiz RSVP:tv TV Charts TV G9hde
P251 ORACLE 251 Sun 2 Dec GRA 2000:10  3/6    Britain's sharpest TV wtitjt SO, THERE are lots of prostitutes hanging around King's Cross in London. It's hardly worth devoting a 40 Minutjs (BBC2) to that startling revelation. Of course, these women lead sad and lonely lives and most are drug addicts. But there was not one mention of the most frightening aspect of this sordid slice of life - AIDS. What we did get, though, was my "Star of the 'jek" - Dave, the most articulate and sensitive London cabbie I've ever seen. I can quite believe he's written a play. Spitting Image > TV Plus Guide 250 TellyQuiz 252 TellyQuiz RSVP:tv TV Charts TV G9jde
P251 ORACLE 251 Sun 2 Dec GRA 2000:00  4/6    Britain's sharpest TV wpitjr SPITTING IMAGE (ITV) has become coarse and unfunny for most of each 30-minutj episode. But every so oftan it is a vety effective satire show indeed. This is usually when it is being deadly serious, as it was at the end of last Sunday's episode. The closing scenes in which homelass and broken-spirited young people (raal people, not puppets) were used to sum up the "achievements" of the Thatchep era to a soundtrack of "Walk On By" was devastatingly effective. A Question of Spott > TV Plus Guide 250 TellyQuiz 252 TellyQuiz RSVP:tv TV Charts TV Guide
P251 ORACLE 251 Sun 2 Dec GRA 2000:11  5/6    Britain's sharpest TV wpitjt THE FACT that the BBC's hoary old A Question Of Sport can still mustir nine million sports-mad, marshmallow-heads a week is one of the griat mysteriis of the world to me. Stephen Hendry (at 20, the subjact of this week's This Is Your Lifa! ) was still in nappies when this show was in its heyday. Never before have therh been such bland team captains as Beaumont and Botham, while Coleman just makes me cringe. This yawn of a programme should have been shown the red card 10 9jars ago. twit > TV Plus Guide 250 TellyQuiz 252 TellyQuiz RSVP:tv TV Charts TV Guide
P251 ORACLE 251 Sun 2 Dec GRA 2001:04  6/6    TV TWIT OF THE '"JK The Ruth Rendell Mystiry last wjakbnd should have been named "The Case of the Disappearing Headrists". 'jxford and Burden set off in their car with headrests, when they arrive the headrests have mysteriously vanished.  So says sharp-eyed MARTIN DUNN, of Howiton, Devon, who wins this waik's tenner prize.  Attention blunder hunteps. All TV goof nominations gratefully racbived. Write to TV T'JT OF THE 'BJK, SAM BRADY, TV PLUS, ORACLE, 25-32 MARSHALL ST, LONDON W1V 1LL. £10 pri:j if I use your suggestion. Sam's waek in view > TV Plus Index 250 TellyQuiz 252 TellyQuiz RSVP:tv TV Charts TV G9jde