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HOLBY CITY Holby City is a medical drama television serial transmitted by BBC One. It follows the lives of surgeons, nurses, other medical and ancillary staff and patients at the fictional Holby City Hospital.  (BBC BBC
 in full British Broadcasting Corp.

Publicly financed broadcasting system in Britain. A private company at its founding in 1922, it was replaced by a public corporation under royal charter in 1927.
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THEY couldn't lose. Take a spin-off medical drama, stick two of Britain's best known former soap stars in the spotlight and let the cameras roll.

Holby City was bound to make an impact, even if we have seen it all before. An extension of hit BBC show Casualty, it is a tonic for UK viewers' obsession with hospital dramas.

Resurrecting EastEnders' Michael French
This article is about the Catholic bishop for the British actor see Michael French (actor)


Michael French is a Traditionalist Roman Catholic bishop, residing at Ashford, Kent, England.
 and Coronation Street's Angela Griffin Angela Griffin (born July 19, 1976 in Leeds) is an English television actress. Acting career
She appeared in the popular long-running British soap operas Emmerdale and most famously in Coronation Street as Fiona Middleton from 1993 to 1998.
 from the graveyard of ex-soap stars was a stroke of genius.

Letting David Wicks off the leash in an operating theatre was always going to make fascinating viewing. The dodgy dodgy - Synonym with flaky. Preferred outside the US  Albert Square car dealer has brushed up his act, got himself a new haircut and set himself up as an ambitious young heart surgeon with a conscience - Dr Michael Jordan.

French did his best to shake off his soap image, but it was difficult not to imagine it was Wicksy behind the green overalls and earnest expression.

Angela Griffin looked like a hairdresser out of setting lotion when she first strutted on to the wards of Holby City. As nurse Jasmine Hopkins, she still looked, sounded and acted like snipper Fiona Middleton.

Jasmine has the same gutsy attitude and down-to-earth sense of right and wrong as Fiona. And we were just waiting for that no-good Steve McDonald to waltz in and sweep her off her feet, before dumping her.

It will take a couple of episodes before both actors shake off their soapy history, but with some decent plots and good lines, they should make the grade.

There wasn't much time to dwell on to continue long on or in; to remain absorbed with; to stick to; to make much of; as, to dwell upon a subject; a singer dwells on a note s>.
- Shak.

See also: Dwell
 character in Holby City's opening episode - action was high on the agenda. Dr Jordan raced to collect a donor's heart and deliver it in time for a transplant operation.

Angela had time to demonstrate her fear of flying, assist with the surgery and be promoted.

But the star of the show was Anton Meyer as hard-nosed heart surgeon George Irving. He gave a chilling performance as a man who saves lives simply to boost his ego.

With Irving in the driving seat, Holby City looks like it is on the right track.

SOAPWATCH

BROOKSIDE(Channel 4, 8.30pm)

JACKIE DIXON (Alexandra Fletcher, left) sympathises with Lindsey Phelan (Claire Sweeney) who is suffering the pain of betrayal. DS Rose is still trying to pin the rape of Nikki on Luke.

PICK OF THE BOX

STYLE: Changing Rooms (BBC1, 8pm)

THE rooms for improvement show is all at sea as the design team head for South Wales' Gower Peninsula.

Presenter Carol Smillie is left to cope as one of her team members, volunteer lifeboat woman Anne, rushes off to answer a call-out.

The emergency is a false alarm, but the DIY DIY
abbr.
do-it-yourself


DIY or d.i.y. Brit, Austral & NZ do-it-yourself
DIY
abbr DIY
do it yourself a DIY shop/job.
 team still have to push the boat out to make sure they transform the house of Anne's neighbours.

There are other disasters to cope with, including Carol's broken fingernail fin·ger·nail
n.
The nail on a finger.
 and the discovery of a wasps' nest.

DRAMA: er (Channel 4, 9pm)

A DOUBLE bill of the American drama series, with two of the show's most powerful episodes.

This is a cynical attempt to whet the nation's appetite before series five starts on February 3, but who is complaining?

Kicking off the evening's double whammy is the episode that portrayed George Clooney - who plays Dr Doug Ross - as an action hero, battling to save the life of a little boy trapped in a floodwater flood·wa·ter  
n.
The water of a flood. Often used in the plural.

floodwater naguas fpl (de la inundación)

floodwater n
 outlet.

We always knew he was a superman beneath those green overalls, but this was proof positive that he could perform outside the operating theatre.

In the second slice of the drama, starting at 10pm, Dr Ross tries to sort his private life out when he visits his estranged es·trange  
tr.v. es·tranged, es·trang·ing, es·trang·es
1. To make hostile, unsympathetic, or indifferent; alienate.

2. To remove from an accustomed place or set of associations.
 father. Back at work, the er is crowded out with women waiting to give birth and Benton tries to prove himself as a surgeon.

SCI-FI sci-fi  
n. pl. sci-fis Informal
Science fiction.

adj.
Of, relating to, being, or similar to science fiction: a sci-fi movie; a sci-fi weapons system.
: The X Files (BBC1, 10.30pm)

THE relationship between FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully might have lost some of its bite, but they still make an unbeatable team.

If anyone can convince us that the truth is out there, stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson can.

Mulder and Scully Mulder and Scully can refer to:
  • Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, the duo main characters of the television series The X-Files
  • "Mulder and Scully", a 1998 Catatonia single based on the aforementioned characters
 recount their contrasting versions of the events leading to the death of a young boy suspected of being a vampire.

FACTUAL: Mersey Blues (BBC2, 9pm)

DOCUMENTARY exposing life on the thin blue line, as cameras follow the Merseyside Police force through thick and thin.

The spotlight falls on the drug squad, which has spent two years targeting 17 key criminals.

Like the rest of the police force, the department is facing a cut in its annual budget during the next three years.

MOVIES

WEE WILLIE WINKIE For the early American comic-strip, see .

Wee Willie Winkie is the bedtime figure characterised in the Scottish nursery rhyme of the same name which was written by William Miller in 1841.
 (Channel 4, 1.45pm - 3.30pm) Moptop Shirley Temple melts the hearts of hardened soldiers at a colonial outpost in India. Hollywood's idea of a Rudyard Kipling story is quite possibly the strangest film in the career of director John Ford, here stuck with a child star who could do no wrong in the eyes of the industry. With Victor McLaglen, C. Aubrey Smith 1937

JOE DANCER - THE BIG TRADE (Channel 5, 3.30pm - 5.20pm) Tense crime drama in which an undercover detective becomes involved in a murder investigation when his car inadvertently hits and kills a young actor fleeing from the scene of a `murder' 1981

THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT, PART 2 (BBC2, 4.00pm - 6.00pm) Comedy and drama are added to the musical mix in another diverting slab of MGM MGM
 in full Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.

U.S. corporation and film studio. It was formed when the film distributor Marcus Loew, who bought Metro Pictures in 1920, merged it with the Goldwyn production company in 1924 and with Louis B. Mayer Pictures in 1925.
 cinema history, hosted by Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire. Among the featured players are Buster Keaton, the Marx Bros BROS Brothers
BROS Benefits and Retirement Operations Section (King County, Washington)
BROS Barnes and Richmond Operatic Society (London, UK) 
 and Laurel and Hardy Laurel and Hardy, American film comedy team. The duo consisted of Stan Laurel, 1890–1965, b. Ulverson, England, whose real name was Arthur Stanley Jefferson; and Oliver Hardy, 1892–1957, b. Atlanta, Ga.  1976

HOSTILE FORCE (Channel 5, 9.00pm - 10.50pm) Two masked gunmen seize a security firm's control centre. Lucky for the surviving hostages, two of their number are ex-cops. Andrew McCarthy is the ruthless gang leader in briskly-staged `perfect crime' thriller, better when it's in tense siege mode, less good in the routine action finale. With Cynthia Geary 1996

IN THE DEEP WOODS (BBC1, 12.15am - 1.55am; BBC1 England, 11.40pm - 1.15am) Successful women in their thirties are being butchered by a mad but clever killer. The cops call him Woodsy, but are otherwise as much in the dark as the audience. A thinly-plotted suspense mystery with Rosanna Arquette twitchy twitch·y  
adj. twitch·i·er, twitch·i·est
1. Characterized by jerky or spasmodic motion: the twitchy whiskers of a cat.

2. Nervous; jittery.
 as a potential victim and, still sinister playing a good guy in his final film role, Anthony Perkins. With Will Patton, Christopher Rydell 1992

FATAL DECEPTION: MRS MRS - Modifiable Representation System.

An integration of logic programming into Lisp.

["A Modifiable Representation System", M. Genesereth et al, HPP 80-22, CS Dept Stanford U 1980].
 LEE HARVEY OSWALD Noun 1. Lee Harvey Oswald - United States assassin of President John F. Kennedy (1939-1963)
Oswald
 (Border, 12.15am - 1.55am) Helena Bonham Carter as Lee Harvey Oswald's wife Marina in true-life teledramatics. With Frank Whaley 1993

SUBMARINE PATROL (Channel 4, 4.00am - 5.40am) Preston Foster sorts the men from the boys in routine US Navy recruitment action from John Ford. With Richard Greene, Nancy Kelly 1938

SATELLITE & CABLE

MOVIE CHOICE

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S ROMEO AND JULIET Romeo and Juliet

star-crossed lovers die as teenagers. [Br. Lit.: Romeo and Juliet]

See : Death, Premature


Romeo and Juliet

archetypal star-crossed lovers. [Br. Lit.
 

(Sky Premier, 8.00pm)

THE movie that breathed new life into Shakespeare for a new generation of film lovers.

The trick was to recruit Leonardo DiCaprio, above, and Clare Danes as the star- crossed lovers destined des·tine  
tr.v. des·tined, des·tin·ing, des·tines
1. To determine beforehand; preordain: a foolish scheme destined to fail; a film destined to become a classic.

2.
 to die - but to stick to Willie's original dialogue as much as possible.

Director Baz Luhrmann captured the magic of Shakespeare's script, but set it against a stunning modern- day backdrop. It makes stunning viewing, whether or not you understand every word.

SCI-FI CHOICE

STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE

(Sky One, 5.00pm)

IN the Star Trek spin-off, a strange lifeform takes over Keiko's body and begins ordering around the rest of the crew.

O'Brien gets a nasty shock when he is asked to complete a secret mission - or pay with his wife's life.

Avery Brooks, Rosalind Chao and Colm Meaney star in the sci-fi series.

OLDIE old·ie  
n.
Something old, especially a song that was once popular.


oldie
Noun

Informal an old song, film, or person

Noun 1.
 CHOICE

ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE

(UK Gold, 9.00pm)

SCOTTISH actor Richard Wilson stars as Victor Meldrew, the grumpiest man on British television.

He loses the rag, as usual, when Mrs Warboys moves into the Meldrews' house.

Her basement is flooded, but that is nothing compared with the torrent that is about to escape from Victor's mouth.

Black comedy at its British best.

COMEDY CHOICE

FRIENDS

(Sky One, 6.30pm)

AN old video shows Monica and Rachel preparing for their high school prom.

But it highlights more than just their schoolgirl pimples and out-of- date clothes.

Rachel (Jennifer Aniston, above) finds it hard to resist the adolescent Ross (David Schwimmer) captured on camera.

L!VE ONES

AGONY TODAY AT 5.00pm AND 7.30pm

DESPITE having her broken heart paraded in public, Anthea Turner has taken back her married lover Grant Bovey. It is rumoured that Anthea is determined to get it right this time, and the couple are keen to marry once their divorces come through.

Anthea has also made no secret of her desire to become a mum, so can she forgive her man, forget the public humiliation and make it work the second time around?
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