PICK OF THE BOX; Martin cops a new role.
Serious And Organised (ITV, 9.00pm)
FORMER EastEnder Martin Kemp takes the well- trodden path of ex-soap stars into crime dramas.
He plays Jack Finn, one of two brothers who serve with the Serious and Organised Crime Squad, which does exactly what it says on the tin.
Jack and little bruv Tony (Joe Duttine) have a reputation for getting results against drug overlords and the like.
Tony is a family man with two kids and can't understand why Jack's not married, but Jack's secretly in love with Tony's wife Rachel (Esther Hall).
In tonight's first adventure, the brothers are anxious to show their new high- flier boss DI Clifton that they know the job better than he does.
So they jump to the chase after a violent raid on a security van that has killed one guard, critically injured another and see pounds 30million in bearer bonds go missing.
Mao Graham Norton (Channel 4, 10.00pm)
CHEEKY chappie Graham Norton heads east tonight as part of a themed series of programmes on China on Channel 4.
His destination is Shanghai where he is staying with a family of musicians.
There the master of the single entendre positively relishes the chance to mispronounce place names, giggle at the likes of the Wangpoo River and snigger when he's told that his name sounds like "girly homo" in Chinese.
Writer MianMian, whose novels about the city's sex and drugs culture have scandalised China, acts as Graham's guide and helps him understand the changing face of a once impoverished city.
EastEnders: Dot's Story (BBC1, 7.00pm)
THE last "soap bubble" the BBC did was the abysmal Ricky and Bianca catch- up, so here's hoping this offering is a lot better.
Chain-smoking do-gooder Dot Branning, the busy-body formerly known as Cotton, takes a trip down memory lane.
Evacuated to Wales during the war, a young Dot enjoyed the happiest times of her life.
Her host couple, Gwen and Will, had longed for children and welcomed her with open arms.
She and "Auntie" Gwen became inseparable, but feeling jealous of their relationship and tortured by his own problems, Will slowly turned from a loving father figure into a bitter and resentful man.
As Dot recalls her time there fondly, she hides a guilty secret which has unconsciously shaped the course of her life.
Dot now comes face to face with Ewan - Gwen's son from her second marriage - a kind man who just wants them all to get along, but who has no idea what strong feelings Gwen and Dot share.
Sportscene Live (BBC1 Scotland, 2.35pm)
THE Sportscene cameras are at Pittodrie today for Aberdeen's clash with Celtic in the Scottish Premier League.
Under new manager Steve Paterson, the Dons have been struggling to make an impact and will not relish the visit of champions Celtic.
Martin O'Neill's side have closed the gap on leaders Rangers to one point and will be determined to get all three points today to keep snapping on their rivals' heels as Scottish football goes into the winter break.
The game kicks off at 3.00pm. Rob Maclean and Sandy Clark do the honours from the commentary box with Dougie Donnelly back in the studio.
BEST OF SATELLITE TV
(Discovery Channel, 9.00pm)
IN 1932, Surrey couple Annie and Albert Keen were murdered.
Some 70 years on, leading British criminal barrister Anthony Scrivener QC uses modern forensic techniques to solve the murder in this documentary.
BLACKADDER GOES FORTH
(UK Gold, 10.00pm)
SUBLIMELY brilliant episode of the superb comedy has Blackadder ordered to ferret out a spy in the hospital.
Blackadder instead elects to spend three weeks out of the trenches investigating the bed sheets of a beautiful nurse.
He ignores altogether a man named Smith who has a strong German accent.
And Blackadder is surprised to learn of George's strong family connections to the Hun.
Rowan Atkinson is the cynical cad Blackadder with Miranda Richardson as his nurse and Hugh Laurie as the nice but dim George.
THE SOPRANOS (E4, 10.00pm)
AFTER a meeting with Johnny Sack, mob boss Tony Soprano contemplates the future of the HUD partnership.
Janice's patience with Bobby's obsessions is beginning to wear thin and Dr Melfi ponders the Freudian undercurrents of Tony's dreams.
James Galdolfini stars as the tortured mobster in a series that may just be showing some signs of running out of a little steam.
THE GOLDEN GIRLS
(Living TV, 2.00pm)
FEAST your peepers on a young George Clooney in this episode of the Eighties' sitcom about four elderly women sharing a house in Miami.
When two police officers set up surveillance equipment in Blanche's house, Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia are more interested in snaring the policemen.
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Jan 2, 2003|
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