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12.50Fields of Gold (BBC1, 9.05pm) If you enjoyed the X-files then I can guarantee that you'll adore the BBC's new two-part drama starring Anna Friel and Max Beesley. Fields of Gold is the conspiracy theorist's dream, as journalists uncover the collusion between government and big business.

Friel is a young reporter who has been told to investigate the deaths of elderly patients at a cottage hospital, but begins to uncover a totally different story.

Questions are asked about the effects of genetically modified crops and men in black try to stop her from finding the truth.

The much hyped programme was written by Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian, and Ronan Bennett, who created hard-hitting TV dramas such as Rebel Heart and Love Lies Bleeding.

Based on The Day of the Triffids, that tells the story of plants mutating out of control, Alan was inspired to highlight the importance of GM crops. ``You're unlocking a Pandora's Box with GM, and you can't anticipate what the unintended consequences might be,'' he said.

Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (HTV/Granada, 7.15pm) They're fast following in the footsteps of Davina McCall and Cilla Black in dominating our TV screens on a Saturday with their popularist programmes.

Having hosted the Pop Idol phenomenon and children's series SM:tv Live, the Geordie duo are now turning their hands at a quirky new quiz show. The winner of the show will pocket all the items advertised during the commercial break - which could be anything from a car to washing powder.

Tonight's guests predictably includes Pop Idol's Gareth Gates.
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Date:Jun 8, 2002
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