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A moving look at family coping with Alzheimer's; BRIAN McIVER'S PICK OF THE DAY DAYTIME MOVIES.


Mum And Me

BBC One, 10.35pm

THIS moving Scots documentary is probably the best thing on television all week.

Film-maker Sue Bourne has a string of successful documentaries to her name, and she has turned the cameras on her own family to produce a searing, honest, funny, tragic, yet ultimately uplifting documentary.

Filmed over three years with her teenage daughter, Holly, Mum and Me is the story of how Sue and her family have tried to come to terms with her mother's Alzheimer's.

Sue's widowed mother, Ethel, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's six years ago and now lives in a nursing home in Ayr.

Once a month, Sue makes the 800-mile round trip from London to visit her - sometimes with Holly.

This film tells the story of those visits, the conversations, the daily phone-calls and the little holidays the three of them have had.

Manchester United v Chelsea: The Game Of Games

STV, 11.35pm

WHILE we were excited about having one Scottish side in the UEFA Cup final last week, the English have one-upped us again by having two sides in the final of the big cup.

Chelsea go head to head with Manchester United tomorrow night in Moscow, and as part of the build-up, Matt Smith introduces this football special.

It's the first all-English European cup final. Of course Manchester United have won the trophy twice before - in 1968 under Sir Matt Busby, and in 1999 under Sir Alex Ferguson. But this is Chelsea's first European cup final. Could they become the first club from London to win the trophy?

The World's Smallest Man And Me

Channel 4, 10.00pm

AFTER meeting the world's tallest woman last week, Mark Dolan heads for the complete opposite in terms of stature - with a short little fella.

He travels through Nepal, Taiwan and Inner Mongolia to find out more about the contenders for the title of World's Smallest Man.

Mark makes some astonishing discoveries and finds his own preconceptions challenged at every turn.

Later Live With Jools Holland

BBC Two, 10.00pm

THE old and the new collide in another awesome Jools tonight, with Paul Weller the main attraction as he performs selections from his brand-new double bum, 22 Dreams.

Martha Wainwright, who last appeared on the show accompanying Snow Patrol, is back to play tracks from her new album, I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too.

The brilliant Brazilian singer Seu Jorge is also in the studio to perform tunes from his current album, America Brasil.

San Demetrio, London

Channel 4, 12.30pm

STIRRING Second World War drama telling the true story of the crew of a crippled British merchant oil tanker as they make a desperate attempt to beat the odds and get back home safely.

Walter Fitzgerald, Ralph Michael and Mervyn Johns star in Charles Frend's satisfying film that did much to boost British morale at the time of its release.

Gracie's Choice

Five, 3.10pm

FACT-BASED drama starring Kristen Bell, Anne Heche, Diane Ladd and Shedrack Anderson.

A caring teenager vows to wrest custody of her brothers and sisters from their violent, alcoholic mother by legally adopting them, and concentrates on completing her education so she can obtain a well-paid job.


PAUL WELLER: BBC Two, 10.00pm; MARK DOLAN: Channel 4, 10.00pm; ANNE HECHE: Five, 3.10pm
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 20, 2008
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