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Byline: David Mark

SEVEN DWARVES TUESDAY, CHANNEL 4, 9PM BIG TIME CHANCE Dwarves are about to be very big news indeed. And we mean that in all sincerity.

The professional lives of so-called 'supporting artists' were pushed into the mainstream by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's sitcom Extras, and we're expecting the same to happen when their latest project, Life's Too Short, starring Harry Potter and Willow actor Warwick Davis, hits our screens sometime this year.

Before that happens, Channel 4 brings us this observational documentary about seven dwarf actors, focusing on their time living together and performing in a production of Snow White in Woking.

Over the years, appearing in pantomimes across the country has provided many people of restricted height with a welcome boost to their earnings, including Max, who is a telemarketer.

The first edition focuses on him, with Max revealing his dream is to give up his regular job to become a full-time actor. However, his twin sister, who doesn't share his condition, isn't sure that tackling roles that concentrate on his height is the right thing to do.

But Max loves his job, and as a panto veteran, takes some of his younger co-stars under his wing.

Expect to be moved by his story.

THREE @ THE FRINGE FRIDAY, BBC3, 10.30PM BEEB IN WINGS Not content with producing the best home-grown comedy shows on the box, the Beeb is now trying to muscle in on the Edinburgh Fringe.

Not that we're complaining really, because all that should mean is we're about to be treated to a very special, new, 90-minute show.

It's been dubbed anarchic by its makers and, seeing as viewers will be able to interact with those taking part via the internet, that description probably isn't too far wide of the mark.

There's also a host of backstage pictures, live chats with acts, a running commentary of the event via the BBC Three and Comedy blogs, and bespoke mini clips of all the action.

Lee Nelson, Russell Kane and Charlie Baker are the presenters.

16 RONNIE CORBETT'S COMEDY BRITAIN SATURDAY, STV, 9PM What a shame this short series ends this week, because we could have watched Ronnie Corbett chatting to the great and good of the comedy world forever.

Many of us grew up watching him in shows like The Frost Report or The Two Ronnies. He even inspired some of us to follow his comedy footsteps, including David Walliams who, in this episode, invites Ronnie to his mum Kathleen's house for tea.

Ronnie and David have something in common - they've both dressed as women on an alarming number of occasions, and Kathleen tells why her son doesn't mind donning a frock every now and then. Ronnie also meets Harry Hill, who shows him around his madcap prop store, before enjoying a round of golf with Rob Brydon (who does a mean impersonation of him), visiting a comedy club with Dara O'Briain, and on a ferry across the Mersey with Ken Dodd.

Then it's on to an emotional visit to Studio 8 at the BBC, where The Two Ronnies used to be filmed. "I can barely believe that 25 years have gone by since I last sat in this studio," says Ronnie. "It brings back lots of very happy memories and of course sad ones because Ronnie B's not here anymore.

"I count myself very lucky to have played some small part in the story of British comedy, and it's lovely to know that its future is in such safe hands."

SAFEBREAKERS MONDAY, SKY1, 8PM Think Crystal Maze crossed with Scrapheap Challenge, and you may get close to what this new eight-part game show is all about. d , hat Those in charge at Sky, however, see it rather differently.

Siobhan Mulholland, factual and features commissioning editor for Sky1, says: "It is a bold new series for us. We want to give our customers a unique watch and this show is that - it's clever, entertaining and very sitcom's P tdb energetic." Presented by Ben Shephard, each edition sees two teams attempting to build vehicles in a challenge that involves both engineering and construction problems.

These vehicles should be designed to help them reach a safe that is hidden in a seemingly inaccessible location. e And the first to do so wins pounds 5,000.


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So, Connect it a go - Conne it TRON: LEGACY FRIDAY, SKY MOVIES PREMIERE, 8PM A GUILTY PLEASURE These days, sequels to successful films come along more regularly than buses.

It feels as if the signal for a follow-up is the mere fact that the first movie has broken even at the box office, which means that by the time the DVD is released, we're already bracing ourselves for another trip to the multiplex.

But that wasn't the case in 1982 when the first Tron movie was released. It was a feast for the eyes, thanks to some amazing special effects and shots hand-coloured by technicians at a studio in Korea, and remains beloved by the thirty and fortysomethings who saw it at the cinema back then.

But no sequel was forthcoming - until last year. Now the children of its original audience can find out what all the fuss was about! And what's more, the hugely cool Jeff Bridges is back, reprising his role as computer genius Kevin Flynn. However, when the film begins, Kev has been missing for years, and it's up to his son, Sam, to track him down. To his surprise, he finds his old man is trapped in an entirely computergenerated world controlled by Kevin's evil twin - and it's up to Sam to save him.

Don't expect to have your brain taxed by the plot, but this is a real guilty pleasure - especially if you remember its predecessor.

predecessor. Bridge you wo stunn ver Gh 8PM thinking Bridges is as wonderful as would expect, and some stunning effects transform him into a younger version of himself. Garrett Hedlund plays his son, and House star Olivia Wilde also makes an appearance.

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Coverage of the arts usually means some stuffy historian exploring something dusty and old.

But Tabitha Jackson, Arts Commissioning Editor at Channel 4, has decided to take a more modern approach.

She says: "Street culture now occupies the cultural and commercial mainstream and is a presence in many people's lives. Arts television has not yet treated it with the curiosity and respect with which it treats other high arts."

Streetdance (Saturday 8pm, Sunday 9pm) focuses on teams taking part in street dance competition.

Graffiti Wars (Sunday 10.30pm) examines the creative tensions and conflicts within this controversial genre.

Concrete Circus (Monday 9pm) shows urban trial riders, skateboarders, and BMX riders, as well as a collaboration between a freerunner and a Parkouriste.

One Man Walking (Monday 10.30pm) features a fusion between different styles of street dancing, while The Antics Roadshow (Saturday 10.45pm) focuses on public pranksters. and Life of Rhyme (Sunday, 11.35pm) deals with the development of the British MC scene.

The highlight is Banksy-directed Exit Through the Gift Shop (Saturday 9pm).

ONLY CONNECT MONDAY, BBC4, 8.30PM While Channel 4's Street Summer season (see above) could be described as being at the cutting edge of the arts scene, Only Connect could not.

budget o presente clo The set looks as if it's been made on a of about pounds 2.50, and yet its designers still had enough change for a coffee. And presenter Victoria Coren could hardly be accused of setting trends. But before dismissing the show, take a closer look. Yes, it still appears cheap, but it's damned hard! We're guessing there aren't too many people tuning in who can guess what links a political column in the Mail on Sunday and a popular Beano character-butthat'swhattheteams takingpartinthefirstofanewseries will be expected to do.

thinpSct of in w the du for mea As for Coren, she hasn't been dubbedthethinkingman'scrumpet for nothing. She's sharp, witty and a mean professional poker player. So, if you've never tuned into Only Connect before, maybe you should give it a go - but only if your brain is in gear.

Conne it b 17 BUILDING ON AN OLD HIT A few years back Griff Rhys Jones fronted a series called Restoration, which set out to save some of Britain's fading architectural treasures.

It proved to be a surprise hit and viewers were surprised when the third series proved to be its last in 2006.

Now the format has been dusted down, given a little revamp and pushed out into the world once more.

Sadly, Griff is no longer at its helm. Stepping up to the plate in his place is Paul Martin, best known for presenting daytime favourite Flog It!

And this time there's no competition element, so unloved buildings won't be vying for a heap of cash from English Heritage.

Instead, Paul and his team of guest presenters - including Charley Boorman and Ann Widdecombe - will be highlighting a wide range of buildings, from our grandest stately homes to our crumbling industrial history.

"It's proper, classic Sunday night viewing," says Paul.

"There's something for everybody. It's not just the great stately homes, it can be industrial buildings, disappearing skills, the arts, trade. THE s, e GADGET "This is a history magazine programme with art, architecture and antiques." FRIDAY, We know what you're can this be back for it's about 30 seconds This should be an educational and eyeopening series. Well, we're baffled as its 21st season. Pollyanna Woodward, and COP A LOAD OF THIS Despite being suspended, Jack rescues prostitute Mairead and brings pimp Kerrigan to justice in this gripping final episode SINGLE-HANDED THURSDAY, STV, 9PM All good things must come to an end, so it's with a heavy heart that we say farewell to Single-Handed - hoping it won't be long before it's back on our screens.

Before tuning in for its first episode, we have to admit we were rather worried it was merely going to be Ireland's answer to Heartbeat, so were pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be far less cosy and more gritty than that.

It started life as a series for Irish TV channel RTE, but has found a devoted following on STV too. Exactly why that is is pretty clear - it features well-drawn characters, not stereotypical rural dwellers. It's surprisingly dark - it's not just those heavy west of Ireland skies that are full of doom.

Single-Handed isn't quite like any other drama around; instead, it most resembles those famous (and much-missed) Play for Today one-offs, in which it seemed almost every week a prodigal son returned to the place where he grew up, and discovered it wasn't quite as homely as it used to be.

Owen McDonnell, who plays the central character of Jack Driscoll, is well aware his alter ego isn't your average TV cop: "Jack is not perfect. He is deeply flawed, makes wrong decisions, falls for the wrong girls, doesn't drink to excess yet but could be driven to it.

"That's why the work is so important to him because it allows him to attempt to be the man he wants to be both personally and professionally."

Unfortunately, Jack's job is currently in jeopardy. Last week, he gave Brian (Matthew McNulty) a real beating. Now he's been suspended from the force - and fears his career may be over.

To make matters worse, Gemma (Simone Lahbib) leaves Jack.

But it's the fate of young prostitute Mairead (Charlie Murphy) that really hits hard.

When he's not around to help her make a statement against her pimp Kerrigan (Killian Scott), she tries to commit suicide. Upon her recovery, she ends up back in Kerrigan's clutches.

After a sleepless night, Jack realises regardless of whether he's police or not, he can still be a moral figure, one who can help people. Gemma supports him as he rescues Mairead - and finds a way to bring Kerrigan to justice.

This is a gripping finale to a series that never disappoints and always keeps us guessing.


SHEPHARD... Bold new series SEQUEL... Kevin Flynn is back - at last BRITAIN'S HIDDEN HERITAGE SUN, BBC1, 7PM NO HIDING PLACE... Clare Balding, Paul Martin and Charlie Luxton FINALE... Jack's fight with Brian sees Gemma walk out on him
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Date:Aug 13, 2011
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