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Cops are narked.

NARCOTIC cops get thrown off a big case but decide to continue with an `unofficial' investigation.

Frank Daly (Brian Dennehy) is the leader of a special narcotics unit of the LA Police Department.

During a routine bust, the elite squad stumble across a drug ring that appears to have links to high-ranking government officials.

Before Daly and his team get a chance to smash the ring, strings are pulled at City Hall, and they are taken off the case.

But Daly gets the core of the team to go after their superiors unofficially, and soon he and Gross (Joe Pantoliano), Rodriguez (Jeff Fahey) and Hojo (Bill Paxton) are busting small- time drug dealers to raise cash.

Because if they're going to take on the well-connected drug barons - led by the slimy Norringer (Guy Boyd) - they're going to need some serious guns.

During one of these unofficial operations, one of the squad gets taken out, which only serves to strengthen the resolve of the surviving three. Who gets bumped off? It's not that much of a surprise - when was the last time you saw Bill Paxton make it all the way through to the end credits? And no, Titanic doesn't count.

Okay, so you may think you've seen this movie before.

That's because Brian Dennehy plays pretty much the same character in every movie he's ever been in: a slightly beat-up cop who has no special qualities, just a desire to get the job done.

He's no Dirty Harry, he's just a Joe Schmo on the right side of justice, but the wrong side of the law.

Though there are a few shootouts and action sequences, it's really quite a cerebral film.

See if you can spot the parallels of corruption between the drugs case and the Iran-Contra affair.

Put together by respected British director John Mackenzie - who made classic gangster flick The Long Good Friday and worked with Robert Carlyle on the BBC Scotland mini- series Looking After Jo-Jo - Blue Heat is a taut and compelling showcase for Denney's everyman talent. (1990)

The Story Of Three Loves:

(Ch4, 9.30am - 11.50am)

A SOGGY chocolate box of a picture, a portmanteau romance with three transatlantic ocean liner passengers recalling love affairs tragic, whimsical and sweet. With James Mason, Leslie Caron, Kirk Douglas, Pier Angeli (1953) PP

From This Day Forward

(BBC2, 10.55am - 12.30pm)

MARK STEVENS faces unemployment in civvy street after the war and recalls his romancing of Joan Fontaine during the Depression. Sturdy drama of lingering impact. With Henry Morgan (1946) PPP

l Son Of Monte Cristo

(Ch4, 1.35pm - 3.30pm)

BEHIND the mask is Louis Hayward, waving his rapier at the military forces of Lichtenberg. Creaky swashbuckler with Joan Bennett, George Sanders, Montagu Love (1940) PP

Resting Place

(Ch5, 3.30pm - 5.20pm)

ARMY officer John Lithgow has trouble securing a burial plot for a black Vietnam War hero in an all-white Georgia cemetary. As the dead man's father, Morgan Freeman gives his customary excellent performance in a generally absorbing drama. With C.C.H. Pounder, Richard Bradford (1986) PPP

Doctor In Love

(BBC1, 12.20am - 1.55am)

THE gentle humour of the early Doctor comedies is replaced by sniggering smut, cheerily dispensed by Michael Craig and Leslie Phillips (1960)

The Gold And The Glory

(ITV, 2.00am - 3.15am)

TEENAGE brothers in sporting competition off Queensland's Golden Coast. Nice scenery, horrible music (1983) P

Inside story on the slammer Bad Girls

ITV, 9.00pm LAST summer, the first series of Carlton TV drama Bad Girls drew in an audience of around seven million.

It was the second highest rating drama across all channels for the whole year for 16 to 24- year-olds.

So, it was inevitable that a second series would be made.

Tonight we revisit Larkhall prison where most of the original characters greet us, with some new ones, including former Emmerdale bad girl Claire King (above) as a warden.

In tonight's episode G Wing is in turmoil. Wing Governor Helen Stewart (Simone Lahbib) hasn't returned from holiday and Senior Officer Jim Fenner (Jack Ellis) has been left in charge.

He's anticipating a promotion and suggests to his wife Marilyn (Kim Taylforth) they go out for a celebratory meal. She's not in the mood, having received an anonymous letter telling her her husband is having an affair with inmate Shell Dockley (Debra Stephenson).

If you didn't watch series one, then Shell, for your information, is a lifer who uses her sexuality to get exactly what she wants - and it really doesn't matter whether it's a man or a woman she sleeps with.

Senior Officer Sylvia Hollamby (Helen Fraser) is pleased to hear of Stewart's absence and hopes this will lead to tougher working practices. But she's not so pleased to hear that the alarm bell has gone off in the four- bed dorm. Zandra (Lara Cazalet) has gone into labour.

Zandra's boyfriend Robin (Gideon Turner) joins her in the final stages of delivery, but when complications set in for their new baby, Zandra has to admit that she is still an addict.

Jim denies all when Marilyn confronts him about the letters. No surprise there then.

Of course Helen returns and Nikki, resident lesbian, is delighted to hear this news. The fact that Helen has split up with her fianc is even better.

She fancies the governor, you see, and they have had a bit of a snog in the past.

Shell is not happy that Helen is back and she hates Nikki too so she starts planning her revenge

Well, why not? There's not a lot else to do in the slammer, is there?

Cutting Edge

Ch4, 9.00pm

"IF you've got a pretty girl and a footballer you've got a good story, if you've got a very pretty girl and two of the biggest names in world football then you've got a superb story."

This was Dave Paul's motivation for a story he ran in the Daily Star about Lisa Jensen.

Lisa had been working in a Newcastle pizza restaurant when in January 1999 she embarked on a secret affair with Ruud Gullit.

A few months later she met another famous football player, Paul Gascoigne.

Rumours of her relationship with Gazza soon brought the tabloid press to her doorstep.

"I didn't want to be in the papers, not in a million years," explains Lisa.

But following a front-page splash in the Daily Star, Lisa reluctantly decided to talk to the paper to set the records straight.

"I felt that I could either go away and hope that nothing would happen, running the risk that they would run whatever they wanted, fact or fiction, or I thought I could confirm what was true and have some sort of control."

The kiss and tell world can be very lucrative. Having now sold several stories to the newspapers, 21- year-old Emma Padfield from Bingley in West Yorkshire sold the juicy details of her relationship with footballer Lee Sharpe to the News of the World.

She said: "pounds 40,000 for four nights' work - that's easy money."

Trading Places

BBC1, 5.10pm

A BRAND new series of this popular show sees swaps between children with very different backgrounds, and follows them as they learn skills they never thought they'd need.

How will a group of Army cadets fare when they're forced to take ballet lessons?

Six Greater Manchester Army cadets bravely take their reputations in their hands when they attempt demi plies and pirouettes at the barre, while six pupils from the Arts Educational School in Tring, Hertfordshire, normally used to wearing tights and ballet shoes, don their combats and undergo the rigours of army life.

Teen Killers

Ch4, 10.00pm

"I FEEL like everyone is against me, but no-one ever makes fun of me, mainly because they think I'm a psycho. There is one kid above all others that I want to kill. I want nothing more than to put a hole in his head. The reason I don't? I hope that tomorrow will be better. As soon as my hope is gone, people die."

Nice boy. Not.

This is the story of Kip Kinkel, an isolated 15-year-old from Oregon who believed that his only option was to kill those he felt didn't understand him.

On May 21 1998, Kip, who had been suspended for possession of a stolen weapon, murdered his parents and then turned the gun on his schoolmates in the high school cafeteria, killing two and critically injuring eight.

Kip, now serving a 111-year prison sentence, came from a nurturing community and a loving family of two high school teachers - so why did he react so violently?

The first in a three-part series of films from the United States explores a growing terror - classroom shootings.

The Killer at Thurston High talks to Kip's sister Kristin, family friends and Thurston High teachers and classmates, to piece together the causes of a tragic affair.
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Date:Apr 1, 2000
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