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Deadly deeds at the Beeb.

The BBC is bravely going ahead with a comedy drama about dark and deadly doings in its own corridors of power.

An all-star cast comes together this month to film In The Red, a three- parter with everything from a murder in the House of Commons to a car crashing into the foyer of Broadcasting House.

The series focuses on the Beeb's much-publicised in-fighting, with Richard Wilson as BBC Chairman and Stephen Fry as controller of Radio 2 - described as "a civilised man who would never dream of listening to his output".

Other stars include Warren Clarke as an old-style radio crime reporter, Alun Armstrong as his police chum and John Bird playing the Controller of Radio 4.

Siobhan Redmond, Richard Griffiths and This Life star Rachel Fielding all join in the fun - and John Sessions takes the biggest gamble of all.

He plays the man persuaded to make a new TV show - which turns out to be the most disastrous programme ever.

OK, so who came up with the brilliant idea of putting an "engaged" sign on toilet doors? Take a posthumous bow, Arthur Ashwell.

He is just one of the great minds featured in the BBC's new series of Local Heroes, with Adam Hart-Davis setting off to cycle his way around the country digging up unsung inventors and scientists of the past.

The eight-part series includes two specials for science week in mid-March, with this intrepid cyclist wheeling his way to Egypt and Italy to discover the very beginnings of science.

CHANNEL 4 is known for importing hit American sitcoms, but it has also been hard at work growing some of its own.

The latest to emerge from the C4 Sitcom Festival and be commissioned for a series is Slap! - Love, Lies and Lipstick, a seven-parter set in a Manchester store and the next-door bank.

A closet transvestite, a lovesick bank clerk, a sex siren and a downtrodden secretary make up the characters created by newcomer Tim Dynevor to brighten the nights in March.

The cast includes Camilla Power and Melanie Kilburn who starred alongside Margi Clarke in Making Out.

IF you still think a web-site is where the local arachnids hang out, then tune in to The Net, the BBC's low-down on all things digital.

The series will feature the world's first computer company `soap', with cameras following the progress of a new company as it gets to grips with new technology.

From the silicon chip to cyberspace, The Net will cover every aspect of the rapidly changing world of computers - with a special look at the Internet.

AFTER quitting Bergerac, actor John Nettles devoted himself to re-conquering the theatre and became one of the mainstays of the RSC and the National.

But now Nettles has gone back to the police in a big way.

After last year's successful pilot, Midsomer Murders returns for three feature-length films with Nettles starring as Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby.

Adapted from the award-winning work of Caroline Graham, the whodunits with a difference also features Daniel Casey as Nettles's side-kick.

Guest stars include Anna Massey, Una Stubbs, Joanna David, Michele Dotrice and Bernard Hepton.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Feb 14, 1998
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