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COMEDY

Alistair McGowan's Big Impression (BBC1, 8.30pm)

PREPARE to watch open-mouthed as Alistair McGowan and Ronni Ancona wickedly satirise the lives of the rich and famous.

This new series promises even more eerie impressions by the talented duo.

And added to their already impressive repertoire, that pretty much guarantees hilarious viewing for us.

McGowan brilliantly captures the likes of Richard Madeley - spookily so - and his Dot Cotton is better than the real thing.

But sidekick Ancona is just as talented and she proves it with superb impressions of Christine Hamilton and Helen Baxendale among others.

New targets for the duo include the cast of Friends, Anne Robinson and even more EastEnders characters,

In tonight's opening show, Ruby Wax comes face to face with Louis Theroux while Neil and Christine Hamilton take part in an experiment, and Nigella Lawson presents the provocatively titled Nigella Nibbles.

FACTUAL

Timewatch (BBC2, 9.00pm)

ON April 15, 1912, the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York with the loss of 1503 passengers and crew.

We've had numerous documentaries, books and even a blockbusting movie. So there's nothing new to add to the Titanic story, right? Wrong.

Tonight's Timewatch programme - provocatively subtitled Myths Of The Titanic - sets out to debunk some of those myths that immediately grew up in the aftermath of the tragedy.

The newspapers of the time were filled with tales of heroism and villainy, but with interviews of descendants of those on board and archive footage, Timewatch aims to set the record straight.

SITCOM

The Book Group (Channel 4, 9.30pm)

LAST week's opening episode of this comedy about an American setting up a book club in Glasgow was very promising.

Anne Dudek is the bossy Yank who hopes to meet interesting new people in a new city, but is appalled by the deadbeats who turn up at her club.

Tonight, Dirka, the bored Swedish footballer's wife, hosts the group and chooses a New Age favourite to discuss.

But some members take the book's message too far - namely, Fist, another footballer's wife, who walks out on her husband.

There's more comedy to follow in Frasier at 10.00pm when the Seattle shrink is set up on three dates by Niles, Roz and Martin.

The West Wing's Allison Janney guest stars as one of the dates, none of whom comes up to Frasier's impossibly high standards.

SOAP

EastEnders (BBC1, 8.00pm)

WILL they or won't they? Did she or didn't she? Those are the questions as the jury retires in the attempted murder trial of Little Mo.

All week, Little Mo's bottom lip has been quivering like a lump of jelly on a plate.

Now, as the jury disappears to consider their verdict, the Slaters are wondering whether their courtroom antics have helped or hindered their sister.

The first half of tonight's episode concentrates on the jury's deliberations and it's clear who has been convinced by Mo and who has been swayed by nasty Trevor's nice-guy act in the witness box.

Various endings have been filmed and only a select handful of people know which will be broadcast tonight.

Whether Mo gets off or not, we know Trevor (Alex Ferns) is going to be around for a while - well, the Beeb has just renewed his contract.

So chances are Mo goes free, then Trevor returns to the Square to continue terrorising her.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 19, 2002
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