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Gunners in shoot-out for glory; UEFA Cup Final BBC 1, 7.30pm.

AS the footballing season reaches its domestic climax, fans all over the country have the satisfaction of knowing that there are still some games worth watching.

And the UEFA Cup Final between Arsenal and Galatasaray in Copenhagen is one of them.

When Chelsea, Leeds and Manchester United plunged out of European competitions last month, Arsenal were left as the sole British representatives in European competitions. Ironically, both sides have benefited from the FIFA legislation permitting teams who fail to progress to the Champions League proper to a place in the UEFA Cup.

En route to the final, Arsene Wenger's Gunners overcame the might of French side Lens in the semi- finals, while the Turks knocked out David O'Leary's Leeds United over two highly- charged legs. Tragically, those games will be remembered as much for incident off the park as much as on it, when two Leeds fans were knifed to death in Turkey after clashes between the two sets of fans.

UEFA big-wigs will be going all out to ensure that there are no repeats of those tragic scenes, and fans will be urged to be on their best behaviour.

Arsenal start the game as favourites, but the Turks will be fired up to prove that they're capable of dealing with the pressure of being the first Turkish team to feature in a major European Cup Final. The Gunners will need no warning about how fierce the bite of the underdog can be, especially before a highly- charged sell-out crowd of 38,000.

But their limbs may well be weary after a gruelling season.

Arsenal haven't had much respite - with their final league match of the season coming just three days before this crucial clash.

Top striker Thierry Henry's fitness has been in question in recent weeks, but Wenger will have had a fair idea of his strongest line-up.

Manchester United showed how it was done last season when they won the Champions League in the last minutes of the match against Barcelona in one of the games of the decade. Here's hoping this game lives up to those lofty standards.

Location, Location, Location

Ch4, 8.30pm

BUYING a new home is a stressful business. Is the property a good investment? Will you discover that you've moved into noisy neighbour hell with no good schools for miles around?

Worry no longer, help is at hand - it's time to call in the experts. Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer are professional property hunters.

Their mission? To secure the best possible property for the most competitive price in one long weekend.

Each week Kirstie and Phil help an individual or family - who are desperate to move - through the murky world of agencies and viewings in a bid to find their perfect home.

In the first programme of this revealing new eight part series, Kirstie and Phil come to the aid of 28 year-old serial renter Kate Pybus who is worried that she's been left behind by the London property market.

Kate wants to live in central London to be close to work, but with a budget of pounds 100,000 Kirstie and Phil certainly seem to have their work cut out for them.


Ch4, 9.00pm

WHILE treating Eli (Matt Doherty), a 16-year-old auto accident victim, Cleo and Corday argue over the correct diagnosis.

Abby helps Lynn Parker (Kerri Lee Green), an exhausted mother of five, who turns out to be pregnant again and Abby suggests an abortion.

An overworked Kovac initially suspects his patient, Rick Simpson (Dan Lauria) suffers from an anxiety disorder, but tests reveal he has leukaemia.


Ch4, 10.30pm

ANTOINE DE CAUNES, that irrepressible Frenchman with the over-the-top accent, returns with another dish of Euro delicacies. Featured tonight are the usual mix of mad folks.

Up first is Turkey's first Internet superstud, Mahir, a report on Italy's men's movement - 100 per cent Macho, and the German army fetishists known as the Green Berets.

Also tonight, Sister Bendy meets an Austrian artist who paints with a bullwhip, (how that happens we just do not know) and Antoine swaps body parts with Dutch supermodel Rachel Terhorst. Ooh la la.

He may be an intensely annoying man, but Monsieur De Caunes has the last laugh every week - which other man do you know that looks like him has the opportunity to hang out with half- clad attractive women every week?

Not many we think.

Anyway, join in the fun, and have a right good laugh at the freaks and geeks that make Europe such an interesting place.
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Date:May 13, 2000
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