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Keri wards off Sophie trouble; Holby City BBC1, 8.05pm.

THE shift from Thursday to Tuesday nights doesn't seem to have done this hospital drama any damage at all.

People still tune into the Beeb in their millions to watch the Casualty spin-off. ER is as popular as ever in the States, and Casualty has been on our screens - and right up there in the ratings charts - it seems, since time began. So, whatever it is about hospital dramas, it works.

In tonight's episode of Holby City, a busy evening lies ahead for the staff on the night shift.

Mr Meyer (George Irving) is not impressed when Alex Adams (Jeremey Sheffield) questions a tricky heart operation on a elderly war veteran.

Adams argues that Wing Commander Pearce is too old for the procedure and Meyer replies that they are surgeons, not managers, reminding him they are simply doing their jobs.

Meanwhile, Stan (Paul Shane) is upset to learn that the Wing Commander has no family or friends and vows to hold a lonely vigil at his bedside, to be there when he comes round from the operation.

Danny (Jeremy Edwards) thinks that Stan's just skiving off work and asks Julie to intervene but when they overhear Stan's words of encouragement to his unconscious patient, Danny relents.

As Julie tells him, for once, Stan really is doing his job and is caring for his patients.

Danny later takes a leaf out of Stan's book and makes a breakthrough with as silent patient from Kosovo. Alison (Federay Holmes) arrives at Holby experiencing complications after a lung transplant.

She's a patient with whom Alex Adams has formed a strong bond - too strong for the liking of Alison's husband, Chris (Adrian Rawlins).

Alison confides in Alex that, at times, she feels like she can't go on and believes she is a burden to her husband and young son, Oliver (Joel Pitts).

Over the course of the night, emotional tensions surface and Adams is forced to re-evaluate his priorities. Is he right to put career before family?

Over on Otter Ward, a little girl called Sophie (Lauren Hartley) is given a nurses uniform by her squabbling parents who leave her alone overnight.

But Keri's efforts to cheer Sophie up have potentially tragic consequences when Sophie performs a "ward round" of her own.

Boy Meets Girl

Ch4, 9.00pm

FOUR boys and four girls take up the ultimate challenge to be temporarily transformed into the opposite sex.

In this bold new television experiment, it means a complete physical makeover to see whether they can be convincing, developing a character for their new gender and persuading the judges they can take on the ultimate test of being convincing as the opposite sex in the outside world.

Each week, those who least convince the judges will be eliminated.

Steve, Pablo, Blaine and Stan will don high heels and padded bras and train to be women, while Lisa, Fiona, Helen and Reshma will train to walk, talk and behave like men.

But how will the girls feel once all traces of their femininity have been removed? Will the boys ever master a feminine walk? And how does adopting the opposite gender change your perception?

The gender guinea-pigs have many challenges to face. The guys have to get to grips with underwear, hide their genitals and choose a wardrobe.

While the men have had to add to their physical appearance, the girls have got to reshape their bodies. With their breasts bound, socks stuffed down their boxer shorts and all traces of makeup removed and replaced by stubble, shadow and sideburns, the girls feel insecure and not too sexy.

Holiday 2001

BBC1, 7.00pm

CRAIG DOYLE takes a long-haul flight to try a camper holiday around Australia's second city, Melbourne - a place of hidden charms and contradictions.

A leafy, bayside community on the "upside-down", brown Yarra River, it is cosmopolitan, suburban, cultivated, football-crazy, conservative and also a haven for the avant-garde.

Craig visits the Neighbours set, checks out a museum dedicated to all things Australian, gets up close and personal with some koalas, penguins and kangaroos and takes a ride in a hot-air balloon.

Scotsport Special: CIS Cup Semi Final - Kilmarnock v St Mirren

ITV, 7.30pm

KILMARNOCK and St Mirren take to the pitch at Hampden to see who will return to face either Celtic or Rangers in the final of the CIS Cup.

Tonight's semi-final clash, on paper, should end in a win for Bobby Williamson's Kilmarnock, but only fools would dismiss Tom Hendrie's St Mirren.

The Buddies aren't exactly setting the heather on fire in the league, but, well, this is a cup-tie. A game, so they say, like no other.

Will Killie keeper Gordon Marshall be able to keep St Mirren from putting the ball in his net?

Or will Mark Yardley or Sergei Baltacha be able to get the goal the Saints need?

Not if Ally McCoist wants to have another happy Hampden memory.

The sometime Kilmarnock striker might just pull one out of the bag in this match. If not, perhaps Paul Wright will come good.

Although Killie lost their third spot to Rangers recently, they've not done too badly, and a cup final is something they can relish.

Both sides will be eager to make tonight's clash count as they attempt to stop Celtic and Rangers taking home all the silverware this season.
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Date:Feb 3, 2001
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