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PICK OF THE BOX; Comedy across cultural divide.

COMEDY

Goodness Gracious Me (BBC 2, 9.00pm)

ONE of the funniest things on the box, this Beeb sketch show proves that anything Channel 4 can buy in from the States, we Brits can do just as well.

Meera Syal, Nina Wadia, Kulvinder Ghir and Sanjeev Bhaskar are some of the best comedians we have in this country and don't disappoint.

They manage to overturn racial stereotypes with humour and panache at every juncture.

Their uniquely Indian take on Britain's television favourites included the Delhi Tubbies last week.

This week it's Asian Children's BBC with Uncle Blobinda and the very, very funny Saving Private Ryan spoof, Not Saving Private Narayan.

All the regular characters make an appearance. Mr Check Please - a version of the Fast Show's I'll Get My Coat - is as unromantic as ever, while the very English Coopers, spelt Kapoors, discuss their love of pets.

There's also Mrs I Could Make It At Home For Nothing and Mr Everything Comes From India, who insists that Michaelangelo was the painter of the Sistine Tandoori.

CHAT

Parkinson (BBC1 Scotland 10.00pm; BBC1 England, 9.30pm)

LULU may be 51 years old, but she's having the time of her life - and she's never been in such demand.

As well as fronting Saturday Lottery show Red Alert, she's about to star in her first film in more than 30 years, Whatever Happened To Harold Smith?

And the icing on the cake is a blether with Parky. The king of chat will discuss her life, from her discovery aged just 15, to her first hit Shout, then that return to the charts with her Take That guest spot on Relight My Fire.

Lulu, never one to mince words, will probably offer words of advice to Parky's other guests, Vanessa Feltz and Rory Bremner.

AMERICAN

Frasier (Channel 4, 10.00pm)

A CHILL wind is whistling through the Seattle coffee shops in tonight's episode as the wicked witch of Cheers steps off her broomstick.

Who can I be talking about? None other than Lilith, the ex-wife of Frasier, whose skin is as white as a death mask.

She drops their son Frederick off for Thanksgiving and the unfortunate boy asks her to stay for dinner.

Poor Eddie's hackles raise as the sudden realisation dawns on him that there is a worse beast than he prowling through the artefact-laden Crane household.

Soon strange things happen - the heating goes up, Lilith's hair comes down and the lights are dimmed.

Wonderful, wonderful humour with a secondary storyline that sees Martin and Daphne arguing about the preparations for the traditional dinner. With Frasier around, surely they'll want ham.

QUIZ

Michael Barrymore's My Kind of Music (ITV, 8.00pm)

MORE pop star wannabes have their singing showcased and their pop memory put to the test as Michael Barrymore clowns around.

Karaoke siblings Sharon Nixon and brother Gary are one set of contestants. She sings while Gary reminisces about his second place in the 1997 final of Stars In Their Eyes when he appeared as REM frontman Michael Stipe.

That other diva Celine Dion will be given a run for her money when contestant Chloe Russell sings Misled.

The final singer opts for Katrina and The Waves' Walking On Sunshine. R&B band Fierce will be in the studio singing their cover of the Anita Baker classic, Sweet Love.
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Date:Mar 3, 2000
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