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Castaway 2000 (BBC1, 9.30pm)

IN the last programme of the first series of BBC Scotland's docudrama, the 36 volunteers begin life on their deserted island.

During an intense couple of weeks on Taransay, they struggle against the elements to erect the futuristic sleeping pods that will be their homes for the next few months.

What they don't bargain for is the harsh Scottish weather, which causes them more than a few headaches. They have to take a good, hard look at their plans again.

The struggle is on to complete their homes as they brace themselves for some tough times.

But first, they must decide what they are going to take with them in their regulation packing case.

The big questions are - how will they fare without the rule of law and will the castaways get on with each other?


The X Files (BBC1, 10.50pm)

A SPECIAL feature-length episode of the sci-fi series takes FBI agent Mulder on a journey into the surreal. The US drama seems to be getting increasingly wacky, but die-hard fans will forgive it for anything.

In tonight's episode, Mulder's (David Duchovny) personality is accidentally transferred into the body of a government agent.

Mulder and Scully travel to the infamous Area 51 in the Nevada desert to receive proof of the government's experimentation with alien technology.

Before they can reach the rendezvous, they are stopped by officials who order them back.

But as they are arguing over their next step, a UFO flies overhead and the fallout is that Mulder gets a personality transplant.

The only way to reverse the process is to make time repeat itself.

After "that kiss" in last week's episode, watch out for a bedroom scene in the all-new Mulder's flat.


This Is Personal (ITV, 9.00pm)

THIS gripping drama based on the story of Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper, concentrates on the detective who pursued him for three futile years.

Alun Armstrong stars as West Yorkshire Assistant Chief Constable George Oldfield, who headed up an inquiry while under enormous pressure from the Press, politicians and public.

His quest was to find the killer who cast a shadow of fear over women in northern England.

This is a sympathetic portrayal of Oldfield, who was decent and committed, but whose tactics were flawed. His faith in the chilling "I'm Jack" hoax put the inquiry off track, with awful consequences.

Part two of the drama will be shown next Wednesday.


That Peter Kay Thing (Channel 4, 10.30pm)

STAND-UP comedian Peter Kay's spoof documentary series is in the tradition of Steve Coogan's I'm Alan Partridge and Chris Langham's People Like Us.

In the third of Peter's six-part series, he plays Mr Softy Top, a loud-mouthed ice-cream seller who despises children and keeps pornographic videos in his freezer instead of ice cream.

He has a rival, the new kid on the block, Signor Whippee. And so a battle is sparked in a scene inspired by Taxi Driver and Goodfellas.

Mr Softy Top arranges for the ultimate ice cream confrontation at the annual Bolton show.
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Fulton, Rick
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jan 26, 2000
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