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Diana's Funeral - Five Years On, Five, 8.00pm

WE would normally expect a flood of documentaries and retrospectives in the coming days as the fifth anniversary of Diana's death approaches.

But the fact that the first anniversary of September 11 follows soon afterwards means the event may pass off with only the briefest of mentions.

However, Channel 5 - or Five - as it's now known - isn't letting the anniversary pass and it provides this documentary which looks at the events leading up to her death.

As well as examining the Paris car crash which killed Diana and Dodi Fayed, the documentary looks at the shift in attitudes towards the monarchy since then.

The programme combines footage and photography from the time with the observations and analysis of insiders and experts, including royal commentator Robert Lacey, Diana's biographer Andrew Morton and Mohammed Al- Fayed.

Viewers may watch and wonder at the mass hysteria which seemed to grip the nation.


The Bill, ITV, 8.00pm

THE revamped Bill has gone down the route of extreme violence, sexy shenanigans and big- name guest stars to change its fortunes. And it's certainly working, as its audience figures show.

Now it's looking to Cracker for a bit more inspiration.

Arriving at Sun Hill tonight is DS Samantha Dixon (Lisa Maxwell), who is more than just your average DS as Inspector Gina Gold points out.

DS Dixon is a trained criminal profiler, but more Clarice Starling than Fitz.

She quickly proves her skills when she has a chat with poor Reg Hollis, who is trying to recover from his kidnapping ordeal.

Meanwhile, maternal instincts kick in for Debbie McAllister when a woman complains that a neighbour is acting threateningly towards her and her baby.

And Sgt Gilmore's romantic hopes are high, but the object of his affection has other fish to fry.


Match Of The Day Live, BBC1, 8.00pm

CAN Manchester United overturn a shock 1-0 defeat from the first leg of their Champions League qualifier against unfancied Hungarians Zalaegerszeg?

The might of Sir Alex Ferguson's deposed English champions wasn't enough to get a result in Budapest.

But Fergie's men will be a different kettle of fish on home territory, Old Trafford's Theatre of Dreams being an intimidating arena. The game kicks off at 8.10pm.


When Pat Phoenix Met Tony Booth, Channel 4, 9.00pm

THE love affair between the sexy siren of Coronation Street and the Scouse git of Till Death Us Do Part caught the public imagination in the early Eighties.

Tonight's documentary recalls the extraordinary relationship between Pat Phoenix - Elsie Tanner in Corrie - and Tony Booth, father of Cherie and father- in-law of Tony Blair.

They had first met as repertory actors in the Fifties and began a brief affair that ended when he went to London.

And they were only reunited when recently-widowed Pat called Tony after he had been horrifically burned in a fire at his home.

Falling madly in love again, they seemed to have finally found happiness with each other, but as the documentary reveals, it would not last.

Pat was diagnosed with lung cancer, but determined to be Mrs Booth, she married Tony in her hospital bed. She died a week later and the streets of Manchester came to a standstill as thousands paid tribute to their Elsie.

Their story may be a familiar one, but the programme is a fantastic tribute to the legendary Pat Phoenix.
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Date:Aug 27, 2002
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