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PICK OF THE BOX; Gorgeous George crashes out.


ER (Channel 4, 9.00pm)

THE moment George Clooney fans have been dreading for weeks finally arrives as he bids his farewell to the medical drama - at least for now.

After five series of the popular American show, this will be a relatively low-key departure for Dr Doug Ross as he says goodbye to the emergency room.

There is almost enough action going on around him to swamp his own personal crisis, with injured children from a school bus crash being wheeled in for treatment.

And, after crashing his own car, he attempts to get the badly-hurt Jeanie help. Doug still faces charges for the death of a little boy in his care and while we never thought he would crumble, this looks like the end of the line for him.

But how will his lover Hathaway react to a decision that threatens to change both their lives? And how will Clooney fans cope without their weekly fix of gorgeous George?


The British Soap Awards (ITV, 8.00pm)

HIGHLIGHTS of the first British Soap awards, in honour of the six soaps that hook millions of viewers every night.

This Morning's Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan hosted last weekend's event, which saw a clash between the best and worst of Britain's most popular soaps.

Stars and soaps vied for accolades in 12 categories, including best actor, best actress, sexiest female and villain of the year.

Giants EastEnders and Coronation Street fought for the biggest award - Best British Soap.

And with Brookside's Gerard Kelly, the Street's Stephen Billington and EastEnders' Ross Kemp battling for most-convincing villain, the swords are definitely out.


Film 99 With Jonathan Ross (BBC1, 10.55pm)

THE funnyman and film buff unleashes his blend of humour and critical insight on the movie world as he firmly secures his place in the chair that used to belong to Barry Norman. Tonight, he talks to star Hugh Grant about his latest film, Notting Hill, which sheds a whole new light on the London district.

The spotlight will also be on Grant's co-star, Julia Roberts, who is out to win hearts in the movie by the creators of Four Weddings And A Funeral.

Also in the firing line is Lars Von Trier's controversial new film The Idiots. And there is news from the Cannes Film Festival, where stars and film-makers are peddling their wares.


Plastic Man (ITV, 9.00pm)

THE last in an excellent two-part drama starring John Thaw, the well-known face behind Kavanagh QC and Inspector Morse.

He plays Joe MacConnell, a consultant in plastic surgery who has been unfaithful for the first time in his marriage.

But while he agonises over what seems an enormous wrongdoing, he is about to face a personal tragedy that threatens to shatter his family life.

Sorcha Cusack, who plays the wronged wife, gives an impressive performance as a woman who must decide whether their marriage can survive the trauma.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 19, 1999
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