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PICK OF THE BOX; Hospital life should be a tonic.


Life Support (BBC1, 9.30pm)

JUST when you thought you couldn't stomach another medical drama, BBC Scotland dream one up that stands head and shoulders above the rest.

Forget those unappetising trailers the BBC have filmed - they don't do this powerful drama any justice. It is a thoughtful, sexy and funny series set in a thoroughly modern Glasgow.

Starring Aisling O'Sullivan, Richard Wilson, Julie Graham and Stephen Moyer, it does more than scratch the surface of hospital life.

Aisling plays a medical ethicist brought out of the classroom and into the wards to help staff and patients make difficult life and death decisions.

An attractive, hard-headed Glaswegian, Katherine Doone gets up the nose of doctor Kamran Blake, who believes she only gets in the way.

Her reputation is put on the line straight away after a young man throws himself out of a window.

His severe injuries mean that he could spend the rest of his life on a life support machine, sparking a row over his right to die.


Walking On The Moon (Channel 4, 7.55pm)

AN evening of programmes celebrating the 30 years since man first set foot on the Moon.

Kicking off the space documentaries, Real Time Apollo joins the crew of Apollo 11 as they enter lunar orbit on the eve of their historic landing.

At 8pm, Day Return To Space explores the future of manned space flight and asks whether future generations will be taking holidays on Mars.

It looks at the new race to make space travel affordable, pitting NASA against the big aerospace corporations and a growing band of private entrepreneurs.

Finally, What Shall We Do With The Moon? at 9pm talks to the people who are working to make it possible for us to stay in a hotel on the Moon or tee off on a lunar golf course.

It asks whether the Moon is going to become a trading centre - the Hong Kong of the solar system.


Really Good Food (ITV, 8.30pm)

YET another cookery show, but this one claims it is different. Its aim is to encourage kitchen cowards out of the closet to cook sumptuous but simple fare.

In the new six-part series, presenter Mary Nightingale is joined by some of the UK's best-selling chef authors, including Gary Rhodes and Anthony Worrall-Thompson.

She turns up the heat on the experts whose glossy cookery books make their job look so easy.

And Mary insists: "It'll be real food, prepared in people's own kitchens - and I can promise there'll not be a sun-dried tomato or bottle of balsamic in sight."

Every week, two enthusiastic amateur cooks take the Cooking The Books challenge and try to recreate those perfectly-presented recipes in their own kitchens.


Monday Night Clive (ITV, 10.00pm)

THE wry-witted interrogator Clive James invites some more brave souls to venture into his world for 50 minutes of satire and chat.

Phantom Menace star Liam Neeson fights the urge to yawn while talking about the most-hyped movie of 1999.

By now, the big Irishman probably feels like he has fought one Star Wars too many, but he always makes a charming interviewee.
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Date:Jul 19, 1999
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