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Take My Mother-In-Law ITV, 9.00 pm

SOMEBODY should well, isn't that the punchline to one of the oldest jokes? But that joke isn't funny anymore, especially if you're the son or daughter-in-law in this new series.

For this new fly-on-the-wall series, one family allows the mother-in-law to move in for a week. Her son or daughter leaves her in control of the home, the children and her daughter or son-in-law's life. First up are the Gardener family. Kevin and Kim have been together for 16 years. He's warned his wife that if she turns out like her mother Kathy, he's off.

Kathy moves in and sets rules that please no-one.

Fourteen Alone Channel 4, 9.00 pm

AS part of Channel 4's Adult At 14 season, 10 14-yearold boys and girls spend five days and nights together. Home is a house devoid of the usual trappings of teenage life no TV, video games, mobile phones or CD players were allowed.

Instead, they had to find other ways of entertaining themselves (not involving sex).

The teenagers have to cook and decide when they feel the time is right to sleep, eat, wash and go to bed. Following an experiment where 11-year-old boys and girls were given similar freedoms, it seems there's little difference in the behaviour of those two age groups the house still gets wrecked.

The Michael Jackson Story ITV, 10.30 pm

THIS is an entirely uncritical look at the life and times of the artist formerly known as Wacko.

For once, members of his own family are willing to be interviewed about Michael and his serious weirdness.

One is his sister La Toya, whose reputation for eccentricity almost rivals that of her little brother. His mother Katherine also contributes, as do singing legends Gladys Knight, Liza Minnelli (let's avoid theobvious fruitcake gags) and Smokey Robinson. Pete Waterman sticks in his tuppenceworth. For fans of Wacko's music, there's plenty of gyrating and squealing.

Tartan Shorts BBC2 Scotland, 9.50 pm

A NEW season of Tartan Shorts, BBC Scotland's award-winning short films, kicks off tonight. Thescheme has already launched several careers and regularly features some of the best-known names in acting from Alex Norton to Richard E Grant.

Tonight, Lorraine McIntosh takes a break from River City to appear in Wise Guys.

Schoolboys William, Michael and Bobby dream of living the lives of their wise guy American heroes. Soon they're in a world where ice cream vans are heisted and best friends shoot each other.

EastEnders BBC1, 7.30 pm

GREASE monkey Garry is beating off the women with a large spanner. Having bedded estranged missus Lynne and mother of his child Laura in quick succession, Garry now finds himself the object of lust from another Slater sister this time Belinda.

Must be something in the water.


FAMILY AFFAIR: The Gardener family star in Take My Mother-In-Law, ITV, 9.00 pm and The Michael Jackson Story is on ITV, 10.30 pm
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 18, 2003
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