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Record tv; Oh boy! Not again.

Byline: Jane Simon; Brian McIver


HEARING the words "You have a healthy baby boy," would bring smiles to the faces of many expectant parents.

Not the women in this documentary, which, as the title suggests, is about parents who end up with almost a football team's worth of sons while desperately trying for a daughter.

Tell them their latest belly bump is concealing yet another boy and they'll burst into tears. One mumof-four compares her apparent inability to have girls to the emotional turmoil faced by those who can't have kids - a statement that will cut to the heart of anyone struggling to conceive. They apparently have a psychological condition called Gender Disappointment.

While some keep hammering away, so to speak, and hope for a baby girl, others try bizarre natural gender-swaying methods such as dietary supplements or lying on a certain side of the bed after sex! Some even fork out thousands for Pre-implantion Genetic Diagnosis, which is similar to IVF but only embryos of the preferred sex are implanted (it's banned in the UK).

It's an interesting programme, but for anybody facing an uphill battle to start a family, or for people who know someone in that situation, it's hard to sympathise with mums who have a household of kids, yet moan because none can wear a pretty pink dress.

Though one mum does look dangerously close to snapping and sticking her boys in frocks anyway.



IT'S a case of the tragic and the terrific for the show this week, as we look back at how 1971 affected Scottish football, and Rangers, in particular, as they went from the worst of times to the best of times.

The horrific Ibrox disaster saw 66 people lose their lives after a terrible accident in the stadium surrounds.

However, the club managed to rally themselves to great heights the following year, when they won the Cup Winners' Cup in Barcelona.

Rangers greats from the time, and down the years, reflect back on the horror and the glory in equal measure.



WHEN Girls Aloud launched in 2002, redhead Nicola Roberts spent half her life applying fake tan to look like her bronzed bandmates. Then in 2005 she came to her senses, realised the Tango'd look isn't all that and reverted to her natural skin tone. She's now "proud and pale" and on a mission to show sunbed worshippers the dangers of perma-tanning.

And she's filled those reclaimed fake tanning hours with backcombing her glorious tresses into bizarre modern versions of Maggie Thatcher's hair.

The very watchable Nicola meets various sunbed addicts with skin the colour of mahogany sideboards or oranges who either don't realise or don't care about the effect it could have on their health.

But if they watch Nicola see a skin cancer patient having a giant chunk of flesh removed from her chest they will. So if you have an orange friend, make them watch this.


EMMERDALE ITV1, 7pm, 8pm

THE snow finally arrived in Emmerdale this week. But even so, Shadrach has good reason to be alarmed when he realises that it's raining in his living room. And there's even more disturbing news for Mark's family - or families, I should say - when the police come calling again, having made a grisly discovery.

Has Natasha's secret been uncovered? As Faye tries to look on the bright side of things, Natasha attempts to shut her up with a rather extraordinary admission.


OH no! Lovely Dr Al is leaving! But he wants Roxy to go back to Cornwall with him.

"What about Amy?" she demands crossly, on the assumption that raising a small child above the East End's number one Murder Pub is far better for it than frolicking on a beach making sandcastles.

Meanwhile, Dotty may have stopped talking like a chimney sweep out of Mary Poppins but she's as wicked as ever - as Tiffany finds out tonight.

Luckily, Bianca's brother Billie returns to Albert Square just in time to be a hero.


IT'S Betty's 90th birthday and as she's immortalised in cake form, there's an unexpected wrinkle as an uninvited party pooper tries to rain on her parade.

February 6 - 12, 2010 Meanwhile, Peter is off to his alcohol support group thinking he's now cured. He reckons he's proved he can have just one drink and stop...

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THE BOYS ARE BACK Wendy Bowen and her family are featured in the show SUCCESS: John Greig with the Cup Winners' Cup SCARS Nic's imaginary skin damage LEAK Shadrach's problem
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Date:Feb 4, 2010
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