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Showdown for Sin-dy

Eastenders: After what seems forever, Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) finally discovers that his missus Cindy (Michelle Collins, left) has been having a fling with shifty David Wicks. Will he fling her out? This episode should be very interesting.

BBC1, 7.30pm

TRAVEL

A good wine-up

The Travel Show: As the last show in this series is broadcast I'd like to repeat my willingness to be a guest roving reporter. I can follow in the footsteps of Emily Lloyd, who is off to California to sample the vineyards and local spas.

BBC2, 9pm

COMEDY

Reed all about it

The Freddie Starr Show: Madcap Freddie and wild man Oliver Reed ... that sounds like a recipe for disaster. But the producers go for broke in tonight's show when Ollie, right, is one of the comic's guests.

ITV, 8.30pm

FACTUAL

House call

Watchdog: Are we paying too much for our mortgages? The team reports on the findings of special research into some accounts.

BBC1, 7pm

FOOD

Taste test

The Food Chain: Another cookery show - but who's complaining? Jancis Robinson begins a three part examination of delicious nosh.

BBC2, 7.30pm

King Alf plays it for laughs

CORONATION STREET

LAST NIGHT'S VIEW

Regular Street watchers will remember when a black pudding competition stirred up an international row.

Last night it was the soap's prize pudding, Alf Roberts (Bryan Mosley) who was at the centre of what should develop into a hugely-amusing storyline.

Ba' faced Alf - who is fond of reminding us that he served two terms as mayor - is at his best when his ideas soar above his station.

Recently he dreamed of Coronation Street being re-named Alfred Roberts Street

That mischief-maker Norris Cole (Malcolm Hebden) is in at the thick of it, suggesting that, in Weatherfield terms at least, Alf might consider becoming Mr Milennium.

You could see our chubby friend's eyes light up as Norris cleverly dangled the notion that a knighthood might be the reward for unstinting work on the Milennium committee.

A wing and a prayer

MILLAR'S

CHOICE

BACK TO THE WILD

Patrick Robinson and his TV team discovered the truth of that showbiz warning about working with animals.

Just as they were preparing for a grand finale to the story of Ollie the barn owl, he gave them the bird.

After repairing Ollie's broken wing, the TV show was planning to film the bird's final release.

But Ollie wasn't willing to wait and he flew off to the wild before his scheduled big scene.

For this final visit to the West Hatch Wildlife Hospital in Somerset, Patrick Robinson sees the medics cope with another injured bird.

This time, it's a baby swan suffering from lead poisoning which stops breathing just as the vet has completed the operation.

Can the experts save the life of this struggling swan?

There's more drama when a family of fox cubs have to be released into the wild

The team have to find landowners who are willing to have the foxes set free on their property.

Top Film

Little Man Tate: Another example of the extraordinary talent of Jodie Foster. In this 1991 movie, she is the director and star. Jodie plays a single working- class mum who discovers that her seven-year-old son Fred is a genius. So she has to decide what is best for him. Should he stay with mum or attend a course for gifted kids? Adam Hann-Byrd is very effective as the youngster.

Channel 4, 10pm

It's murder on the beat

MURDER SQUAD

Fly-on-the-wall documentaries fascinate ... especially when they involve the police beat.

Tonight is the first of two hour-long special reports on the work of murder squad detectives.

Detective Superintendent Doug Harvey and Detective Sergeant Brian Fitzgerald are the coppers heading an investigation into a particularly nasty murder.

The case begins after the grisly discovery of a body in an abandoned van in Essex.

The police team's job is made more difficult because the body has been burned beyond recognition.

So they will have to call on forensic experts to help them piece together the mystery.

ITV, 9pm
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 5, 1996
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