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Shaken not stirred; Dr No ITV, 8.30pm - 10.30pm.

BARRING a television adaptation of Casino Royale Dr No was the first opportunity fans of Ian Fleming's James Bond had to watch the intrepid superspy in action.

However, producers Harry Saltzman and Albert Broccoli wanted their movie to appeal to a wider audience than just Fleming's readers so they altered the 007 of the novels to better fit the screen.

Bond became more suave and witty, and less cold- blooded.

Nevertheless, the hero of Dr. No is still grittier than he would become by Goldfinger (released two years later), and bears little resemblance to the version of Bond essayed by Roger Moore beginning in 1973.

Sean Connery was not among Fleming's choices to play 007 (the author stated his preference to be David Niven).

That didn't stop the public from immediately embracing Connery, and, after just one movie in what was to become cinema's longest- running series, he was regarded as the definitive Bond. Today, even after four others have taken the role, stalwart Connery fans view George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, and Pierce Brosnan as impostors.

Story-wise, Dr. No isn't all that different from most of the other Bond plotlines.

While it may appear tame by the standards of the later productions, it's an entertaining look back in movie history at a project that developed into a worldwide phenomenon.(1962)

An animal's best friend The People's Vets

ITV, 8.00pm

BRITAIN'S largest veterinary charity gets an eight-week examination by ITV in this new series.

The PDSA (the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals) was founded in 1917 and this series charts the life of one of its busiest practices.

At New Cross Hospital in south east London, life and death cases come through the doors every day.

Every year, the centre treats around 40,000 animals owned by people running households on means-tested benefits, whcih means constant pressure for the team of dedicated vets and nurses who struggle to maintain a 24-hour emergency service.

The series not only provides an insight into the everyday dramas of a busy veterinary practice, but also captures the spirit of a community where animals play an important and often emotional part in people's lives.

Producer Nick Sherman, who has made Vets in Practice and Vets School for the BBC says the idea for the series which he likens to `animal ER' was born in October 1996 when Vets School's first programme featured vets being trained at the PDSA.

"This is vet care with a social conscience," Nick explains.

"There are other animal charities that are very well-known, but the PDSA, the biggest veterinary charity, is relatively hidden.

"I thought it deserved to be looked at more closely, to highlight the extraordinary work it does for people who don't have the money to get their pets treated by a private practice - people whose pets could otherwise be left untreated."

In one episode, vet Moira Aitken has to deal with family pet Kaiser, an epileptic dog that has been fitting for over an hour.

She knows he is in danger of suffering brain damage and could even die. In charge of the centre is senior vet Mary Cox, who has three children, two cats, two rabbits and a number of guinea pigs.

"The pets that we see are almost the most important thing a lot of our clients have and they play a huge role," she explains.

"This is particularly so in the London environment, where a lot of people are

in narrow living spaces, they don't have a lot of contact, day-to- day with their neighbours and these pets are often the only thing in the world they've got."

Most of the funding comes from legacies and the average client donation is 91pence.

With pet ownership on the increase, the centre's workload is growing rapidly - and Mary badly needs another vet.

And luckily enough, after a year working in Australia for the RSPCA, 26-year-old Mark Pinches is keen to join the PDSA.

Rough Justice BBC1, 10.30pm

IN March 1976, just two months after the conviction of the Birmingham Six, 26- year-old Martin O'Halloran, an illiterate Irish driver, was convicted of murdering wealthy Birmingham hairdresser Thomas Walker.

For 24 years he has protested his innocence. He has spent almost all of his adult life in prison, and his health is deteriorating rapidly after two strokes within the last year.

His story only came to light when his wife, Margaret, wrote to BBC1's Rough Justice last autumn, pleading with them to take up a case which had been forgotten.

Presented by Kirsty Wark, the programme uncovers new evidence which makes a mockery of Martin O'Halloran's conviction, and discovers that some evidence to dispute his conviction was available all along.

Rough Justice urges the Court of Appeal to look at the safety of his conviction before it is too late.

O'Halloran has always insisted he was in London on the night of the murder, but his co-defendant, Arthur Langford, claimed O'Halloran carried out the murder. Langford was sentenced to four years for manslaughter, after the judge described him as `O'Halloran's lap dog'. O'Halloran received life for murder. He then received a letter from Langford confessing to the crime and absolving him of all blame.

Young, Hot and Talented Ch5, 7pm

WHEN will I be famous is the question on the lips of the subjects of this six- part documentary series.

For the young talented wannabes, it's tough getting to the top of their respective professions.

In the first episode we meet Emma B and Ed Sanders, presenters of the satellite and cable game show Flying Start. They are managed by Ghislain Pascal, the man who made Caprice a household name.

Statuesque supermodel Emma's profile is already on the rise - she's done dozens of revealing photo shoots for magazines and is the Debenham's bra girl. As part of Ghislain's plan to lift Ed's profile, he takes him to a movie premiere - on Emma's supermodel arm.

Energize ITV, 4.40pm

IT'S a kids' show, but if you like your sports stars you're in for a treat.

Olympic medallist Jamie Baulch returns with more checking out of activities in his kids' sports show.

And this week, handsome Dutchman Dennis Bergkamp comes in and reveals how he made it to the top of the game, now Arsenal's top striker. He also gives tips and advice for aspiring young champions.

And he's not bad looking either, for all the mums that are watching this with the kids!

Jamie also meets Stephen `Moose' Bruce, who not only pays skater hockey for Great Britain, but coaches up-and-coming team the Redditch Rockets. He points out the essential skills required to get ahead, including balance, agility and excellent co-ordination.

What do ten million people of all ages do regularly in Britain? Whether it's for fun, lessons or competing, swimming is one of the country's most popular sports.

Lisa Chapman from Hastings Seagulls Swimming Club swims 24 miles a week and dreams of competing in the Olympics, so it's hardly surprising she is currently making waves on the swimming circuit. Oh what a bad pun.

At Wembley Stadium, contestants from Dulwich, Camborne and Whitton test their sporting knowledge in the Kick Off Quiz.
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