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Summer of the malcontents; PICK OF THE BOX.


God Save The Queen - The Soundtrack To The Summer of 1977

(BBC1, 11.15pm)

FANCY an antidote to the regal overkill of Jubilee weekend?

Well, take a trip down memory lane to the year when punk took on the establishment and won.

The Sex Pistols took the shine off the Queen's silver jubilee by going to No.1 with their less-than-reverent version of God Save The Queen.

The establishment responded by ignoring Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious et al and pretending that Rod Stewart's No.2 hit, I Don't Want To Talk About It, was really the chart-topper.

Tonight's documentary recalls the year that progressive rock was wearing thin and the nation's teenagers were looking for something completely different.

The soundtrack to that summer was headed by the Pistols' anthem, banned from TV and radio, but the likes of Bob Marley, Donna Summer and Fleetwood Mac were all ruling the airwaves, too.

Anyone growing up that year faced conflicting loyalties and lifestyle choices - all reflected in the music they followed, from punk to disco, prog rock to pop. As well as music, there were violent clashes on the street, the beginnings of Thatcherism, the rise of the National Front and anti-nuclear protests.

Recalling their part in that momentous year are John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten, David Soul, Richard Branson and Leo Sayer.


Guns And Roses

(BBC1, 7.55pm)

LAST year we watched as the women of Eleven Platoon fell in for training at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.

Tonight we catch up with them in this precursor to a new series about military life for the fairer sex.

The women have now completed their training and are about to find out what life is really like in the army.

Within months, they are deployed on various duties, but for all of them, the main problem they face seems to be the reactions of the men they are working alongside.



(BBC2, 9.00pm)

THE second episode of this superior drama sees bereaved mother Angela (the splendid Julie Walters) beginning a fight to get back the body of her murdered son.

She finds an unexpected ally in local Asian shopkeeper Akash Gupta (Om Puri), who believes his Hindi faith can help Angela in the grieving process.

The police, in the shape of investigating officer DCI Billie Dory (Imelda Staunton), are snowed under by several different murder inquiries and Chris' death is way down the list of priorities.

A distraught Angela is determined that her son will be given the dignity in life he didn't get in death.


Ally McBeal

(Channel 4, 11.05pm)

TERRESTRIAL viewers can catch up for the last time with mini-skirted moaning minnie Ally McBeal.

Axed by US TV bosses thanks to a slump in viewing figures, this series will be the last we see of Ally (Calista Flockhart) and the collection of oddbods and freaks that make up Fish, Cage & Co.

But while it may soon be gone, it won't be forgotten, especially as there is a galaxy of stars queuing up for guest appearances - look out for Dame Edna Everage and Christina Ricci among others.

In tonight's opening episode, it's a new year and Ally vows to make a fresh start and let nothing get in her way.

She doesn't realise that twitchy John Cage is under the illusion that she is in love with him.




(Sky One, 9.00pm)

IN the action drama series about double agent Sydney, her cover is almost blown during a mission.

Will learns the identity of one of his kidnappers and Sloane faces the toughest decision of his life.

With Jennifer Garner and Michael Vartan.



(E4, 10.00pm)

IN the last episode of the current series of the saucy comedy, Carrie is feeling very down now that Aidan has gone and Big is leaving New York.

She goes to visit Big for one last time, full of regrets.

Meanwhile, Miranda goes into labour and gives birth to a bouncing baby boy.



(UK Gold, 9.00pm)

FIREMAN Joe Waterman discovers that his wife is having an affair with a colleague in this crime drama.

After logging on to an Internet chatroom one evening, he makes contact with a mysterious man who offers to solve all his problems - with a gun.

However, the plan backfires when Joe suddenly finds himself prime suspect for the murders, with no proof that the man ever existed.

Steve McFadden took a break from EastEnders to star in this with Keith Allen.



(Discovery, 8.30pm)

MOVIE fans are licking their lips in anticipation of the new Spider-Man movie and, to whet their appetite, along comes this documentary.

It looks at some of the most popular comic-book characters, including Dan Dare and Dennis The Menace.

The programme also features a rare interview with the legendary Stan Lee, creator of the original Marvel comics.
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Title Annotation:Pick of the Box
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Date:Jun 5, 2002
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