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TV review: Testing a buyer's mettle.


Wrong Car, Right Car (BBC2, 8.30pm) MOST consumer power programmes have hard-bitten presenters to front up the nasty faces of corporations.

Not this one.

Here buyers must steel themselves and do their own haggling with those terrifying individuals - car salesman.

Sometimes, as in last night's programme, you get nowhere. Even with constant advice from car gurus Jason Barlow and Dominic Littlewood, poser Vijay could not beat the sellers down on the Audi TT of his dreams.

Brum singer Vijay wanted to swap his Ford Mondeo for something with a bit more pulling power - and the pounds 26,000 TT with flame red leather seats caught his eye.

But it wasn't to be - despite Vijay's willingness to repeat verbatim that well-used line which normally works so well for Jase and Dom: ``Come on, what's your best offer?''

The expert pair know their Coupes from their Cortinas and, like Jeremy Clarkson, have all the loving lingo to worship cars.

But besides knowing a car's value all they really do is egg on compulsive buyers with some ready cash to push for a better deal.

Like a pair of cooped-up terriers they sit in the backseat outside, yapping excitedly when the salesman knocks another pounds 100 off the asking price.

It's not rocket science but their wild enthusiasm does make good television. The Commander (ITV, 9pm) THE concluding part of Lynda La Plante's thriller verged on the ridiculous.

Commander Clare Blake, played by stalwart Amanda Burton, got away with murder, even if the killer didn't.

Bedding the prime suspect is never a good idea for an ambitious female at the head of the Metropolitan police's murder review team.

Getting caught kissing convicted killer Lampton (Hugh Bonneville) at the funfair and being splashed across the tabloids is even worse.

La Plante may know the ins and outs of criminal activity, but she apparently knows nothing about basic patterns of human behaviour.

Apart from bent copper DCI Hedges - desperately trying to discredit Blake so she won't discover he murdered one of his informants - no character had a believable motive for their behaviour.

How could Burton's character find a creepy convicted murderer with a penchant for stalking attractive?

And even if she could, why would she risk her job for him after five minutes?

Despite hampering the murder enquiry and looking very foolish in front of her subordinates, Blake came out smelling of roses.

With a slap on the back from her bosses, and a hint she should not do such things again, Commander Blake went back to work.

Let's hope that doesn't mean there will be a sequel.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 18, 2003
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