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Trouble in store over evil empire; The Vice Monday, ITV, 9.00pm.

INSPECTOR Pat Chappel (Ken Stott) courts trouble when he uses his one- time protege Dougie (Marc Warren) to help him bring down a shadowy gambling and prostitution empire.

Having been kicked off the force when his dabbling in the world of the escort agency jeopardised one of the squad's investigations, Dougie is determined to get back into Chappel's good books.

Dougie desperately wants to get back on the team and at first he really doesn't cope with things at all. He badly wants to work with Chappel and has a real struggle dealing with reality.

Dougie mixes with seedy Soho types, pretending he is still in the vice squad. The turning point comes when he realises there are other people who could use his expertise and he moves to the other side of the law

When Chappel and Cheryl (Caroline Catz) go undercover at The Jupiter nightclub, it's Dougie who saves him from a beating when he's caught.

Dougie's going through the facade of wearing sharp suits, having money and a nice girlfriend. He plays a lot of cards and goes round intimidating people - a way for him to get back some sort of power.

But Dougie's two worlds collide when Chappel and his team walk in on Dougie's criminal activity. That is when he begins to play everyone off against each other.

But it all ends rather badly for Dougie, who comes to a sticky end.

Stan wants proposal


Thurdsay, BBC1, 9.30pm IT'S now February in the canteen-based sitcom, and Stan the handyman (Duncan Preston) is hoping for a proposal.

The girls, however, are busy. Bren (Victoria Wood) is being coached for her big TV chance, and Dolly (Thelma Barlow) is so upset by the new uniforms the staff have just received, that she may have to go and live in Cheshire.

Bren's mother Petula (Julie Walters) is fading fast, but Tony (Andrew Dunn) doesn't want anything to distract Bren on the most important day since they got together.

Celia Imrie stars as Philippa, the dinnerladies' scatty boss, and Annie Reid as Jean, in what is still the most watchable sitcom on television.

Shame dinnerladies writer, Victoria Wood, has declared this, the second series, the last, pointing out that less is more: "How many episodes did Fawlty Towers have? There were in fact only 12."
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jan 22, 2000
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