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ROMAN'S EMPIRE (BBC2, 9.30pm)

THIS new comedy follows the trials and tribulations of self-made millionaire Roman Pretty.

Aside from having plenty of dosh in the bank, he's also father to three rather stunning daughters.

Played by Sorted star Neil Dudgeon, the man at the centre of the action has a rule: when guys get romantically involved with his offspring, they become a member of the family and a pawn in his business empire - whether they like it or not.

And that's exactly what's happened to Leo (Mathew Horne), Jase (Chris O'Dowd) and Seb (Nicholas Burns).

The series kicks off with Leo trying to win back his girlfriend, Nikki (Montserrat Lombard), by outing the closeted Seb, while Jase's plans to escape from his wife, Jenny (Sarah Solemani), and their baby are thwarted.

Dudgeon, who played Harry in the BBC show about postmen, is perhaps best remembered for his recurring role as DI Duncan Warren in Messiah and his taxi driver appearance in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.

He's also popped up in The Street, Murder in Mind, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking and The Mrs Bradley Mysteries.

LIVE UEFA CUP FOOTBALL (ITV1 Central, 7.30pm)

TOTTENHAM Hotspur have looked at their best at White Hart Lane this season and they'll need to produce another quality performance as they welcome Sevilla for the second leg of their UEFA Cup quarter-final.

The visitors have been the surprise package in La Liga this term, challenging the likes of Barcelona and Valencia for the title, and they have much to thank Frederic Kanoute for.

The former Spurs and West Ham United striker has been a revelation in Spain and a return to one of his old clubs could be just the added incentive the enigmatic Mali international needs to produce his best.

Martin Jol's men enjoyed a bye to the last 16 and were comfortable winners over Sporting Braga to reach this stage, but this is by far their toughest assignment to date.

Cup competitions may have saved Spurs' season from being over at an early stage, but they will be mindful that their impressive progression in the Carling Cup and FA Cup ended in the respective semi-finals and quarter-finals, and they need to prove they have what it takes to win the really big games.

If they do, a place in the last four against either Bayer Leverkusen or Osasuna awaits.

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FAMILY FORTUNES... Neil Dudgeon, as a self-made millionaire, heads the cast of new comedy Roman's Empire.; EUROPEAN DREAM... Matt Smith presents coverage of Spurs' quarter-final tie.
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