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DOCUMENTARY HILLSBOROUGH: NEVER FORGOTTEN BBC2, 9pm APRIL 15 marks the first anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster since the independent review revealed the shocking cover-up and betrayal of the victims.

The Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Rev James Jones, who chaired the panel, describes this hour-long documentary as a film about the ninth commandment: Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness.

He explains why, when the people of Liverpool lost faith in the police and judiciary, it was right for the church to become involved. There are heartfelt pieces from family members of a handful of the 96 fans who lost their lives. And there's a disturbing account from a former special constable - forced to change her statement as it didn't tally with the false version police were fabricating.

The grief of relatives and their battle for the truth is the heart of this film. But they deserve something more hard-hitting than this programme, which is full of pauses yet oddly short on specifics.

SCOTT & BAILEY ITV1, 9pm SERIES two left viewers on tenterhooks as Rachel Bailey walked into a pub to be reunited with the mother she hadn't seen in years.

All we saw was the expression on Rachel's face and we've had to wait until tonight to find out the identity of her mum.

Well, I can tell you it's not her boss, DCI Gill Murray (Amelia Bullmore), as some fans have rather foolishly been hoping.

Apart from anything else, there's only a 14-year age gap between them. The actress who plays Rachel's mum is Tracie Bennett, but I'll let you discover what the character's like for yourself.

It was an unusual cliffhanger for a police procedural, but then Scott & Bailey is no ordinary cop show, written by - and starring - tough, cool, funny, clever, women.

When this show says "Cut to the chase," they mean the juicy gossip, not the high-speed pursuit.

Series three picks up eight months on from series two and the other big news is that Rachel married her mate Sean (Sean Maguire). They're still together, but for how much longer? Janet Scott (Lesley Sharp) is acting sergeant and still under the same roof as her husband while they await a divorce.

Even the suspects are brilliant and this series features Nicola Walker, who's been playing a detective herself in Prisoners' Wives. As the daughter of a dead woman, she's on the wrong side of the interviewing desk, being treated to one of Rachel Bailey's special grillings - and it's as harrowing as they come.

Even so, it's not all doom and gloom. Keep your eyes peeled for DCI Murray's whiteboard and the hilarious hand-drawn sketch of where the body was discovered.

COAST BBC2, 8pm THE eighth series of Coast follows the same re-booted format as the previous one, focussing each week on a different theme instead of a particular area.

This week it's Invasion - a handy catch-all term that can mean everything from Nazis to water voles. Oddest of all is Ruth Goodman in a floral summer frock, getting gushingly poetic about the Isle of Man's TT Races.

Her piece doesn't tell us anything new about the races apart from the fact they exist and that Ruth's silky, flirty, trying-too-hard voice-over voice is absolutely nothing like the one she uses for talking.

Also in tonight's programme Nicholas Crane is in Guernsey or, as he would say, "I'm! In! Guernsey!!" and Tessa Dunlop pretends to bring down a First World War zeppelin.

After seven series the format is in danger of running out of steam, but its enthusiasm for even the dullest subject remains heroic.

WE LOVE SOAPS EMMERDALE ITV1, 7pm WITH Gennie distraught about her ill mum, Nikhil comes up with what he thinks is the perfect solution to cheer her up - they should set their wedding date.

They had better make it soon if they want the mother of the bride to be there. Brenda has another of her funny turns tonight, giving Rodney and Bob a real fright.

CORONATION STREET ITV1, 7.30pm EVER since the night of the fire, we've been dreading the moment when Karl would sneak into Sunita's hospital ward and shut her up for ever so she can't reveal that he was the one who started it.

As her eyelids start to flicker open and she shows signs of coming out of her coma, Karl can't wait any longer. Having the death of one woman on his conscience evidently isn't enough for him.


HORROR J Fans try to escape the crush

COOL J Gill, Rachel and Janet

FLIRTY J Ruth in sidecar on Isle of Man

PLANS J Gennie, Nikhil and baby Molly

COMA Z Sunita
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 3, 2013

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