Wednesday TV

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Wednesday TV


FILM CHOICE

10 North Frederick

(Ch4, 9.30am - 11.30am)

A COMPLEX drama about a wealthy lawyer's aspirations and eventual failure. (1958)

The Battle of Austerlitz

(BBC2, 10.30am - 12.30pm)

DREARY historical drama enlivened by some good action scenes as Napoleon battles the Austro-Russian army. Director Abel Gance's second stab at putting Bonaparte on the big screen, the first being a celebrated 1927 silent epic. With Pierre Mondy and Orson Welles. (1960)

Golden Girl

(Ch4, 1.35pm - 3.30pm)

MITZI Gaynor belts out songs like Oh Dem Golden Slippers as she tours mining camps during the Civil War. Colourful but thoroughly routine musical biopic of Lotta Crabtree, who aimed to be a big star after that darned Civil War. (1951)

Joe Dancer - The Big Black Pill

(Ch5, 3.30pm - 5.20pm)

ROBERT Blake as undercover detective Joe Dancer, facing a murder charge. Strictly routine TV show. With JoBeth Williams. (1981)

Those Secrets

(Ch5, 9.00pm - 10.40pm)

FRAUGHT drama in which an artist and former prostitute is pushed over the edge when her husband confesses to an affair. Shortly after his confession she is visited by an old friend struggling to give up her life on the game. Still reeling from the betrayal, she decides to join her. But her new life is thrown into turmoil when she is badly beaten by a client and her friend dies in a drug-related incident. (1991)

Shining Through

(Grampian, Scottish, 10.30pm - 12.55am, Border, 10.40pm - 1.05am)

WAR department secretary Melanie Griffith volunteers for undercover duty in Germany, against the advice of her boss, Michael Douglas. Ambitious, expensive attempt to re-create an all-stops-out, old-fashioned melodrama, badly let down by a hokey script. With Liam Neeson, Joely Richardson and John Gielgud. (1992)

Volcano: Fire On The Mountain

(BBC1, 11.10pm - 12.35am)

GEOLOGIST Dan Cortese brings bad news to Angel Lakes ski resort - it's sitting on a not-so dormant volcano. No one believes him, of course. Especially not ex-girlfriend Cynthia Gibb. Telemovie mixes soap with disaster pic elements and comes up with watchable froth. Whatever, it got the jump on Dante's Peak which was the point. With Brian Kerwin. (1996)

The Cassandra Crossing

(BBC1, 12.35am - 2.40am)

A TERRORIST boards an intercontinental train carrying a deadly plague virus, which inevitably spreads. So the train is rerouted to a former concentration camp for quarantine purposes. Trouble is, there's rather a dodgy bridge en route. Melodrama aplenty in this laughable, tactless disaster movie. Unlucky stars Sophia Loren, Richard Harris, Ava Gardner and Burt Lancaster furrow their brows furiously as they mouth dialogue twice as deadly as the virus. Directed flashily and at a level of unvarying hysteria. (1977)

Strangers

(Border, 1.05am - 2.45am)

FATAL Attraction Australian-style when stockbroker James Healey begins an affair with a beautiful woman who turns out to have a few frightening neurotic tendencies, including a mania for homicide. Not exactly romantic and wholly unconvincing. With Melissa Docker and the aptly named Anne Looby. (1991)

The Power and the Glory

(Ch4, 4.30am - 5.45am)

THE unhappy story of railroad president Spencer Tracy, the rise and fall of a self-made man told in flashbacks. Written by Preston Sturges, who went on to make some of Hollywood's finest comedies. This melodrama, besides giving young Tracy the chance to act like an old man, might well have influenced Orson Welles when it came to structuring Citizen Kane eight years later. (1933)

Soapwatch:

Audrey Roberts (Sue Nicholls) leads the mourners at Alf Roberts's funeral in tonight's Coronation Street

CRITIC'S CHOICE

Fidel

Channel 4, 11.

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