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Edition No. 131

Date:- 26 December 2003

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by Katherine Hassell of TV and Satellite Week Magazine
For the week Saturday 27 December to Friday 2 January

1. The Return ITV1 Tuesday 9pm
In this compelling drama, Julie Walters is an alcoholic readjusting to life on the outside after spending a decade behind bars for the murder of her husband.

2. Carrie’s War BBC1 New Year’s Day 6pm
At Home with the Braithwaites star Keeley Fawcett is the eponymous evacuee in this adaptation of Nina Bawden’s children's classic. Pauline Quirke also features.

3. The Story of Absolutely Fabulous BBC1 Friday 9pm
Behind-the-scenes secrets of the Bolly-swigging best friends.

4. The Brides in the Bath ITV1 New Year’s Eve 9pm
Martin Kemp tries to get away with murder as George Joseph Smith, the real-life lady-killer who married for money, in this tale by Taggart creator Glenn Chandler.

5. Bruce Forsyth Night BBC2 New Year’s Day 9pm
Undergoing a renaissance after his stint at the helm of Have I Got News For You?, BBC2 dedicates an evening of programmes featuring the ever entertaining Brucie.

6. Fat Friends ITV1 New Year’s Day 9pm
Gaynor Faye, Alison Steadman and Lisa Riley continue to count the calories as Kay Mellor’s dieting drama returns.

7. Missing Believed Wiped BBC4 Monday 7pm
The Morecambe & Wise Show, The Likely Lads and Til Death Us Do Part are among the shows seen for the first time since their original transmission in this documentary detailing the search for missing episodes of comedy classics.

8. The Mayor of Casterbridge ITV1 Sunday 9pm and Monday 9pm. Ciaran Hinds is the farm worker who sells his wife and child in this dramatisation of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel. James Purefoy and Juliet Aubrey co-star.

9. Alec Guinness:-  A Class Act Biography Saturday 7pm  Arena:- Alec Guinness – A Secret Man BBC2 Monday 9pm  A double-bill of documentaries paying tribute to the actor whose career spanned fifty years and almost as many films – from Great Expectations to Star Wars.

10. The Story of Doctor Who BBC1 Tuesday 6.30pm
The what, why, when and where of Who.

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Editors Note for the end of 2003.

IT HAS been a very interesting year for us at Southport Reporter, with our 100th edition going out this year and the expansion of our news service with Mersey Reporter. We have talked to and interviewed film stars and pop stars in the US, Canada and in the UK for you and gained exclusive after exclusive. We have been flying high over Southport, Formby and Liverpool, not forgetting going under Liverpool as well. We are now the number one Internet based professional online news service for Merseyside and without your continued support, we could not go on. We are also now fully recognised as a newspaper, despite us being solely online.

We would like to thank Liverpool City Council for all their support this year and to the countless other organisations, from the RAF to the BBC and ITV, we thank you all.

Despite the odd set back, we have tried our best to help the community and bring you all the news and information about our fantastic region. We aim to do that again in 2004 and look forward to your, continued support.

Next year will be an even bigger challenge as we aim to bring you even more exclusives and more news.

Finally, we are sorry that some of the new services which were due to start have not begun yet. They were planned to be online for Christmas 2003, but due to a small technical problem, we have had to set them back. They will be online with all the new and the enhanced services by Easter 2004.

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