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Edition No. 139

Date:- 14 February 2004

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ALASTAIR Campbell, former Director of Communications for New Labour and official spokesperson for Tony Blair, will be answering questions from the public at The Bridgewater Hall on Tuesday 16 March.

Campbell resigned six months ago having played a pivotal role at the heart of the British political system. He acknowledged that it had been an enormous privilege to hold arguably the most prestigious communications role in the country, but said he wanted to move on and spend more time with his partner Fiona and their three children. He remains Prime Minister Tony Blair's close friend and confidante.

He will be fielding questions on the evening of the 16 February and is aware that the people of the North West have a range of issues relevant to them they may put to him. "I have always enjoyed the cut and thrust of political debate. I feel I have something to say about the state of modern politics and the state of modern media and I'm looking forward to discussing these ideas with the audience in Manchester," says Campbell.

In this "no holds barred" event, he will take questions directly from the audience following his 45 minute talk about his beliefs and motivations together with his experience of British politics from the inside.


NATIONAL Science Week 2004 in March is fast approaching, with science events for everyone across the UK. From the science of David Beckham in Yorkshire to a look at one of the world's oldest products of biotechnology in London and spaghetti tower-building in Scotland, hundreds of thousands of people of all ages will be taking part in over a thousand events. 

Here is just a selection of the many events on offer in the North West. To find out more, visit the National Science Week online program at

National Science Week is supported by the Office of Science and Technology.

Shape future disability policies

PEOPLE with disabilities are being encouraged to join the Trust’s Access Advisory Group to help shape future decisions regarding disability matters.

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust and the Community Health Council formed the Access Advisory Group three years ago to primarily advise on the implementation of disability policies.

The group - which consists of a cross-section of community representative including the blind, hearing impaired and disabled - meets up four times a year to discuss current disability issues and how best to tackle them.

Since the group started three years ago, it has helped to make many changes at the Trust to benefit people with disabilities.

Southport Photographic Club

ON Monday the 16 February. 'The 'F' Stops Here' by Roger Pinn ARPS. Roger comes from the Midlands and is a well known photographer specialising in natural history. The meeting is held at Emmanuel Church Hall, Southport, at 7:45pm.

Police issue E-Fit after indecent assault
MERSEYSIDE Detectives investigating an indecent assault, which took place on Saturday 24 January, in Upper Warwick Street, Toxteth, have issued an Efit of the man thought to be responsible for the assault.

At about 11.20am a woman in her 20s was walking along Upper Warwick Street, past the football pitches, near to the Royal Oak public house, when a maroon car stopped, and the driver got out and assaulted her. 

The offender is described as being an Asian male in his 30s, and about 5ft tall.

Anyone who has any information about the incident is urged to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Written by Caren Clark of TV and Satellite Week Magazine.
For the week Saturday 21 February to Friday 27 February

1. Ross Noble Unrealtime,
BBC2, Saturday, 11:15pm.  The wild-haired Geordie comedian brings his surreal stand-up act to the small screen in this special performance from London's Garrick Theatre.

2. The Ultimate Pop Star,
Channel 4, Sunday 9pm.  Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse reunite as Smashie and Nicey to present a run-down of the top-selling artists of the last 50 years. Featuring 
interviews with chart-toppers including Rod Stewart and Sir Cliff Richard.

3. There's Something About Miriam,
Sky One, Sunday, 9pm and 11pm, NEW SERIES.
The controversial dating reality show finally hits our screens as we see how long it takes for six potential suitors to discover what the 'something' is about South American model Miriam. 

4. Live From the Red Carpet Screen Actors Guild Awards E!
Sunday, 9pm, 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Living TV, Monday, 9pm, Award season is definitely upon us with Johnny Depp and Kiefer Sutherland among the nominees at the LA ceremony which recognises achievement in 
film and TV.

5. The Deputy, BBC1, Monday, 9pm,
Warren Clarke stars in this one-off drama as a fictional Deputy Prime Minister who is torn between his duties to his Birmingham constituency and the back-biting intrigue at Westminster. Jack Dee and Dervla Kirwan co-star.

6. Hustle, BBC1, Tuesday, 9pm, NEW SERIES,
Adrian Lester and Marc Warren head the cast of this new drama from the makers of Spooks, about a team of London-based con-artists who target the  rich and greedy. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.'s Robert Vaughan co-stars.

7. Tabloid Tales,
BBC1, Wednesday, 10:35pm, NEW SERIES, Piers Morgan returns with more revelations from the faces behind the 
headlines. First up is EastEnders' Shane Richie, whose highs and lows have been painstakingly followed by the tabloids.

8. The Carrot or the Stick?
Channel 4, Thursday, 9pm, NEW SERIES, What's the best means of motivation - strict discipline or gentle 
encouragement? Two teams of men are given very different training before going head to head in a series of Army exercises to test the two methods. 

9. ER,
E4, Thursday, 9:30pm. It's Thanksgiving but Romano, Cook County's rudest doctor, won't be getting his turkey dinner when a serious accident engulfs the hospital.

10. Nile,
BBC2, Friday, 9pm, NEW SERIES.
This three-part documentary series tells the story of one of the natural wonders of the world, beginning with a look at what life was like for the Ancient Egyptians who lived on the river's banks. 

Ross Noble Unrealtime BBC2 Scotland Saturday 11:50pm, Tabloid Tales BBC1 Northern Ireland Wednesday 11:05pm NEW SERIES 

The Impressionable Jon Culshaw,
ITV1, Wednesday, 10pm, NEW SERIES, The Dead Ringers star presents his own comedy show featuring some of his most popular impressions including Tony Blair and George Bush, as well as some surprising new voices. 

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