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Edition No. 161

Date:- 31 July 2004

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SWITCHED ON THIS WEEK:-
ALL THE BEST BITS ON UK TV 
Written by Caren Clark of TV & Satellite Week Magazine

For the week Saturday 31 July to Friday 6 August

1) My Olympic Dream, BBC3, Sunday, 7pm, With the Athens Olympics just around the corner, follow the journey of Radio One DJ Nemone Metaxas as she tries to achieve her ambition of representing Greece in the 400m. 

2) Liquid Assets:- Simon Cowell’s Millions, BBC3, Sunday, 8pm, Business associates and stars who have worked with Pop Idol judge Simon Cowell reveal how the music impresario has made a mint out of being Mr Nasty. 

3) Quest For King Arthur, History, Monday, 9pm,
As the big-budget movie starring Clive Owen and Keira Knightley hits the big screen, historians and 
archaeologists reveal the truth about the legendary king. 

4) Bad Girls, ITV1, Monday, 9pm, NEW SERIES
After taking an extended break for Euro 2004, the jailbirds of HMP Larkhall are back with a vengeance this week – and, as usual, the antics of the prison staff promise to be every bit as entertaining as those of the inmates.

5) Greatest SAS Missions Five Wednesday 7.30pm, NEW SERIES,  Ex-Special Forces Major Ken Hames demonstrates the elite regiment’s methods and remembers some of their finest hours. 

6) Soap, Paramount 2, Wednesday-Friday, 7.30pm, REPLAY,  Relive the unbelievable antics of the Tates and the Campbells with this re-run of the classic US sitcom which sent up American daytime soaps. 

7) When I’m 64, BBC2, Wednesday, 9pm, Alun Armstrong and Paul Freeman star in this one-off drama about an unlikely relationship between a retired teacher and an ex-football hooligan who are both approaching old age. Ex-EastEnders star Tamzin Outhwaite and Jason Flemyng co-star.

8) Peter Kay Live, Channel 4, Wednesday, 9.30pm, Fresh from the success of Phoenix Nights and his star turn in Corrie, the popular comic returns to his roots with a performance from the venue where he once worked as a steward. 

9) Kath & Kim, LivingTV, Thursday, 8.30pm, REPLAY, Another chance to catch the first series of the top Aussie comedy written by and starring Jane Turner and Gina Riley as the outrageous suburbanite mother and daughter. Noice! 

10) Big Brother Final, Channel 4, Friday, 8.30pm,
In the two months since BB5 began, viewers have witnessed orgies, punch-ups and rebellions, but which of this year’s troublesome housemates will be the last to leave the Big Brother house? 

VARIATIONS...
Peter Kay Live From the Manchester Evening News Arena S4C Wednesday 11.05pm, 

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Top Tips for Travelling With Tots.........!

GOING on a Family holiday? Well if yes, they aren't always plain sailing. Taking children out of their routine and heading off on holiday, whether it is in this country or abroad, can be stressful for both parents and children, according to Leapfrog Day Nurseries, one of the UK's leading childcare providers. 

Nursery Manager, Berny McHugh, from Leapfrog's Bromborough nursery, said:- "Taking small children on holiday does not have to be a nightmare for parents. Following a few simple travel tips will get your holiday off to a flying start and ensure that everyone will be heading home feeling relaxed and happy." 

Leapfrog Day Nurseries has put together some guidelines to make certain every member of the family has a memorable trip, for all the right reasons:

Be Prepared:- 
• Choose your destination with care. Some countries are more child-friendly than others. Make sure all the facilities you need are available on your arrival by notifying the travel company of any special requirements, such as a cot, well in advance.
• Check your baggage allowance. This will vary between airlines but your small child may not have an allowance. Some airlines will take a pushchair and nappies at no extra cost. 
• Plan your journey. If you are travelling by car, make sure you take plenty of rest breaks at places that are geared up for children. Stopping frequently will give little ones the chance to go to the toilet and run around to burn off some energy. 
• Make children comfortable by dressing them in loose clothing. Layering clothes allows children to adapt to a change in climate and can take them through both day and night.
• If a passenger feels carsick, stop for a break until the feeling passes. Travel sickness remedies can be bought from the pharmacy in advance and ginger biscuits help with nausea. 
• Long car journeys and airport delays will make children restless. Keep them occupied with plenty of travel games, books, music etc. Taking along a familiar toy gives children a sense of security when their surroundings are constantly changing.
• Avoid travelling too early or too late. Check out accommodation near to the airport. It may be more convenient to stay overnight before a flight, so everyone gets plenty of sleep.

Safety First:-
• Travel safe. Always check that child seats are fitted correctly - in your own vehicle and in hire cars. 
• Ensure your accommodation meets with the same safety standards you have in your home. Check door and window locks and electrical sockets and remove any objects that may be dangerous. If possible, book a ground floor room to avoid the dangers of balconies. 
• Remember to Slip on a t-shirt, Slap on a hat and Slop on sun cream regularly to avoid sunburn. Take plenty of high protection sun cream and keep children indoors during the hottest part of the day. Remember to keep a good supply of cooling drinks to hand to avoid dehydration.
• Dress children in distinctive hats or brightly coloured clothing so they are immediately identifiable on a crowded beach. Make them aware of their boundaries in unfamiliar places so they do not wander off.
• Teach your child the importance of playing safe in water and ensure they are familiar with water safety signs. Non-swimmers or less confident swimmers should wear buoyancy aids at all times in and around water.
• Ensure any toys bought in another country carry a registered safety mark.

Fun in the Sun:-
• When it comes to eating out, look for places where you can eat al fresco. This is usually more relaxing and gives children freedom to move around and make a bit more noise. 
• Holidays can often mean lack of routine, excitable children and late nights so try and fit in the occasional afternoon nap, for all the family.
• Keep children occupied by getting them more involved in the holiday. Give them postcards to write or hand them their very own fun-camera. Little ones will also enjoy picking up one or two basic words of the local language.
• Look into any children's clubs and babysitting services at your resort. These services give parents valuable free time to relax. Remember - it's your holiday too!

For further information and advice call Leapfrog and ask for Nursery Manager, Berny McHugh on Tel:- 0151 327 8073

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