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injured ring lilming Harrison Ford, star of blockbuster movie 'The Fugitive, currently showing at the Cannon cinema, has told The Event how he was injured during the making of the film. He was running towards the camera during filming of the trailer and tore the 'arterial cruciate ligament' in his right

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story of pop singer, Tina Turner: 'Tina: What's Love Got To Do With lt'.The idea for the movie ha!' ru."'" in the pipeline since 1: ~ has only just been m~Touchstone Pictures . The film is previewed on page 10.

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But he said that time restraints meant he was unable to have it treated: "There wasn 't opportunity to stop, there just wasn't time," he said. Instead Ford was only able to put an ice-pack on the leg and had to carry on filming. •Read our full interview, plus a review of the film, on page 9.

•Ex-campaigner for the setting up of the Waterfront venue in Norcult DJ John Peel, has stated that he plans to stay at , despite the introducto rid the station of

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seem prepared to put up with my great age and lack .• beauty,' added Peel, who also said he will go on playing kind of music until he just doesn't enjoy it anymore. attributes the changes at Radio One to the fact that the station is listeners to local, commercial stations. are trying to make the station more contemporary,' he said. St A

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•The Chinese State Circus comes to Earl ham Park in Norwich on September 30, and runs until October 17. Described as being ' the closest it can get to being the greatest show', the circus involves more than fifty Chinese artistes and musicians. See our full report on page 17.

Secret council document reveals Waterfront plans A CONFIDENTIAL council document obtained by The Event late last week gives extensive details of UEA's Student Union's plans to reopen defunct City music venue, The Waterfront. We can exclusively reveal that the report to the council's Leisure and Community Services Committee also recommends "further negotiaions with the Student's Union ... and to ask Finance Committee to take appropriate action to facilitate any accommodation reached." The Union's interest in opening the King Street venue on a trial basis was confirmed by their spokeswoman, Jacqui Mackay. "llle Student Union are currently in negotiation with the

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LSy Nia/1 HamptonJ City Council concerning plans to re-open the Waterfront initially for a tr'ial period, preferably of 6 months", she said. The Council's objectives in reopening The Waterfront recommends pursuing "a partnership with an organisation, preferably based locally, with a track record In providing live music, with policies and objectives similar to our own and who would try to deliver, with us, a dedicated music venue with an emphasis on live music, young people and a safe and positive atmosphere." While searching for a possible partner in the venture, an

•Many thanks for picking up the first copy of The Event, a brand new Entertainment and Leisure Guide dedicated to Norwich. There hasn't been a guide to City events and entertainments for some years now - but hopefully we can change that! The Event is written and produced entirely in Norwich by an independent company, not linked to any venue or other organisation. In preparing the paper we have tried to include as wide a selection of material as we could, which should reflect everything of interest

approach by Nottingham's Rock City to manage The Waterfront was turned down on the grounds that Its preference for rock music appeared to "include sexist elements." In the Student Union, the Council claim to have found a possible partner whose "equal opportunities policy is very similar to our own." The Council intends to develop a business plan for the trial period based on historical information from The Waterfront and on advice from the Cambridge Junction, another leading East Anglian music venue. But John Cargill of Frontline FM , which broadcast from the

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happening in the City, but if we have missed anything please write and tell us. We welcome all comments (and critisism!) and will try to reflect the opinions you come up with in the future content of the paper. In the meantime, read the following pages, and don 't forget to get your copy of the next issue, out on Wednesday October 13 (it's available from all newsagents, and if it isn't in your local shop then ask them to order it). Thanks again, now sit back and enjoy the remaining twenty six pages ...

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Nick Rayns , Entertainments Manager in the Student Union at UEA recently announced the venue's gig line-up for the Autumn. Fifteen 'main' bands are due to take the stage in tweci1 Friday Oc-' Wednesday De many others play~& ..., the various concerts. Hip-hop/rock/reggae influenced band Fishbone (October 16) is considered to be a fairly large scoop, since support comes from Bad Brains and The Goats, two of the most talked about bands to have come out of America recently. Other big acts include Scottish indie-popsters Teenage Fanclub, Boston grunge-band The Lemonheads and Irish industrial rockers, Therapy? But perhaps the biggest act of the term is Mancunian band James, who return to UEA almost exactly two years after they were last due to play at the venue. A lot of people were left disappointed on the night, when lead singer Tim Booth had to pull out

due to throat trouble. Support for the gig, on Sunday December 12, comes from acclaimed band Radiohead , who are currently managing to sell out venues on their own, particularly since the release of their debut album , 'Pablo Honey' and the re-release in September of the 'Creep' single. •At the time of The Event's going to press on Tuesday morning, further acts for the Autumn remained unconfirmed. They are understood to include the Icelandic ex-Sugarcubes singer, Bjork, and the enduring ex-Smith, Morrisey.

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Jacqui Mackay from the Student Union equipment from them when a long term arrangement is entered into. Negotiations are due to take place between the two parties regarding the length of the trial. The Council favours a 12 month period, but the Union would prefer a shorter term of six months. Whilst they agree that further negotiations are necessary in this area, the Council seems willing to compromise, recommending a nine month trial if a three month period is successful. A major difference between

the proposed running by the Union and the previous managers concerns the arrangements for the venue's function during the day. The Council admits that the former daytime cafe/bar service would "effectively be lost" as they are aware how problematic it would be to operate this. The Students Union has a proven track record in bringing quality live music to Norwich. Its campus based concert hall, the LCR, is arguably East Anglia's top music venue. This is recognised by the Council, who have "no doubt as to their proficiency" and their "range of transferable skills." Said Jacqui Mackay, "We are very positive and excited about the prospect and will be informing students as soon as possible regarding further developments. Our involvement follows a mandate given to the Union by students last term." •The Waterfront opened in October 1990 following a five year campaign to provide Norwich with a much-needed music venue . The initiative attracted widespread support, including

that of cult Radio 1 DJ , John Peel. The City Council responded by fitting out a disused warehouse , and the scheme was also awarded separate Government grants. UEA's Drama Department injected £90,000 into the venture in return for performance space in the upstairs Studio. Success for the new venue came quickly; in Ap ril 1992 it hosted the prestigious Sound City music festival , the first event of its kind, and was voted one of the ten best venues in the country for two years running in weekly music paper, the New Musical Express. Waterfront statistics showed that 1,000 bands and 200,000 customers had passed through the venue's doors during the time it was open . But in January of this year the Waterfront Trading Company went into liquidation with debts of more than £360,000, forcing the Council to withdraw its financial support. Many of the fixtures and fittings were removed were then removed.

Jim·s swinging Doors People will need to look twice when soundalike band, The Australian Australian Doors is to try and Doors, play Norwich. Amanda Cresswe// lights the fire capture the authenticity and

Australian Doors PREVIEW Is Elvis alive? No... but you might not be far wrong if you think Jim Morrison is. The 'Australian Doors' are just one of the many 'tribute' bands that have become so popular recently, and they're back playing for the third year running in UEA's LCR on October 13. To resurrect such a legendary band like 'The Doors' seems ludicrous. In fact, such an attempt would be. But this is not the aim of The Australian Doors, for the band know they cannot replace the originals. Instead this is more of a tribute, a homage to one of the greatest bands ever to step out of the US. As true fans of The Doors, the aim of the

sense of perspective of the originals. They cover classics like 'Love Her Madly', 'Light My Fire', 'People Are Strange', and the more obscure numbers such as 'The End', together with snatches of Jim Morrison's poetry. They are successful because of their similarity to the original band. They even go as far as using genuine Sixties lighting and liquid oil projections. Robert Reed, the band's manager, explains: 'lt keeps music alive, takes the audience back and creates an atmosphere. We are living in a post modem age. it is easier for people to look back in time.' So why sit at home with a CD when you can 'see it live'? Don't miss the ceremony, irs about to begin ... • Tickets cost £8 adv, and are available from UEA and the usual outlets.

DLong time local favourites 'Republic' bring their new, heavier sound to the Wilde Club on Wednesday, September 29. In the past they have supported the likes of 'Mudhoney' and the 'Buzzcocks', but now are headlining at the Norwich Arts Centre with 'The Extension Leads', 'Pushkins' and 'The Love Less' providing the support. They should be well worth a peek. •Tickets are priced at £2 .50 advance and £3.00 on the door.

'The Drop Nineteens' return to the Wilde Club on Monday 4th October after playing a great set there in 1992. They are over here from the States with a new line-up to promote a new LP " National Comb" to follow up last year's most excellent indie hit "Delawere". 'The Pineapples' provide the main support and feature an ex-member of the 'Lemonheads' and 'Biake Babies'. (Hopefully without the usual hoards of screaming Evan Dando fans who have got lost on the way). American band ' Antenna' and localact'NFL' open what looks to be a good night in the true Wilde Club tradition. •A bargain at £3.50, or . £4.00 for those who cannot get themselves organised in advance. Angels Davies

'The Buttermountain Boys' have been described as the 'Sex Pistols of Folk', and began in 1987 purely as a folk band. Since then they have sought to widen their audience by introducing rock songs such as 'The Big Way' -but they've retained their Cajun tag -which they demonstrated at the Arts Centre to an enthusiastic audience of more than 200 people. During songs such as 'Walking Shoes' and 'lt's A Good World' the crowd - made up of a surprisingly wide variety of people - danced and cheered. Influenced by bands such as 'The Levellers', 'The Wonderstuff', and 'The Spin Doctors', the Buttermountain Boys are also extremely popular in Europe, playing for audiences as large as 110,000 in Holland. ~ Their main philosophy is not difficult to determine. ....._ Like The Wonderstuff, there's no hidden meaning behind the songs, it's all about having fun. They are energetic and their music is fast and entertaining. They're also ambitious: their aim is to release more al~~.' such as the current one 'lt's A Good World', and to pro:enjoyment. I've not seen a band or an audience have so much fun in ages. Amanda Cresswe/1

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REVIEW •Wilde Club, Norwich Arts Centre. Monday, September 13. Tonight's gig started a lad late with Still Spin getting only a five minutes sound check and Fur none at all. Why? Because Stereolab were late and then proceeded to sound check for one and a half hours .... great to know they have such a respect for others. 'Nuff said . Still Spin tried , but to me failed , to make any impression other than to wait for the next band to commence. Fur seem to be getting their act together to form a good little swirly guitar band with an interesting and effective use of, surprisingly, a cello. They've just signed to Che, former home of The Tindersticks and current dwelling of Animals That Swim , so putting another string in Norwich's musical bow. Codiac were the best band tonight - no contest. A good aggressive, but stern live band, sort of a hybrid of Big Black and The Melvins. This enjoyable power trio seem to impress most of the people in attendance and hooe to get some studio recordings out soon. Stereolab were disappointing, these arty types were obviously more into themselves than anyone else, except for the bobbed keyboard player who looked as bored as I became. Their new album got favourable reviews, but their live act seemed to lack any edge that travelling support Codiac obviously had. A downer on the evening when the expectations of this 3 years

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Catherine Wheel PREVIEW

Schools Band Final REVIEW •Peppermint Park. Sunday, September 19. There's not many nightclubs you can go to where children as young as nine wander around with their forty-something parents who are, in tu m, mixing with a hoard of teenagers. But that was the case when the Schools' Band Competition Final hit Peppermint Park. After more than eight months, the competition which began at the now .t Waterfront venue was reaching 11<... and mum and dad had come along with baby brother to watch their other sibling(s) perform to the 200-plus crowd. But they were in for a good entertainment from what must be the most talented group musicians in Norfolk, most of whom were still at school when the competition originally began. IJinfluentlal folk musician Chrlsty Moore plays at the Theatre Royal on Sunday, October 10. Hailed by The Pogues, Billy Bragg and Bono (U2) as one of the most talented folk performers of his time, he Is considered responsible for the recent resurgence of Interest In folk music, with his first solo album "Prosperous" thought of as the most Influential recording to come out of Ireland. Born In Newbrldge, twenty-five miles • Dublin, Chrlsty's love of sparked off by his mother, Nancy. This Interest was developed by contact with local exponents of traditional music. His first step towards International came In the 60's when he duo called 'The Rakes of . In the 70's he became the founder of 'Pianxty' and 'Moving Hearts'. His career has developed from there. In recent months Chrlsty has toured Australia, headlined festivals In Cambridge, Glastonbury and Tramore. Don't miss him at the Theatre Royal.

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Above: Single minded - Winning band, Undermind's lead singer, Chris Goom, In action Having battled through various heats and the semi-finals, here were the remaining six bands, all out to win the prize of a day's free recording at Purple Rain studios in Great Yarmouth, plus six hours free rehearsal time at Norwich's own Noisebox studios. First up with their obligatory 20-minute set was '7 Day Wanda', whose taste in music was great, although their 'Adam and the Ants' -style stage gear left something to be desired. Next came the bizarrely-titled 'Captain Meat and the Cosmic Jug Band' (ex-Landslide), who dedicated their performance "to the Yarmouth Mercury, for giving us the worst f***ing write up in the whole world." What exactly the Mercury was on that night I still have to work out, for this band were stunning, and the frenetic performance from their lead singer, complete with tambourine and maracas, made the set. Okay, so their music was a bit sameish after a while, but these bands are young and have plenty of time to develop musically. Six-piece, PLC, came next, and actually went on to win the runners-up award. Again, great entertainers and a very tight performance, worthy of bands far older and far more experienced. The audience loved it too, surging forward to the front of Peppermint Park's small stage and even doing the odd bit of stage-diving. Rttvolvlng Jones followed on from PLC. This was a band I had been looking forward to all night, since I had last heard them at a semi-final, as one of the four judges, and hadn't been able to

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AFTER a sell-out tour of America, Norfolk boys 'Catherine Wheel' are ending their present UK tour with an appearance at our very own Peppermint Park on Sunday October 3. Showcasing their recently released second album 'Chrome', and promoting a new single 'Show Me Mary', released this month, Catherine Wheel return to prove that their own brand of indie-guitar pop is a step in the right direction. Especially important for the band is to disprove their earlier connections to the whole shoe-gazing scene, from which they were unjustly hidden from a greater potential audience. Although they hail from Lowestoft and have nothing to do with the pub of the same name in St Augustines Street, Catherine Wheel have their roots firmly in Norwich. Having played at the Wilde Club nights at the Arts Centre and other local venues, the band became an early signing to the now defunct Wilde Club label (those Wilde boys don't give up though, and have

recently formed Jawbone Records). Two years on and Catherine Wheel are probably the most successful Norfolk indie band, creating, it has been said, the 'authentic east coast sound'. Their first LP 'Ferment' was well received early last year by the music press and even crept into the Top 30. But the Ride and Chapterhouse comparisons held them back even though their music was less bland having a greater depth with a stiffer edge instead of swirl-induced guitar sounds. Some did believe them to be one of the best Creation bands not actually on Creation, and one hack thought, "They'd got the whole damned noise/ pop genre purring in their hands." After months of supporting some bigger acts including a eo-headline with 'The House of Love' and a European tour with the 'Smashing Pumpkins' last year,Catherine Wheel went to America for 5 months. After 2 months their single 'Black Metallic' found its way to being the most played song on American alter· native radio, giving the band a new found success and selling them the best part of 100,000 records. Having found some stateside fame, Catherine Wheel retum with

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album, 'Chrome' (produced by Gil Norton of Pixies fame) and are happy to finally ditch the shoegazing comparison with new songs, a bulging confidence and an increased scope. 'Chrome' flickers from heavy guitars to indie pop to prog rock, inspiring Paul Moody (NME) to describe it as •Julian Cope on amyl nitrate ... a rock record without all the crap bits." The moodiness of 'Ferment' has stayed but the sound has grown and matured with more powerful guitardrenched tunes. With a tour of Japan looming, catch Catherine Wheel at their peak of great-ness and before they outgrow Norwich's limited venues. Support is from Spellbound, not as advertised. This could be a night not to miss. •Ttckets cost £4.50adv or £5 on the door and are available Andy's, HMV, Our Price and Soundclash, plus the Arts Centre for gigs at the NAC.

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REVIEW •WIIde Club, NAC. Monday, September 20. For a first appearance at NAC, the out of town Tokyo Sex Whale were an impressive bunch of noiseniks. This punk influenced 90's fuzz drenched guitar band were refreshingly different, if not original, and bring comparisons to early Mudhoney and Silverfish. Their last song 'Stallion' being a pure piece of hard edge pregrunge US style hard-core. 'Horace Goes Skiing' however, are from the standard thrashy/melodic hard-core stable ofTshirt buddies Goober Patrol. They did have better songs though, and in the snuff tradition, better covers; the Everly's 'Dream' was just tab but Wham's 'Freedom' had to be heard to be believed ... smiles all round! Ok, so the Spinning Jenny's had a stand-in bass player, but

that's no excuse for these mop topped 60's/MOD influenced bunch to have such a bad attitude. Ohio band Scrawl, played on a wave of uncertainty as the attendance numbers showed. This is such a shame for this accomplished 3 piece. Stateside they were an early all girl band with influence in the indie community. Lost in the recent 'Riot GRRL' hype, Scrawl played a tight and enchanting set similar in style to the Breeders but not as in your face as P.J.Harvey. An enjoyable performance from the friendly combo, who even took in local history with a tour round the Castle Museum! Look out for the new Albini produced album in the autumn. All in all a great night out. Three quid for four bands, ok so you are not going to like them all, but for the price of two nint" it" wnrth " r .. nool"r trin

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Busv programme at the Oval Secret Society REVIEW If Acid Jazz is your thing , then perhaps you should give the Norwich Arts centre a visit on Saturday October 2 when 'Secret Society' shall be fun king the night away with their own particular style of jazz funkljazzoetry/jazzreggae , or whatever else you'd like to call it. Sounds a bit too pretentious for their own good, maybe, but the credentials of this nine piece band are certainly impressive. They have toured London , playing the Fridge , Jazz Cafe and Subterrania, plus Glastonbury, Portugal and their home town of Manchester. The collective talents of the five original band members include vocals from Lemm Sissay and Yvonne Shelton . Sissay has

enjoyed both national and international success as a perform ance poet, author and playwright whereas Shelton is an experienced session singer, having worked w ith Stevie Wonder and Billy Ocean amongst others. The three remaining original members of the band, Andy B percussionist, Rupert Campbell bass , and Spiro- saxophone, have collaborated with a numerous artists, such as 'Carmel', 'Sub Sub' and 'Loopzilla' over the years.lt sounds good on paper, but they should obviously be seen live to get a grip of their own particular sound. The Arts Centre remains a good venue for Acid Jazz.lf you're not deterred by the inevitable cluster of Acid Jazz goatee types ... preferably on the males. •Tickets cost £6, with conces-

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THE NEXT fortnight is shaping up to be a busy session at The Oval Rockhouse, with no less than eighteen bands taking to the stage. Metal punk pospsters The Wildhearts make an appearance on Friday October 1, having just released their debut LP 'Earth vs The Wildhearts' on East West Records. P.roduced by themselves, the album features the forthcoming single, 'Greetings frQm Shitsville', available as an individually numbered limited edition 7". Support is from Monster. Xentrix arrive at the Oval the following day, Saturday October 2, kicking off an eleven date tour. The band describe their recent 3 track demo as having a very heavy and crunchy sound, one of the tracks being about 'pointless terrorism'.

Support on this date is from Sweet 'n' Innocent. The regular Tuesday lndie night opens with a Noisebox Promo showcase featuring three bands, Steerpike, Lemon Growers and Ivy. Wednesday October 6 sees the arrival of Pitch Shilter, the much-vaunted French industrial hard-core band Treponem Pal, and Spinewrench, who complete the bill. Treponem Pal have been attracting much publicity in the UK music media, with favourable reviews from amongst others, Melody Maker, Kerrang and the NME. Engine arrive at the Oval on Friday 8 October. Let's hope they don't run out of oil on stage. The Eric Bell Band play on the following evening. Former Thin Lizzy guitarist Eric's latest

venture has been to form a 3 piece blues/rock band, recruiting top musicians with impressive credentials. He hopes that the band will become the very best of its kind. See for yourself on Saturday O ctober 9 . lhdie rockers Newcranes take to the stage on Sunday 10 October. Formed three years ago, the band sport an unconvenlionallineup including a mandolin and accordion, and have worked in the studio with Levellers producer Phil Tennant. They recently played support to Little Angels and Bob Dylan and their new single 'Don't Drag My Body Down' was released two weeks ago. Support from Rogues Gallery. The regular lndie Night returns on Tuesday October 12, and features Undermind, PLC and support.

get their best number, also called 'Revolving Jones'. out of my head . All the energy was still there , as was the great musical ability, but somehow the band failed to meet the mark with this particular performance. Eventual winner, Undermind , were next. A combination of rap , metal and a number of other diverse styles, their music was a times loud and forceful, but it sometimes dropped to a single keyboard theme, which was a stroke of genius in itself. The energetic but careful performance from lead, Chris Goom , must have helped towards the band's success. Finally came Ju l ie T hom son, a solo-artiste who looked like she might initially be a bland Beverley Craven as her keyboard was hoisted onto the stage. But she turned out to be a great surprise, demonstrating exactly why she had got this far in the competition. 'She's Kate Bush' was my first impression as she performed song alter song with such skill, and an incredible vocal range. ~ But this wasn't a direct cop.,_, Bush , for Julie also had her own distinctive style, and brilliant sense of humour. Verdict: A great evening out which demonstrated that a lot of relatively unseen ~ Norwich . If you get the chance to see any of these bands anywhere then get there ... fast. eundermind and PLC play a Noisebox promotion gig at the Oval Rock House, Dereham Road on Tuesday, October 12.

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"Apres L'Amour" takes a humourous look at extramarital romance in Paris. lsabelle Huppert and Bernard Giraudeau play a married couple, where the husband has had two children by another woman, with his wife's acceptance . However, this cosy little setup is threatened when Huppert's character begins an affair with a married rock musician, and jealousy rears its ugly head. lt runs from October 4-9. Marriage is also a part of the film "Sofie" (October 11-16) but this time there is little chance of any extramarital activity. Set in 19th century Denmark, it tells the tale of Sofie, a young Jewish woman who has to marry her cousin, rather than the portrait painter she loves,

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He's a former carpenter, but at the age of 51 has starred in more of the highest grossing films than any other actor. (He won't do too badly out of his latest movie, The Fugitive, either). Joe Morse talks to the megastar, Harrison Ford lthough he has built his career playing memorable men of action from Han Solo to John Book, Indiana Jones to Jack Ryan Harrison Ford is as serious and studious an actor as you could meet. In response to the typical barrage of assorted question his answers are crisp, concise, sometimes funny but always to the point, with the reluctant star most often giving just the bare minimum that the question demanded. Background material on him suggests that this is one actor you do not cross, that intensity is a characteristic drilled through him as in the proverbial stick of rock - but that itself seems to be part of Ford's own defence mechanism, springing from an early acting career confounded by harsh rejection and the failure to recognise a within him that has blossomed since. he is nonetheless charming, and answers questions patiently during his brief visit to London to promote his latest hit The Fugitive. Based on the cult '60s TV show, the film shows Ford at his tortured best, playing a surgeon accused of murdering his '. who is forced on the run to prove his

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"I tore the arterial cruciate ligament in my right leg, and damaged the medial meniscus. The only time I took off was the time it took to get the ice bag onto the set. There wasn't opportunity to stop, there just wasn •t time ... Harrison Ford "I had never actually seen the TV show," the actor explains, "but I need a screenplay that I thought had the bones of being a very successful audience film , and I had an emotional reaction to the character and his circumstances. "That's what I look for as an actor, that's my hook into the material, and that's what I think is the greatest resource we have at our disposal to help make the audience appreciate a story in the same way. "lt's not important to me whether the expression of the character and behaviour is done with dialogue or without. 'lt never occurred to me that I might have fewer lines, say, than some other actors. "lt just doesn't matter to me. I read the story, I have an emotional reaction, an empathy for this character and 1 knew what he felt as 1 read page by page." Harrison Ford is certainly his own man. He can afford to be, having starred in more of the highest grossing films in history than any other actor. So you could forgive him for slowing down a little at the age of 51, deciding to leave the more physical demands of his role to the stunt team. But not a bit of it.

All those little bits of reality help to create an image that the audience can believe in." That's Ford's intensity at work. His pride, professionalism or whatever else you want to call it demanded that he prepare thoroughly. And when asked exactly what the patients

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thought about being operated on by a superstar we glimpse a little of the dry humour that is equally a part of Harrison Ford's character. "I don't want to worry you guys," he grins, "I was confined to 'suck, suck' with the suction machine, and retracting a little bit here, or feeling this. I did no actual medical work you'll be happy to know. "Th xt d I d"d th doct ' e ne ay 1 go on e or s rounds, completely unnoticed amongst the six or seven medical students and the other doctors who were seeing a 71 year old man who had just come out of general anaesthetic," then he adds, with as much relief as irony; "and the last thing he was looking for was a movie star in the room."

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Tin a PREVIEW Coming soon to the Odeon , Norwich is the much hyped biopic of lina Turner, "What's Love Got To Do With lt'. Based on Tina's best selling autobiography, "I , lina", it compresses over 30 years into two hours, telling of her trials and tribulations, most of which are caused by her husband and partner lke. Starting her life as Anna Mae Bullock, she was abandoned at an early age and had to be raised by her grandmother. As a teenager she moved to St Louis where she was discovered by musician lke Turner. Together they made the big time, with audiences "astonished with the young woman with the mighty voice." However, along with the success came pain . Used and abused by the unpredictably violent lke, to break free she had no choice but to start her life, as

Mm!!Jf!J::.- nice bear:dt nJ...ce _hair. With Tina obviously being very distinctive, casting was a problem , and a nationwide search was launched to find someone with the right looks and talent to impersonate 'she of leather skirt and stubby legs'. The role finally went to Angela Basset!, who was starting to get typecast in mother roles after her appearances in "Malcolm X" and "The Jacksons: An American Dream." Chosen as she was a serious actress - not singer- she still had to work for the part, rehearsing with both a dialect coach and personal trainer. However, her impersonation of Miss Turner relies on acting skills, not make up, as the producers decided a

less experienced actress would not have been able to carry off the part. Joined by Larry Fishburne as lke, much of the emphasis was put on the music, as you might expect. Most songs were re-recorded as the originals did not hold up quality-wise, but by Tina herself, not Basset!. Whilst Tina was in the studio, Basset! was learning to lip synch . Whether or not you want to see the film obviously depends on how you feel about Tina Turner herself. The publicists may well bill it as "a heroic myth" but unless you like the music you will probably spend a lot of the time looking at your watch, waiting for the story of this undeniably unique

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Sydney Pollack's celluloid adaptation of John Grisham's novel about a young man who gets caught up in a distinctly dodgy law firm is still running at the Cannon cinema for the next couple of weeks. The release of The Firm (15), starring Tom Cruise (pictured) and Gene Hackman, was long-awaited over here, but it disappointed when it arrived on the scene - even if it did go down well in the States. 1t is okay, but at more than two and a half hours long it is far too lengthy and really runs at too slow a pace. ** One film which isn't in danger of running too slowly is the phenomenally successful Jurassic Park (PG), still showing on the smallish Screen Three, also at the Cannon. If you haven't got a chance to see it yet, then do so immediately- performances are still selling out, and something which uses such stunning special effects as this is never half as good on video (or on the telly at Christmas in about five years time when granny's nattering in the background). For anyone who's been fossilised in amber for the past few months, it tells the story of a dinosaur theme park which goes horribly wrong. Well, what else could you expect with Richard Attenborough in charge? * * * * * lt looks as though old Dickie himself could also have been in charge of ' the men who went in to get the men who went in to get the men' in Hot Shots! Part Deux (12), currently at theOdeon. Starring reformed-alcoholic, Charlie Sheen as Topper Harley, the film lampoons just about every major movie of the past few decade or so, including Rambo and Apocalypse Now. Great viewing if you can understand all the American jokes .

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'Sleepless in Seattle' is Hollywood's way of reminding us, by trying to make us forget it, that we are in the middle of a recession. Billed as a romantic comedy, that antidote to reality, everything about the film denies the horrible world outside the cinema, inviting the audience to leave their worries behind them and spend an hour or two in a cosy dream. 'Sleepless in Seattle' is, we are told, a story of love, destiny and (the word appears frequently) magic, tugging at the heart strings as soon as the story gets under way. lt is Christmas Eve (see what I mean?) and Annie (Meg Ryan) finds herself listening to a r · .. 'nal phone-in radio show, .e drives to meet her fiancee in Washington. On comes cute little Jonah from Seattle, to tell the show's host (who has all the sensitivity of a cruise missile) that he wis""c; his father could Jind a n 3, because dad has been so sa... . .ce mom died a year and a half

ago. Before you know it, Jonah's dad Sam (Tom Hanks) has been persuaded to come in from his lakeside porch; then with his son's head on his lap, Sam joins the on-air conversation to tell the audience how much he loved his wife, and how he had known form their (er .. .) magical first meeting that they were meant for other. •, d finds herself under the magic spell of love, bonded to a man she has never seen and, despite being engaged to someone else, becor- - obsessed with rr, , J Sam, as she comes to realise that oestiny has marked him as the only 'someone' for her. As this is a romantic comedy, the happy and magical ending is never in doubt, although the last scene (which takes place on Valentine's Day, of course, in circumstances which must surely appear in the Guinness Book of Records as being the Most Sickeningly

Romantic Ever) left me not quite sure whether to cry or throw up. This uncertainty was generated by the film's determinedly rose tinted view of the world, in which everyone is rich, happy and successful; and if they are not, then they promptly disappear from the story or mend their ways. This rose tinting is typified by the principal characters; both Hanks and Ryan play frighteningly well-adjusted and successful people, clearly not short of money. Sam is an architect plagued with clients who want their dream homes never to be finished , because then they would have nothing to spend their money on. Annie is a journalist who never seems to work, unless it is to hire private detectives to follow Sam about, or to jet around the country at will, in pursuit of her (magical) obsessions. The rose tinting also insists that everyone is sweet and reasonable; the relationship between Jonah and his sad dad could be used as a how-to-do-it

guide in a good parenting course. And then there is Annie's fiancee , who takes his final disengagement with all the bitterness of someone who has just been told that the '56 champagne is off, and they will have to make do with the '63; but then you knew he was for the chop when it became clear he did not know what magic was, and anyway, he snored. Having said all that, the film is a romantic comedy, and the audience is supposed to be thinking about their

chances of meeting that one-in-amillion special person , not unemployment and the one-in-two divorce rate. I hate to admit it, but despite my resistance to being forcibly rose-tinted, I enjoyed 'Sleepless in Seattle' and went through that last scene neither crying nor throwing up, but with just a modest lump in the throat. Happy dreams. •Sleepless in Seattle is currently showing at the Odeon Cinema.

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*** Also continuing its run at the Odeon is the Glint Eastwood blockbuster, In The Line Of Fire (15) . 01' Glint plays a Secret Service agent who is haunted by the memories of failing to save JFK from assassination 30 years ago. John Malkovich also stars in this nail-biting , scare-amomentthriller. * * * * * The final mention this fortnight goes to Much Ado About Nothing (PG) still showing at the Cannon. Okay, so it sounds boring, but there's some great jokes in there, so it's well worth a visit. * * * *

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In the last year, more and more people have come to enjoy the heavenly pop, folky strum and heavy rock of the

Lemonheads. Now Norwich has a chance to experience it live, when they play UEA on October 8. Peter Hart charts the rise of the band with definite sex a-peel

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hen they played the Norwich Waterfront just over a year ago, the Lemonheads were a relatively unknown band. Two months later you could walk into a room humming the tune to the all-time classic song 'Mrs Robinson', and instead of people associating it with it's original artiste, Paul Simon, they would instead refer to the Lemonheads, and talk about the video where the band merrily rowed around in a boat. For in late Autumn of 1992 the Boston band released a cover version of 'Mrs Robinson', a shrewd move, since it made them famous overnight (well, not quite, but it's one of those cliched phrases which is almost suitable to describe their recent success). When the record hit the Top 20, an appearance on Top of the Pops was inevitable, and although that may seem laughable (their suitability to the show is comparable to Suede's suitability as a pin-up in Smash Hits) it was vital to ensure exposure to 'the masses', rather than the people who had simply been to see the band at the Waterfront, or the tens of other similar venues around the country. But what probably earned them the best publicity (although the least credibility) at the time was their live performance on Channel Four's The Word. After all, it was through this show, no doubt the pinnacle of 'yoof' culture, that most people were introduced to the likes of Dinosaur Jnr, Belly and Jamiroquai. But the Lemonheads didn't simply appear a year ago, decide to cover a Paul Simon track, and find this instant success. Their history actually goes back to 1986, when they formed what was then a three-piece pre-grunge guitar band at Boston's Commonwealth School. Talking in the Australian hotel room where he's waiting for the sun to rise, Evan Dando, the group's floppy-haired frontman recalls: "We went into the studio the day after we graduated from high school and recorded four songs _ for around a hundred dollars.• He adds: "We had a little money from summer jobs and graduation presents, so we pressed a thousand seven-inch EPs." That first record, 'Laughing All The Way To The Cleaners," was given a favourable review in US magazine

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··we go down really well in England -we can go there and tour and actually make money.·· - Evan Spin, amongst other places, and the young band found themselves up and running. Seven years later, the multi-talented 26 year-old singer, guitarist and songwriter, Evan, remains the only original member of the Lemonheads. The group's current drummer, David Ryan, and bassist Nic Dalton (who replaced Juliana Hatfield, formerly of Slake Babies and now of the Juliana Hatfield Three) joined just under two years ago. Nic finally became a permanent member after playing on 'Mrs Aobinson' and touring with the band. lt was undoubtedly that track which launched the sometimes gritty and sometimes gentle Lemonheads into the limelight over here. But few people know how it came about. For although the band have previously released some unusual cover versions (they actually have a predilection for them, having covered tracks by Kiss,

Suzanne Vega and Mike Nesmith), recording their own interpretation of the popular 'Mrs Robinson' wasn't their idea. In fact Evan recalls that it had its genesis when New Line Home Video contacted him, and asked the Lemonheads to cut a new version of 'Mrs Robi1son' to coincide with their 25th Anni•tersary Special Limited Edition of 'The Graduate' (the Dustin Hoffman rnovie in which Anne Bancroft starred as the seductress, Mrs Robinson). Says Evan, "We'd sampled Catherine Ross from 'The Graduate'; yelling 'Ben', and put it in the song 'Aiison's Starting To Happen'," (which is about Nic's girlfriend 'starting to happen' on a drug trip). "When the New Line people came after us to do 'Mrs Robinson', I realised something really weird was going on," he adds.

But taking them up on their offer was something he wasn't going to turn down: 'Doing covers is just something I can't really resist at this point.• For the record, the song was cut in a German studio on the very first take. The rest, as they say, is history. 'Mrs Robinson's' companion video clip was edited onto the beginning of the New Line special release video, and the record entered the charts. Album success followed soon after, when their fifth album, titled 'lt's A Shame About Ray' also hit the UK charts. (lt had been released in May 1992, and was named 'Album of the Year' by the American 'College Media Journal', with the title track staying at number one on US College Radio nationwide for three weeks.) Evan wrote the songs for the album during a tour of Australia, a country which he loves. ' I just feel like the pressure is a little bit off down in Aus-

tralia, • he told Sky Magazine last month. •And people can't get in touch with me that easily either. lt's a good place to go AWOL· When he returned to the States, the trio headed off to Los Angeles - a new experience for the band since they had previously only rehearsed and recorded in and around Boston. But Evan found LA to be the perfect place for producing the album. "I'm pretty convinced that LA is the place to record," he says. "They have everything at their fingertips.• This year the pattern has been reversed: Evan and company finished recording their latest album 'Come On Feel The Lemonheads' [Atlantic] in LA earlier this month, and after a brief European tour he jetted off to Australia once again for a quick fortnight's break, and to write some more songs, no doubt. He deserves the rest, since in early October the Lemonheads embark on a 9-date UK tour which begins at the Cambridge Corn Exchange on October 7, moves on to the University of East Anglia on October 8, and winds up at the Brixton Academy on the 30th.

Fans of the band are lucky, since at one stage it looked as though the tour would have be cancelled - at the end of August, Evan was ordered to completely rest his voice, or risk perma-

nent damage. He recovered, though, from what turned out to be a serious throat problem in time to play a set with the band at the Reading Festival, so it now seems that all problems are over in that department. (Let's just hope Evan doesn't do a Tim Booth - lead singer of James - and arrive at UEA only to cancel the gig because of throat trouble). But that doesn't seem too likely, as the British tour is a must as far as the band is concerned. 'We go down really well in England,· Evan says, adding, ' We can go there and tour and actually make money. • No doubt they will this time, too, since they are promoting 'Come On Feel The Lemonheads'. Once again, Evan wrote most of the album, and it's unsurprisingly full of the sometimes gritty and sometimes gentle sound for which the Lemonheads have become renowned. And like the band's previous releases, the album features a few songs which are at least unusual and at best sublime. Where there was the oddly-titled 'Ceiling Fan In My Spoon' on 'Ray', which Evan explains "is about being in a bad mood and going to a restaurant and you see the ceiling fan in your spoon" (of course), there's a new one featuring Belinda Carlisle (of all people) on backing vocals, called 'I'll Do lt Anyway.' There's also a slow one called 'Rick James Style' which is about the before and after of getting stoned, and another simply called 'Style' which also goes on about getting stoned... And with 'Big Gay Heart' the band hitch a lift on the anti-homophobia bandwagon and sing out against sexuality prejudices. So what does Evan think of the band's success so far? The answer to this is that he has mixed feelings. "lt's too much sometimes," he says, "but I love to sing and hang out." "I really love writing songs and singing, so it's a really nice job I've found and it's really good fun." With some afterthought he adds: "lt's like having a really cool necklace.. ." Er, yes, exactly. But you can't challenge him about what he means, he's just too nice. With such undeniable charisma, a definite 'zest' for life, and the Lemonheads' arresting sound, this is one band which has only just begun to shine. • Tickets for the gig are available from UEA Student Union and usual agents.

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The Card Index/ Madam Eva, Ave Madam PREVIEW The Rough as Guts Theatre Company obviously remains faithful to Its name and, lt seems, not afraid to tackle things head

on. Their forthcommlng production Is the first British performance of Tadeusz Rozewlcz's first play, " The Card Index", which promises to be a challenging, even disturbing experience. lt's dislocating, dream-like effect conjures up a stream of disjointed Images and conversations from the Hero's past and

present Needless to say, this production Is not conventional, but confrontational: at first clarifying, then throwing Into confusion a lifetime of Images and conversations. The production starts it 's run on Saturday 9th October In UEA's newly completed Studio Theatre at 7.30 pm (£4.00, £2.00 Cones), continues at Laxfield Village Hall on the 10th and 11th, and will be one half of a double bill on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th at Norwich Arts Centre. These performances will share the stage wit h the Zenaskl Theatre Company from Poland, who believe that " no other actor Is able to express human existence better than the man in a wheelchair." Their performance, "Madam Eva, Ave Madam" provides a means In which their players can explore " Microcosm and macrocosm". This play recounts the Brief History of Time In a mere 75 minutes, so don't expect a relaxing " B Movie" to soothe away the trauma and confusion of the Rough as Guts production which preceedsll Expect to be " challenged". •Tickets are £5 for this double bill, commencing at 7.30 pm. Concessions, however, are four quid. Angels Dav/es

Do you fancy spending a night out with talking dogs and exploding candelabras? If you do, then you'd better head down to the Maddermarket Theatre on the October 7, to see the surreal comedy, "Diary of a Madman". The play, which is based on the book by Russian playwright, Nikolai Gogol, is set in St. Petersburg during the 1830s, and takes place in the bedroom of Poprishchin, a very fussy civil servant who falls in love with the daughter of his boss. This passion drives him to madness, and as he reads from his diary, his life becomes filled with the aforementioned dogs and candelabras. Graham Duff, who won the prestigious Stella Artois/Zap Theatre award for the play "Burroughsl" in 1992, takes the role of Poprishchin in this one-man show, which is di· reeled by the Perrier award winner Roy Hutchins. "Diary of a Madmane has already been well received in Edinburgh, where it played to near-full houses at the Gilded Balloon for three weeks. London's listings magazine, Time Out, described it as "sharp, vivid and very funny",

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, compe,..te for the paor: summer sldfered by the Norwich theatre. Exceptional demand for comic PauiMerton, tb~ ' Glyndbourne Opera and Andrew Uoyd Webber's hit , musical Aspects of LOYC? , have more than made up for ,their declelt;ln to book :three ' weeks of qpera and chll.. dren's shows over the sum-

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Graham Duff finds out whether there's reason In madness at the Maddermarket Theatre whilst The Scotsman said "in Duff's flamboyant performance the madman's delusions... come over with strong laughable agony". The Maddermarket Theatre is bringing the play to Norwich as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, which this year has a Russian and East European theme. • Tickets for the play cost

£7.50, with concessions available. Further information about the play is available by ringing the Maddermarket Theatre on 620917, or alternatively, you could drop into their box office (situated on St. John's Alley) which is open daily from 1Oam to Spm. lt promises to be a mad night out. ...

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ake way for the arrival of the Chinese State Circus at Earlham Park between Thursday September 30 and Sunday October 171 Described as 'the closest it can get to being the greatest show on Earth,' the Chinese State Circus is, without doubt, one of the most spectacular and exhilarating live performances you can

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Direct from The People's Republic of China, fifty Chinese Artistes and musicians work together to perform breathtaking acts such as knife swallowing, rope walking and balancing on a high pole, producing a stunning display of strength, agility and gravity defying contortion. And what's more, animal lovers can rest in peace, as they're not used in any part of the two hour performance. Instead, the show revolves around a fascinating performance of acrobatics which is a common form of art amongst the Chinese People. Chinese acrobatics have a long history, with a distinct national style. Historical records, ancient carvings and decorative patterns on utensils, date the origin back to more than 2,000 years ago. Theyhave played a role in the cultural exchange between

China and other nations which is highlighted by the 'link acts' . Some twelve 'link acts' make up this programme, based on characters from Chinese legends, folk dances and fables. These include characters such as the Monkey King (one of the most popular characters in the Chinese legends who embodies bravery, justice and propriety), the Donkey Dance (a popular Chinese folk dance) and the Quin Dynasty Ladies, (members of China's last dynasty) wearing traditional dress.

These acts are arranged and choreographed along with the official Circus acts to make the programme more spectacular, amusing and atmospheric than any other Circus performance. So much so that the Chinese State Circus has become highly popular. In the last 35 years Chinese acrobatic troupes have toured more than 100 countries and regions throughout the world, and have been received warmly in everyone. The performance was so popu-

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'She Stoops to Conquer' has remained a popular play for most of the 220 years since it was written, largely because it has managed to keep audiences laughing at it's comic absurdities. Peter Hall's production at the Theatre Royal successfully carried on this tradition of happy audiences with his conventional but energetic interpretation of Goldsmith's classic comedy. The basic plot is simple (and silly) enough; a young city gentleman, Marlowe (Tom Beard) and his friend Hastings (James Frain) are on a reluctant visit to one of Marlowe senior's oldest friends, Mr Hardcastle (Donald Sinden), where it is intended Marlowe should get to know (and marry) Hardcastle's daughter Kale (Emily Morgan) . Hopelessly lost, as they suppose, they stop at an Inn to ask directions, where Hardcastle's pleasure loving and irresponsible stepson Tony Lumpkin (David Essex) successfully persuades them that the Hardcastle residence Is in fact another Inn, run by an eccentric Lanlord with ideas above his station . Confusion and absurdity pile on top of one another as a result, with Lumpkin appearing at strategic intervals to keep the pace of the action at a level where no-one notices just how absurd it all is. Although the play has some serious themes, unmasking social hypocrises and commentating on the way upper class men and women do not communicate with each . other, it was obviously the comedy and opportunities for farce which held the atttention of the audience at the Theatre Royal. Donald Sinden in particular made much use of mime anc gesture to emphasise the farcial side of the play, and on several occasions took this to the edge of hamming it, by repeating gestures (like demonstrating the way Marlowe embraced Kale when he thought they were unobserved) which got a good laugh from the audience. David Essex as Tony Lumpkin was not particuarly convincing as the part childlike, paty witty and mature country squire, but Myriam Margoyles was excellent as the scheming and silly Mrs Hardcastle. The set was particua rly good, and the huge clock which descended from the roof at regular intervals, to mark the passage of the night in which the play takes place, acquired a life of it's own; fa r too large and out of proportion, it emphasised the farcial nature of a play which clearly, as far as the Theatre Royal audience was concerned , was as enjoyable now as when Goldsmith wrote it.

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He's everywhere, from Who's Line Is lt Anyway? to Peter's Friends, and now he's hosting a new series of The Music Game. Angels Singer makes notes with Tony Slattery. OFRANTIC Harrison Ford, Emmanuelle Slegner and Betty Bucktey star In the thriller Frantic on Saturday October 2 (9:20pm, ITV). The Frantic Parlalan pace of life reaches heartstopplng speed when American abroad, Dr. Richard walker, discovers that his wife has mysteriously vanished from their Seine-side hotel room. Trailing the streets In 888rch of his beloved, he encounters the beautiful Mlchelle, a young woman who holds the key to his spouse's disappearance. Unfortunately she also leads the hapless doctor Into the deadly dealings of the International underworld. A definite must-see. Cl DJ'S HEAVEN The cobwebs are dusted off archive foot· age of BBC disc jockeys finest moments In 'DJ's Heaven' a new 13-part series 8-8:30pm every Saturday on BBC 2. 'DJ's Heaven' leaves no spool unplayed as each week it features the best-and worst-television appearances by DJ's 8UCh aa Jlmmy Savllle,'Fiuff Freeman, John Peel, Tony ""'\l~Ckbl~m, Noel Edmonda and Dave Lee Ttavla. OHistory as you've never seen it before! This Autumn on Channel4 sees a new series by the creators of Pallas. Beglnlng Wednesday October 6 (9.45pm) 'The Almost Com· plete History of the Twentieth Century' takes the lid off twentieth century history with powerful satirical style. With archive film narrated by Stephen Frost, the 15 programmes cover topics from Lenin to the corgl· Royals. A guaranteed laugh. OMelanle Grlfflth, Harrlson Ford and Slgourney Weaver star In the 1988 drama 'Working Girl'. A self-educated sec· retary tries to get her foot on the corporate ladder by using her female boaa's absence to make a deal of her own. Pos· lng aaan executive sheenllsta the help of her manager's lover and bluffs her way Into the world of big business. Tuesday October 6 (8pm, ITV). OAwardwlnnlngcomedy ser1e1 ·~utety Fabulous'

goes to Provence this week when Edlna (Jennlfer Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley) decide to take a 'vealt. Mother (played by June Whltfleld) arrives to put a 1mper on things, especially with Edlna's teenage daughter (Julla Swalha), who wants to •ttave wild parties, with boys and friends, and play loud mustc•. Thul'lday, September 30(10:00, BBC 1) ClThe hapless crew of Red Dwarf (above) are back for a ,w series of the cult science-fiction comedy on Thursday -·ober 7 (9pm, BBC 2). The crew awake after 200 years In ... pended animation to find the star ship has been stolen. ClDetectlve Jack cates (Nick Nolte) and ex-con Reggle Hammond (Eddle Murphy) have Another 48 Hours to solve a crucial case on Frl October 1 (9:30, BBC 1).

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Tony Slattery decided pretty rapidly that he was facing a group of the harmlessly insane. Surrounded by journalists at a preview for the second series of 'The Music Game' - which began a ten week run last Thursday he was shot from all sides by totally unconnected questions. He realised the only way to deal with them was to take them at absolutely face value. "Do you drift from thing to another?" someone asked. "Do you lurch?" someone else inte~ected before he had a chance to speak. Slattery paused. "Oh God we are getting semantic here. Do I drift? Do I lurch? ... No, I bounce." lt is true that his credits vary from a lead role opposite Joan Coli ins in Noel's Coward's Private Lives to writing a daytime soap (Gems), being a founder member of the BAFTA-winning improvisation show, Whose Line Is lt Anyway? and starring in films including Peter's Friends, for which he was jointly awarded the Peter Sellers Award for com-

edy. But, it is not true that he never says no. He turned down an awful sitcom three years ago ("I watch it now and I still think it's crap") and there are certainly some shows he would never do again. "You just go along with what you feel and sometimes it's wrong, like agreeing to Good Morning with Anne and Nick." What happened? " I forgot why I was there. lt was like being sucked into the deepest pit of Hell. I can't remember what they asked me, I've been through therapy since. I think it went from women's thrush problems to Harry and his performing poodle and there was a brief away to me." Happily, Slattery is kept busy with the things he does like. He said he would rather go to Bristol to make the Music Game for HTV than spend nine months in

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three Bevertey Sisters appear as a single contestant. In another, David Melior MP turns out to be an expert on an esoteric composer. Knife-edge challenge this isn't. The 'rival' contestants help each other with the answers, Slattery prompts when he feels like it. He is gorgeously funny. Launching the series, he said: "We are debunking music but

very small intellect." lt is a categorical mistake, he says, when you all lump quiz shows or sit-coms together. "Under that umbrella term, there is good and bad. "I am doing The Music Game because I think it's fun, it makes people laugh and it's informative. Something like The Generation Game, especially in the mid 70's, was a wonderful ex-

ample of a people's show. Sitcom in principle is the most brilliant format, look at Fawlty Towers, Porridge or the Good Ufe. "I turn down stuff and I accept stuff not because of what people will think but because it appeals to me at the time. I don't want to have a set career path. I like the idea of going from a West End musical then to a sitcom then to a quiz show. "If I get mail by the sackful from people telling me to stay off the telly, I'll stop but that hasn't happened so far." Actor, writer, presenter. How does he see himself? "lt depends on whatever I'm doing. When I am presenting The Music Game, I am not in a musical. "That was very profound ... can you all carry that away with you

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television personalities, whilst Paula Yates' boudoir has been home to celebrities such as Mel Gibson, Demi Moore and Arnold Schwarzenegger. In the Big Breakfast bathroom meanwhile, extraterrestrial exhibitionists Zig and Zag have secured themselves alongside Dimbleby, Day and Aspel in the interviewer's Hall of Fame. it's

a measure of the show's success that even the smallest details have captured the country's imagination: the theme tune for the One Lump or Two Competition and the lives and loves of the Big Breakfast chickens. The Down On Your Doorstep outside broadcast crew have travelled over 130,000 miles in order to film

the public in their pyjamas; whilst devoted viewers have made stars out of Pete 'Psycho Cam', Big Dan 'the Sound Man' and Sean 'Comedy Cameraman'. As it moves into its second year the production team guarantees yet more of these touches that help to give Channel 4's programme its unique identity and appeal.

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DEC Highlights include Jason Donovan on Paula's bed, Zsa Zsa Gabor hosting the 'hog money' competition and Sir Robin Day being granted an audience with Zig and Zag. JAN The Big Breakfast reaches new intellectual heights as it gives away four luxury return tickets to America every morning for counting chickens.

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DDuring 1967, Jimi Hendrix recorded five different sessions for the BBC. The first, on February 18 was for 'Light Programmes Sat urday Club'. The last was in December t hat year. Along t he way he recorded unique versions of ' Purple Haze', 'Hey Joe' and a take of 'Driving South '. Bob Harris tells the story of Hendrix's sessions for the BBC. 'In Session : Jimi Hendrix at the Beeb' Saturday, October 2 (2pm , Radio One). lt is the first of a four-part series celebrating some of the most historical recordings ever

made fo r the BBC. In future weeks, Bob tracks down record ings f ro m Mark Bolan, David Bow ie and Led Zeppelin. D David Stafford discovers unusual and eccentric researc h projects in 'Wakademics ', a new Radio Four series, begining Monday, October 4 3:15-3:30pm .He explores the sex lives and drug habits of spiders, the effects of lipstick on beer foam and the impact of Scottish dancing on human happiness. Proof, perhaps, that there is a connection between genius and madness.

FEB The Big Breakfast chickens makes headline news in every paper, gets discussed on radio shows and is subject of a tribute on TV news. MAY Football legend George Best shaves off his trademark beard, live on air. Anorak of the week is introduced. Researchers are shocked by the number of

hopelessly sad people writing in . JUNE The Big Breakfast wir--. 'Best Newcomer' at the Red Nose Awards then wins 'Best Production Team' at the Royal Television Society Awards. AUG Telly-hero Keith Chegwin takes over from Paul Ross.


CARRY ON COLUMBUS (PG)· Retail In the 500th anniversary year of Columbus's tamed journey, the Carry On team returned, after a 14 year break, to celebrate this historical event. Expect a lot of farcical humour and not a great deal of historical accuracy in this video,

which costs £10.99. Out Oct 4.

THE MAMBO KINGS (15) • Retail Based on a Pulitzer Prizewinning novel by OscarHijuelos, this film tells the story of two Cuban brothers who bring their vibrant and sultry mambo music to New York in the year 1952. "The Mambo Kings" is priced at £1 0.99. Out Oct 4.

SALT ON OUR SKIN (18) • Rental Starring Greta Scaochi and Vtn09nt D'Onofrio, this passionate film is based on the French novei"Les Vaisseaux du Coeur". OUt Oct 13.

RELENTLESS Ill {18) - Rental Los Angeles is being terrorised by a serial killer who strangles, then sexually assaults his victims, before covering their bodies in chemicals to get rid of any evidence. Serial killer specialist Sam Dietz (Leo Rossi) Is called back from his less stressful job to help with this case ... Out Sept 29.

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'The Power of One' is a powerful and moving film about one boy's struggle against the system of apartheid in South Africa, during the 1930s and 40s. PK (Stephen Dorff), an orphaned boy of English parentage, is forced to grow up in an atmosphere of degradation and bullying. This not only occurs in his own life - being English makes him a target for the Afrikaner boys at his boarding school - but also in the world around him, where black people are forced to live in townships and prison camps, and suffer brutality at the hands of the whites. But PK teams to fight. He is taught how to box by a black convict, and his boxing leads him into the wider struggle against ignorance and prejudice. He is also helped in this struggle by his friend Doe, a German

Nightmare in the Daylight 'A ,_.,,. ..•mare In the Daylight' th a teacher, Megan Lam......-t (Jaclyn Smith), arrivIng for an educational conference with her second husband Peter, a school principal (Tom Mason). Scarcely more than 5 minutes into the film, Megan is noticed by a lawyer, Sean Farrell (Chrlstopher Reeve), who seems greatly perturbed to see her. lt emerges that he suspects her of being his wife who was killed In an earthquake some 7 years before. ~ \CO he realises that M... .,dn's young son could be his own, Farrell begins a quest to confront her, In the hope that he can win her

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man, who teaches him that to find the answer to any question, one must look into nature. When PK sees a waterfall, he realises that as it begins with one tiny drop and ends as a great torrent, so the fight to bring black and white together must start with one person - the power of one - and end with a multitude. PK therefore starts to run a school which teaches black people to read and write English, so that they in tu m can educate their children. This is done with the constant threat of violence in the background, and PK sees many of his friends most notably his girlfriend Maria - killed or maimed by the police. Yet despite the many tragedies, and the sometimes desperate situations that PK finds himself in , this is not a depressing film . Hope is always around the corner, and when you see PK and his friend Gideon at the end of the film , walking into the sunset and heading for another township which needs education , you are left with a real

sense of optimism. This is a beautifully crafted film , which takes you from anger, to sadness and then to hope. While the subject it deals with is not the most enjoyable one you can imagine, it is a real pleasure to watch .

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back Sim les to Sleeping With The l:uemy unfold; Farrell emerges as a wife-batterer, obsessed with the memory of his supposedly dead spouse. He eventually 'cab-naps' Megan in a sequence that could well have been lifted from an UNCLE film, although the laughing gas was notably absent. Such farcical moments ensure that the usual climax ensues. Farrel follows the couple hope and they duly receive truncated phone calls. Flowers arrive on the dining table prompting the familiar 'What flowers?' response. All these familiar cliches are complemented by the ending, where Megan's secret (yes it was all true) outs at last, but only after the nasty man collapses In a heap, wearing

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gratuitous bullet-holes. All rather trite really. The similarity of this film to Sleeping With The Enemy ensured that the ending was predictable, although the self· reviving corpse failed to materialise. What the producers should have started with, if they wanted to make a credible A Nightmare in the Daylight (15) Rental: From Oct 6 Rating: * * Elite Collection series. CJAiso out on October 4 are 12 new Screen Classic titles. This collection will include films such as "Rocky 2", "Dead Calm" and "Carrie", each one costs £6.99.

parody of the above, was a good plot, aided by a feasible script. "I'm a lawyer, I know the law", says Farrell of his meth· ods to win his 'dead' wife back. Sadly, both were absent and that the only nightmare derived from this TV movieesque film was cringing at the worst moments, wondering if Superman or the other two Charlie's Angels were going to suddenly appear.•.

Niall Hampton CJ"Over the Line· becomes available for rental from September 29. lt tells the erotic story of a relationship between a professor and a hardened criminal who becomes dangerously obsessive. lt stars Lesley-Anne Down and John Enos.

Above: Ron Marchini shows how you can do some exercises if you find that the video's dragon-on. Cl For lovers of vintage television comedy, a package of five films - two starring Steptoe and Son, and three featuring the crew from "On the Buses· - is being released on Monday October4. Each video retails at £9.99.

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he little bit of blurb on the front of the video case for 'Dragon Cop' says "Kill first ... ask questions later". This gives a good indication of what you are in store for with this martial arts/ action film . Killing and violence dominate the screen, with roughly one punch-up or shoot-out every

five minutes. The story concerns John Travis (played by Ron Marchini), the last cop left in a futuristic lawless town, dominated by grotesque looking villains. Travis saves beautiful scientist Rachel from a gang of thugs, and in doing so, becomes involved with helping her and the "Freebies" (freedom fighters who happen to be children) reconstruct a transportation machine. Of course, this isn't as easy as it sounds - Travis has to get hold of a crystal to help power the machine, as well as fend off the chief villain, Lincoln, who wants it for his own ends. Probably the best part of the film is when Travis retrieves the precious crystal, only to set off a self- destruct system . The usual final countdown sequence ensues, and just as you think that it's going to be the usual escapein-the-last-second routine , the whole thing breaks down. Unfortunately, this is the only inspired piece in the whole thing. Everything else - the plot, character development and script- is forced to take second place to the blood and bullets, and seems to be cobbled together from better films , such as 'Terminator' or 'Mad Max'. Really, this is one for fans of the genre only.

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An abstract business!

•Selling comics can be a harsh trade, with none of the usual 'benefits' of merchandising simple newspapers or magazines. Simon Mann turns the pages with Dean Whittaker of Norwich's Abstract Sprocket. A leaf out of Dean's books: Phi/ Vickers.

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"How could vou be selling comics and not be oil vour rocker?" - Dean Whittaker

When I suggested to Dean Whittaker that running a small comic shop seemed like an odd business for a sane adult to be in , his reply was frank and to the point, "How could you be selling comics and not be off your rocker?" I was wondering about his sanity because he had just told me that he has to buy his stock (no sale or return in this business) two months in advance - all three hundred titles a month without more guidance than inspired guesswork. To make the point quite clear, he patiently added, "it's like backing horses. At the end of the day, you either back horses or sell com ics, except the odds on backing horses are better." However, ask him how he chose the unlikely name of Abstract Sprocket for his shop in St. Benedict's Indoor Market, and by contrast you get a disturbingly sane and business-like answer, "Because we cou ldn't th ink what to call it, and Abstract Sprocket puts us at the top of any national alphabetical list of comic dealers." I say disturbingly business-like, because after you have been in the shop for a while, immersed in the comic cu lture, you begin to feel decidedly detached from reality. Most of the customers sit on the floor drinkina tea. a custom

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Dean thotoughly approves of, "In this business you have to have a certain amount of love for the comic book, and for your customers, who are the most important people at the end of the day - and we get some of the best in Abstract Sprocket." This attitude has helped form a small commun ity of graphic artists and writers who, aided by Dean's tea and encouragement, have decided to bring out their own locally-produced com ic. Provisionally titled 'Miscellanea', this new title is co-edited by Duncan Keen and Deborah Hockey, and is scheduled to have its fi rst issue sometime in November. Deborah has just completed a degree in graphic design at NIAD, where she specialised in animation. The idea for 'Miscellanea' came from her and her friends ' frustration at the lack of opportunity for local enthusiasts, "There is so much talent around, and so many people who want to get into com ics, yet breaking into the business is very difficu lt; you must get your work published before Marvel or DC will look at you . If we could get our own compilation together, then maybe we can get people to sit up and take notice of th e artistic talent in the area." Originally, the project was to be limited to local people, producing a comic for local sale, but th is

has now been widened to include anyone with talent looking for an opportunity to get published, and to go for a wider distribution , including the lucrative London market. "Artists and writers can contribute any work they like" Deborah added, "the only condition is that it must not have already been published by anyone else ." Deborah's co-editor, Duncan, and one of the contri butors, Dave Chapman, were keen to emphasise how much the image and content of com ics have changed in recent years. In fact Duncan prefers to call them graphic novels, a form of expression in their own right for wh ich the current buzz word is

'sequential art.' Certainly, browsing through some of Abstract Sprocket's 7,000 or so books soon makes you aware of the huge variety of themes and treatments in today's comics. As Dave puts it, "The a rlwot can be appreciated on its ov. as art, and the story can also be appreciated independently. Comics are a step up from illustrated books; they have a lot more pictures per page, · quality of the writing is 0 1 .r with anything available in modern novels."So be warned; comics may be fun , but now they are also an art form and a serious business, even in the unreal world of Abstract Sprocket.

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Dancehall Mood/7" Going to Nepal/7"

Aswad ... schmazwad! 500,000 phone cards can't be wrong. Or can they? In fact, 500,000 phone cards have turned out to be bloody liars. A punishingly bad record from Blink and probably a massive hit.

Produced by Steve Albini, this album has an Interesting selection of soft and hard centred songs. 'Your Mother wants to know' is without doubt the coffee-creme (and their most recent single) and 'Face Down' Is the peanut brittle of the assortment. Slots neatly Into the little hole between The Breeders and PJ Harvey (what do you mean you didn't know there was one), but why do we always compare girl groups with other girl groups- it's the first step towards ghettoisation -so forget they're women for a minute.

ELASTICA Stutter/7"

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Well, for once, the hype is half right. In fact, as far as late-seventies power punk goes, this is sorted. To be perfectly honest, Its punishing. Recalls the Ramones fronted by Debbie Harry. You'll be sick of their name within three weeks.

Nirvana at no. 9

1. (-) Pet Shop Boys: Very 2. (-) James: Laid 3-. (1) The Beatles: 1962-1966 The Red Album 4. (5) 100% Dance Volume 2: Various Artists 5. (15) Dance Adrenalin: Various Artists

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8. (3) Meatloaf: Bat Out of Hell 2 - Back Into Hell 9. (6) Nirvana: In Utero 10. (36) Lenny Kravitz: Are You Gonna Go My Way

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Once woken up by Its disjointed alarm, the future seemed rosy. They looked like they could play guitar until the cows came home. However, by a hideous twist of fate, it all went horribly wrong and our valiant American cousins became more than a disappointment after their moment of glory with 'Delaware'. We shall wear black for the rest of the day.

tween songs. Highlights include Suede's 'My Insatiable One', Adorable with 'Sistine Chapel Ceiling' , the Lemonheads with 'Hannah and Gabi' and of course, Spiritualized take their

time as always with Take Your Time' • wonderful. I cannot believe anyone will like all these bands which makes for lots of annoying skipping of tracks, and to be honest, this is the sort of record that you play twice.

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Difficult to be objective, since they came up with one of the best albums of the year and are responsible for one of the best live sets around. 'Lay Back in the Sun' is as good as you would expect from Spiritualized, with feel-good lyrics backed with a Big City-ish type mantra. 'Electric Mainline' is an obvious gap-filler and 'Good Times' souunds like it was penned by Jason in the toilet after a particularly heavy night. Don't buy this unless you want to be sever1ely disappointed, but the live performance still has to be seen to be believed.

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PREVIEW Once again , the Arthur Miller Centre has managed to put together a world-class selection of authors for its annual Literary Festival at UEA. Altogether, fifteen writers will be talking about their work on a series of evenings between October 9 and January 26. The season starts with a bang, offering six writers in nine days, and ends on a high note in January when America's greatest living playwright, Arthur Miller, makes one of his rare visits to UEA. First off is Margaret Attwood on October 9. Definitely Canada's leading writer, her international reputation is now that she is published in fifteen languages. Following her on October 11 is comic writer T Coraghessan Boyle; although not as well known here as in the US, his new novel 'The Road to Wellville' is being published in the UK this October. By way of contrast, on October 12 the Pulitzer Prize winning poet John Asherby will be reading from some of his works, including 'Reported Sightings' and 'Self-Portrait in

a Convex Mirror'. Then Kurt Vonnegut, author of the classic American novel 'Slaughterhouse Five', makes a return appearance to UEA on October 13. The hectic first session of ap-

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To celebrate the release of 'The Fugitive', starring Harrison Ford, The Event has got together with Warner Home Video to give you the chance of winning Harrison Ford videos. We've got hold of three classic titles starring the Hollywood superstar: the widescreen version of 'Biaderunner' plus the two-on-a-tape release 'Frantic/Presumed Innocent.' Both retail at £12.99, but if you're

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Brickmakers

See Friday.

Lee Vasey 12 Piece - Blues and Jazz band (lunchtime)

Odeon See Friday.

Oval TBC

Cinema City

g' Of Mice and Men (PG) - John

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a. Malkovich stars in the screen

Nostalgia. 12 noon to 3pm.

~ 5pm .

Superskate

~ version of the Stein beck novel.

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Map of the Human Heart. lioi.li•a,jUL......:tii•u~.;.;;....;;~ ;::!. 7.30pm only.

Cannon Screen 1: The Fugitive (12) Harrison Ford stars in th is remake of the '60s TV series . See interview/review on page 9. 2.15pm , 5pm, 8.15pm . Screen 2 : The Firm (15} -Tom Cruise plays a lawyer in a corrupt company. See page 11 . 1.25pm, 4.40pm, Spm . Screen 3: Jurassic Park (PG) This summer's classic movie from Steven 'ET' Spielberg . See page 11 . 2pm , 5.15pm, 8.15pm. Screen 4: Much Ado About Nothing (PG) - Keanu Reeves, Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, need we say more? See page 11 . 3.30pm, 5.55pm , 8.35pm.

Odeon Screen 1: Sleepless In Seattle (PG) - Slushy, romantic and reviewed on page 11! 1 .20pm, 3.25pm , 5.30pm , 7.45pm . Screen 2: In the Line of Fire (15} - Nail-biting thriller with Glint Eastwood . See page 11 . 5.15pm, 7.55pm. Screen 3: Hot Shots! Part Deux (12)- Sequel to the hilarious Hot Shots, with Charlie 'Topper Harley' Sheen . See page 11 . 4.20pm , 6.30pm, 8.30pm .

Cinema City Norfolk Broads Film Show (U) archive films . 2.30pm. Map of the Human Heart (15) Eskimo boy and Indian girl meet in a hospital and fall in love. 5.45pm, 8.15pm

Theatre Royal Relative Values - Noel Coward comedy, starring Susan Hampshire and Sara 'Philadelphia' Crowe . 2.30pm , 7.30pm £3 £17.50

Maddermarket Theatre 'Trelawny of the Wells' Pinero's 'comedietta' about a theatre company. 7.30pm , tickets £2.50-£6.50.

Oval Second band competition semifinal - with No Mercy, Big Horse and Cuban Heels.

King's Head

Cannon

Brickmakers

Films are likely to remain as last Wednesday, but please phone to check precise details and times.

After Dark - soft rock group.

Theatre Royal

Oval

Sean Wilson - one of the biggest acts from the Irish Country scene spends an evening in Norwich. 7.30pm, £2- £8.50.

Odeon

King's Head

Films are likely to remain as last Wednesday, but please phone to check precise details and times.

Acme Blues Company.

Hy's

Map of the Human Heart. For times, see Wednesday. Bad Lieutenant (18}- Harvey Ke itel in a tale of corruption and degradation . 11pm

Club night.

Theatre Royal

Manhattan

See Wednesday. 7.30pm only.

Club Drinks Promtion , Budweiser £1.50 Pint.£3 Before 11pm/£5 After

As Wednesday.

Boswells

Norwich Arts Centre

NJQ. 9pm to midnight.

lgnacio Lozano and Jonathan Morgan - world class guitarists with a range of styles. Spm , £6/ £4 cone.

Girl of the Week.

Boswells Viva! 9pm to midnight.

Cinema City

Otts Davey Howe - Soul{jazz band.

Hy's

WildHearts and Monster - rock.

Maddermarket Theatre

Family Superskate 10.30am1pm, £2. Family Superskate 2pm-5pm, £2 .50. Collesseum (Games) Night 7pm-11pm, £3.50.

Ritzy Fast Trax 9 - 2am £1.00/£2 .00 After 11pm.

Superskate

Cannon

Boswells

Rave night. 7pm-11pm, £3.

See Friday.

60s, 70s and 80s disco. 9p· 2am

Ode on See Friday.

Hy's Club night.

Cinema City Ritzy 'GO'. 9pm- 2 am £1 .50 Before 11 pm/£2.50 After.

Cannon

Bric kmakers

See Friday.

Tush - rock group

Students Wewlcome Back Party. 9pm-2am .

Odeon

Oval

See Friday.

Xentrix, Sweet and Innocentrock.

Peppermi nt Park

Cinema City

Club night.

lvanhoe (PG) -adaptation of the Sir Waiter Scott novel. 2.30pm. Map of the Human Heart. For times, see Wednesday.

Manhattan

Superskate Family Superskate. 7pm-11 pm , £2.50.

Apres L'Amour (15)- ex1ramarital romps in Paris. 5.45pm, 8.15pm

Ritzy Nth Degree 9pm-2 am . £1 /£2 After 11pm.Free Before 11pm with NUS Student Card.

UEA

Kings Head Against the Grain - on the anniversary of the death of Jimmy Hendrix, a night of Hendrix music.

'Cricketing Memories' - an evening of chat with the Australian test player, Dennis Lillee, and the eccentric Derek Randall, assisted by County cricketer, Geoff Miller £8 and £9 adv.

Peppermint Pa rk. Student Night. 9pm-2am . Phone for price.

Superskate 'Rollermania' (Rock Night) 7pm11 pm, £2.

Theatre Royal See Wednesday.

Boswells

Maddermar ket

Beyond the Blues. 9pm to midnight.

See Wednesday. Performance also at 2.30pm .

Hy's Club night.

Norwich Puppet Theatre The Three Pigs - Pekko's Puppets tell their version of the original tale, accom panied by a Yorkshire Brass Band.2.30pm , Adults £3.00/Children £2.50/ Cones £2 .50.

Ritzy Furious Fun 9-2am £3 Before 10.30pm/£5 After

Manhattan Club night,£3/£5 Afte r 11 pm.

Cannon

Oval

Norwich Arts Centre

Superskate

See Wednesday.

TBC

Odeon

Boswells

Secret Society - Acid Jazz from the Mancunian 5-piece. Spm £6/£4 cone.

See Wednesday.

Lucas Soul Band. 9pm to midnight.

Family Superskate 10am12.30pm, £2 . Family Superskate 2pm-5pm, £2.50. 'Lethal Radiaton' 7pm-1 1pm, £3.50.

Cinema City Cinema closed .

Hy's Club night.

Theatre Royal See Wednesday. 7.30pm only.

Ritzy

Maddermarket Theatre

Partee .. . 9 - 2am £1 .00/£2 .00 After 11 pm.

As Wednesday.

Manhattan Clive Gregson- an evening of folk music. Spm , £6/£4 cone.

'Going Live'Live Band Night, featuring Eleventh Hour. £1 Before 11pm, £2 After.

Brickmakers

Superskate

Steptones - folk rock band.

'Back Seat of the Chevy'. ( 16+) 7pm-11pm , £3.

Norwich Arts Centre

Cannon

Oval

See Friday.

Noisebox promotion - Steerpike, Lemon Growers and Ivy- indie .

Odeon Cannon Cinema, Prince of Wales Road. Tel 623312 Odeon Cinema, Anglia Square. Tel 0426 932450 Cinema City, St Andrews Street. Tel 622047 Theatre Royal, Theatre Street. Tel 630000 Norwich Arts Centre, St Benedlcts Street. Tel 660352 Maddermarket Theatre, Maddermarket . Tel 620917 Puppet Theatre, St James' Whltefrlars. Tel 629921 Brlckmakers, Sprowston Road, Tel 426629 Kings Head, Magdalen Street. Tel 627998 Manhattan Nightclub, Dove Street. Tel 629060 The Oval Rock House, Dereham Road. Tel 748244 Peppermint Park, Rose Lane. Tel 764192 Ritzy Nightclub, Tombland. Tel 621541 UEA, Earlham Road. Tel 505401 Boswells/Hy's, Tombland. Tel 626099

See Friday.

Boswells

Cinema City

Candlelight and Romance with Jonathan Dodd. 9pm to midnight.

See Monday. Also 2.30pm

Theatre Royal

Hy's

Scrooge - a musical based on Dickens' novel, starring Stratford Johns and Anth ony Newley. 7.30pm, £3-£18.50

Club night.

Brickmakers Jam with Bully - 5 or 6 bands get up on stage and jam together.

Manhattan Talent Competition, Heat One. Admission free , phone for Details - Open to all forms of Talent. £500 First Prize.

Superskate Disco Night 7pm-11 pm. £2.50.

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MONDAY OCTOBER 11 Cannon

Brickmakers

See Friday, October 1.

See October 5.

Odeon

Boswells

See Friday, October 8.

See October 4.

Eric Bell Band - ex Thin Lizzy guitarist with his own group.

Cinema City

Hy's

Sofie (15) . 5.30pm, 8.15pm.

Club night.

King's Head

Norwich Puppet Theatre

Ritzy

Scratch the Cat - rhythm and blues/rock.

Nth Degree 9pm-2am.

£5 cone.

See Friday, October 1.

Brlckmakers Odeon

Kujo - rock group

See Friday, October 8.

Oval Cinema City See Monday Addams Family (PG) - television series comes to the big screen. 2.30pm.

See Tuesday. Also 2.30pm.

Boswells

Pied Piper - the old story of dancing rats and children. 11 am , Adults £3.50/Children £2.50/Concs £2.50

Alan Stuart Octet. 9pm to midnight.

Norwich Arts Centre Ennio Marchetto -see page 18. 8pm, £8/£6 cone.

Superskate

Hy's

Cannon See Friday, October 1.

tonight and Wednesday. 8pm, £5/£4 cone.

Odeon

Oval

See Friday, October 8.

India Night - Undermind and PLC.

Theatre Royal Cannon

Boswells

Norwich Puppet Theatre

See Friday.

Lee Vasey Band. 9pm to midnight.

Gritty Ditties - Puppetworks perform the the tale of Phi leas the Scarecrow, who has to save his field from drought. 2.30pm, Adults £3.50/Children £2.50/ Cones £2.50

Odeon See Friday.

Hy's Girl of the Week.

Cinema City See Monday.

Ritzy Furious Fun 9pm-2am .

GO 9pm-2am.

Norwich Arts Centre

Manhattan Club Night.

See Tuesday. Also 2.30pm.

Manhattan

Oval

Kemical Jazz. Upfront Dance Music, Funk, Hiphop.

The Julian Joseph Quartet -jazz from brilliant young pianist Joseph and his band. 8pm, £7/

Pitch Shifter, Treponem Pal and Spine Wrench.

Peppermint Park.

Superskate Cinema City

As last Saturday.

Head

Faf Siug All Star Blues Band.

Boswells

See Monday. Also 2.30pm.

See October 5.

Club night. Phone for details. ~fng's

Theatre Royal Cannon

Superskate

Hy's

La Clemenza di Tito - the Glyndeboume Touring Opera.7.15pm, £3 - £40.

See Friday, October 1.

As last Wednesday.

Club night

Manhattan

Odeon Norwich Puppet Theatre

See Friday, October 8.

non Friday.

Oval TBC

Odeon

8os wells

See Friday.

Brown Bottle Blues Band. 9pm to midnight.

Cinema City See Monday. Also 2.30pm.

Hy's Club night.

Theatre Royal See Tuesday. Also 2.30pm.

Partee ... 9pm-2am. Royal Opera House Garden Venture - "Therese Raquin".8pm, £81£5 cone.

"Going Live" Live Band Night. Phone for Details.

Bfi:kmakers

Superskate

Tyger Tiger- Tina Tumer-esque music.

As last Thursday.

Manhattan

Alexander Nevsky (PG) - a tale of 13th Century Russia, under threat from Teutonic Knights. 5pm. Tousles matins du monde (12)Gerard Depardieu plays 17th century composer Marin Marais, reminiscing on his apprenticeship. 7.30pm.

Theatre Royal Dirk Bogarde - the legendary film star. 7.30pm Christy Moore - acclaimed Irish Folk Singer. 9.30pm . Phone for ticket details.

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Talent Competetion, Heat Two. Phone for Details. Free Membership on Presentation of NUS Card.

Superskate As last Tuesday.

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Cinema City

Ritzy

Norwich Arts Centre

As last Monday.

Club night.

Ritzy

Theatre Royal

Manhattan "Slam" House/Rave/Dance music, phone for details.

last Friday.

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Brickmakers See October 3.

Odeon See last Friday. Definitely showing from this dato will be 'Tina: Whars Love Got To Do With 1r (18) - the true life story of Tina Turner. See page 10. (Hot Shots or In The Line of Fire will no longerbe screened).

Oval New Cranes and Rogues Gallery.

Boswells Broadside Swingtet. 12 noon to 3pm.

Cinema City See Monday plus Reservoir Dogs (18)- Plenty of violence in a robbery that goes badly wrong. 11pm.

Oval

Superskate

Engine - rhythm and blues.

As last Sunday.

King's Head Cheese Mechanics Blues Band.

UEA Lemonheads - heavenly pop, folky strum and heavy rock dynamics from the band who hit the charts with 'Mrs Robinson'. £8.50adv.

Boswells Chris Simmons Band, featuring Mike Capocci. 9pm to midnight.

Hy's Club night.

Theatre Royal See Tuesday.

Ritzy Fast Trax 9pm-2am.

Norwich Arts Centre Manhattan

Nola Rae and Sally Owen Mime artist and comic performer. 8pm, £6/£4 cone.

Club Drinks Promotion. Holsten Pils £1 .50 Pint. £3/£5 After 11 pm.

Brickmakers

Superskate

Serious Business - rock group.

As last Friday.

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