The Christians (ITV, 6.15 pm) Animal Magic used to open with a shot of a giant tortoise dribbling over a mouthful of lettuce. Now we get !Limber Gascoigne mouthing his personal view of Christianity to put the children off their tea, This week he says: "The Indians, very sensibly, pray to all the gods they can.This is on the level of: "The chemist very sensibly wolfs down all the drugs he can lay his hands on," Nevertheless, Bamber's smelly telly treat still brings the jackal
TV buffs sniffing at the seasonal slime.
Song by Song (ITV, 10.15 pm) Ned Sherrin has been coaxed out to introduce songs by Cole Porter, whom I now discover was born in Peru (Peru, Indiana, that is). Carefree Porter died an irritable, one-legged drunkard in 1964.
Panorama (BBC', 8.10 pm). More people in recent years have got divorced than married. Mr Leo Abse the MP who
introduced the 1969 Divorce Law Reform Bill appears in the studio as an opponent of some of its effects.
Animal World: The Curious Cat (BBC2, 6.15 pm). Pictures of four feral cats in Devon. This has been on before, surely. At least it is tree from the Gerald Durrell-type argle-bargle about man being the most inexcusable predator. Homo hominis lupus. Tra la la. But of course the life of the wild pussy is nasty brutish and short. A dog's
The Trials of Oscar Wilde (BBC!, 10.50 pm). A 1960 film starring Peter Finch as Oscar, James Mason as Sir Edward Carson and Lionel Jeffries as Bosie's daddy.
25 Years of Rock (Sunday and Thursday. 7.2 pm). Eddie Cochran's time this week. Cochran's career can now be
seen in its full brilliance. which ended with a decisive bang.
The Selfish Giant (Tuesday. 8.20 pm). Lyrics by Peter Rapsey, music by Alan Dixon for this performance by Ian Wallace, Hilary Weston, 70 children and orchestra based On Wilde's short story.
BBC Radio Carlisle • (Sunday, 11.15 am) A programme on the Benedictines for the 1500th anniversary and Cardinal Hume's visit to Cumbria.