Stark Treachery. Flash races to save Dale and Princess Aura from an electrical trap. Black and white, Repeat.
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Cartoon adventures with the kind-hearted cat.
Cartoon capers from the Evergreen Forest. (Repeat)
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Introduced by Desmond Lynam at Aintree, featuring the Martell
Grand National. See today's choices.
â™¦ Making the Running: This Week, p6
12.15 Prologue A preview of the big race.
12.25 Football Focus Ray Stubbs looks at this weekend's FA Cup semi-final matches, Arsenal v Wolves at Villa Park, and Newcastle Utd v Sheffield Utd at Old Trafford. Plus Rangers v Celtic and Falkirk v Hearts in the Scottish Cup semi-finals.
1.05 Guide to the Grand National
Desmond Lynam talks to some of the trainers and jockeys associated with the race, including Jenny Pitman and twice champion Richard Dunwoody. Also latest news of the runners and riders from Clare
Balding, Richard Pitman. Jonathan Powell and Graham Rock, and the parade of past winners at 1.20, led by 1982 winner Grittar. Plus other races at 1.45, 2.20 and 2.55.
3.05 Grand National Build-Up
3.45 The Grand National Live coverage of the four-and-a-half gruelling miles and 30 fences. Commentary by Jim McGrath, John Hanmer and Tony O'Hehir. Highlights of the race can be seen at 11.35pm.
4.10 The Re-run Richard Pitman and Peter Scudamore review the entire race.
4.40 Final Score News and results, with further analysis of the Grand National. TV presentation (racing) Martin Hopkins and Malcolm Kemp; Editor Dave Gordon Stereo
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The Grand National
from 12.15pm BBC1
Saturday's Grandstand is dominated by coverage of the Aintree meeting that includes the 151st Grand National at 3.45pm: 30 fences over four-and-a-half miles, the world's most famous steeplechase. There's also news of the weekend's FA Cup semi-finals but, frankly, they will pale in comparison.
Today is the day that the closet punters emerge from the woodwork to place a once-a-year bet (a total of some Â£65 million), in the hope of winning on some ludicrous outsider. It's a great day. Sadly, there will be no Peter O'Sullevan, now retired; Jim McGrath assumes his duties. Ante-post joint favourites with one bookmaker at the time of writing are Him of Praise and Suny Bay. But who knows what will happen?
Presenter (Football Focus):
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Strong Stuff this insurance. The staff of Grace Brothers try to get fit for a group insurance scheme medical examination.
Written by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft
Jim Davidson returns with the snooker game show, refereed by John Virgo. This week's guest players are Peter Ebdon , Darren Morgan and Dennis Taylor. Director Richard Valentine ; Producer
Geoff Miles Stereo Subtitled ..........87
Gaby Roslin presents the series of shows offering the chance of dream fulfilment. This week's contestants include a trio of would-be super models, three space enthusiasts, and James Bond fans hoping for a film role. Director Patricia Mordecai ; Producer
Anthea Turner presents the new-look Saturday night lottery show, with co-host, comedian Patrick Kielty , in which studio contestants can win a cash prize of up to £100.000. Tonight's celebrityguests include
Coronation Street's Tina Hobley and Adam Rickett , and TV pre senter Julia Carling. Plus the regular National Lotterydraw.
Producer Philip Kampff ; Executive producer TonyWolfe Stereo Subtitled .... ♦ Tina Hobley 's TV Dinner: p 34
Parallel Lines. First of a new ten-part police drama series set in a northern urban crime area.
A woman's body is found floating in a canal, while new recruit
TerrySydenham (Paul Nicholls ) experiences his colleagues' humour. See today's choices.
Written by Tony Jordan ; Producer
John Yorke : Director Sallie Aprahamian
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Then National Lottery Update
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By David Renwick.
Another chance to see an episode of the first mystery series starring Alan Davies, Caroline Quentin.
A comedian is found dead in a room locked from the inside, but is it really suicide?
Another story can be seen on 18 April.
With Michael Buerk.
Weather Peter Cockroft
Highlights of two oftoday's FA
Premiership matches, including Eve rton's visit to Tottenham at
White Hart Lane. Plus a chance toenterthe March Goalofthe
Commentary by John Motson , Jon Champion and Gerald Sinstadt. Introduced by Ray Stubbs , with Trevor Brooking and Mark Lawrenson.
Producer Paul McNamara ; Editor Niall Sloane Repeated tomorrow at 6.30am
Highlights of the FACup semi-finals can be seen tomorrow at 10.25pm
BBC MATCH OFTHE DAY MAGAZINE: available monthly.
Afull review ofthis afternoon's race. With Clare Balding.
The last in the series of chat shows features Jimmy Tarbuck. Shown last Thursday
Guests include Olympic rowing champion Steve Redgrave and leadingjockey Richard Dunwoody. Shown last Monday Stereo ...
Zoe Ball with a rundown of the latest hits.
Followed by Weather
BBCljoins the news station.