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Have I Got Viewers For You. The upheavals that had - allegedly - beset Have I Got News For You with the departure of longtime series producer Harry Thompson and team captain Paul Merton are not reflected in the viewing figures for the first episode in the new series. In the week ending 21 April, the topical news quiz netted a gargantuan 8.76m viewers. Admittedly, the programme was helped by the appearance of Merton as a guest, but it still stood more than two million viewers ahead of its nearest BBC2 rival, the spookily popular X Files. Any more of this kind of behaviour and the show will have to follow in the footsteps of French and Saunders and Harry Enfield - upstairs to BBC1.

What with the runaway success of Danny Boyle's Trainspotting and Gillies and Billy MacKinnon's Small Faces, it's a boom time for Scottish filmmakers. The industry north of the border received another boost this week with the news that BBC Scotland is starting to film a four-part adaptation of The Crow Road, Iain Banks's novel. Directed by Gavin Millar (Pat and Margaret) and produced by Bradley Adams (An Ungentlemanly Act), the serial is being shot on the west coast of Scotland and stars Joseph McFadden (from Small Faces) as the young man searching for his long-lost uncle Rory (Peter Capaldi). It will be screened on BBC2 this autumn.

Although the Premiership season is now over, fans of BBC2's Fantasy Football League should not hang up their replica shirts in their cupboards quite yet. Frank Skinner and David Baddiel will be presenting three special programmes during Euro 96. Among the guests already confirmed are Sasha Distel (representing France) and the Crankies (Scotland). The producers are still in hot pursuit of Rod Stewart (left) as another Scotland supporter, but, sadly, Bernard Matthews has politely turned down their request for him to come on as a representative of Turkey.

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