Television: Today's Pick
Friday 19 December 1997
Friends/Frasier (9pm/10pm C4) Both come to the end of their respective series tonight, although Frasier is back in January (as is Friends for satellite dish renters). An inspired piece of casting has Teri Garr as Phoebe's long-lost mum, while the Ross/Rachel will they/won't they storyline heads for the cliffhanger. Frasier ends with an enjoyable episode - and a guest slot for Terminator's Linda Hamilton.
The Trial (12.50am BBC2) Orson Welles's rarely screened 1962 version of Kafka's novel, with Anthony Perkins in perhaps his greatest role after Norman Bates - Joseph K, the office clerk who gets arrested without being told why. Without recourse to the novel's interior mono-logue - and despite Welles's oft-stated lack of sympathy with Kafka, and indeed for Joseph K - something greater than just an honourable try emerges from this troubled European co-production. The sets alone are a must-see.
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