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Wednesday, August 12, 1998 Published at 17:48 GMT 18:48 UK


An evening with Bridget Jones

Bridget Jones's wayward lifestyle will be under scrutiny

The best-selling Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding is to be the subject of a whole evening's entertainment on BBC 2, later this year.

The chain-smoking, wine-swilling, man-hunting nineties heroine of the book will provide for "light-hearted" discussions on the dating game, single women role models in TV and thirty-something singles.

[ image: The bible of the single thirtysomething]
The bible of the single thirtysomething
During the themed evening there will also be a repeat of a classic sitcom which focuses on single women, the probable choice being either The Liver Birds, Girls on Top or Take Three Girls.

A BBC spokeswoman said: "It will not be an evening about the book, it will be a light-hearted and entertaining look at the Bridge Jones phenomenon.

"I think a lot of women identify with elements of the character, not all of them single."

But if you are someone who is looking for Mr Right, then tune in at the start of the evening for the first programme, called How To Meet The Perfect Man.

Fashion journalist Lowri Turner will look at dating agencies and books that advise the single girl on how to find the man of her dreams.

Cigarettes and alcohol

Bridget Jones was first invented in a spoof weekly diary in The Independent newspaper.

Her unstable love life is created by endless dramas with unsavoury boyfriends and heightens her hatred for all her "smug married" friends.

And at the beginning of every diary entry, Bridget catalogues her calorie, cigarette and alcohol intake of the past 24 hours.

The book has sold millions of copies on both sides of the Atlantic, making her one of the publishing sensations of the decade.

[ image: The American version? Ally McBeal, played by Calista Flockhart]
The American version? Ally McBeal, played by Calista Flockhart
A film is also under development by the producers of the award-winning Four Weddings and a Funeral.

But the closest thing so far to a television version of the book has come in the form of hit American sitcom, Ally McBeal, whose central character of the same name is also traumatised by singledom and ex-boyfriends.

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