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Wednesday, 6 March, 2002, 16:28 GMT
Klingons lead Channel 4's spring
The new series of Star Trek debuts on Channel 4
The new series of Star Trek debuts on Channel 4
Transsexuals, Tony Blair and klingons are some of the highlights unveiled by Channel 4 for its spring and summer season.

The broadcaster has announced a new package of home grown and international shows.

One of the more controversial programmes is an insider's view of Tony Blair's government by Mo Mowlam.

Robbie William's documentary was recently in cinemas
Robbie William's documentary was recently in cinemas
She promises to paint a frank picture of her views about political power in the UK following her fall from favour after her departure from the post of Northern Ireland secretary.

She said of the film: "I want to be honest about why I left because otherwise it's difficult for people to understand."

The station's director of programmes, Tim Gardam, admitted the show would be embarrassing for Mr Blair.

There are new series of hit US shows Friends, Will and Grace and South Park, and also returning is the reality show Big Brother.

New Star Trek series Enterprise also makes its terrestrial debut on Channel 4.

Former Quantum Leap star Scott Bakula takes charge of the new crew in the science-fiction programme.

Controversy

A two-part programme on male-to-female sex changes will be shown in May, and comedian Scott Capuro will present a show highlighting the gay sex lives of the animal world.

Scott Capuro looks at gay sex in the animal world
Scott Capuro looks at gay sex in the animal world
Graham Norton will host a new nightly chat show and the comedian is promising it will be as fun as his weekly programme.

He said: "It's a daily treat rather than just a weekly fix. I can't wait to be stripped."

Former 11 O'Clock show hosts Daisy Donovan and Iain Lee also return with their own programmes.

Lee fronts The First Television Show in which celebrities reminisce about memorable firsts in their lives.

Donovan hosts a topical comedy show Does Doug Know, as well as her own wacky series of investigations, Daisy Daisy.

New comedy Bodily Harm, starring Timothy Spall, George Cole and Annette Crosbie, will also be aired in June.

Musical

Robbie Williams' documentary Nobody, Somebody, which was recently released in the cinemas, will be shown in April.

Timothy Spall stars in new comedy show Bodily Harm
Timothy Spall stars in new comedy show Bodily Harm
Other movies on Channel 4 include Matt Dillon's Wild Things, horror film The Faculty and hit comedy American Pie.

Opera fans are also being catered for, with a new version of Romeo and Juliet being aired in May.

It will star Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu as the doomed lovers, with Barbara Willis-Sweete directing.

On the fifth anniversary of Princess Diana's death, Channel 4 will show an opera on how people's lives were changed on the day of her death.

The station is also screening a "Big Brother meets Upstairs Downstairs" style show, The Edwardian Country House.

Like the successful 1900 House and 1940s' House programmes, a group of volunteers is taken back in time to recreate a past era.

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