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Monday, March 22, 1999 Published at 11:23 GMT


B*Witched set chart record

B*Witched: Top 10 now a family affair

Irish girl group B*Witched have become the first group to see their first four singles go straight into the charts at number one.

Blame It On The Weatherman adds to a winning run started with last year's debut C'Est La Vie.

Pundits predicted the foursome - Keavy and Edele Lynch, Lindsay Armaou and Sinead O'Carroll - would fall short of the record after stores showed continuing strong sales for Boyzone's charity record When The Going Gets Tough.

But B*Witched won the battle - also helping to make the UK top 10 a family affair.

Keavy and Edele are the sisters of Boyzone singer Shane Lynch - making it the first time a group has replaced members of their own family at number one.

The Spice Girls went to number one with their first six singles - but their debut Wannabe did not enter the chart at number one.

In another surprise, veteran singer Andy Williams returned to the UK charts after 24 years, when the reissue of his single Music To Watch The Girls By entered the chart at number nine.

The song, which only reached number 33 when it was released in 1967, is currently being used in commercials for Fiat Punto cars.

Docherty leaves Channel 5 chat show

[ image: Jack Docherty: Quitting Channel 5 after two years]
Jack Docherty: Quitting Channel 5 after two years
Channel 5 chat show host Jack Docherty is leaving his programme - because he feels his programme has "burned out".

The comedian's show was one of the channel's flagships when it launched two years ago. But now he is running out of star guests - and he has told the network's bosses he wants to call it a day.

He said: "It's been an incredible experience, and very exciting to have been in at the launch of a new channel.

"It was a great achievement to have been the only five-night-a-week chat show on British television."

But as Channel 5 changed its "stripped and stranded" launch schedule, the show was cut back over time to run on two nights a week.

Topless model Melinda Messenger's stints deputising for Docherty pulled in higher ratings, and comedian Graham Norton also blossomed while filling Docherty's shoes, and now has his own Channel 4 show.

Channel 5's director of programmes Dawn Airey said: "Jack's personality and the format of his show helped establish the channel's identity - brave, fast and irreverent."

Pre-recorded shows will keep Docherty on Channel 5 until 23 June.

Lottery saved from unlucky streak

Lottery draw host Brian Conley saved his show's dignity on Saturday night - when he stopped a streaker from interrupting the prize draw.

The 36-year-old comedian spotted the man just before the draw took place live on BBC One - and rugby-tackled him to the ground.

A spokesman for Conley said: "He was doing his link just before the draw took place when out of the corner of his eye he saw a guy come running down the stairs stripping off his suit which was held together by Velcro.

"He was running down and Brian rugby-tackled him to the ground and basically saved the draw. He had written on his back the show's catchphrase: 'The balls decide.'"

He man was led away by guards at BBC Television Centre in London. A BBC spokeswoman said it was a "prank" by a member of the audience.

A 34-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of indecent behaviour, and was bailed to return to Hammersmith police station on 29 March pending further inquiries.

Titanic voted listeners' favourite

BBC Radio 1 listeners have voted Titanic their favourite film of all time in the station's Movies Of The Millennium poll.

Oscars '99
The blockbuster sneaked in just ahead of revived sci-fi classic Star Wars in the poll, conducted to coincide with the Oscars.

The rest of the list is dominated by 1990s film, with only It's A Wonderful Life - Franz Capra's 1946 film starring James Stewart - representing older movies in the Top 10.

The Full Monty was named Best Comedy, and tied for Best British Film with Trainspotting.

Grease won Best Film Musical, Dirty Dancing won Best Soundtrack, while Sean Connery and Whoopi Goldberg were best actor and actress.

The Spice Girls' movie Spice World was named the worst film ever made.

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