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Last Updated: Monday, 7 July, 2003, 14:37 GMT 15:37 UK
TV stars become oil paintings
Radio Times' National Treasures

Michael Parkinson, Michael Palin and Graham Norton have been named national TV treasures - and transformed into the subjects of their own masterpiece paintings to mark the honour.

Palin's face has replaced that of the Mona Lisa in an homage to the Da Vinci portrait while Parkinson has become an old maid in a reworking of Whistler's Mother by James Whistler.

The TV hall of fame has been compiled by Radio Times magazine, with 12 masterpieces given new faces.

Only Fools and Horses star David Jason has become Frans Hals' Laughing Cavalier while Graham Norton is now the subject of Van Gogh's Self-Portrait and Jonathan Ross is Gainsborough's Blue Boy.

Each star is being asked if they want a full-sized, framed copy of their new portrait, Radio Times editor Gill Hudson said.

"I'd love to see the paintings displayed in the National Portrait Gallery," she added.

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