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Tuesday, 16 October, 2001, 14:28 GMT 15:28 UK
You interview the stars
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Melvyn Bragg
Jack Cardiff
Peter Carey
Michael Chabon
Jose Cura
Mick Fleetwood
Tony Hall
Joanne Harris
Fran Healy
Nichola Holt
Sylvester McCoy
Donny Osmond
Tony Parsons
Ridley Scott
Patrick Stewart
Pete Waterman
Paul Whitehouse
Tony Wilson
Norman Wisdom
Adrian Wootton



Tony Wilson
Tony Wilson has been one of the most influential figures in UK music
Tony Wilson: 27 September

Tony Wilson - organiser of the UK music industry's main conference, In The City - answered your questions at the start of the 2001 conference. Wilson ran the legendary Factory Records label and the Hašienda nightclub, and was instrumental in the rise of punk and acid house. His Hašienda story is told in the film, 24 Hour Party People, which stars comedian Steve Coogan as the former club boss.

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Fran Healy
Travis headlined slots at the Reading, Leeds and Glasgow festivals
Fran Healy: 26 August

Travis lead singer Fran Healy joined us for a forum in the midst of a set of headline gigs at the summer festivals. Healy answered questions about their shows, their music and its influence, hours before taking the stage to headline the Gig on the Green festival in the band's home town of Glasgow.

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Jose Cura
Cura has a black belt in Kung-fu and is a body builder
Jose Cura: 17 April

Argentinean singer Jose Cura - dubbed the "fourth tenor" - joined us for a forum ahead of appearing in Otello at the Royal Opera House. He was hoping to help change opera's elitist image and believed that the challenge was to keep opera alive and spontaneous.

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Donny Osmond
Osmond lives in Utah, USA, with his wife Debbie and their five sons
Donny Osmond: 4 April

70s pop star Donny Osmond came into BBC News Online to answer your questions during a tour of the UK to promote his album This Is the Moment. Donny was part of the infamous 70s family singing group, The Osmonds. His career has spanned over 35 years. By the time he was a teenager he had become one of the most popular and successful stars in pop history.

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Peter Waterman
Waterman is responsible for 21 UK number one records
Pete Waterman: 26 July

Pop impresario Pete Waterman answered your questions in a live forum as it was announced he was to be a judge on reality TV show Pop Idol. Waterman has been a major influence on the UK music business for 20 years, launching acts from Kylie Minogue to Steps.

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Ridley Scott
Scott followed Gladiator with the sequel to Silence of the Lambs
Ridley Scott: 24 March

Acclaimed film director Ridley Scott joined us for a forum ahead of the 2001 Academy Award ceremony. His Roman epic Gladiator won five Oscars including best picture and best actor. Click below to hear a frank and engaging interview with the British-born director who started his career as a set designer for the BBC.

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Norman Wisdom
Wisdom won a British Academy Award in 1953 for his first film
Norman Wisdom: 19 November

Veteran comic actor Sir Norman Wisdom joined us for a forum ahead of the Children's Wish Foundation's annual ball which he was supporting. Sir Norman, who was one of the biggest box-office draws of the 1950s, has been entertaining audiences for more than half a century.

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Patrick Stewart
Stewart is a global star through his role in Star Trek
Patrick Stewart: 24 September

Actor Patrick Stewart joined us for a forum upon returning to his native Yorkshire to star in Johnson Over Jordan by JB Priestley at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. He is known to millions of Star Trek fans as the unflappable Captain Jean-Luc Picard.

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Adrian Wootton
Mr Wootton revamped the programming policy at the NFT
Adrian Wootton: 28 March

Head of Exhibitions at the National Film Theatre and director of the London Film Festival, Adrian Wootton, joined us for a live forum to discuss the state of the British film industry following its poor performance at the Oscars.

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Jack Cardiff
Cardiff answered your questions ahead of recieving his Oscar
Jack Cardiff: 25 March

British cinematographer Jack Cardiff joined BBC News Online for a live forum from Los Angeles, where he won an Oscar for lifetime achievement at the Academy Awards. Marilyn Monroe once described him as "the best in the world".

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Peter Carey
Carey also scooped the Booker Prize in 1988 with Oscar and Lucinda
Peter Carey: 18 October

Author Peter Carey answered your questions in a live forum, just hours after winning the prestigious 2001 Booker Prize for his novel, The True History of the Kelly Gang. His book is the fictionalised memoirs of outlaw and Australian folk hero Ned Kelly.

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Tony Hall
Mr Hall spent 10 years as director of BBC News
Tony Hall: 10 September

Former BBC executive Tony Hall answered your questions following his appointment as Royal Opera House chief. Many have described his job as a poisoned chalice, saying the house is one most difficult arts bodies to run.

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Tony Parsons
Many see Parsons as a voice for modern men
Tony Parsons: 10 July

Rock journalist turned cultural pundit Tony Parsons joined us for a live forum to discuss his new novel One For My Baby. His previous work, Man and Boy, was a major hit on its release in 1999.

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Melvyn Bragg
Bragg became a Labour peer in 1998
Melvyn Bragg: 15 June

Broadcaster and author Melvyn Bragg joined us for a live forum just before the release of his 16th novel, A Son of War, the sequel to his award-winning The Soldier's Return.

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Michael Chabon was asked to write a script for the X-Men movie
Michael Chabon and wife Ayelet Waldman
Michael Chabon: 15 May

Author Michael Chabon answered your questions after winning the Pulitzer Prize for Literature for his novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. The book chronicles the rise of two Jewish cousins who write comic books in the late '30s and '40s.

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Joanne Harris
Ms Harris hit the big time with Chocolat in 1999
Joanne Harris: 29 March

Author Joanne Harris answered your questions following the release of her book Five Quarters of Orange. The former Leeds Grammar School teacher also wrote Chocolat, which became an international best-seller and was made into a Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche.

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Sylvester McCoy
Sylvester McCoy picks up his seventh Doctor role
Sylvester McCoy: 17 July

Scottish actor Sylvester McCoy (and a Dalek) answered your questions about the return of Doctor Who in 2001. McCoy is probably best known as the seventh Doctor Who from 1987-89. He returned to the role in July for the first Doctor Who adventure since 1996, and the first Doctor Who online drama.

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Nichola Holt
Nichola Holt at her eviction from the Big Brother house
Nichola Holt: 29 May

Former member of the original Big Brother house Nichola Holt answered your questions at the start of the second series. She was the fourth contestant to be voted out. Since leaving the reality TV show she has released a pop single, but is now concentrating on her first love, fashion design.

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Paul Whitehouse
Happiness is written by, and stars Whitehouse
Paul Whitehouse: 19 March

Paul Whitehouse came into BBC News Online to answer your questions just days before his sitcom, Happiness, aired on BBC 2. Whitehouse began his comedy writing career with Harry Enfield in the mid-80s before working in a variety of productions including A Bit of Fry and Laurie and The Fast Show.

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