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Thursday, September 3, 1998 Published at 12:31 GMT 13:31 UK


EastEnders cleans up

EastEnders stars Patsy Palmer, Sid Owen and Martine McCutcheon last night

BBC One soap opera EastEnders scored at hat-trick of prizes at the TV Quick magazine awards ceremony in London on Wednesday night.

The Cockney drama won best soap prize, while actors Ross Kemp and Martine McCutcheon - warring couple Grant and Tiffany Mitchell - walked away with the best actor and actress gongs, voted for by readers of the listings magazine.

Collecting his prize, Mr Kemp said: "People have a go at all soaps, but the people you see on screen are giving their all 52 weeks a year." He also said he believed Britain made the best soaps in the world.

Stars of ITV rival Coronation Street had reason to be cheerful though - the wrongful imprisonment of Deirdre Rachid, which drew comment from Prime Minister Tony Blair, was voted best storyline.

Anna Brecon - raunchy Lady Tara Oakwell in Emmerdale - triumphed in the best soap newcomer category, but she has already left the show to concentrate on other projects.

Best actress overall was Pauline Quirke for her portrayal of an unlikely seductress in Real Women, while Robson Green won best actor for the second year running for his part in Touching Evil, which also won best police show.

In other categories, The Big Breakfast duo Johnny Vaughan and Denise Van Outen won best entertainment presenters, Lily Savage was funniest person on television, Stars In Their Eyes was named best entertainment programme and Rolf Harris's Animal Hospital won best factual programme.

[ image: Rolling Stones: Seeing the world]
Rolling Stones: Seeing the world
Rolling Stones' Turkish delight

The Rolling Stones will play their first-ever concert in Turkey this month - with 40,000 fans expected to turn up.

The £2.5m gig on September 13 - part of the final stage of their Bridges to Babylon tour - will take place in Istanbul's Ali Sami Yen stadium.

Last month the group played their first gigs in Russia, including one to more than 80,000 people in Moscow.

[ image: Derek Jacobi: Heart set on Hollywood]
Derek Jacobi: Heart set on Hollywood
Coming soon - Jacobi: The Movie

I Claudius and Cadfael star Sir Derek Jacobi has two burning desires - to make it big as a Hollywood actor and to appear in a sitcom.

Now he's approaching 60 he wants a bit more variety in his career - and has shed some of his old preconceptions about big budget blockbusters.

"The last third of my life I want to do more movies. I used to have this attitude about film that was, 'That's not proper acting,' but now I know it's just a different form of acting," he said.

Sir Derek said he'd also love to try comedy, but he never gets asked.

He added: "People think 'He's too posh and classical.' But I most certainly am not!"

[ image: Sammy Davis Jr with Rat Pack pal Frank Sinatra]
Sammy Davis Jr with Rat Pack pal Frank Sinatra
Sammy Davis Jr show for the stage

Legendary producer Quincy Jones is off to France to work with Doctor Doolittle composer Leslie Bricusse on a musical about the life of Rat Packer Sammy Davis Jr.

Jones, 65, who produced Michael Jackson's record-breaking Thriller album, is enthralled by the project.

"Sammy's is a wild story. Leslie and I don't have to read the books about it, we lived the books. I knew Sammy from the time I was 12 years old."

Davis died of throat cancer in 1990 aged 64.

Broderick just hanging around

Godzilla star Matthew Broderick has been hanging around rather a lot on the set of his new picture Inspector Gadget.

He has just finished a scene for which he had to hang upside down from wires - for a week.

He said afterwards: "You can't do that for very long without feeling nauseous unless you're a yoga person."

The sets have been specially-built to look as though everything is upside down, and he has been wearing clothes designed to look like they're falling upwards.

Deep Purple man on assault charge

Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan has been charged with assault after he allegedly hit a security guard on the head with a microphone during a gig in the US.

The guard, Michael Kennedy, was trying to move an unruly fan from near the stage at the concert in Michigan on August 15 when Gillan, 53, is said to have struck him. He suffered a small cut.

The band, who have been described as "classical meets heavy metal", will be playing shows in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow from October 14.

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