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Friday, 21 December, 2001, 14:23 GMT
Corrie credits change
The UK's oldest soap is getting a facelift as its opening credits are changed for only the fifth time in its 41-year history.

The new opening shots will give viewers a wider insight into the fictional area of Weatherfield from 7 January, although the music will not change.

Computer trickery has been used to create rows of terraced houses and shops to allow an aerial shot of the street to be shown.

Until now, any aerial shot of the Street would have shown the set surrounded by the Granada Television studios in Manchester.


No cash for questions

Neil and Christine Hamilton will be seen failing to win big money on a special edition of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

The pair used a lifeline on the 200 pop question and botched the 8,000 teaser, bringing their winnings down to 1,000.

Christine Hamilton breaks down in tears after losing the cash in the Boxing Day charity show.

Other celebrity contestants include Frank Skinner, David Baddiel and Jimmy and Liza Tarbuck.


Edinburgh Film Festival hits the road

Scotland's famous film festival is to go on the road as part of a year-long venture.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival will tour the UK to raise the profile of the main event in August.

The first event, called Early Spring, will feature seven foreign films screened in March at Edinburgh's Filmhouse cinema, before going on tour to Glasgow and London.

There are also plans for lectures by leading producers, writers and directors.


Sting throws 3,000 bash for son

Sting forked out 3,000 to hire a former steel works for his son's birthday party.

The star brought family and friends to the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham for Giacomo's sixth birthday.

And he took to the mike to sing the Police hit Message in a Bottle to guests on the Airy Scary Music Machine, one of the centre's attractions.


Rock star guilty of wife battering

Stone Temple Pilots lead singer Scott Weiland has pleaded guilty to domestic battery after his arrest for fighting with his wife in a Las Vegas hotel.

His guilty plea means that if he stays out of trouble for six months and attends counselling sessions then the case will be dismissed.

A judge approved the plea bargain after Weiland's lawyer said the singer did not want to put his wife Mary through a court case.

Weiland, a drug addict, was arrested in November after arguing with his wife at the Hard Rock Hotel, while the couple's 18-year-old son was in the room.


Buffy creator sets sights on space

Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is finalising a deal with Fox to make a new TV series - set 500 years in the future.

He will write, executive produce and direct the show's pilot, which has the working title Firefly.

Describing the show as part-Western, part space-drama, Whedon said it would in some respects be "anti-Star Trek", with no aliens or other monsters.

Fox has committed itself to 13 episodes of the show, which will be produced by Whedon's Mutant Enemy Productions and 20th Century Fox Television under a new deal between the two.

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