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Thursday, 21 March, 2002, 17:58 GMT
Mornington Crescent honours Rushton
Comedian Willie Rushton, who died in 1996, has been honoured by the unveiling of a plaque at a London tube station.

Comic Heritage placed the plaque in the ticket hall of Mornington Crescent station to honour the satirist, a leading exponent of the Mornington Crescent panel game on BBC Radio 4's I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue.

Fellow panelists Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden were at the unveiling - along with 200 fans.

London Underground's Jeff Mills said: "We are delighted to honour this much-loved comic raconteur - Willie's plaque will provide a complimentary and fitting tribute to be enjoyed by the thousands of customers who pass through this station daily."


Broadway's British invasion continues

On Thursday a Royal National Theatre production of Oklahoma! becomes the latest show in the British invasion of New York's Broadway.

Produced by impresario Cameron Mackintosh, it has already taken more than 8 million in advance ticket sales - a record for a revived musical.

Trevor Nunn has directed the show, which was written by Americans Rodgers and Hammerstein and first played Broadway in 1943.

Josephina Gabrielle will star alongside American actor Patrick Wilson, after much of the UK cast was replaced by local talent when the US union Actors Equity objected to presenting the West End version wholesale.


Human rights festival opens

The sixth annual Human Rights Watch International Film Festival opens in London on Thursday evening.

The festival, attended by film makers from around the world, showcases movies with a human rights theme at Brixton's Ritzy cinema and the Everyman in Hampstead.

Greek director Costa Gavras is attending the opening night, a showing of his film Amen about the alleged complicity of the Vatican with the Nazi regime in Europe.

British director Ken Loach is also presenting a screening of his film The Navigators, about the privatisation of British Rail, on 25 March.


US politician backs Bono

U2 singer Bono and US treasury secretary Paul O'Neill are to visit Africa together next month to see the effects poverty and Aids have had on the continent.

The Irish singer is at the forefront of appeals to help developing countries and attends meetings worldwide to draw attention to the issue.

During a press conference at a United Nations Mr O'Neill said he has the utmost "respect" for Bono.

"This is a person who has invested enough of his own time and energy to learn about and go see on the ground what life is like," he said.


'O Brother' hangs on to top spot

Grammy-award winning soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou? has hung onto the number one spot in the US charts for a second week.

The CD, which has been out for 64 weeks, held off competition from boyband B2K, who entered at number two on the Billboard countdown.

Jennifer Lopez remains on top of the singles chart with the remix of Ain't It Funny.

Kylie Minogue's rise to the top has been halted - Can't Get You Out Of My Head is down three places to number 10.


Grant to play prime minister

Actor Hugh Grant is to play the prime minister in new romantic-comedy film, Love Actually, directed by Richard Curtis, according to reports.

Variety said the movie is the first directorial effort from writer Curtis, who helped script Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill.

Sense and Sensibility actress Emma Thompson is said to be in talks to star as his sister.

The movie will feature 10 different story strands, which reach a climax on Christmas Eve.

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