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Monday, 1 July, 2002, 18:34 GMT 19:34 UK
Street star on the mend
Coronation Street actor Bill Tarmey is recovering well from a heart operation, despite experiencing complications.

The 61-year-old star, who plays Jack Duckworth in the Manchester soap, was moved out of intensive care a day earlier than expected after responding well.

But he was later moved back into the intensive care unit at the Alexandra Hospital in Greater Manchester after a reported minor heart attack.

"He is making good progress and even managed to walk to the progressive care unit himself, which is obviously a good sign," said a Granada spokeswoman.


MGM official stands down

Film studio Metro Goldwyn Mayer has replaced a key management figure after just one year in the job.

Worldwide marketing and distribution manager Robert Levin approached his bosses at the company and recommended they seek a replacement for his position.

The film studio has struggled recently with few big box offices successes.

Flops include Windtalkers, Hart's War and Rollerball.


Gormley's stones moved to British Library

A stone circle created by sculptor Antony Gormley has been lowered onto its new home on plinths outside the British Library in London.

The eight stones, called Planets, were commissioned 15 years ago after Gormley won a competition but because of funding problems it was indefinitely postponed.

Gormley was a relatively unknown artist at the time but now he is best-known for his giant Angel of the North sculpture in Newcastle.

The project, which will sit next to Sir Eduardo Paolozzi's bronze statue of Sir Isaac Newton, will be unveiled on 18 July.


ITV signs blockbuster deal

ITV has signed a deal with Universal Studios to secure the rights to its Hollywood blockbusters.

The deal means the network will be showing a number of big films including Ali G In Da House, About a Boy and The Mummy Returns.

As well as new releases ITV will also be assured of showing upcoming titles such as The Hulk and Red Dragon before any terrestrial channel in the UK.

ITV will also plough 100m into original new shows including the key area of drama.


McCartney's stamps go on sale

A set of postage stamps designed by Sir Paul McCartney is to go on sale in the Isle of Man.

The collection is to raise money for an anti-land mine charity.

The floral designs, said to reflect the ex-Beatle's fond memories of the island in the Irish Sea, have received the approval of Queen Elizabeth II.

The island's stamp bureau said it had printed 170,000 copies of stamps by McCartney, who is a keen amateur painter.

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