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Thursday, 29 August, 2002, 15:47 GMT 16:47 UK
Boyzone's Duffy returns to Street
Former Boyzone star Keith Duffy is to return to ITV1's long-running soap opera Coronation Street, the programme's chiefs have said.

The star first appeared in the soap earlier this summer when he was given the part of Irish womaniser Ciaran McCarthy.

"I had the most fantastic time working with the cast earlier this year and am really looking forward to meeting up with them all again," said Duffy.

Details of his release are being kept secret, but it is thought his second spell will last well into next year.


New row over 'Hitler' euro film A move to show an anti-euro film containing a Hitler parody in Northern Ireland's cinemas has been attacked.

Nationalist SDLP Assembly member Alban Maginness called for the Hitler scene - played by Rik Mayall - to be cut out of the 90-second film, which is set to be screened from Friday.

The advert features Live Aid founder and pop star, Bob Geldof, comedians Harry Enfield, Vic Reeves, musician Jools Holland and Northern Ireland-born Labour MP Kate Hoey.

Ms Hoey, a former Sports Minister Ms Hoey defended the parody of Hitler, saying the campaign would "reach out beyond conventional party politics".


Painting sells for Scottish record A work by John Frederick Herring senior was sold on Wednesday for 523,650, including the buyer's premium.

The price, reached during the auction at Gleneagles Hotel, in Perthshire, is the highest paid for a painting in Scotland.

The Victorian picture, depicting a Highland hunting party, is called The Halt and had been valued between 350,000 and 450,000.

The previous most expensive painting sold in Scotland was The Black Bottle, by Samuel Peploe, which fetched 520,750.


Hillbillies inspire new reality show

US TV network CBS is scouting for a rural, rustic but engaging family to star in a new reality TV show inspired by 1960s sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies.

The series is currently under the working title The Real Beverly Hillbillies, and could be launched in spring or summer 2003, according to a CBS spokesman.

The network said it is looking for a multi-generational family of five or six, ideally ranging from children to grandparents - willing to relocate to the exclusive Los Angeles district for a year.

CBS, which brought such reality hits as Survivor and Big Brother to the US, owns the rights to the Beverly Hillbillies title, which originally ran from 1962 to 1971.


Pepsi drops rap TV ads

Pepsi's latest 30-second advertisement featuring rapper Ludacris has been withdrawn because of consumer complaints about his sexually explicit, profanity-laden lyrics.

"We've heard from a number of people that were uncomfortable with our association with this artist," Pepsi-Cola of North America said in a statement.

The move came after a cable TV host, Bill O'Reilly, called Pepsi "immoral" for using Ludacris to promote its product and urged his viewers to boycott the drinks company.

The Atlanta-based Ludacris, a big name in hip-hop, has earned a reputation for his outspoken lyrics.


Grasshoppers secure Elton John tickets

A fan of UK singer Sir Elton John has won tickets to a concert in Canada's farming belt by catching 38,000 grasshoppers.

Brandy Elliott won his prize after it was launched in Saskatchewan, a province with vast fields of wheat currently plagued by an invasion of grasshoppers.

Ms Elliott was one of more than 100 residents to respond to the contest launched by a popular radio show for Sir Elton's concert in Regina, Saskatchewan on Friday.

"All I kept thinking is, is this enough?" said Ms Elliott, after her win was announced.


Raquel Welch meets her Bolivian family

Film star Raquel Welch has made her first visit to her ancestral homeland of Bolivia.

The 61-year-old sex symbol, born Jo-Raquel Tejada in Chicago to a Bolivian father and American mother, came to the South American country to meet her father's family in private.

The actress was also to receive an award from the Ibero-American Film Festival in the tropical town of Santa Cruz at the foot of the Andean mountain range.

Welch, who starred in films including One Million Years BC and Myra Breckinridge, has said she regrets not revealing her Hispanic heritage until later in life.

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