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Last Updated:  Friday, 28 March, 2003, 18:26 GMT
Award-winning writer Jackson dies
Award-winning TV screenwriter Leigh Jackson, whose credits include The Project and Other People's Children, has died after a long fight against cancer.

Jackson, who was 53, won a Bafta award for his work on Warriors and The Project, a drama about New Labour spin doctors, received critical acclaim when it aired in 2002.

Jane Tranter, BBC controller of drama commissioning, said: "He was able to make to make complex subjects popular and was one of our most accomplished and highly regarded television writers."

The BBC will be setting up a writer's bursary in Mr Jackson's name to celebrate and commemorate his contribution to British television drama.


War fears wipe out Rowland tour

Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland has postponed her UK solo UK tour over fears about the war in Iraq.

She was due to play dates in Britain and Europe in April but after taking travel advice from US authorities she has postponed until September.

"It was very hard to postpone these shows because of all the love I feel for the fans. I am praying for quick end to the fighting and for all humanity to live in a truly peaceful world," she said.

Destiny's Child postponed their world tour in the wake of the 11 September atrocities.


Springsteen loses council fight

Some 50,000 fans hoping to see Bruce Springsteen in Manchester are to be disappointed after the local council rejected a licensing application for the event.

Residents living around the stadium had complained about noise and crowd problems surrounding previous events, especially last year's Oasis concerts.

Organisers now face having to refund the tickets.

Springsteen was due to play the night in Manchester as well as two concerts in London as part of his latest European tour.


Fans given intimate Westlife show

Westlife played a rare low-key concert on Thursday night to an intimate crowd of competition winners.

The Irish singers performed a short set to around 400 fans at the opening night of Manchester nightclub Lucid.

The five-man outfit struggled to hear themselves over the sound of screaming girls and fielded underwear thrown at them from the audience.

Stars from Coronation Street, Brookside and Hollyoaks watched the concert on screens from elsewhere in the club.


Blue plaques for film stars' seats

Blue plaques are being placed on seats at a London cinema which have accommodated some of the world's most famous film stars.

They commemorate actors who have appeared at premières or awards ceremonies at the Odeon, Leicester Square.

The first to be recognised are Bafta winners Sir Michael Caine, Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman, Daniel Day-Lewis, Catherine Zeta Jones and Jim Broadbent.

Stars must have won either and Oscar or Bafta to qualify.





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