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Last Updated: Friday, 27 February, 2004, 15:45 GMT
McGovern pens gunpowder plot drama
Award-winning writer Jimmy McGovern's historical drama based on the 17th Century gunpowder plot will air on BBC Two next month.

The drama will be shown as two separate films exploring on the lives of Mary Queen of Scots and her son James I and the events building up to the plot of 1605.

The programmes will be directed by Gillies MacKinnon, whose film credits include Pure, Regeneration, Hideous Kinky and Small Faces.

The drama will star Robert Carlyle, Emelia Fox, Daniella Nardini and Paul Nicholls.


US film chief given Heston award

Jack Valenti, head of the trade group that oversees the movie-ratings system in the US, has received the American Film Institute's Charlton Heston Award.

The Motion Picture Association of America chief was presented with the award for distinguished contributions to the film and television industries.

The award was given to him by Sony Corporation's CEO Howard Stringer.

"Jack Valenti is the eloquent voice of the film community to the world," Mr Stringer said.


Kylie considers motherhood at 35

Singer Kylie Minogue is afraid time is running out for her to have children, she has told Michael Parkinson.

The 35-year-old said becoming a mother would be "the best thing I've ever done", in a BBC One interview to be broadcast on Saturday.

"It's not too late, but obviously a woman of my age can't help but think about those things," she said.

Minogue said it would be "wonderful" to marry, but revealed no plans to wed her actor boyfriend Olivier Martinez.


Puddle of Mudd singer arrested

The lead singer of US rock band Puddle of Mudd has been arrested after allegedly throwing a bottle and spitting at fans during a concert in Ohio last Sunday.

Undercover state liquor agents decided to arrest 31-year-old Wesley Scantlin. "We thought we were going to have a riot," said an Ohio state spokesman.

The star was released on bail after being charged with disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.

The band's single Away From Me topped US rock radio charts for two months.


Restored Bach scores go on online

More than 40 original manuscripts by composer JS Bach are to be restored and made available on the internet.

Books about the composer dating back to the 17th Century will also be restored alongside the 44 compositions from Bach's second Leipzig cantata cycle.

The Johann Sebastian Bach Archives in Leipzig, Germany, are considered the most important in the world.

The project is being funded by a grant of 73,600 from Hamburg's Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius Zeit Foundation.


Beckham director joins film board

Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha has been appointed to the board of the UK Film Council.

Chadha's film about a female football team made more than 11m at the UK box office, breaking the record for a British financed and distributed film.

The Film Council's main aim is to promote British film by funding productions and supporting training.

The board has 15 members and is chaired by Sir Alan Parker. Chadha's post will last for three years.



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