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Tuesday, July 13, 1999 Published at 13:28 GMT 14:28 UK

BBC will screen Dando's last show

The BBC has decided to screen the remainder of Jill Dando's Antiques Inspectors series following discussions with the murdered presenter's family.

The first programme in the series was broadcast the evening before the 37-year-old was killed outside her London home. The series was shelved immediately afterwards.

Her fiance, Alan Farthing, 82-year-old father Jack and brother Nigel, 47, have now agreed the remainder can be screened.

The BBC said no dates had yet been set, but it would "definitely happen".

Police are still looking for her killer.

Depp seeks Liberace role

Hollywood actor Johnny Depp is reportedly considering playing Liberace in a £60m film about the flamboyant piano man.

The film will deal with the great showman's homosexuality, which he tried to hide throughout his life, according to reports.

Liberace, who had Aids, died in 1987, aged 67.

Depp, 36, shot to fame with his title role as Edward Scissorhands in 1990 and has since appeared in films such as What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Donnie Brasco and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Cruise and Kidman to sue for defamation

A federal judge in Los Angeles has cleared the way for Hollywood couple Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman to sue a US tabloid for defamation.

The Star is alleged to have misused quotes from two sex therapists which appeared in The Sun in the UK in 1991.

The actors are seeking unspecified damages over an article claiming they had therapy before filming Stanley Kubrick's erotic drama Eyes Wide Shut.

The movie opens in the UK this autumn.

Bond's new car unveiled

James Bond's new car has been revealed as a 155mph BMW Z8 sports coupe, dashing British hopes that 007's next set of wheels would be produced by Aston Martin.

The two-seater Z8 will feature in the next Bond film, The World is Not Enough, making it the third successive Bond movie in which 007 has driven a BMW.

British car enthusiasts were dismayed when the Aston Martin, which featured in such classics as Goldfinger and On Her Majesty's Secret Service, was ditched for a German model.

Kylie and Robbie 'plan Christmas No 1'

Robbie Williams and Australian star Kylie Minogue are reported to be making a Christmas record together.

The Sun claims they have been holed up in a studio recording the track, which is expected to be a ballad.

The paper claims they decided on a duet after Kylie asked Robbie to help her out with her comeback album.

Neeson 'knocked out' by Star Wars effects

Actors from the new Star Wars film have been praising the movie in advance of its royal premiere in London before Prince Charles on Wednesday evening.

Liam Neeson told Channel 4's The Big Breakfast that the final version of Episode I - The Phantom Menace was "exhilarating."

"The first time I saw it I was knocked out by the scale of it," he said.

Brian Blessed told GMTV that director George Lucas was a "wonderful, lovely, self-effacing, humble man".

Anna: Brookside best training

Actress Anna Friel says Brookside gave her a good grounding for her current roles on Broadway and in films.

"I'm not trained, but I've been in front of a camera in Brookside since I was 16 and have been completely free in front of it," she said.

Friel, currently on Broadway in Patrick Marber's play Closer, added: "I didn't opt for things that would make me rich and famous, but things that will gradually make me a better actress."

Teen caper dethrones Will's film in US

Low-budget comedy American Pie has toppled Will Smith's latest blockbuster to become the No 1 film in the US.

The movie, which features the prankish antics of four teenage boys, netted $18.7m (£12.4m) at the box office over the weekend.

Will Smith's sci-fi Western Wild Wild West fell to No 2 with takings of $16.8m (£11.1m), with the Adam Sandler comedy Big Daddy in third place with $16m (£10.6m).

Guerin film 'similar' to gangster epic

Director John Mackenzie says he sees striking similarities between his new film When The Sky Falls and his 1980 gangster film The Long Good Friday.

When The Sky Falls is the true story of Irish journalist Veronica Guerin, who was killed by gangland drug dealers in Dublin after writing exposes about them

"The hero's a woman but the spectrum of the movie - gangsters, crooks, drugs - is similar," he said. "It's also done with a specific time, era and city."

Branson offers festival-goers a free ride

Virgin tycoon Richard Branson is offering V99 festival-goers free train travel to the concert at Weston Park, Staffordshire.

Anyone who buys one of the remaining tickets for the event will be able to take off-peak Virgin train routes free to nearby Wolverhampton for the weekend of 21-22 August.

Suede will headline the Weston Park concert on Saturday, and Manic Street Preachers feature on the Sunday.

Sound man sues Murphy over gun sequence

Eddie Murphy is being sued by a sound technician for unexpectedly firing off rounds of blank ammunition during rehearsals for his film Bowfinger.

Martin Bolger claims in his lawsuit that Murphy was only supposed to fire three shots, but let off more "in an unprovoked act of physical aggression".

Bolger's suit contends that he was taken by surprise and not wearing protective earphones at the time. He claims to have suffered hearing loss.

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