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UK Walk of Fame launched by Caine
Sir Michael Caine with his star on the Avenue Of Stars
Sir Michael Caine has recorded an introduction for the show
Sir Michael Caine has launched the UK version of Hollywood's Walk of Fame in central London's Covent Garden ahead of Sunday's ITV1 Avenue of the Stars show.

The veteran actor has filmed a special opening for the live programme, which sees many of the first 100 celebrities receiving their commemorative stars.

Sunday's show will feature performances from Ricky Gervais, John Cleese, Jamie Cullum, Basement Jaxx and Status Quo.

Producer Michael Hurll said Sir Michael thought the avenue was "marvellous".

Chris Tarrant and Kate Thornton will present the show, which will feature celebrity tributes, an all-star studio audience and a firework display.

One hundred celebrities in all will be immortalised in silver stars, to be placed outside St Paul's, The Actors' Church, in Covent Garden.

More names will be added to the avenue every year.

So far 48 names have been announced, ranging from actor giants like Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud to more contemporary celebrities like Nicole Kidman and Ant and Dec.

The Avenue of the Stars is intended as a British version of Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

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