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Wednesday, 15 March, 2000, 19:12 GMT
ITV cuts Home And Away
Australian soap Home And Away is to lose its afternoon showing on ITV before it moves to Channel 5.

The show will only be shown in its 1705 slot from Monday 27 March, before ITV ceases to show it in July.

Channel 5 bought the rights to the series from its Australian producers, Seven Network, last month.

However, a spokeswoman said its start date on Channel 5 had not yet been decided. An exclusivity clause states that no other broadcaster can screen the soap for up to a year after it has ended on ITV.

A network spokesman said a number of "new ideas" were being considered following the loss of Home And Away.

He said: "We see this as an opportunity to develop some homegrown programmes in that slot."

The talk show Trisha will move to 1410, Home And Away's timeslot in many ITV regions, as part of a shake-up in ITV's daytime schedule.

The schedule re-jig coincides with the launch of BBC One's new daytime drama series, Doctors, starring Christopher Timothy and Jacqueline Leonard.

Showtime for Sporty Spice

Spice Girl Melanie C helped to launch London's Ideal Home Show with a visit to the house which is to become the focus of a bizarre new fly-on-the-wall programme.

The singer also met five strangers who will be paid 10,000 to live together for a month in the house, which in inside the Earl's Court exhibition hall.

When asked if she would like to join in the stunt Mel C said: "I don't know if 10,000 is enough for myself to do it. I think I'd want a little bit more.

The group will be surrounded by microphones and webcams and their progress will be broadcast on London's Heart 106.2 radio station.

When she was asked if she had any advice for home owners coming to the show, Mel C said: "I'm single, I don't care about houses."

But she did advise new buyers to purchase a "really good bed".

Parker and Gilliam up for Potter film

Directors Alan Parker and Terry Gilliam have joined the list of candidates to make the first Harry Potter film.

Angela's Ashes director Parker and Brazil creator Gilliam are on a shortlist of four possible directors, according to Variety magazine.

Bicentennial Man director Chris Columbus and Brad Siberling - who made City Of Angels - are the others.

A total of 12 contenders were originally considered for the project.

Britney biog hits stores

Teen superstar Britney Spears is set to launch an autobiography to coincide with the release of her new album.

The 18-year-old's book and CD will hit stores on 9 May.

US reports say Britney will talk about the "secrets" of her success and "the importance of family communication".

But she will not be discussing romance - she recently denied she is setting up home with N'Sync star Justin Timberlake

Pitt to take the stand at the Oscars

Brad Pitt is set to make his first appearance on the podium at the Oscars to present an Academy Award.

The 36-year-old actor has until now declined the invitation to present one of the famous gold statuettes.

"I think he had a change of heart," co-executive producer Lili Fini Zanuck told USA Today.

"He got tired of us begging him. Finally, I guess he relented. We could not be more thrilled," she added.

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