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Monday, 1 May, 2000, 14:38 GMT 15:38 UK
Stewart slates show producers
Actor Patrick Stewart has denounced the producers of a Broadway play in which he is appearing - while on stage.

The Star Trek actor spoke out on Saturday after two performances of the Arthur Miller play, The Ride Down Mount Morgan.

"Arthur Miller and I no longer have confidence in our producers' commitment to this production or their willingness to promote it," he told audiences.

They are angry that ads for the show were not placed in the press.

The company behind the show, the Shubert Organisation, has insisted the show is being adequately promoted.


Billys boost for Lisa and Robbie

Emmerdale star Lisa Riley has been voted funniest soap star in a new annual awards ceremony launched by Butlins holiday camps - the Billys.

Holidaymakers also voted Robbie Williams as the most entertaining pop star and The Big Breakfast's Johnny Vaughan as funniest TV presenter.

Other Billy award winners included Chris Tarrant, Chris Evans, Ainsley Harriott, Michael Palin, Sir Trevor McDonald and Victoria Beckham.

Comedy character Ali G would be elected mayor of London if youngsters in the capital had the chance to vote in next week's poll, according to a survey.

Some 36% of 11 to 16-year-olds questioned said they would like the Channel 4 star - played by Sacha Baron Cohen - to get the job.

Manchester United footballer David Beckham came second in the poll - staged by a crisp manufacturer - with 33%.

Former Spice Girls singer Geri Halliwell was third with 19%.


Bergerac digs out rustlers

TV detective Jim Bergerac, alias John Nettles, is on the case of potato rustlers targeting Jersey's prime crop.

Growers blame poachers - some driving expensive cars - for digging up part of their fields.

Islanders have recruited Mr Nettles as part of a campaign to raise awareness of the problem.

The Jersey Royal, which can only be grown on Jersey, brings in 28m a year to the island's economy.


George's dial-a-disc

Pop star Boy George has re-released his 1980s hit Karma Chameleon but fans can only hear it in phone boxes.

The Culture Club song has been adapted for a "kiosk karaoke" scheme run by BT.

More than 18,000 people took part in phone auditions to sing on the new version.

A 100-strong choir was chosen. Proceeds from calls to hear the track go to Message Home, a charity for young runaways.

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