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Monday, 3 July, 2000, 16:14 GMT 17:14 UK
Morse finale leads ITV line-up
John Thaw and Colin Dexter
Bowing out: John Thaw with Morse creator Colin Dexter
John Thaw's final outing as Inspector Morse is among the highlights of ITV's autumn schedule.

New series for Ross Kemp and Robson Green also feature in the line-up, as well as special programmes to mark Coronation Street's 40th birthday in December.

Alison Steadman stars in a new series written by Kay Mellor, Fat Friends, while Ray Winstone teams up with Adrian Dunbar in police thriller Tough Love.
William Roache
William Roache marks 40 years on the Street

Frank Skinner will launch his first comedy and chat show for the network, while The Royle Family's Ricky Tomlinson plays a butcher who becomes a door-to-door salesman in the comedy Safe As Houses.

Entertainer Paul O'Grady appears as Lily Savage in Lily Live! - and makes a rare appearance as himself when he heads out to the Far East on Looking For My Shanghai Lil.

The final Inspector Morse - which comes 13 years after the Oxford detective made his debut on screen - is marked with a documentary, The Last Morse.

ITV stalwart Thaw also appears in a TV film, Buried Treasure, as a cut-throat estate agent who is left to look after his grandchild.

Green is another starring in a TV film, Blind Ambition, in which he plays an athlete who loses his sight. He also appears in new series Close And True as a lawyer.
Robson Green
Robson Green: Returns in two dramas

Kemp - who, like Green, is exclusively signed to ITV - stars as a detective in Without Motive.

Coronation Street's anniversary in December is marked with Ken & Me - a portrait of actor William Roache, who has played Ken Barlow since the start of the show.

Factual highlights include Britain At War In Colour - following on from The Second World War In Colour - and The Queen By Andrew Morton.

Hit series Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? and Stars In Their Eyes return while Ian Wright hosts the National Football Awards.

ITV director of programmes David Liddiment called the line-up "a real feast", adding: "We're bringing viewers more of everything that's best about ITV this autumn, wonderful drama featuring an unrivalled line-up of stars, an ambitious range of factual programmes, exciting new entertainment series and major television events."

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