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Friday, 11 August, 2000, 08:43 GMT 09:43 UK
Private funeral for Sir Alec
A private funeral for acting giant Sir Alec Guinness will take place on Friday.

The screen legend will be buried at an undisclosed location following a small family service in accordance with his will, a spokeswoman said.

The spokeswoman said the family were touched by the public's sympathy but asked that their privacy be respected.

Sir Alec died last Sunday aged 86 at a hospital in West Sussex after battling a long illness.

Sky's the limit for Bates' Our Tune

Ex-Radio 1 presenter Simon Bates is to bring his legendary Our Tune to TV for the first time, it has been announced.

Sky One are to show 150 five-minute shows featuring sentimental and heart- rending stories from viewers.

The slot - which begins on Sky next month - became famous on Bates' Radio 1 show in the 1970s.

Sky One executive producer Matthew Littleford said: "I know Our Tune is close to Simon's heart. It is Simon Bates doing what he does best."

Dame Judi to sing in US musical

Dame Judi Dench is planning to appear in a Broadway musical.

The Hollywood Reporter says the British actress is in talks to star in The Visit, a role which has been vacated b the departure of Angela Lansbury.

Dame Judi, who is 65, has previously sung in British productions, including Cabaret and A Little Night Music.

The actress won an Oscar last year for her role in Shakespeare In Love.

Springer to host C5 chat show

TV host Jerry Springer is to present his own chat show for Channel 5.

The US presenter's confessional shows have sparked controversy, including a case last month when a guest was murdered shortly after an on-screen row.

Springer is making a pilot to be shown next month. A further five of the shows - which will feature celebrities - will be commissioned if it proves a success.

A previous ITV chat show with the US presenter failed to spawn a series.

"We're sure Springer will feel right at home on 5," said a channel spokesman.

Westlife to light up Blackpool

Irish pop band Westlife is to light up Blackpool next month when they switch on the town's famous illuminations.

The band has been lined up alongside Billie Piper to perform at a special show in the town on 1 September.

They will play three numbers before flicking the switch to turn on around half a million lights.

The boys in the band said that they were really looking forward to being part of the excitement.

Zeppelin to give nod to film sound track

Rock band Led Zeppelin have given permission for their songs to be used in a film for the first time.

Four songs from the legendary rock group will feature on the soundtrack to Almost Famous.

Directed by Cameron Crowe, it is a semi-autobiographical tale about a young rock journalist sent to cover a tour by a famous band. The film stars Jason Lee and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Motor mouth Clarkson savages own book

Television presenter Jeremy Clarkson has given a tongue lashing to one of his own books.

He criticises the limited edition book Jeremy Clarkson On Ferrari in the latest edition of Top Gear magazine.

"I saw a copy last week and would have to say that it's a complete rip-off," he said.

"The reviews have been bad but they don't go far enough."

Weather girl Tulloch is to leave GMTV

GMTV weather girl Shereen Tulloch is to leave the show after just three months, it has been revealed.

The 33-year-old was told of her departure this week. A GMTV spokeswoman refused to confirm whether she had been sacked.

GMTV's editor Martin Frizzell said the departure was due to a shift in focus of weather reports.

"Come September we are putting more of a journalistic bent on our weather forecasts," he said.

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