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Pat Sharp teams with Dave Benson-Phillips for Pointless Celebrities

The lineup for this year's Pointless Celebrities series has been announced by BBC One.

Beginning with an August 9 comedy special, the upcoming series will feature different themes each week.

Four teams of two from the world of music, TV, soaps, sport, food and drink, journalism, radio and theatre will compete for charity in weekly specials to air on Saturday evenings on BBC One.

The first show pits Lesley Joseph and Linda Robson from Birds of a Feather against Ronni Ancona and Phil Cornwell, Su Pollard and Ruth Madoc, and Josh Widdicombe and his partner Sara Pascoe.

Standout teams from the series include Stefan Dennis and fellow Neighbours star Rebekah Elmaloglou, who will square off against Ray Quinn and Louis Emerick from Brookside.

Antony Costa from Blue will team with 5ive's Scott Robinson in the music special, while TV stars Louie Spence and Carol McGiffin will face off against the likes
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The Duck House: MPs' expenses satire set for West End splash

Ben Miller to star in new London comedy set during Gordon Brown's time in office, by Mock the Week's Dan Patterson

From Peter Viggers' duck house to Richard Timney's adult entertainment, parliamentary expenses are to become the subject of a new West End satire starring the comedian Ben Miller.

Acclaimed playwright Terry Johnson will direct The Duck House, a comedy set during Gordon Brown's tenure as prime minister. It has been written by Mock the Week producer Dan Patterson and Have I Got News for You writer Colin Swash. The production will begin performances at London's Vaudeville theatre at the end of November, following a five-week national tour.

Miller will play backbench Labour MP Robert Houston, who in the face of the impending election, attempts to cross the floor to the Conservative party just as he becomes embroiled in the expenses scandal. Miller said: "They say that comedy equals tragedy plus time,
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'Doctors' 2,000th episode plans revealed

'Doctors' 2,000th episode plans revealed
BBC soap Doctors is to celebrate its 2,000th episode with an hour-long special which will see a deadly virus unleashed at The Mill, it has been announced. The milestone edition of the daytime show will feature Peak Practice star Simon Shepherd and Dad's Army actor Ian Lavender as guest artistes on a dramatic day for the fictional health centre. Shepherd takes on the role of virologist George Liston, who is approached for help by Simon Bond (David Sturzaker) as The Mill's staff learn that someone inside is infected with a potentially fatal virus. Meanwhile, Lavender plays retired brigadier Rowland Beckley, who is among the patients who get caught up in the chaos at The Mill as it goes into lockdown. The storyline will see regular character Cherry Malone (Sophie Abelsen) exposed to the virus before developing a worrying rash. As events (more)
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'The Sound of Music' Hits a Sour Note As Von Trapp Is Dismissed

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The London revival of musical The Sound Of Music has lost its leading man after producers reportedly felt their Captain Von Trapp wasn't to their liking. Actor Simon Shepherd has been dismissed from the production, according to UK newspaper the Daily Mail, after producers claimed his Von Trapp wasn't working. He had appeared in just two preview performances of the musical with Connie Fisher, who earned the chance to star in the show after winning reality TV talent contest How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? Shepherd's understudy Christopher Dickins will immediately play Von Trapp, while Alexander Hanson has been hired to permanently replace the Henry V star. A spokesman for ever-professional Shepherd says, "Simon wants to wish Alexander Hanson and everyone involved in the production the very best of luck." It isn't the first controversy linked to the show - Fisher's alternate in the show, Emma Williams, quit the production last month after the reality TV show star chose to play Maria in eight performances a week.

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