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Hollyoaks turns 20: What happened to the original cast from 1995?

Holly birthday, Happyoaks! Sorry, let's try that again. Happy birthday, Hollyoaks! That's better.

It's often written off as the runt of the soap litter, but we're rather affectionate towards Hollyoaks. Surprisingly, it's not only survived but is set to celebrate its 20th anniversary this autumn. It now boasts 50 regulars and a faster pace than any other soap, but can you believe that Hollyoaks once focused on the adventures of only seven main characters?

Launching on Channel 4 in October 1995 with just one episode per week, Hollyoaks gradually earned a place in viewers' hearts as it followed the tangled lives and torrid loves of Kurt, Jambo, Louise, Maddie, Natasha, Dawn and Tony. So where are Chester's magnificent seven now?

Jeremy Edwards (Kurt)

Ex-model Jeremy Edwards' character Kurt Benson was Hollyoaks' original king of cool, known for his love of his motorbikes, music and the local ladies. Kurt eventually settled
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Blu-ray Review: Perfect Criterion Package for Essential ‘Quadrophenia’

Chicago – Social history is often the seed for actual history. The simple story of two youth gangs in England in the early 1960s – The Mods and The Rockers – is grist for the incredible social history film, “Quadrophenia.” The new Criterion Collection Blu-ray DVD release of this 1979 classic will satisfy any side of the ardent rock admirer, especially those of the magnificent rock group “The Who” – the film is based on their lesser known 1973 rock opera of the same name.

Blu-Ray Rating: 5.0/5.0

This was originally produced by The Who Films, and The Criterion Collection creates a lavish package with background information and the history of the clash between the mid-1960s British youth of “The Mods” – a clean cut style associated with the music of “The Who, as well as soul, R&B and the Mersey Beat – and “The Rockers,” who favored more of the direct, Marlon-Brando-in-”The-Wild-One” motorcycles and 1950s rock.
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‘Spartacus’ adds two more to the cast

Starz have announced that the third season will add two new cast members – Todd Lasance and Simon Merrells – to the roster of their hit series Spartacus.

Lasance, who is known for his role as Ben McMahon in the Australian legal drama Crownies as well as the role of Quick Lamb in the critically acclaimed TV miniseries Cloudstreet which recently aired here in the UK, will play Gaius Julius Caesar, who is described as: “a handsome young rogue from an esteemed lineage. His deadly intelligence and skill with a sword will be brought to bear against the rebellion. And Caesar will begin his ascent towards the all-powerful ruler he will one day become.”.

Meanwhile Merrells, who starred in the UK drama London’s Burning and had a recurring role in the BBC crime drama Mersey Beat, will portray Marcus Licinius Crassus: “the richest man in the Roman Republic. Envied and despised
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Leslie Ash: 'I wanted to hide away'

Leslie Ash wanted to 'hide away' after suffering an allergic reaction to collagen lip implants, she has admitted. The actress continued to film police drama Mersey Beat in the aftermath of the incident in 2003, leading to widespread ridicule and a 'trout pout' nickname in the media. She has since undergone further surgery to repair the damage, but has been told that her lips will never be the same again. Ash told The Mirror: "The media had a field day and I became a figure of fun. Ashamed of the way I looked, I wanted to hide away but that was impossible because I (more)
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Viggo's New Love

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Viggo's New Love
Lord Of The Rings star Viggo Mortensen has found himself a new lady - and she plays a policewoman on a British television drama. The hunky actor, who attained cult status as Aragorn in the film trilogy, spent all weekend holed up in a Paris hotel with pretty Josie D'Arby, who stars in the cop drama Merseybeat. Josie, who once presented the famous British music program Top Of The Pops, jetted off to Danish Viggo's side on Friday for a romantic weekend. They only left the exclusive George V hotel on Saturday to attend a cast party for The Return Of The King, the final installment in the Peter Jackson fantasy film series. According to Britain's The Sun tabloid, thrilled Josie told a friend, "I first saw Viggo in Lord of the Rings. We met through friends and get on really well. I think he's gorgeous. I'm not naive - he's a big movie star and I don't expect him to become a permanent boyfriend. It's early days and it may not come to anything - but who knows?"

BBC on worldwide selling spree

BBC on worldwide selling spree
CANNES -- BBC Worldwide expects to notch up more than $60 million from business struck on the Riviera this week, including some $7.5 million actually signed on the dotted line at the market, chief executive Rupert Gavin said Tuesday. The pubcaster's bonanza includes a slew of major co-production projects and the sale of more than 1,000 hours of programming across territories including Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. Highlights include more than 600 hours of programming sold to Belgian broadcaster VRT in a three-year, multigenre output deal across factual, light entertainment, drama, kids and lifestyle shows to air on VRT channels TV1, Canvas and Ketnet. The channels will take three natural history series -- Wild Africa, Wild New World and Wild South America -- new period drama Crime and Punishment, international espionage drama Spooks, police series Mersey Beat and a slew of other titles.

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