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Byline: Tim Randall

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IF you've been missing the mutton dressed as lamb mini skirts and six inch heels of Corrie's Liz MacDonald, then fret no more, the bubble-permed one is to return to Weatherfield next year. Actress Beverley Callard has confirmed she will be back on the show for several months but isn't giving away any storylines. Fans of her ginger mane are in for a shock - the actress has had it all chopped off. Currently filming the second series of BBC2 comedy Two Pints Of Lager - she now sports a funky spiky blonde look.

EASTENDERS bosses have confirmed reports that Gavin Richards, alias Terry Raymond, is to quit after five years. His double act with misery guts wife Irene (Roberta Taylor) was EastEnders at its best, but all the weirdness with Janine was enough to turn your stomach. He says: "It's been a wonderful five years, but it's now time for me to move on and devote more time to other projects." Gavin will make his final appearance in March next year.

GET ready for an ear bashing as yet another ex-soap star is planning a career in pop. Carly Hillman - who played EastEnders Nicky Di Marco - has signed up to independent label Swirl records. According to her manager, the actress has a voice like Anastacia. Is that meant to be a good thing?

HAIRY chested Night And Day heart throb Stuart Manning - who plays footballer Sam - used to be a full time model working with the likes of Kate Moss. Nothing prepared him for the attention he's been getting from the ladies now he's in ITV1's weird and wonderful new soap. "It's absolutely mental. I suppose it's a perk of the job," he says.

EMMERDALE star Stephen McGann will help raise pounds 100,000 for needy children when he sets off on a charity trek in the foothills of Nepal this week. Stephen and 40 others will rough it for 10 days to raise the money for The Children's Society. The actor, who is quitting the soap, bows out as love rat Sean Reynolds on January 4.

KITSCH soap flop Eldorado is to make a comeback. UKGold plans to re-run all 156 episodes of the '90s soap about Brits living abroad in the Spanish town of Los Barcos. Launched in March, 1993, the BBC hoped for another EastEnders style hit, but it wasn't to be. There is some spectacularly dodgy acting - watch out for the one expression characters of Bunny and Fizz. Compared with Crossroads its BAFTA material.
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Date:Dec 1, 2001
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