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Byline: Tim Randall

THERE'S good news for evil Richard in Corrie next month when he discovers that the Bail Hostel has been cancelled and his luxury flats, The Ridings, are now worth a fortune. If only that had happened a bit sooner he could have avoided murdering or attempting to murder Duggie, Patricia, Audrey, Emily and Maxine. What a bummer, eh? But it seems not everything is going Dastardly Dickie's way when some new evidence surrounding Maxine's murder comes to light. No doubt he'll manage to wriggle out of yet another tight corner. How much longer can this storyline drag itself out?

EASTENDERS' Natalie Cassidy takes a break from Walford in March and heads to the rainforests on the east coast of Australia in Natalie Goes Wild In The Jungle. Her mission in this one- off documentary is to help protect and secure a future for animals under threat of extinction. Meanwhile, Jack Ryder is still looking for his next job after slagging the soap off in a recent newspaper article. The silly boy. Word is the BBC aren't going to be employing him ever again thanks to his ill- advised outburst.

FORMER host of the Indian version of Blind Date, Laila Rouass, is to join the cast of Hollyoaks playing a mysterious character called Dale Jackson. The one time model and MTV presenter will make her debut in the Chester soap next month. Laila has also popped up in Family Affairs and Casualty.

SHE hasn't exactly been successful with blokes of late, so Nicola turns to the internet to try and snare herself a man in Emmerdale next month. As she scours the lonely hearts column, there is one advert that immediately catches her eye...

LUCY SPEED, alias EastEnders two-timing Natalie, is to play a swashbuckling smuggler in a new radio show Elephants To Catch Eels. The series, starting on Radio 4 on February 12, is set in Cornwall in 1793 and tells the story of a father/daughter smuggling team. It's written by the pair behind Dead Ringers.

THE BBC is considering screening a celebrity version of pop star wannabe show Fame Academy, with all proceeds going to this year's Comic Relief appeal. Hasbeen celebs already being tipped to take part include ex- soapies Michael Greco and Patsy Palmer. The car crash that is Jordan is also in the frame.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jan 18, 2003
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