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JASPER Carrott, currently appearing in the unlikely role of Ko-Ko in The Mikado at London's Savoy Theatre, says he cannot fathom how anybody makes sense of Gilbert and Sullivan. ``It's all sung so quickly I'm surprised anybody gets what's going on,'' he says.

NO-ONE has a higher opinion of Anne Robinson than, er, Anne Robinson herself. The self-styled Queen of Mean is obviously wondering where the next million will be coming from now that the Americans have decided she's The Weakest Link and have axed the US version of her show. So now the shy, retiring presenter is letting it be known that she would like a British chat show. ``I'd be very good at it,'' she says, modestly.

I MPRESSIONIST Rory Bremner and his brilliant TV sidekicks John Bird and John Fortune are venturing into the theatre. They will appear together in a five-week run in September. But you'll have to travel to London to see them. Their show, at the Albury Theatre, will be Bremner's first theatre work for four years and his first ever West End run. Hard to believe that his first TV shows were as support to Jimmy Cricket.

FANS of antiques programmes could be in for a treat later this year when BBC2 launches a new peak-time show. And I'm assured it won't be anything like the Antiques Roadshow or Bargain Hunt.

Presenter Paul Martin tells me: ``It's going to be something that has never been seen before. But I'm not allowed to say anything about the format at this stage.''

CASUALTY star Simon MacCorkindale, the actor husband of Susan George, can't say he had always wanted to appear in the hit hospital drama. ``To be honest,'' says Simon, who plays consultant Harry Harper, ``although it's been on for 16 years I had never seen it.'' Having spent years working in America, on shows like Falcon Crest, he was surprised to be offered the part. The icing on the cake was when he discovered that Casualty was filmed in Bristol - ideal for someone who had already relocated to the West Country.

FUNNYMAN Phill Jupitus loves appearing on BBC1's It's Only TV... But I Like It. But only because it isn't a proper quiz. ``I would be struggling if it was,'' he laughs. ``I may work in television but I hardly ever watch it, so I would be hopeless at answering proper questions about programmes.'' The 39-year-old comic adds: ``The worst thing is when guests mistake it for a proper quiz show and get all competitive. It's really just meant to be a bit of fun.''

CHARLIE Dimmock is making hay - and water features - while the sun shines. The bra-less gardening guru is thought to earn about half a million a year from her TV work, with personal appearances at garden centres raking in a further pounds 5,000 a time.

``Ah, but give it a year of not being on TV,'' she says, ``and no-one will know who I am.''
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 13, 2002
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