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IRISH actor Lorcan Cranitch, who stars in the latest Hornblower adventures, had to scrap his honeymoon plans when the seafaring drama was brought back unexpectedly.

So, just 36 hours after his wedding to radio and TV journalist Susan Jackson, hewas filming on the high seas.

``She's very understanding,'' he says.She has to be. While she pursues her career in Ireland, where they met, Lorcan is based in London. ``I'm in a play at the National Theatre until the end of June - but we'll have our belated honeymoon after that,'' he promises. Meanwhile, the newlyweds have to keep in touch by phone. ``We have huge phone bills,'' says Cranitch.ARAH Lancashire had quite a few embarrassing moments while making the soon-to-be-seen period drama Sons and Lovers. ``I don't like doing bedroom scenes, which is why I rarely do them,'' she says. ``But they were necessary in this. I just got a fit of the giggles, which was a good way of dealing with the embarrassment.``Even worse than filming the love scenes was having to make the appropriate noises when the couple are heard but not seen.''

Sarah won't have many ladies feeling sorry for her when they realise her lover isplayed by Hugo Speer, of Full Monty fame.F you thought that watching Mr and Mrs - that old game show for married couples - was the equivalent of being hypnotised, you could have been on to something. Those two elements will form part of Ant and Dec's Saturday Takeaway when it returns to our screens. ``For me, there is no such thing as a perfect film,'' he says. ``It simply doesn't exist and I doubt it ever will.''

X-SPANDAU Ballet star Gary Kemp isGary, brother of former EastEnders star Martin, tells me: ``He's just written hisfirst song - and it's really good. In fact, it's so good, I might nick it!''

MMA Forbes, seen so little on TV these days, has other fish to fry... The former Live and Kicking presenterruns a toy shop called Semmalina with her sister Sarah, in London's Pimlico. ``We've been very busy, as you can imagine,'' she tells me. ``The big sellersare not always the expensive items but the little stocking fillers. Children love little gimmicky things, like pens that light up - things they can take to school and show their friends.''

SPANISH puppet act called Teatro Corsario will be taking part in the London International Mime Festival later this month. Their show is billed as being ``spectacular, gory and sexually explicit''. Perhaps best not to take the kiddies, then.

FILM buff Barry Norman doesn't have a favourite film - because he says it hasn't been made yet. ``For me, there is no such thing as a perfect film,'' he says. ``It simply doesn't exist and I doubt it ever will.''
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 28, 2002
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