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FORMER Hollywood brat packer Keifer Sutherland looks likely to have a hit on his hands in America with 24, his first ever TV series. Like Emmy award winning The Sopranos and The West Wing, it looks likely to wing its way over to our screens in the not too distant future. The Flatliners star and former fiance of Julia Roberts heads an elite team which attempts to foil a plot to assassinate a presidential nominee.

KICKING off their careers with a spell on an Aussie soap didn't do Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce any harm. Now Simon Baker, who was in Home And Away and Heartbreak High, is to appear on the big screen in The Guardian as a hotshot lawyer assigned to represent kids.

LOCK up your men, there's a new Slater sister coming to Walford. As if Kat, Zoe, Lynne and Mo weren't enough for the residents of Albert Square, their sister Belinda is set to make her mark on the menfolk. Played by Leanne Lakey of London's Burning and The Vice fame, Belinda will step on to the Square sometime in October. Brace yourself for more Slater family fireworks.

LAST seen in a steamy clinch with the now departed Susannah Morrisey, Mark Moraghan, above, Brookie's ill-fated philanderer Greg Shadwick, is set to return to our TV screens as a hunky Holby City medic. Mark will play Owen Davis, a consultant on the new maternity ward. "What you see is what you get really," says Mark of his new TV character. "He's got a caring nature but he's human like everyone else. Women are his weakness." No change there then.

BROOKIE'S Claire Sweeney may have landed herself a recording contract but ishe's not the only singing star on the close. Barbara Hatwell who plays Anthea Dixon has promised to entertain her fellow cast members with her velvet voice. "No one at Brookie has heard me sing yet," she says. "But they do a charity night every six months and the cast always do a few numbers." Suggestions for some songs downtrodden Anthea should sing include Please Release Me and D.I.V.O.R.C.E.

JUGGLING two soap schedules isn't as stressful as it may seem, according to Hollyoaks and Moving On star Nick Pickard. Nick, who plays moan-a-minute Tony Hutchison, has been in the soap so long he knows each and every cast member but filming the new series has brought fresh blood. "I went up to the set the other day and I didn't know who anyone was," he says. "I'm not being funny, but there's a whole flock of new girls walking around - it's great."
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Date:Sep 22, 2001
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