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Byline: Tim Randall

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THERE'S a soap funeral coming your way, so get those hankies ready. Which doting grandmother will be burying her grandson in a matter of weeks?

IT'S BEEN reported that Hollyoaks glam bird Joanna Taylor - who plays Geri Hudson - is quitting the teenybopper soap in September to concentrate on more serious dramatic roles. What, more serious than Hollyoaks? Surely that's not possible? According to our sources, it's a big fat fib. While contracts for the whole cast are up for renewal, no decisions have been made by anyone. Thank the Lord.

JUST what is it with The Royle Family and Coronation Street? First, Sally Lindsey, who played Twiggy's girlfriend, joined the cast as bolshy barmaid Shelley. Now Andy Whyment, who was Kirk Sutherland in Corrie and Anthony's dopey mate Darren in The Royle Family, has been given a long term contract. Ralf Little (Anthony), Geoffrey Hughes (Twiggy) and Doreen Keogh (neighbour Mary) have also appeared in the soap.

JUNGLE star Goldie has finished filming his EastEnders role as Angel, a big time gangster who has a score to settle with Dr Trueman's dodgy brother, Paul. Put it this way, when Angel and his henchmen pop up in the Square, Paul isn't exactly inviting them round for a cuppa. The Snatch actor will be seen on screen in early June - but there is no truth in the rumour that Pat and Peggy will be metal mickeying their front teeth to play his bitches.

DO YOU miss those snotty, tear- stained ginger freckles and ear piercing screeches of "Rickaaaaaaaaaaay"?

Well, ex-EastEnder Patsy Palmer says we may be seeing more of Ricky and Bianca in the future: "There's been talk about me doing a one-hour soap bubble, I would only do it with Sid too."

POSH yuppie types rarely last long in Brit soaps, so it's probably no surprise to hear that Brookside actors Tish Potter and Tim Deenihan, who play dishy Dr Darren and Victoria The Victim, will be leaving the show in mid July.

STREET star Jacqueline Pirie is changing her stage name on the shows credits. After her marriage to fireman Steve, she will now be billed as Jacqueline Chadwick. Aww, sweet.

SOAP stars go naked in June's Cosmopolitan. Watch out for East- Ender Michael Greco (in hairy gangster pose and Corrie's Scott Wright (cheesy '80s Athena bum shot).
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 26, 2001
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