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TV's 'Leah' tragedy; Drug death shocker for Hollyoaks.

TV VIEWERS will watch a girl die from a drug overdose in a shock storyline mirroring the Leah Betts tragedy.

Phil Redmond, the mastermind of Channel 4's teen soap, Hollyoaks, has decided to screen the sensational scene in an attempt to boost ratings.

Leah's death after taking an Ecstasy tablet on her 18th birthday shocked the nation.

A show insider said: "Phil hopes harder storylines will prove a bigger hit with the viewers than softer stories about teen romances and spots." In the show, viewers will see Natasha Anderson, played by Shebah Ronay, die in March after her drink is spiked with drugs.

Redmond, who produces Brookside, is also said to be considering storylines such as teenage pregnancy, racism and anorexia.

"The programme will be going into top gear now in typical Phil Redmond style," the insider added.
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Author:Sutton, Caroline
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 14, 1996
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