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Byline: Neil Bonner

THEY were great pals on the early-morning sofa at TV- am and have remained friends ever since. So why hasn't Anne Diamond been asked to write the forward to Nick Owen's autobiography, due out at Christmas?

That honour has fallen to former BBC boss Greg Dyke, the man who first introduced breakfast viewers to Anne and Nick. Oh, and to Roland Rat.

Nick's people reckon it's better to let Anne do her own thing as she, too, is working on an autobiography.

And just to complete this literary merry-go-round, Dyke is also due to publish his memoirs at the end of the year.

J ULIE Andrews, so tragically robbed of her singing voice, is still hanging on to the faint hope that one day she might be able to hit those high notes again.

Still as busy as ever, now with speaking parts rather than singing roles, she is one of the stars lending her voice to the new Shrek 2 movie.

The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins star accepts that the chances of her ever singing again are tiny. But she says: ``I am an optimist. I like to think that a glass is half full rather than half empty. ''

ESLEYJoseph has always given the impression that she and her Birds of a Feather co-stars Pauline Quirke and Linda Robson were great mates and that they had all remained close.

But that idea was blown away by the mysterious, and never fully explained, non-involvement of Quirke in the Comedy Connections programme that featured the sit-com. Now Lesley says she has ``lost touch'' with Pauline.

HE prestige of BBC News took a massive knock with the delivery of the Hutton Inquiry. But it didn't stop the corporation's news departments popping champagne corks and raising a glass or two to celebrate 50 years of news broadcasting at a lavish party earlier this week.

Newsroom workers past and present mingled with former newscasters, including Richard Baker, Jan Leeming and Angela Rippon. They were treated to entertainment from Dead Ringers pair Jon Culshaw and Jan Ravens.

S the music world celebrates the birth of rock and roll 50 years ago, when Elvis recorded That's All Right, Alvin Stardust has been telling me how he missed out on a chance to meet The King.

``My management team at the time had business over in the States and were going to see Elvis, ''he says. ``They invited me along and, as you can imagine, I was really excited about meeting my hero. But then a booking came in and I had to do that instead. I hoped there might be another chance to see him -- but there never was. ''

OEL Edmonds is a multi-millionaire and need never work again if he so chooses. But while he's successful in business, no amount of money can buy back his place on TV.

``I would love to have a show of my own again, ''he says. ``I've got some ideas and we'll just have to wait and see what comes of them. ''
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 10, 2004
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