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Jeremy Vine First came to prominence on Radio 4's Today, where his dramatic reports on anything from Aids research to the decline of the British pop single were far more likely to make listeners sit up and take notice than Rabbi Lionel Blue. An inevitable transfer to television followed. Has latterly been employing his ironic approach to politics with sufficiently exemplary results. It is not only the christian name that makes many believe he's the next Paxman.

Caroline Quentin Cropped up almost as frequently last year - on adverts, quiz shows, the television version of An Evening with Gary Lineker - as her other half. In 1995 her ubiquity will be sealed by a new sitcom, produced by Humphrey Barclay, which insiders reckon has as good a chance as any of attaining a British television Holy Grail: the English Roseanne. By the end of the year, many will be referring to Paul Merton as Caroline Quentin's husband.

Patrick Marber Although the least prominent of the Iannucci-Coogan-Morris comedy axis, Marber is much more than a side-kick. A fine scriptwriter, he has developed, as his Spiros in Three Fights . . . and, as most of the guests on the Alan Partridge Show proved, suffici ent presence to suggest he is destined for imminent household name-checks. Like Mike "Wayne's World" Myers, Marber started out as the comic turn on TV-am's Wide Awake Club, disproving the old adage: if you want to get on, never work with children, pets o r Timmy Mallett.