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COMPETITION between breakfast television companies has again been occupying newspaper space, with the announcement of Greg Dyke's installment as chairman of GMTV. Dyke, who brought Roland Rat to TV-am, refused to rule out the possibilty of the rodent star's resurrection on GMTV, and this was food for tabloid headlines: 'Ailing breakfast TV station sends for RATMAN' (Daily Mirror), 'Roland Rat to the rescue of TV Fiona' (Today) and 'Roland set to boost rat-ings' (Sun). Meanwhile The Big Breakfast experienced turmoil of its own when Dannii Minogue, who is presenting in place of holidaying Gaby Roslin, arrived to demand a pre-show vegan breakfast instead of the traditional fry-up.

Elsewhere, Sarah Lancashire (Coronation Street's Raquel) was stranded at a petrol station after hoovering up her car keys with the garage's vacuum cleaner; it was revealed that Jason Riddington (Casualty's Doctor Rob Khalefa) is good at changing his new baby's nappies, and Jack Nicholson was spotted putting his hand on Amanda de Cadenet's knee.

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