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Exclusive of the week came from Eldorado's Polly Perkins (Trish), who told the Sun that the soap's organisation was a shambles, and that the way it was rushed on to screen meant that it had to be a flop. More will be revealed in her book, The Rocky Road to Eldorado.

Other soap stories involved Coronation Street's Phil Middlemiss (Des Barnes) who has been in trouble for moonlighting as a male model, and EastEnders' on-screen couple Nicola Stapleton (Mandy) and Sean Maguire (Aidan), who have become a couple off- screen as well.

Elsewhere, it was revealed that GMTV is to be relaunched with a sofa identical to the old TV-am couch; GMTV's old head of programming, Lis Howell, is to join BBC1's Good Morning; and Big Breakfast presenter Chris Evans joined Jonathan Ross in a bottoms-bared performance of 'Bohemian Rhapsody' on Saturday Zoo.

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