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Liz Taylor spent pounds 30,000 sending red roses to the crew on the new production of the Flintstones, in which she is starring; a restaurateur who is a Benny Hill fanatic has bought the late comedy star's home in Southampton for pounds 75,000; ITN newsreader Trevor McDonald said that he often went home and cried over bad news; Granada TV is to screen a one-off lesbian dating show in a late- night slot; Whoopi Goldberg, star of Sister Act and Bagdad Cafe, has had her US chat show cancelled after just one season; Gayle and Gillian Blakeney, the Alessi sisters in Neighbours, have taken the unconventional step of leaving the show to pursue a pop career; a memo circulating at Australia House reminds staff that Sylvania Waters is not an accurate portrayal of the country.

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