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There were fast and furious scenes in the fictional London Borough of Walford yesterday as EastEnders stars put the pedal to the metal while shooting the soap's most explosive stunt ever.

OPERA / Breathless masterpiece: Nick Kimberley on Phyllida Lloyd's new production of Puccini's La Boheme in Leeds

IT'S NOT uncommon in opera for everything to happen during the interval. In La Boheme, Puccini is so wrapped up in the antics of his young bloods that he scarcely leaves room for any plot at all. We see the bohemians revelling in make-believe poverty, rooking the landlord, fiddling the restaurant bill, wearing their art on their sleeves (and then burning it) - and with one cough Mimi has consumption and dies. For a would-be three- handkerchief job, it allows little time to build up a good head of tears. (And surely it's a stroke of folly to present the two show-stopping arias back-to- back in the very first act?)

Obituary: Andrew Heard

Andrew Heard, artist, born Hertford 21 August 1958, died London 9 January 1993.

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John Inman was having a whale of a time. All morning he had been catching up with old chums, saying 'I'm free' to autograph hunters, chatting amiably to a man who had a toupee perched, like a nesting bird, on the top of his head. By lunchtime all the hurly-burly was beginning to take its toll on the star of Are You Being Served?

FILM / Carrying on at their convenience

Carry on Columbus (PG). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Gerald Thomas (UK)
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