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Designers told to renovate amid fears that fake buildings and wear and tear will be exposed

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After Dido, English National Opera/ Young Vic, London

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Richard's final TV moments reveal cancer fight

Eastenders star Wendy Richard, who lost her fight with cancer last month, is to make her final TV appearance in a moving documentary charting her battle with the disease.

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