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Sex and death make drama on Channel 4

BRITAIN'S FIRST gay soap opera, Queer as Folk, is at the forefront of a Channel 4 attempt to double the amount of drama on the network over the next 18 months.

Britons urged to turn over a new leaf

National Year of Reading: Every baby to get a book as millions are put behind drive to raise levels of literacy

Film: Catcher in the wry

Dream on: this is how you wish it had been when you were a teenager. John Lyttle checks out the latest import from the States

Hiding death away does not cheat it, but deceives us that life is forever

The BBC is being cricitised for filming a patient dying of cancer, but, says Suzanne Moore, we can no longer turn away from reality

Making television a teen effort

Norwich is an unlikely candidate for centre of cool. Yet the city which gave us `Sale of the Century' and Alan Partridge is back on the media map thanks, writes Meg Carter, to it being home to Rapture - Britain's first cable channel dedicated to teen TV.

Redmond's just taking Brookside back to its roots. Honest.

The video launch of Brookside, the movie,

Fool the viewers? I'd have to be kidding

The American film Kids, to be released in Britain next month, has provoked fury over its scenes of teenage sex and drug-taking. Is the reaction justified? Phil Redmond, creator of three controversial TV dramas, believes a sense of proportion has been lost, and, right, explains how he handled problem areas in his own programmes

'Brookside' directors in a lather over 'miserly' pay

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Angst? Can you buy it at the mall?

Teen anguish based on opposition to adults has been replaced by a celebration of teenage emancipation

Hard man of Brookside moves into soft soap

Cole Moreton reports on Phil Redmond's latest venture: a serial about well-heeled teenagers in Chester
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