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Rod Hull falls to his death

ROD HULL'S most famous victim, Michael Parkinson, led the tributes yesterday after news broke that the 63-year-old puppeteer had fallen from the roof of his home and died.

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TELEVISION IS a great consumer of talent. It uses people up and then spits them out into the oblivion of panto and seaside piers. Rod Hull, the children's entertainer known to millions throughout the Seventies and Eighties for his manic act with the anarchic puppet Emu, a bad-tempered and aggressive blue and yellow bird, provides a cautionary tale. He rose to the top of his profession but fell from grace because of over-exposure, mismanagement and his own naive nature.

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MO MOWLAM revealed last night that her father was an alcoholic and doing her school work helped her to deal with the tensions of her homelife.

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FRANK WARREN has demanded an apology from Naseem Hamed for saying he had been "exploited and manipulated" by the promoter on Michael Parkinson's BBC1 chat show. Warren's solicitors have written to Hamed, the BBC and Parkinson insisting on an apology from all three.

Harty appreciation

Russell Harty leaned forward and earnestly said to Rowan Atkinson, "God had a good day when he gave you your face, didn't he?" before adding with the merest hint of a smile playing across his lips: "But is it your fortune or misfortune?"

Creepy uncle psychotic

Novelist Dennis Cooper may have a ferocious literary reputation, but, as he reveals to Nick Taylor, he feels like turning to light comedy

Tricks of the trade: How to interview the stars on TV - Julia Bradbury

THERE ISN'T a bible of interviewing skills, but if anyone were to write that bible, it would definitely be Michael Parkinson.

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No gimmicks as plain-speaking Parky returns

He has never said so directly, but Michael Parkinson has always believed he was the "best bloody interviewer in the world" and next month he returns to the small screen in his long-awaited comeback series.

Inside publishing: YOU'RE BOOKED!

AS yet, there's no sign of John Major hawking his memoirs around town though, when finally he decides to put pen to paper, an agent is waiting in the wings. Andrew Lownie, who harboured political ambitions of his own before throwing in his lot with the more moral world of publishing, has long represented Mrs M and let it be known that he'd be happy to handle her husband. In due course, no doubt.

Is Selina Scott really worth pounds 1m a year?

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