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20 Nov 2001

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The News in the UK, National Headlines Reviewed.

by Miranda Schunke

The Royal mail has commissioned a unique 'diamond' stamp for Christmas, worth £1 million pounds to whoever finds it.

The winning prize is hidden inside packs of First Class Christmas stamps, along with £50,000 'ruby' prizes and twenty five £25,000 'sapphire' prizes.

The First Class Christmas stamps are available at 50,000 retail outlets in the UK, including 18,000 Post Office branches.

A recent survey has stated that males have a psychological need to visit the

The survey, undertaken by researchers at Leeds University showed that the social interaction and atmosphere of a pub was essential to the male.

Scientists found that it was the ethos of the pub rather than the alcohol that appealed to the male mind.

The king and queen of daytime television, Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan will be returning to our screens later this month.  Their new show, an hour long entertainment programme, imaginatively named Richard and Judy, will go out live every weekday from 5pm on Channel 4.

The couple quit ITV in May, after hosting This Morning for 13 years.  The pair claimed they were after a 'more exciting gig'.  Their new show, according to Channel 4 bosses, is said to have a lighter touch offering teatime viewers an alternative to soaps and quizzes.

Richard Madeley said, 'Our new show is a really exciting proposition.  We were always going to have to change and we didn't think we could get a better challenge than this.  If we hadn't grasped this one, we would have kicked ourselves.'

Judy Finnigan added, 'We love popular journalism and breaking news - that's
our background - plus we love talking to people and doing celebrity interviews.  So the idea of doing a topical entertainment programme at teatime was just a delight.'

London's Leicester Square was besieged by fans in wizard hats and capes as the eagerly awaited Harry Potter movie made its world premiere recently.  The film based on JK Rowling's first book, Harry potter and The
Philosopher's Stone, was given a resounding thumbs-up by the star-studded audience and the lucky few who managed to get tickets for the premiere.

5,000 fans packed Leicester Square to greet the film's stars and big names from the world of show business as they arrived.  The 12-year-old star of the film Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry potter said, 'I am almost numb with nerves and that has never happened before.'

JK Rowling, author of the books which have now become a worldwide phenomenon
by selling more than 100 million copies, looked delighted as she left the cinema.  Giving the crowd a thumbs-up she said, 'It went wonderfully.  I am so pleased, everyone seems to love it.'

Many of the entertainment business' top names and royalty had turned up for
the occasion.  The Duchess of York, with her daughters Beatrice and Eugenie
said, 'It is brilliant.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and the girls loved it.'  Other big names at the premiere included Natalie Appleton with her daughter Racel, Sting and daughter Coco and Sir Cliff Richard.



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