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Andrew Lloyd Webber

Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber team up

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Gary Barlow announced that they are working together to compose a special song to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, which will feature artists and contributors from the UK and the Commonwealth.

The result of their collaboration will be performed at the star-studded Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace on 4 June. To help create this unique piece of music, Gary will embark on a journey around the world to discover what The Queen means to the ordinary people of the Commonwealth. His journey will feature in an hour-long documentary for BBC One, commissioned by Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC One.

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Charlotte Church

Charlotte settles claim against NOTW

Charlotte Church has settled her phone-hacking damages claim against News of the World publisher News Group Newspapers, the High Court has heard.

The resolution of the action brought by 25-year-old singer and her parents, James and Maria, came just days before it was due to be tried at London's High Court. Mr Justice Vos was due to consider the claim that 33 articles in the now defunct Sunday newspaper were the product of hacking into voicemails and had a negative impact on the family's business and her mother's health.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber

Lloyd Webber to search for Superstar on ITV

Andrew Lloyd Webber said the hunt for a new lead in Jesus Christ Superstar would take the show back to its 'roots', after moving from the BBC to ITV.

The musical impresario, who has found stars for The Sound Of Music, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Oliver! and The Wizard Of Oz at the BBC, confirmed the move. It comes after his BBC programmes were criticised for serving Lord Lloyd Webber's own commercial interests.

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Andrew Lloyd-Webber quits BBC for ITV

Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber has quit the BBC to film a new show for ITV. The musicals supremo will head up the judging panel in a search to find an actor to play Judas in a touring production of rock opera 'Jesus Christ Superstar' and has joined the rival network as his former bosses were uncomfortable with casting roles in the biblical stage show.

A source said: "He has been wanting to get this off the ground for some time but the BBC just didn't want it. "They had issues about auditioning for Jesus. They feared Christians would get hot under the collar. The Beeb also kept getting flak for effectively promoting Andrew's commercial interests.

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John Partridge ties the knot

Eastenders and Over The Rainbow star John Partridge tied the knot with his boyfriend yesterday

The actor, who plays ­Christian Clarke in the Beeb soap, married Jon Tsouras in a civil ceremony. John, 40, had been with Canadian-born Jon for eight years before the pair decided to get hitched.

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Love Never Dies to close in August

Phantom of the Opera sequel Love Never Dies is to close on 27 August, it has been confirmed. The announcement comes a little over a year since Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical first opened at the Adelphi Theatre in London's West End.

The show opened to some poor reviews, and after substantial rewrites, was relaunched nine months later. Although the new version gained a better critical reception, it failed to perform at the box office.

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Gavin

Gavin reveals he and Charlotte barely talk

Charlotte Church and Gavin Henson are barely communicating, the rugby star has revealed.

The couple, who have two children together, split last year just weeks after announcing their engagement. Asked about their relationship since the break-up, Gavin, 29, told OK! magazine: "Yeah, it's OK. It has to be with us having two kids together, but that's all our relationship is.

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Claudia Winkleman

Nort’n a Wink

A chat show war is looming between Graham Norton and new rival Claudia Winkleman.

Claudia is being lined up as the Friday night face of Channel 4 and may pose a challenge to Norton's hit BBC1 series. She has filmed a pilot episode for King Of... With Claudia Winkleman, in which her celebrity guests pick the best item in a range of categories, from takeaways to nuts.

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Charlotte Church

Church: 'Lucky to be alive'

Charlotte Church and her two young children were reportedly almost killed after a boiler at their home began to leak.

The Sun reports that the singer told friends that she and her children are "lucky to be alive" after discovering that the boiler in her mansion was releasing carbon monoxide into the house.

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CBEs for Sheila Hancock

Actors David Suchet and Sheila Hancock are among the stars of stage and screen recognised in the New Year Honours.

Suchet, 64, and Hancock, 77, become CBEs, as do influential record producer Trevor Horn, sculptor Richard Wentworth and dance choreographer Wayne McGregor.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber heading to US

Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber is to say goodbye to British TV after receiving offers from American TV bosses to launch his career Stateside.

The composer - best known for writing musicals such as 'Cats' and 'Evita' and appearing on stage star search shows 'Any Dream Will Do' and 'Over the Rainbow' - will say goodbye to British television after getting offers from American network bosses.

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