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by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2004-02-02

Matt Lucas in back

Matt Lucas to make second series of Little Britain

Maureen Lipman and Michael Brandon are among the nominees at this year’s Laurence Olivier Awards, which honour achievements in theatre.

Lipman has been shortlisted in the Best Actress In A Musical category for her performance as a Chinese hotel proprietor in Thoroughly Modern Millie, while Brandon is nominated for Best Actor in A Musical for the title role in Jerry Springer – The Opera. The latter has also picked up nominations for Best New Musical, Best Actress In A Musical and Best Director. The awards will take place at the London Hilton on February 22.


A show billed as the British answer to Sex And The City, which was tipped to star Dani Behr, has been scrapped. Denial, which was also set to star Rachel Hunter and Emily Lloyd, was ditched after producers reportedly described the proposal for the show as poor. “It was felt that the programme bore very little resemblance to Sex And The City,” said one TV insider. “It would have to be out of this world to be anywhere near a show that big.” Dani is currently presenting the gay dating show Boy Meets Boy on cable channel Bravo.


Sketch show Little Britain, which stars comedian Matt Lucas, is to return for a second series. According to reports, pre-production has begun on new episodes of the show, which takes an offbeat look at life in Britain. The series will be screened later this year. However fans of Lucas can see him before then in British film Shaun Of The Dead, a comedy horror which opens at cinemas in April.


In Brief:

Gwyneth Paltrow has said that director Steven Spielberg will be godfather to her baby with Coldplay star Chris Martin, which is due this summer. The director is due for a busy year – his new film The Terminal is due for release this summer, while he’s set to begin work on the long-awaited fourth instalment in the Indiana Jones series.


Happy Birthday to: Kissing Jessica Stein star Jennifer Westfeldt (33 on February 2)