News: Fri 9 Apr, 2010
3:07PM, Apr 14, 2010
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Today's top stories: EastEnders stars face pay cuts while Kim Cattrall and Gillian Anderson are set to star in a new Channel 4 drama.
BBC Stars Face Pay Cuts
Big-name Eastenders stars face having their hefty paypackets slashed after the BBC Trust announced they'd be investigating the value-for-money of the show alongside Holby City, Casualty and Doctors.
In recent times it's been revealed that stars like June Brown, Steve McFadden and Adam Woodyatt earn as much as £370,000 a year.
Yesterday BBC Trust chairman Sir Michael Lyons said: "In the coming year, we will continue our drive to ensure that the BBC offers high quality and distinctive programming and that it provides excellent value for money, through a number of major editorial, service and value for money reviews."
And last night a BBC spokesman stated: "We welcome the forthcoming review into the BBC's continuing drama. It's an opportunity to highlight creative programming that attracts a large and dedicated audience on a regular basis."
SATC And X Files Stars Team Up For Channel 4 Drama
The Press Association
Kim Cattrall and Gillian Anderson will star alongside Jim Broadbent and Matthew Macfadyen in a Channel 4 adaptation of William Boyd's 2002 novel Any Human Heart. Kim features as hero Logan Mountstuart's lover Gloria, while Gillian will star as the Duchess of Windsor. Channel 4 head of drama Camilla Campbell said: "Jim, Matthew and Sam lead a phenomenal ensemble cast."
Ashes Star: "Ending Is Genius"
Ashes To Ashes star Dean Andrews believes fans will be delighted with the show's final episode. He explained on GMTV: "Everything is tied up. You get all of the answers from Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes. I think they're all given within this final series and you realise what it was all about." He added: "I just thought it was a great ending. I think everyone will be really happy."
Britain's Got 94-Year-Old Talent
Pensioner Stan Saxon has taken to the stage aged 94 at the Britain's Got Talent auditions in Birmingham. He sang Frank Sinatra's My Way for judges Piers Morgan, Amanda Holden and Louis Walsh, who was standing in for Simon Cowell. The great-grandfather regularly performs at karaoke nights and has released a CD, but he told the Shropshire Star: "This is my jewel in the crown, I've told everyone about it."