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Miller cops chang­ing sides

(left) has scored a new role af­ter the demise of his Chan­nel 7 drama. Miller has signed to guest star in the 11th-sea­son pre­miere of Law & Or­der: SVU. Miller, who made his name run­ning from the law in Prison Break, is on the right side of it this time, play­ing a cop who saves the life of a rape vic­tim. FANS of a good ol’ bon­net drama will be happy to learn a se­quel to the crit­i­cally ac­claimed Cran­ford se­ries is go­ing into pro­duc­tion with lead­ing lady Dame Judi Dench repris­ing the char­ac­ter of Miss Matty Jenkyns. Her prim and proper role should please those who are not able to ac­cept the 74-year-old’s foul mouth on screen. The Bri­tish Board of Film Clas­si­fi­ca­tion (BBFC) has re­vealed movie-go­ers don’t like Dench drop­ping ex­ple­tives. ‘‘Al­most ev­ery time Dame Judi swears in a film, re­gard­less of its cat­e­gory, we can ex­pect sev­eral com­plaints,’’ the BBFC said in its re­cent re­port af­ter her per­for­mance in James Bond film Quan­tum of So­lace. PRISON Break’s Went­worth Miller

Swear blocks for Dame Judi

Denyer’s driv­ing love

TV COM­PERE Grant Denyer has taken a tem­po­rary side­step away from the box to fo­cus on motoring. Nine months af­ter nearly be­com­ing paral­ysed in a mon­ster truck ac­ci­dent, Denyer has spent the past two weeks tour­ing 6000km in a 1970s Fal­con to raise money for the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice. ‘‘It’s been two weeks of dirt, mud and get­ting stuck in croc­o­dile-in­fested river cross­ings,’’ says Denyer, who has been ac­com­pa­nied by his girl­friend Ch­eryl Rogers. ‘‘I thought chicks can’t nav­i­gate. That’s a myth, isn’t it? Well, my lady Chezzi was just awe­some.’’

Speer’s new tar­get

KYLIE Speer, the girl­friend of Aus­tralia’s favourite chippy and Chan­nel 7 pre­sen­ter Tom Wil­liams, has snared an en­ter­tain­ment re­port­ing gig at a ri­val net­work. When new Chan­nel 9 pro­gram This Af­ter­noon pre­miered last week, Speer, who is the head of com­mu­ni­ca­tions for on­line site ninemsn, popped up be­side An­drew Daddo, Ka­t­rina Blow­ers and Mark Fer­gu­son. Wil­liams met Speer in Fe­bru­ary 2007. He was in the United Arab Emi­rates film­ing with The Great Out­doors and she was PR man­ager for a lux­ury Dubai ho­tel.

Marple, miss and hit

SCREEN leg­end Joan Collins har­bours a se­cret pas­sion to play Agatha Christie’s sleuth Jane Marple. She came close with a guest ap­pear­ance in a new Miss Marple out­ing, They Do It With Mir­rors, play­ing Ruth van Ry­dock, the sis­ter of Marple’s long­time friend Car­rie Louise Ser­ro­cold ( Pene­lope Win­ton). A source says of Collins, fa­mous for play­ing Alexis Car­ring­ton in Dy­nasty: ‘‘Joan was des­per­ate to be able to film Miss Marple. It’s the first time she’s done a mur­der-mys­tery and she’s re­ally en­joy­ing it. She’d ac­tu­ally love to play Marple her­self one day and has told the pro­duc­ers.’’

Loser’s light fan­tas­tic

WEIGHT loss for many peo­ple is a con­stant yo-yo ef­fect where you end up putting back what you have strug­gled to lose. For the con­tes­tants on The Big­gest Loser, the huge weight losses they achieve and the pub­lic man­ner in which they do it makes the risk and con­se­quence of slip­ping up even higher. Two of the show’s com­peti­tors, Sam Rouen and Sean Holbrook, have stuck to their weight­loss reg­i­mens and share some of their highs and lows as guest cooks on Ready Steady Cook this week. Rouen lost 71.7kg to be the se­ries-three win­ner with a fi­nal weigh-in of 82.9kg. Holbrook took this year’s prize for The Big­gest Loser among the elim­i­nated con­tes­tants.

Chap­pell for Cof­fin

AUSSIE thriller Cof­fin Rock, from the pro­ducer of Wolf Creek, will open in cin­e­mas on Oc­to­ber 15. Head­ing the cast are ac­tors who’ve made an im­pact in TV, in­clud­ing Lisa Chap­pell (McLeod’s Daugh­ters), Robert Tay­lor ( Bal­lykissan­gel) and Sam Par­son­son ( Love My Way). The plot re­volves around a seem­ingly hap­pily mar­ried cou­ple (Chap­pell and Tay­lor), who are strug­gling to start a fam­ily.

Char­ity team: Grant Denyer and girl­friend Ch­eryl Rogers have been rais­ing funds for the RFDS.

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