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÷ISN’T there a nice sym­me­try to Diana Rigg be­ing cast in Vic­to­ria? Diana was al­ready well known as Emma Peel from the Avengers when she got the gig as a Bond girl for On Her Majesty’s Se­cret Ser­vice and not any old Bond girl – she be­came Mrs Bond be­fore trag­i­cally be­ing shot dead. Back to Vic­to­ria, and Diana is beau­ti­fully acer­bic as the Duchess of Buc­cleuch, the queen’s new Mis­tress of the Robes who re­mem­bers the Palace from her younger days when it was ‘only a house but at least it was clean.’ Now we know that age pro­hibits Diana from play­ing the young queen but what of an older Vic­to­ria in the fu­ture? We Are Not Amused. He­len Mir­ren and Judi Dench have that sewn up. ÷TALK­ING of robes, co­me­dian Kather­ine Lynch was out search­ing for glam­orous dresses for a Côte D’Azur photo shoot in the first of the fash­ion se­ries Frock Find­ers. I dare say as a host Kather­ine should hold this all up but as a fun­ny­woman her ma­te­rial’s a bit thin. ÷IT was prob­a­bly the most dif­fi­cult job in tele­vi­sion, com­ing af­ter Bruce Forsyth on Strictly. But there’s noth­ing like get­ting some­body in who is re­ally funny... and that’s what Clau­dia Win­kle­man is: noth­ing like re­ally funny. The show’s bosses have missed a trick. An­ton du Beke is right un­der their noses.

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