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Va­ri­ety, the bible of the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try, has pub­lished a list of salaries of the top TV stars in the US. The

gures given are per episode, and they make for in­ter­est­ing read­ing. Among the head­lin­ers are:

Nor­man Ree­dus ( The Walk­ing Dead) $1 mil­lion; Ju­lia Roberts ( Home­com­ing) $600,000; Elis­a­beth Moss

( The Hand­maid’s Tale) $1 mil­lion; John Good­man ( The Con­ners) $375,000; Wi­nona Ry­der ( Stranger Things) $350,000; Sean Penn ( The First) $500,000; San­dra Oh ( Killing Eve) $100,000.

* The buzz about Rus­sell T Davies’ new BBC drama, Years and Years, has been loud. And it’s get­ting louder, now that the cast has been an­nounced. Os­car-win­ner Emma

Thomp­son will be joined by Jes­sica

Hynes, Rory Kin­n­ear,

Anne Reid and Rus­sell

Tovey for a sweep­ing six-part se­ries about the twists and turns ex­pe­ri­enced by one fam­ily over the course of 15 years, from 2019 to 2034. Thomp­son plays Vivi­enne Rook, an out­spo­ken celebrity turned po­lit­i­cal gure whose con­tro­ver­sial opin­ions di­vide the UK.

* For­mer Girls Aloud singer (and al­most Six singer), Na­dine Coyle, will get a chance to prove her act­ing and in­deed her com­edy chops when she joins the cast of up­com­ing BBC drama, Soft Bor­der

Pa­trol. The Derry chanteuse will ap­pear along­side co­me­dian

Shane Todd for this vepart mock­u­men­tary se­ries in which a team of peo­ple en­deav­our to help peo­ple cross the rein­tro­duced bor­der be­tween the two parts of Ire­land. Neil De­lamere also stars, in the role of Niall Sweeney, Head of Vir­tual Bor­der.

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