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Newcastle Herald

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Author: with James Joyce
Date: 26/03/2001
Words: 293
          Publication: Newcastle Herald
Section: News
Page: 63
ACADEMY AWARDS

7.30pm, NBN

THE `red carpet arrivals' at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles will be screened live from 9.30am.

Richard Wilkins will present a red carpet highlights package from 7.30pm, before Steve Martin steps into Billy Crystal's shoes.

This is Martin's first outing as host of the biggest show in Tinseltown.

Julia Roberts is a dead cert to win Best Actress for Erin Brockovich.

But has she run out of acceptance speeches after her recent golden run at gong shows?

NEIGHBOURS

6.30pm, Ten

THE new pin-up in Ramsay St is Matt Hancock, who lands a job at Lou's pub.

Matt, by the way, is the character's name.

The 20-year-old actor who plays him is Stephen Hunt and this is his first role on TV.

Matt, according to Network Ten, is `intelligent, but has trouble applying himself to study'.

Apparently, `his parents despair about his future but are secretly proud of his handsome looks and wit'.

They are indeed blessed.

By the way, Ten advises that Hunt has a pet cat called Elmo, which he adopted from the RSPCA.

LIFE FORCE

6pm, ABC

THIS new series is aimed at teenagers and pre-teens.

It's set in a waterlogged Britain in 2025 and follows a group of youngsters who battle evil government agents.

Global warming has led to `the drowning' and a totalitarian regime with strict rules that ban `Climeys', or climate refugees, from entering Britain.

But our heroes take on the baddies, with the help of two genetically engineered children with telepathic powers.

Life Force has a promising premise.

It's just a shame the first episode drops the viewer in the deep end with minimal plot explanation.

And the crappy synthesiser muzak is relentless.

 
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