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I love Hollyoaks! It's so addictive and crazy!!

Congratulations to Mark and Karen for pulling off an amazing dance with four 10s from the judges to take out the 2006 Strictly Come Dancing title. More than 12 million people voted in the finale.

Merry Christmas everyone! We hope you have a wonderful day wherever you are and whatever you’re doing. We’re away with family, eating lots of strawberries from our garden (among other things).

Thanks for being a part of Throng. 2007 is going to be a big year for the site as more and more people get to know about it.

Peace and best wishes,
Rachel and Regan

Here’s the great video of Leona singing “A Moment Like This” at the X Factor finale:

The song is the fastest selling download in history and is expected to be the fastest selling single of the 2006.


Lilies by acclaimed screenwriter Heidi Thomas (I Capture The Castle, Madam Bovary) is an original eight-part drama series for BBC One.

Tough, sexy, funny and heart-breaking, the series details the lives of Iris, May and Ruby Moss – sisters coming of age in a dockland terraced house. Familial love sustains them, and their fortunes are bound to those of their brother and their father.

Jane Tranter, BBC Controller of Drama Commissioning, says: “Heidi Thomas is a unique and original writing talent, combining in Lilies a meticulous eye for period detail and resonance, and a wonderfully modern wit, emotional intelligence and warmth.

“Her eight-part take on the 1920s is fresh, bold and entertaining, offering a drama to BBC One full of energy, empathy and optimism.”

Set in the years immediately following the First World War, Lilies pulls no punches in its storytelling.

It depicts a sensual, vivid and sometimes savage universe – where life is lived on the breadline yet fuelled by various kinds of love. All three girls must make their own way in the world.

Iris (Catherine Tyldesley) makes chocolates, Ruby (Kerrie Hayes) sells, and sometimes models, corsets, and May played by Leanne Rowe (Olivier Twist and Boudica) – seduced by the trappings of a world beyond her grasp – earns her living as a parlour maid.

In the course of the series each of the sisters tastes passion for the first time and their lives, newly launched, are changed forever.

Series author Heidi Thomas says: “Lilies features three wonderful emerging young talents who beat off fierce competition to win their first lead television roles.

Key cast includes the acclaimed actor Brian McCardie (star of Rob Roy, Kidnapped, Murphy’s Law and the Bafta Scotland 2006 award-winning drama Low Winter Sun) as Dadda, the family’s charismatic and mercurial father.

Having married very young Dadda is now widowed and his struggle to nurture his unruly children proves both moving and comic.

Daniel Rigby, another sensational newcomer, will star as the family’s troubled brother Billy.

Stephen Moyer is Mr Brazendale; Scot Williams is Father Melia; Iain McKee is Frank Gadney and Georgia Taylor (Blackpool, Coronation Street) makes a guest appearance in episode one as Phyllis Cook, Ruby’s friend.

In later episodes Kenneth Cranham (The Lavender List, Line Of Beauty) stars as a health inspector set to tear the community apart.

And Pam Ferris (Rosemary And Thyme, Jane Eyre) is Alice the clairvoyant and mother of Miss Bird, played by Gillian Kearney (Hope And Glory, Shameless) who develops a close liaison with Dadda Moss.

AOL has 26 “Where are they now” stories about past Survivor stars.

We all know that Richard Hatch is in prison for tax evasion over his prize month — I didn’t realise it was for so long though: 51 months! Kelly Wigglesworth is a host on the E! channel. Rudy Boesch recently had open heart surgery.

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