Arts & Screen

What a feeling for Strictly's Joanne

Strictly Come Dancing champion Joanne Clifton will head the cast of Flashdance - The Musical as it heads to Blackpool this autumn.

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It will be hosted by IT crowd star Richard Ayoade. Photo: Channel 4

Start the fans please! Crystal Maze back on our screens this week

Channel 4’s hit ‘90s show Crystal Maze is back on our screens this Friday.
Jodie Prenger takes a trip back home during latest tour

Jodie sees the sunny side of life

Nine years have flown by in a whirlwind of roles for Blackpool’s stage star Jodie Prenger.

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Love It or List It is back

Contestants wanted for Kirstie and Phil’s Love It or List It

Property experts, Kirstie and Phil, are on the search for homeowners who are in need of some hands-on help in renovating or relocating.
Children's TV exhibition at the Lowry Gallery, Manchester...Play School with Brian Cant 1964

Play School and Play Away presenter Brian Cant dies aged 83

Presenter and actor Brian Cant has died at the age of 83.

Smith by Timothy J. Lockhart

Book review: Smith by Timothy J. Lockhart

Blackmailed into working for a secret government organisation, a hard-bitten former servicewoman overcomes a perilous training programme to become a highly skilled and extremely resourceful assassin in a taut, action-packed thriller.


When TV and movie cameras put Blackpool in spotlight

Blackpool has been the focus of the screen – both big and small – many times over the last century, and more.

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe at the Marine Hall in Fleetwood

Plaque sees Fleetwood keep Alfie in its heart

While the gentle strains of the song Alfie Boe is best known for brought goosebumps to an audience invited to share in his special moment, it was a lesser known cover version which really told the story of the day.

Press surround Michael Ball, left, and Alfie Boe as they reveal the new blue plaque in his honour at Fleetwood's Marine Hall

Plaque honour brings Fleetwood superstar Alfie Boe home

Singing sensation Alfie Boe was surrounded by family and friends to mark the honour of having a blue plaque installed in his home town.

One of the artworks, Its not burnt its caramelised by Jonathan Baldock

Punch and Judy comes to Blackpool gallery

A new art exhibition revealing the inner lives of two of Britain’s most iconic entertainers is set to open in Blackpool.

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Hoghton Tower

Lancashire recommends.... Tourist attractions

Readers have voted.

A scene from Titanic The Musical at Charing Cross Theatre last year. It comes to Blackpool Opera House in July 2018

Titanic show aims to honour the dreamers

Composer Maury Yeston is all set to sell his musical version of the Titanic tragedy to me, ahead of last week’s announcement of it coming to Blackpool Opera House.

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Lucy Fallon

Bethany faces decision in big Corrie story

Coronation Street’s Bethany Platt is at a crossroads that could lead to disaster next week when her exploitative fiance tries to sex-traffic her to Belgium.

Dan Whiston

Dancing on Ice star Dan Whiston offers free zumba lessons

Dancing on Ice star Dan Whiston is to host a special free zumba class at The Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

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Lucy Fallon and Coronation Street castmates call in at Ronald McDonald House to visit patients and victims of the Manchester terror attack and their families.

Coronation Street's Lucy helps make memories for sick children

Cleveleys Coronation Street actress Lucy Fallon took time out this weekend to visit patients at Ronald McDonald House in Manchester.

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Diana Vickers is to star in Son Of A Preacher Man

Diana has the look of love for new musical role

X Factor singer Diana Vickers is to star in new Dusty Springfield musical Son Of A Preacher Man, which comes to Blackpool next year.

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The Last Duchess by Laura Powell and Sarah Gibb

Book reviews: Below stairs mysteries, high-flying dramas and bad bunnies

A lady’s maid battles the Dark Arts, a schoolboy heads off to a forgotten land, and two mischief-making bunnies steal the show in a sunshine collection of new books for young readers.


Where are the best tourist attractions in Lancashire?

Readers have submitted their suggestions.

Frank Carson

Frank’s festival tribute’s a cracker

A one-man show is set to celebrate the comic legend that is Frank Carson at Edinburgh Festival this summer.

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Dancing with dementia

Last call for dancing day in the ballroom

Today is the last chance to get tickets for next week’s Dancing with Dementia event.

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