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Julie Hesmondhalgh talks Broadchurch, Brexit and the importance of theatre

April 17, 2017 Comments Off on Julie Hesmondhalgh talks Broadchurch, Brexit and the importance of theatre

It’s the final episode of Broadchuch tonight. If like Northern Soul you’ve been gripped by the last series of this superlative drama, that’s due in no small part to Julie Hesmondhalgh’s gripping portrayal of a rape victim.

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The Worst Witch, CCBC

Review: CBBC’s The Worst Witch, Manchester Town Hall

January 9, 2017 Comments Off on Review: CBBC’s The Worst Witch, Manchester Town Hall

As a list of magical ingredients, it’s hard to beat. Manchester Town Hall on a Sunday afternoon in the run-up to Christmas with the festive German Market in full swing outside, playing host to several hundred excited children who have come to take part in a range of bespoke themed activities, all culminating in a gala preview screening of the first episode of a new CBBC adaptation of a modern classic.

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To Walk Invisible, BBC

Review: To Walk Invisible, BBC, Hebden Bridge Picture House

December 24, 2016 Comments Off on Review: To Walk Invisible, BBC, Hebden Bridge Picture House

It is a cold, wet and windy night in Hebden Bridge.

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Childrens Ward Series One Generic Jack the trolley man [Ken Parry] reluctantly serves his customers who love to wind him up. Clockwise from left: Dawn Khatir [Leyla Nejad], Alex Walker-Green [Robert Fenton], Ben Croft [Kim Burton], George [Laurence Porter], Keely Johnson [Jenny Luckraft], Tiffany Kendal [Kate Emma-Davies], and Darren Walsh [William Ash] Copyright Granada Television

Granada @ 60: a celebration of Granadaland

December 2, 2016 Comments Off on Granada @ 60: a celebration of Granadaland

There are many candidates which could lay claim to being the North’s most iconic landmark, from football stadiums to stately homes.

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The Furchester Hotel

Northern Soul talks to Cookie Monster, Big Bird and Elmo at The Furchester Hotel

November 18, 2016 Comments Off on Northern Soul talks to Cookie Monster, Big Bird and Elmo at The Furchester Hotel

Midway through my chat with Cookie Monster, I ask him if his diet extends to anything non-cookie related and, if so, what?

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Handbags at Dawn: Archers fans go to war on Facebook

November 8, 2016 Comments Off on Handbags at Dawn: Archers fans go to war on Facebook

Call me middle class, but accept that I’m from working class stock.

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Mark Gatiss

“Britain has become Royston Vasey” – Mark Gatiss talks to Northern Soul

November 3, 2016 Comments Off on “Britain has become Royston Vasey” – Mark Gatiss talks to Northern Soul

“Britain has become Royston Vasey and we’ve never had any credit for it.”

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Queen of the Shrews: a tribute to Jean Alexander and Hilda Ogden

October 17, 2016 Comments Off on Queen of the Shrews: a tribute to Jean Alexander and Hilda Ogden

The thing with shrews is this: no matter how piercing or shrill, they’re very clever.

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Julie Goodyear

The day I met Bet Lynch in a bathroom showroom

August 12, 2016 Comments Off on The day I met Bet Lynch in a bathroom showroom

I’ve learnt many things in this life, one of them being this: if you get an email from your editor asking if you’d like to join Julie Goodyear for some Corrie-related gardening, you say yes.

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Caroline Aherne

Caroline Aherne: Manchester remembers a comedy great

July 19, 2016 Comments Off on Caroline Aherne: Manchester remembers a comedy great

It seems amiss that despite having written about the Manchester stand-up scene for 17 years, I neither met nor interviewed Caroline Aherne.

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