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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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Caroline Aherne: a tribute

July 11, 2016 Comments Off on Caroline Aherne: a tribute

In the first of our tributes to the comedian, writer and actress Caroline Aherne, who died earlier this month, Northern Soul’s Gerry Potter writes about a very special person.

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Adventures in VHS

Adventures in VHS: a love affair with the video

May 24, 2016 Comments Off on Adventures in VHS: a love affair with the video

Recently, the BBC Store, the Corporation’s portal for buying legal TV downloads, announced a bold new initiative: for every digital purchase made, customers would receive a VHS copy of the programme delivered straight to their door.

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Coronation Street

Corrie: Life on The Street

December 24, 2015 Comments Off on Corrie: Life on The Street

It is 55-years-old but shows no sign of slowing down. The TV institution that is Coronation Street produces five episodes each week, a far cry from its original remit of just one weekly show.

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Mackinnon & Saunders

Mackinnon and Saunders: world-class animation in Altrincham

November 2, 2015 Comments Off on Mackinnon and Saunders: world-class animation in Altrincham

If you wander into quiet, leafy Oldfield Brow just outside Altrincham, you’ll find many things that you might reasonably expect to see: a little church, a Post Office, a couple of takeaways and a butty shop.

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Andrew Davies

Screenwriter Andrew Davies talks to Northern Soul

October 10, 2015 Comments Off on Screenwriter Andrew Davies talks to Northern Soul

Down the decades, British television has thoroughly enjoyed a good literary adaptation.

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Julie Hesmondhalgh in Black Roses

Black Roses: Julie Hesmondhalgh talks to Northern Soul

October 4, 2015 Comments Off on Black Roses: Julie Hesmondhalgh talks to Northern Soul

On August 11, 2007, Sophie Lancaster was beaten unconscious in Stubbylee Park, Bacup, and later died from her injuries in hospital.

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