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Class of ‘92 – Out of Their League

Class of 92: Out of Their League

August 25, 2015 Comments Off on Class of 92: Out of Their League

If like me you’re a United fan, you’ll have watched the legendary Class of 1992 reign over football for more than 20 years.

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Lights, Camera, Action! When Hollywood pays a visit

August 1, 2015 Comments Off on Lights, Camera, Action! When Hollywood pays a visit

Where there’s muck there’s money. A film shoot was going on in our street and the crew paid us to let them squeeze the lavatory trailer onto our drive.

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Deirdre Barlow - Anne Kirkbride

Our Deirdre: a love letter to the Street’s first modern woman

July 24, 2015 Comments Off on Our Deirdre: a love letter to the Street’s first modern woman

I’ve been trying to work out why I was terribly moved by the death and subsequent tributes to Anne Kirkbride.

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Reuben Amarna and Leon Cooper, photo by Simon Mott

Feeling the Sci-Fi love: my first Comic Con

June 14, 2015 1 Comment

I’ve got a big, big confession to make – I’ve never seen the original Star Wars films.

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Basil Brush

Exclusive: Basil Brush talks to Northern Soul

May 20, 2015 Comments Off on Exclusive: Basil Brush talks to Northern Soul

On election day, Northern Soul had a very unusual To Do list. Firstly, vote, obviously. Then do a bit of a shop. Then interview Basil Brush.

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Michael Brandon

Michael Brandon takes A View from the Bridge

March 31, 2015 Comments Off on Michael Brandon takes A View from the Bridge

Northern Soul’s Rich Jevons talks to actor Michael Brandon (known to many as Dempsey from TV’s Dempsey and Makepeace) about his career and current role of Alfieri in Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge, set in Brandon’s birthplace, Brooklyn.

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Willy Russell

Willy Russell: “writers have to be mavericks”

February 8, 2015 Comments Off on Willy Russell: “writers have to be mavericks”

In an exclusive interview, Northern Soul’s Cathy Crabb chats to playwright, musician and novelist Willy Russell. 

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Russell T. Davies

Cucumbers and Canal Street: Russell T Davies talks to Northern Soul

January 20, 2015 2 Comments

There’s a real lump-in-the-throat moment part-way through the first episode of Russell T Davies’s new Channel 4 drama Cucumber.

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Type Motion exhibition, 2014, Installation at FACT Liverpool, Gallery 1

Moving Stories: Type Motion at FACT, Liverpool

November 20, 2014 Comments Off on Moving Stories: Type Motion at FACT, Liverpool

I have a friend who has just finished training as an archivist. I have an idea what this means: I think it involves blowing cobwebs off boxes of old photos while wearing a pair of rave-style white gloves, then occasionally appearing on Who Do You Think You Are? and talking Richard Madeley through his tear-jerking past.

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Here’s One We Made Earlier: The Story of BBC Children’s Broadcasting

July 26, 2014 Comments Off on Here’s One We Made Earlier: The Story of BBC Children’s Broadcasting

Children’s TV: you watch it for about ten years, then you spend the rest of your life sitting in the pub reminiscing (in fact, if your passport lists your occupation as ‘bad stand-up comic’, you might even make a living making cracks about it).

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