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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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CBeebies’ Alex Winters talks to Northern Soul

July 25, 2014 Comments Off on CBeebies’ Alex Winters talks to Northern Soul

CBeebies entered my life in late 2010 and has been an invaluable friend to me, my wife and my little boy ever since.

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Here’s an exhibition we made earlier at The Lowry

July 14, 2014 Comments Off on Here’s an exhibition we made earlier at The Lowry

Muffin the Mule. Val, John and Peter. Zammo. Teletubbies. Mr Tumble. Tracy Beaker.

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Steven Mackintosh: From the Muppets to Manchester

June 5, 2014 Comments Off on Steven Mackintosh: From the Muppets to Manchester

There’s a moment in the BBC1 drama From There To Here when, not long after the IRA bomb detonates and destroys Manchester city centre, the character of Robbo stands with his hands on his head, surveying the ruins.

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From There To Here: a love letter to Manchester

May 23, 2014 Comments Off on From There To Here: a love letter to Manchester

From There to Here is a major new BBC drama. The editor of Northern Soul met the writer Peter Bowker and director James Strong.  

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Aiden Byrne at Manchester House, The Avenue, Manchester

Aiden Byrne talks Restaurant Wars, food critics and chasing the Michelin man

April 28, 2014 Comments Off on Aiden Byrne talks Restaurant Wars, food critics and chasing the Michelin man

Manchester hasn’t had a Michelin-starred restaurant since the year I was born. I’m 40 next month.

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