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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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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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