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Obi-Wan Kenobi 'Star Wars' spin-off in the works

Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi may be getting his own Star Wars movie directed by Billy Elliot film-maker Stephen Daldry.
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The 12th series of the BBC One show

Celebrity Masterchef debut a ratings winner

Celebrity MasterChef's series opener was a ratings success as food fans tuned in to watch a new bunch of stars roll up their sleeves in the kitchen.

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This year's Masterchef celebrity line-up

Celebrity Masterchef to put 20 budding star cooks to the test

The new series of Celebrity MasterChef will see stars including former S Club 7 star Rachel Stevens, Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington and comedian Vic Reeves put to the test in the kitchen.

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Fighting Fantasy: The Port of Peril by Ian Livingstone

Book reviews: Fantasy heroes, sisterly love and a trip through time

A fantastic fantasy series celebrates a special anniversary, a family of sisters face new dramas and the world springs to colourful life in some sparkling new children’s books for August.

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Wedding Day Winners

Last chance for engaged couples to enter new BBC wedding game show

If you're engaged make your big day even bigger by entering the BBC's new wedding game show and you and your fiance could win a luxury honeymoon.

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Face the judges: Who are this year's stars?

Everything you need to know about this year's Strictly contestants so far

Scottish comedian Susan Calman is the ninth celebrity to join the Strictly Come Dancing line-up.
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Jack Nicholson's Joker costume from Batman

Jack Nicholson's Joker costume to go up for auction

The hammer wielded by Chris Hemsworth's Thor and Jack Nicholson's Joker costume from Batman are among the pieces of movie memorabilia set to be sold at auction.

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Give Me the Child by Mel McGrath

Book review: Give Me the Child by Mel McGrath

When her husband’s 11-year-old love-child turns up on her doorstep one hot London night, Cat Lupo must decide whether she could ever give the now motherless girl a home.

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The Wardrobe Mistress by Natalie Meg Evans

Book review: The Wardrobe Mistress by Natalie Meg Evans

Mentally battered and bruised by six years of conflict, a young war widow steps on board a train in search of a new life… and determined to seek out answers to mysteries from her childhood.

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Rev Richard Coles has signed up for Strictly

Rev Richard Coles joins Strictly

Communards star, turned vicar, the Rev Richard Coles has signed up for Strictly Come Dancing and admitted of his cha, cha, cha: "God does not always endow us with gifts equally".

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Finalists in this years Northern Star competition at Viva Blackpool

Ashley helps kids live the dream with contest

A West End actor from Blackpool has given young singers and dancers a chance to live their dream.

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FY Wingz competing at the Street Dance World Championships

Street dance school launches sponsor scheme to boost classes

Street dancers are calling on local residents and businesses to help support their skills with private sponsorship.

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Royal Lancashire Show kicks-off an action-packed weekend

Royal Lancashire Show kicks-off an action-packed weekend

Lancashire’s historic festival kicked off yesterday ahead of an action-packed weekend of family fun.

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Spice World is 20 years old

Girl Power: Take our Spice World quiz

As Spice World the film turns 20, we celebrate with a look back at the band that started it all.

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Every Day Above Ground by Glen Erik Hamilton

Book review: Every Day Above Ground by Glen Erik Hamilton

Former military man Van Shaw is desperately trying to live every day above ground and on the right side of the law, but crime is in his genes. Can he turn down the chance to get his hands on a long-forgotten, hidden stash of gold?

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A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan

Book review: Perfect adventures, secret cooking and wild mazes

Summer fun just got better with the arrival of a sunshine collection of new children’s books.

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Ikea staff modelling the rugs

Game of Thrones admit to using Ikea rugs for actors' costumes

Game of Thrones fans may well have admired the warm fur cloaks worn by Jon Snow and members of the Night's Watch in the hit show
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DanceSyndrome founder Jen Blackwell performs a solo dance for the video created by Jennifer Smith

Lancashire-based charity DanceSyndrome wins video award

Lancashire-based charity DanceSyndrome is celebrating after a video about its work won a Mencap Journalism Award.

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Paddy McGuinness

Paddy McGuinness to host BBC tribute show Even Better Than The Real Thing

Paddy McGuinness has been announced as the host of new tribute act show Even Better Than The Real Thing.

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Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool

Poetry sessions promise to be dead good - and pack a Punch

Lancashire’s Dead Good Poets are hosting two events this week with an open invite for people to join them.

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