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The Great Pottery Throwdown - The natural successor to Bake-Off's crown

It may have escaped your notice, but the BBC recently lost the jewel in its primetime crown – The Great British Bake-Off. The Beeb has been running auditions for “the next Bake-Off” for some time now – many with some arrangement of the words ‘Great’, ‘British’, ‘Challenge’ and ‘Off’ in the title.

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Some of the students behind the Fylde Film Showcase at The Regent Cinema. They are (from left) Marina Farag, 22, from Blackpool, Jake MacRae, 22, from Bispham, Sam Mason, 23, from South Shore and Christian Roberts

Students launch film festival to showcase talent

Blackpool and The Fylde College students are planning a film festival to help showcase new talent.

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George Formby and Pat Howson

Actor wanted to play George Formby in upcoming film

A Lancashire author is on the hunt for a George Formby impersonator to play the iconic musician in a big screen production.

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This longstandingevent has been delighting families in the area since the 1860s.

Egg rolling in Preston 2017 - everything you need to know

Families looking for entertainment in Preston this Easter will no doubt be heading to Avenham and Miller Parks' famous Egg Rolling event.

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The Infernal Gallop from Matthew Bournes Early Adventures

Bourne stamps his identity on new show

Sir Matthew Bourne’s brand new dance production ‘Early Adventures’ opens at the Grand Theatre tonight.

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DanceSyndrome Wins Not-For-Profit Award at Red Rose Awards

DanceSyndrome wins Red Rose Award

An inspiring dance charity has been recognised at the Red Rose Awards..

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The Little Teashop of Lost and Found by Trisha Ashley

Book review: The Little Teashop of Lost and Found by Trisha Ashley

Reading a tasty Trisha Ashley novel always makes you greedy for her next… and not just because each story delivers a feast of delicious recipes.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

14 films to look forward to in 2017

We have already been treated to some big releases this year - but there's plenty more to come!
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Adam Mitchell

Child actor Adam enjoys day in the sun

A Baines’ School pupil has been given the life-changing opportunity to sing on a Disney film soundtrack.

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Blackpool Winter Gardens. (Photo: Michael Beckwith).

Junior Dance Festival returns

The Blackpool Junior Dance Festival will once again be returning to Blackpool Empress Ballroom for its 70th anniversary.

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Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon) is on the warpath in The Last Kingdom

The Last Kingdom - political plotting amid the Brian Blessed bellowing

At a time when the United Kingdom seems intent on ripping itself apart, it’s a good time for a drama which shows how the kingdoms became united in the first place.

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Sandi Toksvig (left) and Noel Fielding who have been confirmed as presenters on Channel 4's The Great British Bake Off

Lunacy or genius? Great British Bake Off fans split on new hosts

The Great British Bake Off viewers are split over Channel 4's choice of hosts for the new series, questioning whether it is "lunacy or genius".

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Blackpool Art Fayre

Farewell to the art Fayre

This weekend is the last chance to visit the Blackpool Art Fayre, boasting five exhibitions in one.

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How Preston's Harris could look. Copyright Purcell Architects

‘Don’t disfigure glorious Harris’

Shakespearean actor Ian Fintoff believes it will be a tragedy if Preston “disfigures” the landmark Harris Library where his love of literature was born.

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The 10th series of the relaunched Doctor Who will be the last starring Capaldi as the Time Lord

Daleks to return alongside new enemies in latest series of Doctor Who

Emoji monsters, a giant sea creature and old enemies like Daleks and the Cybermen are among the hazards Doctor Who has in store in the new series of the hit show.
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Celine by Peter Heller

Book review: Celine by Peter Heller

In the suspenseful new detective novel Celine, bestselling American author Peter Heller creates a most unexpected heroine.

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Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace  in Tango Moderno

New show is Strictly business for TV favourites

Two of the biggest stars of Strictly Come Dancing are joining forces for a thrilling new show.

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The old public Hall on Towngate in the early 1900s. It has now been replaced by Tesco car park

Towngate public hall meant a lot to many

Steven Jones posted this photograph in Facebook group Leyland Memories of the old public hall in Towngate in the early 1900s.

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Ant Middleton leads the crew in Channel 4s Mutiny

Mutiny - Captain Haddock versus Captain Wazzock

I blame Bear Grylls. Ever since he burst on to our TV screens around 10 years ago, eating locusts and drinking his own bodily fluids, there have been a whole raft of TV shows featuring man’s (and it usually is men) battle against the elements, nature and his own ego.
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The Witchfinders Sister by Beth Underdown

Book review: The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown

Thirty years after the notorious Pendle witch trials in Lancashire, a new and even more vicious witch hunt spread like a stain across a quiet corner of England.

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