Arts & Screen

Choose mildly positive reviews: Trainspotting sequel wins over critics

Trainspotting's long-awaited sequel has won over most critics - although all agree it can never leave the same legacy as the original.
Melanie Doyle

WI member gets some special effects treatment from guest

By Val Andrews

St Annes WI

Boats moored at a harbor, Puerto Banus, Costa del Sol, Andalusia, Spain

Lads’ coach trip to Marbs hits the box

Spending your holiday at close quarters with a group of total stangers would not be most people’s ideal getaway.

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The Town Hall at Caudry, France

Twinners put focus on French friendship

Lytham St Annes is set to take a major step towards extending its European links.

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Pigeon show

Top things to do at the weekend (January 20 to 22)

Here is our guide of things to do this weekend in Lancashire.
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Florence Griswold Museum

Explore art through film with Blackpool Odeon screenings

Exhibition On Screen will be bringing event cinema to Blackpool with two brand new films.

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Britain’s Got Talent flies into Blackpool

Britain’s Got Talent flies into Blackpool

The Britain’s Got Talent judges flew into Blackpool on a private jet, ahead of today’s auditions at Blackpool Opera House.

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Anna Coope, 23, from Garstang, is a showgirl in the Moulin Rouge.

Wyre-born dancer lands ‘dream’ role in the Moulin Rouge

A dancer is celebrating landing her ‘dream’ role at the world-famous Moulin Rouge.

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How Not to Fall in Love, Actually by Catherine Bennetto

Book review: How Not to Fall in Love, Actually by Catherine Bennetto

Love can come into your life at the most unexpected time… rather like a baby!

Sirens by Joseph Knox

Book review: Sirens by Joseph Knox

‘We still live in a world where you can disappear if you want to. Or even if you don’t.’

Chills, thrills and spills for young readers

Book reviews: Chills, thrills and spills for young readers

Banish the January blues with a season of brilliant new books!

Kathryn and Philip Hurst

Competitive ballroom dance back at the Tower

After a long absence, Open Competitive Ballroom Dancing is finally set to the Tower with the British Dance Grand Prix.

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Hit '90s TV show Crystal Maze, famously hosted by Richard O'Brien, is coming back

Start the fans please! Crystal Maze set to return to our screens

Big news in the TV world this morning as Channel 4 has announced that hit ‘90s show Crystal Maze is coming back to our screens.
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Casey Affleck as Lee Chandler

Film review: Manchester By The Sea

Anguished silences between members of a fractured Massachusetts family speak volumes about the loss of a son in writer-director Kenneth Lonergan’s elegiac drama.

Ryan Gosling as Sebastian Wilder and Emma Stone as Mia Dolan

Film review: La La Land

The frenzied expectation surrounding writer-director Damien Chazelle’s musical love story was deafening before La La Land won a record seven Golden Globe awards earlier this week.

Sherlock:  Mycroft Holmes (MARK GATISS), Sherlock Holmes (BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH), Dr John Watson (MARTIN FREEMAN) - (C) Hartswood Films - Photographer: Todd Antony

Sherlock finale at Vue Cleveleys

The anticipated series four finale of BBC’s Sherlock will be broadcast live on the big screen at Vue Cleveleys.

Lisa Cox, aka Lucy Coates, pictured during a Miss Blackpool shoot in 2012 at the Sandcastle

Spy’s the limit for Lisa in TV contest

A Blackpool social worker has gone undercover as a spy – for a new Channel 4 TV programme.

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The Watcher by Ross Armstrong

Book review: The Watcher by Ross Armstrong

Bird-watching turns to people-watching with deadly results in a dark and intriguing Hitchcock-style thriller from actor and now author Ross Armstrong.
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The Vanishing by Sophia Tobin

Book review: The Vanishing by Sophia Tobin

After forays into 18th century London and the Kent coast in 1851, author-to-watch Sophia Tobin returns with a gripping gothic tale of intrigue, romance and revenge set amidst the brooding hills of Brontë country.

Mysteries, magic and furry friends for a new reading season

Book reviews: Mysteries, magic and furry friends for a new reading season

As the new school term gets under way, there is plenty of reading fun to keep youngsters smiling this January.

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