Arts & Screen

Picnic at Hanging Rock more than makes up for disappointment at the World Cup

On the very day that football said it wasn’t coming home after all, not now, not when there was still daylight left, BBC1 was screening what, on the surface, looked like one of those stiff upper-lipped, starched white crinolines period dramas – one of those where there’s a lot of talking about things that have happened, but you don’t actually see anything happening.

Kevin and Karen Clifton during their stage show

Strictly stars stay close on the floor

They may have had a tough few months earlier this year but, as the Strictly Come Dancing motto goes, Kevin and Karen Clifton plan to ‘keep dancing’, despite their split as a couple off the dancefloor.

Jon Richardson

Old Man Jon’s ‘never been better’ than DVD show recording at Grand

Lancashire lad Jon Richardson will be coming back to his county roots with a show in Blackpool tomorrow.

Theatre and Comedy
Celebrating the history of circus at Blackpools Grundy Art Gallery

Gallery celebrates circus anniversary

A programme of exhibitions at Blackpool’s Grundy Art Gallery this summer will celebrate 250 years of circus.

Theatre and Comedy
Killing It by Asia Mackay

Book review: Killing It by Asia Mackay

Forget James Bond and meet this summer’s most fearless, most resourceful and most entertaining superhero-spy… Assassa-Mum!

A Fatal Obsession by Faith Martin

Book review: A Fatal Obsession by Faith Martin

For 25 years, Faith Martin has been thrilling her readers with a raft of superb novels… written in four different genres and under four different pen names.

Wrecker by Noel OReilly

Book review: Wrecker by Noel O’Reilly

When ships founder on the rocks of a remote Cornish cove, their cargoes are swiftly ‘picked clean’ by the wreckers… but young Mary Blight likes to bide her time and then move in to loot the corpses washed in by the tide.

The Pavilion Theatre

Happy Birthday Winter Gardens! 140-year-old 'at risk' theatre gets new life as creative hub

The Winter Gardens' historic Pavilion Theatre is to be the new northern base of a global theatre production company.
Theatre and Comedy
Mark Nordwind from Home and HQ said the Geordie Shore cast (above from 2016) finished filming and went away happy

Blackpool club’s boss denies fight report

The owner of a Blackpool nightclub has denied claims a ‘fight’ cut short filming by reality TV show Geordie Shore.

Niall Sheehy in Titanic The Musical

REVIEW: Titanic The Musical, Opera House, Blackpool

Sharing a piece of theatre which holds precious memories with others is a risky business - what do you do if they don’t appreciate it in the same way?

Theatre and Comedy
Peter Rabbit at Blackpool Children Party on the Prom

Little ones party in the Prom sunshine


Make or Break by Catherine Bennetto

Book review: Make or Break by Catherine Bennetto

A surprise trip to Cape Town to attend her best friend’s last-minute wedding could be just the kick-start needed to reignite Jess Roberts-Schiele’s own six-year romance with boyfriend Pete.

The Greek Escape by Karen Swan

Book review: The Greek Escape by Karen Swan

Some summer novels have it all… a stunning location, a romance that simmers and shimmers, oodles of glamour, and a seductive air of mystery.

A scene from Elephants On The Move

Elephants pack their trunks for TV documentary on big move

Blackpool Zoo’s mammoth new residents are the subject of a new TV show telling the tale of their move from Twycross to their new state-of-the-art home.

Hot Ice 2018 - Mesmerise

REVIEW: Hot Ice - Mesmerise, Blackpool Pleasure Beach Arena

As the nation basks in the on-going heatwave, there’s one place guaranteed to keep you cool - while raising the temperatures even further.
Whats on
Coronation Street actor Anthony Cotton

Corrie star helped man living in Fleetwood tent

Coronation Street actor Anthony Cotton has revealed he helped a homeless acquaintance whose real life coincidentally mirrors his character’s forthcoming dark storyline.

Emmerdale actress Emma Atkins

Emmerdale actress to walk from Preston to Blackpool for charity

Emmerdale actress Emma Atkins, who plays Charity Tate in the soap, will be taking part in a fundraising walk from Preston to Blackpool.


Craig's fab-u-lous new wax figure waltzes into attraction

In a tuxedo as sparkly as Strictly Come Dancing’s famous glitterball trophy, Craig Revel Horwood’s new wax figure has been unveiled at Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

In a Country Garden by Maeve Haran

Book review: In a Country Garden by Maeve Haran

Baby-boomers weren’t supposed to grow old… aren’t they the ones who were going to change the world?

A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood

Book reviews: Twenties glamour, a fashion fable and a mixed-up mollusc

Get lost in a dreamy Cornish romance, visit an off-the-wall boutique, dive into a comical comic collection, and help an octopus find a new pair of underpants in a sunshine collection of summer books for children.

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