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Love, Lies and Records - Love, lies and too much more

My kids used to like a book called The Busy World of Richard Scarry, in which animals dressed as humans scurried about, going to work or enjoying their leisure time, all being terribly busy and pressed for time.

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Grayson Perry is taking control of Channel 4's continuity mic

Listen up: Grayson Perry turns continuity announcer

Transvestite potter Grayson Perry is taking control of Channel 4's continuity mic to mark International Men's Day.

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The Nimes Roman ampitheatre

TRAVEL: Underground and overground in beautiful southern France

Smell. Taste. Think.
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Ashton Memorial

Lancashire recommends... interesting buildings

You don't need to go far to marvel at Lancashire's architecture.

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An English Murder by Cyril Hare

Book review: An English Murder by Cyril Hare

In the English 'Golden Age' of crime writing, Cyril Hare earned a reputation as one of the best-loved masters of the whodunit.

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WATCH: Banned Royal Mail TV ad 'too scary' to be aired during Corrie

A Royal Mail ad intended to raise awareness of the threat of identity theft has been banned for being too scary.
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I'm A Celebrity 2017 line-up confirmed

The official line-up for this year's I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! has been confirmed by ITV.

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Anthea Turner faced some serious teasing

Anthea Turner trolled for hilarious Twitter blunder

Anthea Turner faced some serious teasing after she tweeted a request to cancel an order - but forgot to include the name of the company.

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The ad caused an uproar on social media

No swear bear: Paddington M&S Christmas ad in the clear

A social media furore around the suggestion that the Marks & Spencer Christmas ad features a villain swearing at Paddington bear has been definitively resolved.

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The Fix by David Baldacci

Book review: The Fix by David Baldacci

FBI special agent Amos Decker is no James Bond… he’s overweight, socially inept, needs a haircut and his stained clothes could do with a good wash.
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Blue Planet II

Blue Planet II continues to grow in viewers for series high

The latest episode of Blue Planet II has been the most successful of the series so far.

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The Christmas Secret by Karen Swan

Book reviews: The Christmas Secret by Karen Swan

Alex Hyde is a young woman to be reckoned with…

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GBBO is looking for new contestants

Applications for The Great British Bake Off 2018 are now open

Who’s the best baker you know?

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Bertha Wood pictured back in 1944 and celebrating her 100th birthday

Life begins at 100

More and more people are living to be 100. A new book reveals some of the great British characters to hit the century mark and here author John Withington recalls three of Lancashire’s notable centenarians.
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This year's John Lewis Christmas campaign

Lovelorn snowmen and bouncing dogs: A rundown of John Lewis Christmas ads

The John Lewis Christmas campaign has become a fixture of the consumer festive calendar, introducing characters ranging from a lovelorn snowman and his snow girlfriend to a trampolining dog.
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(L-R) Johnny Vegas as Terry, Sian Gibson as Gemma, Griff Rhys Jones as David Van Der Clane, Nina Wadia as Moira, Kimberley Nixon as Laura, Una Stubbs as Peggy, Mark Heap as Graham, Sheila Reid as Mildred, Susie Blake as Marge Grimshaw, Kevin Eldon as Kevin, Nigel Havers as Doc, Katy Cavanagh as Grace, Matthew Cottle as George and Javone Prince as Ben.

Johnny Vegas on his new comedy: 'Murder on the Blackpool Express'

The all-star cast may have left Johnny Vegas feeling nervous - but it's the comic actor who's in the driving seat for one-off comedy, Murder on the Blackpool Express. He assures Georgia Humphreys that, despite the laughs, the twist and turns are sure to keep audiences guessing

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The cast of the new BBC2 sitcom Motherland, including Diane Morgan (second left) and Anna Maxwell Martin (centre)

Motherland and The Detectorists herald a good time for new comedy

Comedy seems to be stuck in a timewarp at the moment – just look at the reboot of Porridge currently clogging up BBC1, or ponder the inexplicable success of Mrs Brown’s Boys, which attracts millions of viewers despite being as funny as a poke in the eye with a stick.

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JJodie Whittaker as the incoming Doctor Who

See Jodie Whittaker in full costume as the new Doctor Who

A first image has been unveiled of Jodie Whittaker in full costume as the incoming Doctor Who.
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Thriller Live!

King pops back to Blackpool

Fans of superstar pop legend Michael Jackson will be beating a path to the Grand Theatre next week for the return of tribute show Thriller Live!.

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Nine Lessons by Nicola Upson

Book reviews: Nine Lessons by Nicola Upson

For the last nine years, Nicola Upson has quietly been building an impressive reputation as one of the most exciting, intelligent and assured writers of Golden Age inspired crime writing.

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