Arts & Screen

Book review: Her Frozen Heart by Lulu Taylor

Two women, two parallel lives, 70 years apart… both hit by a terrible tragedy and both beset by secrets and lies.

Impossible Inventions: Ideas that shouldnt work by Malgorzata Mycielska and Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielinski

Book reviews: The power of the imagination comes alive with Gecko Press

There is a distinctly international flavour to a colourful selection of new books this Christmas from the rather aptly named Gecko Press.
Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria and Tom Hughes as Prince Albert

Victoria set for snowy and opulent Christmas in first-look pictures

First-look pictures from the Victoria Christmas special reveal that viewers are in for a festive and luxurious treat, complete with a good coating of snow.

There will be three TV specials

Some fans bound to be disappointed by League of Gentlemen reboot, warns creator

The return of The League Of Gentlemen may fail to win over existing fans, star and co-creator Reece Shearsmith has warned.

Former factory boss Carla Connor (played by Alison King) who is to return to Coronation Street on December 22

Carla Connor set for Christmas return to Coronation Street

Fiery former factory boss Carla Connor is to return to Coronation Street just over 18 months after her departure.

An ad campaign sent 21 miles above planet earth to promote the scenic locations where parts of the latest Star Wars film were shot

Star Wars is up, up and away as promotion billboard floats in space

Tourism chiefs in Ireland have launched a stratospheric ad campaign to highlight the island's key role in the latest Star Wars film.

Amazon Fire stick users won’t be able to watch YouTube on their TV from January

A bust-up between Google and Amazon will mean that Amazon Fire and Amazon Echo Show users will be unable to watch YouTube on their TV - via their Amazon devices - from 1 January 2018.

BBC Radio 2: Sounds of the Sixties by Phil Swern

Book review: BBC Radio 2: Sounds of the Sixties by Phil Swern

Were you, like me, one of the late Brian Matthew’s army of Avids?

Book review: Brighter Days Ahead by Mary Wood

Book review: Brighter Days Ahead by Mary Wood

Two young women from opposite ends of England have both had a tough start in life but as the country battens down for a long war in 1940, will the conflict bring the chance for a new start?

The Betrayal by Kate Furnivall

Book review: The Betrayal by Kate Furnivall

Parisian twins Florence and Romy Duchamps are bound to each other like an umbilical cord… but can their love survive secrets, tragedy and a shocking betrayal as France edges towards war?

Quentin Blakes A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Book reviews: A Christmas classic and a feast of festive fun

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is brought to glorious life by a favourite children’s illustrator as the countdown to the big day ushers in a sparkling selection of magical new books.

Pauline Quirke as Sharon, Linda Robson as Tracey and Lesley Joseph as Dorien

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a dose of Birds Of A Feather

After a jaunt to sunnier climes last year, 2017's special sees our favourite trio back to causing havoc in their native Essex. Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph tell Francesca Gosling about their festive reunion, friendships and the longevity of the ITV show

Garstang Victorian Evening takes place on Monday and Tuesday December 11 and 12

Families can enjoy a taste of the old and new and a little festive magic at the Garstang Victorian Festival

The countdown is on to one of the district’s biggest events events in the festive calendar with people from all over the region joining locals for the GarstangVictorian evening.

When you have the rare telepathic ability to read peoples minds, your adversaries hardly stand a chance

Book review: Hunt You Down by Christopher Farnsworth

When you have the rare telepathic ability to read people’s minds, your adversaries hardly stand a chance…

Junior church choir performing at the Christmas tree festival

Treemendous effort for Longridge parish Christmas tree fair

Longridge parish celebrated another sweet success for the annual Christmas Tree Fair.

Kristina Rihanoff with rugby star Ben Cohen on BBCs Strictly

Oksana’s strictly professional at Preston’s Guild Hall

Strictly Come Dancing’s Oksana Platero has been announced for the Dance to the Music UK tour that’s coming to Preston’s Guild Hall on Saturday January 13.
Our Friend Victoria - Christmas Special will air on BBC One

Victoria Wood's finest festive moments to be honoured in Christmas special

Late comedian Victoria Wood will be honoured in a Christmas special programme remembering her finest festive moments.

Rovers, Queen Vic or Woolpack.. What's your poison?

What's happening in the soaps this Christmas?

Christmas is just around the corner, bringing with it plenty of drama in soapland.
Never Say No to a Killer by Clifton Adams

Book review: Never Say No to a Killer by Clifton Adams

In a violent and fast-paced crime noir tale, a wily, a dangerous criminal escapes from prison and vows to avenge the murder of his former cellmate and continue the man’s extensive blackmail operation.

Susan Calman and Kevin Clifton during BBC One's dance contest Strictly Come Dancing

Axed Strictly star Susan Calman now wants to appear in Doctor Who

Axed Strictly Come Dancing star Susan Calman has revealed her next goal is to appear in Doctor Who.

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