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Review: The Importance Of Being Earnest At York Mansion House
After having walked passed that mysterious doorway to York's historic Mansion House on St.Helen's Square countless times, I, like many others, have been curious to get a peep at the grandeur hidden…

Leeds' Picture Lending Scheme

Leeds Art Gallery will be hosting the popular Picture Lending Scheme this weekend
Leeds Art Gallery will be hosting the popular Picture Lending Scheme this weekend
Due to popular demand, the UKs most longstanding Picture Lending Scheme hosted by a city gallery will take place for the first time over two days this weekend.

Bringing original art to people's…

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Tue 22nd Jul, 2014 | 3:50pm

Graham Clark
Leeds Festival Preview: 22-24 August 2014
By Graham Clark
Gig Correspondent

The Leeds Festival at Bramham Park is now less than 5 weeks away. Held over the late summer bank holiday weekend, the headliners this year include Yorkshire's very own, the Arctic Monkeys. Also…

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Mon 21st Jul, 2014 | 8:32am

Review of Hallam FM Summer Live - Sheffield Arena

Ella Henderson
Ella Henderson
The current crop of pop acts old and new were on display in Sheffield on Friday night.

The Vamps opened up the evening, they are developing into a tight pop outfit and they received one of the…

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Sat 19th Jul, 2014 | 11:06am

Royals Head To York As Striking Collection Of Contemporary Portraits Go On Display

Queen Elizabeth by Andy Warhol
Queen Elizabeth by Andy Warhol
A collection of royal portraits from the National Portrait Gallery is heading to York as part of a brand new season-long display at the National Trust's Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens.

Roy…

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Sun 13th Jul, 2014 | 7:38pm

Lauren Masterman
The Vital Importance Of Being Earnest
By Lauren Masterman
York Correspondent

When Theatre Mill brought The Importance of Being Earnest to the Lord Mayor's Mansion House last summer, theirs was the most celebrated and most talked about piece of theatre of the season.

For…

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Wed 9th Jul, 2014 | 8:58am

Phil Hopkins
Murder, Mayhem & Mirth
By Phil Hopkins
Theatre Correspondent and Tea Drinker

The Play That Goes Wrong is the new kid on the block, a funny novelty that will eventually run its coarse, sorry course!

There's no doubt that Mischief Theatre's latest creation - Peter Pan Goes…

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Tue 8th Jul, 2014 | 9:48am

Review Of Mama Mia! - The Musical


As musicals go it does not get any brighter and uplifting as this international touring production of Mama Mia!

The film version of this his show was built around major stars such as Pierce…

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Mon 7th Jul, 2014 | 3:07pm

Summer Solstice 2014

Ustad Surjeet Singh performs on the Sarangi
Ustad Surjeet Singh performs on the Sarangi
South Asian Arts-uk's Summer Solstice festival in Leeds attracted a large diverse audience this year. People flocked in to see the unique concert which is the only one of its kind in the UK…

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Fri 4th Jul, 2014 | 1:33pm

Ann Chadwick
Viv Groskop To Open Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival
By Ann Chadwick
Features Writer
Viv Groskop
Viv Groskop
Viv Groskop will open the Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival on Thursday 10 July at 1pm with her five star Edinburgh show, I Laughed, I Cried.

"I Laughed, I Cried is a show about trying to do…

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Fri 4th Jul, 2014 | 9:22am

Album Review - Example - Live Life Loving (Epic Records)


Example has been one of the big dance acts over the last few years. After a few successful years on Ministry of Sound the band moved to a major label last year and this is the first release on…

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Thu 3rd Jul, 2014 | 8:02am

A Music Lover's "Le Grande Depart"


The Tour de France offers the perfect opportunity to visit Yorkshire and soak up some of the magical delights that the region has to offer. South Asian Arts-uk (SAA-uk) has two very special…

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Wed 2nd Jul, 2014 | 10:37am

Brangwyn's War: Posters Of The First World War At The Mercer Gallery, Harrogate

Orphelinat des Armées
Orphelinat des Armées
Frank Brangwyn was an outstanding poster artist of the First World War. A restored set of his powerful large-scale war posters is on show at the Mercer Art Gallery in Harrogate until January 2015.…

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Mon 30th Jun, 2014 | 3:44pm

Album Review - Ed Sheeran - X (Atlantic Records)


Halifax born Ed Sheeran has paid his dues touring non-stop since his teens. His big break came via social networks such as Twitter and Facebook. Now with success in the UK and America he looks…

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Sun 29th Jun, 2014 | 11:34am

Download Festival - Sunday

Richie Sambora
Richie Sambora
The drizzle might have arrived by Sunday but that did not stop anyone enjoying the festival.

Buckcherry had the task of waking up the crowd with an early afternoon set. They brought some…

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Sat 28th Jun, 2014 | 10:03am

Interview: Will from Hunter & The Bear

Hunter & The Bear
Hunter & The Bear
Hunter & The Bear are Jimmy (Lead Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals), Will (Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Kick Drum) and Gareth(Drums, Vocals) and Chris (Bass & Vocals).

You may never of heard of them before,…

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Fri 27th Jun, 2014 | 2:06pm

Le Tour Prints Raising Money For Brain Research

le-wharfe-valley
le-wharfe-valley
Harrogate artist Neville Swaine is fundraising for the Yorkshire Brain Research Centre by donating a percentage of sales from his fabulous Le Tour prints.


Neville said:
"With so many of my…

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Thu 26th Jun, 2014 | 12:02pm

Al Wood
Al Wood
Multi-instrumentalist, Al Wood was a member of many of the well known bands of the 'Big Band Era', before becoming a founder-pillar of the Jazz Course at Leeds College of Music. For many years he…

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Thu 26th Jun, 2014 | 9:06am

Yorkshire Artists Showing What They're Made Of


Cheese, ale and the perfect pudding for any roast - all of these are made in Yorkshire. Art, however, you may be forgiven from missing off the list.

A new exhibition in Thirsk is hoping to change…

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Mon 23rd Jun, 2014 | 5:17pm

Beat-Herder Announces More Main Stage Acts

Damon Gough aka Badly Drawn Boy
Damon Gough aka Badly Drawn Boy
With just over a month left until the party of the season and tickets in short supply Beat-Herder are still pulling out all the stops to deliver a world-class live bill with the announcement of…

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Sat 21st Jun, 2014 | 1:18pm

Barnsley Artists Get Buzz Ahead Of Tour De France!


Barnsley artists and young farmers are teaming up to turn the town's sheep and fields into a giant Tour de France themed painting.

The team of three artists have designed two pieces of large-scale…

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Fri 20th Jun, 2014 | 9:04am

Open Mic UK: 2014


Singing competition audition dates have now been announced for Open Mic UK 2014 the Nationwide singing competition searching for the UK's best singers, singer/songwriters, rappers and vocalists!

Op…

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Fri 20th Jun, 2014 | 7:42am

Slam Dunk At LUU Wins National Best Festival Award

Leeds University Union (LUU) Refectory. Photo by Elouisa Georgiou
Leeds University Union (LUU) Refectory. Photo by Elouisa Georgiou
The team behind Slam Dunk Festival held at Leeds University Union are celebrating winning a national award for Best Festival. The team took the prize at The Relentless Kerrang Awards at Troxy in…

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Thu 19th Jun, 2014 | 7:44am

The Dictionary of Stone Project At The Scarborough Rotunda

The Noize Choir
The Noize Choir
On Saturday 28 June, Dawn Felicia Knox will work at the Scarborough Rotunda in collaboration with The Noize Choir, an experimental choral ensemble working with outer frequencies, glacial…

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Mon 16th Jun, 2014 | 1:43pm

Download Festival

Rob Zombie
Rob Zombie
The Download Festival is the biggest event of the year for rock fans. The Castle Donington site is the spiritual home of rock having played host to the festival for over 10 years now and before…

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Mon 16th Jun, 2014 | 9:28am

Interview: Bellowhead

Bellowhead
Bellowhead
Hold onto your hats. Bellowhead is blasting into Yorkshire headlining Harrogate International Festival this July, as well as curating a platform for Young Musicians during the month-long festival.

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Fri 13th Jun, 2014 | 2:55pm

Secret Cinema cancels opening night

Fans react angrily after Secret Cinema cancels an immersive screening of Back to The Future with only a couple of hours' notice.

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24 Jul 2014 4:39 pm

'The Force' comes to County Kerry.

Could the latest Star Wars movie be about to film off the coast of County Kerry?

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24 Jul 2014 12:50 pm

Stars lined up for Edinburgh TV fest

Gary Lineker, John Bishop and Frankie Boyle will be among the celebrities at the 2014 Edinburgh Television Festival, its organisers announce.

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24 Jul 2014 12:41 pm

VIDEO: New twist in Banksy mural saga

There are questions over the ownership of the Banksy Spy Booth mural in Cheltenham, as Steve Knibbs reports.

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24 Jul 2014 11:48 am

Pet Shop Boys premiere Turing tribute

Pop duo the Pet Shop Boys unveil their latest work, a tribute to wartime code-breaker Alan Turing, at the first of this year's Late Night BBC Proms.

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24 Jul 2014 10:18 am

Spider-Man spin-off gets release date

Columbia Pictures announces at San Diego's Comic-Con that the Spider-Man spin-off film will be released in 2016.

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24 Jul 2014 9:29 am

Duran Duran sue fan club company

Pop band Duran Duran take legal action against the US company charged with running their fan club over unpaid revenues.

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24 Jul 2014 9:13 am

VIDEO: Hong Kong star 'as big as Brangelina'

Actress Sandra Ng is a household name in Hong Kong and this year saw saw the release of the third Golden Chickens comedy film. Tom Brook reports.

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24 Jul 2014 1:26 am

Wildlife film-makers' tricks of the trade

Wildlife film-makers reveal the tricks of the trade

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24 Jul 2014 1:00 am

Proms unveils new Tavener works

Unheard works by the late composer unveiled at Proms

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23 Jul 2014 2:47 pm

VIDEO: Peaches Geldof died of heroin overdose

Peaches Geldof died of a heroin overdose, a coroner rules.

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23 Jul 2014 11:23 am

Sir Anthony Hopkins in Westworld remake

Oscar-winner Sir Anthony Hopkins is appearing in a TV pilot remake of the 1970s sci-fi film, which starred Yul Brynner

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23 Jul 2014 10:06 am

VIDEO: Danny Boyle judges cemetery film fest

Film-maker Danny Boyle is to judge a film festival being held in an east London cemetery.

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23 Jul 2014 9:54 am

Peaches Geldof inquest due later

The full inquest into the death of TV presenter Peaches Geldof, 25, is due later.

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23 Jul 2014 7:57 am

Paedophile singer seeks sentence cut

Judges will decide whether paedophile rock star Ian Watkins can appeal against the length of his jail term for child sex offences, including the attempted rape of a baby.

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23 Jul 2014 12:08 am

Jeremy Williams
Magic
By Jeremy Williams
Arts Correspondent

Magic have finally landed in the UK. Having taken the world by storm with their stomping single 'Rude', the troupe have decided to try their luck on these shores. With the single already garnering…

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Mon 21st Jul, 2014 | 5:33pm

Robert Galbraith In Sell-Out Exclusive UK Appearance

Robert Galbraith with Val McDermid - photo by Fenris Oswin
Robert Galbraith with Val McDermid - photo by Fenris Oswin
J.K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith appeared exclusively at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival tonight at 7.30pm (18 July) in Harrogate, in conversation with fellow crime…

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Sat 19th Jul, 2014 | 12:33pm

Scout Beck
Interview: Horace Panter - Gentleman, Bass Player And Artist
By Scout Beck
Correspondent
A clip from one of the Robots series by Horace Panter
A clip from one of the Robots series by Horace Panter
Most famously known as the bassist from seminal 80's Ska band The Specials, Horace Panter has now turned his creative talents to art.

Though still touring with the band, the artist has found…

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Tue 15th Jul, 2014 | 8:47am

Striking Image Of Sheep And Sculpture Is Winner Of Art Fund Prize For Museum Of Year 2014 Photography Competition


Following a fierce public vote, William Lawson has been named as the winner of the Museum of the Year photography competition 2014. His picture captures an errant sheep standing on the base of…

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Thu 10th Jul, 2014 | 3:16pm

A Chat With: Lekan Lawal

Rebecca Ryan and Lekan Lawal
Rebecca Ryan and Lekan Lawal
A Taste of Honey was written in 1961, when Shelagh Delaney was just 18.

Scandalous and shocking, it brought to light emerging social issues of the time such as race, promiscuity and…

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Wed 9th Jul, 2014 | 8:50am

Book Review: Rock Stars Stole My Life - Mark Ellen (Hodder)


Mark Ellen is a music journalist who worked on NME, Smash Hits and was editor at The Word before it folded 2 years ago. He was one of the co-founders of the magazine Q. He was one of the…

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Mon 7th Jul, 2014 | 11:30pm

Yorkshire Festivals Round Up 2014 - Part Three


New Venues, New Stages and New Acts are all announced in our third festivals round up of the season. But watch out! tickets are selling out fast. Make sure you don't miss out. Buy your ticket now!

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Mon 7th Jul, 2014 | 2:54pm

Elaine  Annable
Review Only Men Aloud with special guest Laura Wright
By Elaine Annable
Music Correspondent

It doesn't seem that long ago since 'Only Men Aloud' won the BBC's 'Last Choir Standing' competition. In the intervening years they have become international artists with hit albums and a…

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Fri 4th Jul, 2014 | 12:33pm

"Hull Is Where The Heart Is" For Author's Creative Writing Competition

Val Wood
Val Wood
Award-winning author Val Wood has teamed up with Hull Central Library to launch a creative writing competition for 2014. Val will launch the competition - "Hull is where the heart is" at the…

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Thu 3rd Jul, 2014 | 10:50am

Beat-Herder tickets SOLD OUT!


With almost three weeks left until Beat-Herder, tickets to the party of the season are now sold out.

Said festival co-founder Nick Chambers: "Last year was amazing, the thing with Beat-Herder is…

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Wed 2nd Jul, 2014 | 6:48pm

Tour De France Inspired Artwork On Show


The Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery at Sheffield Hallam University is launching a new exhibition this Saturday to celebrate the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire.

The exhibition, part of the…

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Tue 1st Jul, 2014 | 8:46pm

Album Review - Peter Andre - Big Night (Andre Music)


It is easy to knock Peter Andre but whatever you think of his liaison with a certain model, his music deserves wider recognition.

His last album was a collection of pop and soul tracks that would…

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Sun 29th Jun, 2014 | 11:49am

Rousing Prom Concert At Leeds Town Hall To Celebrate Arrival Of The Tour De France

 Leeds Town Hall
Leeds Town Hall
The very best of French and British classical music is all set to light up the stunning setting of Leeds Town Hall as the imminent arrival of the Grand Départ is celebrated with a traditional…

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Sat 28th Jun, 2014 | 6:50pm

Rock Of Ages - Alhambra Theatre, Bradford


Following a successful run in the West End in London this new musical is now on a nationwide tour.

Bradford was certainly rocked with this entertaining and in parts hilarious show.

With rock…

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Sat 28th Jun, 2014 | 9:46am

York Based Drama Group Heads For Edinburgh Fringe Festival


A new production, The Three Peaks, is written and directed by local GP, David Mazza. The play is a 'walk' through the lives of two groups of friends who support each other's personal challenge to…

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Thu 26th Jun, 2014 | 2:28pm

Bennett - The Eternal Observer


We all have two eyes and a pair of ears, but only someone like Alan Bennett seems to use them at a level required to observe and record the absurdity, pathos and humour of every day life.

His 12…

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Thu 26th Jun, 2014 | 11:29am

Flying Duck To Host "Art & Ale" Open Days

Lucia Smith
Lucia Smith
Ilkley based landscape artist Lucia Smith is to host a series of "drop in sessions" at the Flying Duck in Church Street next week when she will be exhibiting pictures from her new print…

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Wed 25th Jun, 2014 | 8:54pm

Review: Grassington Festival Gala Concert

The Carducci String Quartet
The Carducci String Quartet
This was a wonderful evening of stunning chamber music. The Carducci String Quartet is a top class ensemble and the Gala Concert programme had something for everyone.

Haydn String Quartet Op33…

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Mon 23rd Jun, 2014 | 4:01pm

Grand DepART Trail Putting Thirsk On The Map

Erin Todd - Aged 8
Erin Todd - Aged 8
A charity has paired more than twenty young artists with local and independent businesses to celebrate the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire.

Rural Arts invited children aged between 5 and 17…

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Fri 20th Jun, 2014 | 11:44am

Bugalu Foundation
Bugalu Foundation
On Saturday 21st June you can dance to the sounds of a Spanish Harlem nightclub in Grassington. Bugalu Foundation, the fresh sound of the past, present and future of Northern Latin Soul are set to…

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Fri 20th Jun, 2014 | 8:39am

"My Way Home": Charity Single From Pteroglyph

Jimmy Mac from Pteroglyph
Jimmy Mac from Pteroglyph
Explaining his reasons for creating a new charity sing, Jimmy Mac from Pteroglyph explains: "One good deed deserves another. It's always nice to see musicians utilise their talent for the greater…

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Thu 19th Jun, 2014 | 8:01am

Victoria Benn
Preview of The Grand Depart!
By Victoria Benn
Features Writer
Le Tour on Skipton High Street
Le Tour on Skipton High Street
Respected Craven artist Shirley Schofield has produced a series of five 'Previews' of the Grand Depart as it travels through Skipton and the Dales, which are available to buy as limited edition…

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Tue 17th Jun, 2014 | 10:06am

Residents Of Scarborough: Expect A Knock On Your Door

Simon Pope
Simon Pope
Residents in the Valley Road area of Scarborough could answer a knock at the door to find a well-known artist on their doorstep later this month.

Simon Pope, who once represented Wales at major…

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Mon 16th Jun, 2014 | 1:34pm

James Rhodes Is A Dude!

James Rhodes. Photo by Dave Brown
James Rhodes. Photo by Dave Brown
James Rhodes is a dude. A classical pianist wrapped in starry celebrity. At a performance in Hay last month, the Hollywood actor Benedict Cumberbatch led the standing ovation.

Fans include…

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Sat 14th Jun, 2014 | 12:01pm

VIDEO: Luke Skywalker actor on new Star Wars

Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker more than 30 years ago, has said it feels like an "unexpected gift" to be back on a Star Wars set.

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24 Jul 2014 7:05 pm

VIDEO: Viking boat goes on display

The remains of a 1,000-year-old Viking boat have gone on display for the first time in the city where it was found.

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24 Jul 2014 2:25 pm

'The Force' comes to County Kerry

Could the latest Star Wars movie be about to film off the coast of County Kerry?

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24 Jul 2014 12:50 pm

How 'Tut-mania' gripped the world

How the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb changed popular culture in the 1920s

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24 Jul 2014 11:52 am

Birdman heads Venice gala line-up

Birdman, starring Michael Keaton and Edward Norton, will lead this year's Venice Film Festival line-up.

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24 Jul 2014 11:26 am

VIDEO: Shakespeare in Love stage show opens

An adaptation of the Oscar-winning film, Shakespeare in Love, makes its London stage debut.

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24 Jul 2014 9:37 am

Shakespeare in Love takes centre stage

How Shakespeare in Love came to the West End theatre

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24 Jul 2014 9:27 am

AUDIO: Why don't women write to newspapers?

IainHollingsheadandYvonneRoberts discuss why men write more letters to newspapers than women.

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24 Jul 2014 8:46 am

VIDEO: The blind art of conducting a choir

Can blind people be taught to conduct a choir with meaningful gestures that the singers understand?

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24 Jul 2014 1:16 am

Obituary: Dora Bryan

Stage and screen actress Dora Bryan, who has died 91

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23 Jul 2014 4:58 pm

Paedophile singer appeal bid refused

Judges throw out an appeal by paedophile rock star Ian Watkins to reduce the length of his jail term for child sex offences.

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23 Jul 2014 11:54 am

AUDIO: Neighbours's first indigenous actor

Susan Bower, former executive producer at Neighbours and the University of Melbourne's Angeline Ferdinand discuss Neighbours's first indigenous actor.

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23 Jul 2014 10:15 am

VIDEO: Giant puppet creator on Liverpool show

Giant puppets are set to roam the streets of Liverpool as part of the World War One centenary. Writer and director Jean-Luc Courcoult explains how his characters come to life.

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23 Jul 2014 10:02 am

Dog's life for Pudsey film flop

A film based on Pudsey, the dancing dog winner of Britain's Got Talent, flops at the UK box office as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes dominates the weekend.

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23 Jul 2014 9:28 am

Booker longlist set to be revealed

The longlist for the Man Booker Prize is set to be unveiled, with titles from around the world eligible for contention for the first time in its history.

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23 Jul 2014 4:28 am

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