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Norwich prison to feature in new ITV documentary

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A new ITV documentary will go behind the bars of Norwich Prison tonight.

'Her Majesty's Prison: Norwich' will give viewers an insight into the daily life of criminals and how they cope being separated from their families.

The programme depicts how the jail's 750 adult inmates and young offenders cope with the harsh realities of life inside the closed world of prison.

Most of the 2,500 new prisoners who pass through its gates every year are husbands and fathers. The show will feature a number of men who are hoping their families will help them turn their backs on a life of crime once released.

It's aired on ITV on Wednesday at 9pm.

100 boats already signed up for Bedford River Festival

Bedford River Festival, 2014 Credit: ITV News Anglia

Organisers of this summer's Bedford River Festival say they've already had more than 100 boats sign up.

The event takes place in July every two years. The last time it was held in 2014 around 250 thousand people went along over the two days.

One of the boats on parade in 2014 Credit: ITV News Anglia

Events on the river include competitions for the best decorated narrow boats and cruisers, an illuminated boat parade and the ever popular Dragon boat races on Saturday, and raft racing on Sunday.

In addition, 2016 marks 850 years since the signing of the Royal Charter by King Henry II.

The charter granted new rights and powers to the people of Bedford and the River Festival will host a twelfth century village on honour of this special anniversary.

This year the festival is on 16th and 17th July.

"The River Festival is a fantastic event that that is powered by Bedford Borough's community spirit. There is always a vast array of attractions for people of all ages to enjoy, and I am looking forward to seeing this year's programme develop as the event approaches."

– The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson


Phillip Schofield tells ITV Anglia why he's returning to the theatre after 17 years

TV presenter Phillip Schofield's been speaking to ITV Anglia about what's tempted back to the theatre after a 17 year gap.

He's probably best known as presenter of 'This Morning' and 'The Cube' presenter - and started his career as a children's TV host.

But somewhere in between he was treading the boards at London's West End. He took over the title role in 'Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat' from Jason Donovan the 1990s.

His new show, 'The Knights of Music', is coming to the Anglia region later this month.

Click below to see his full interview with ITV Anglia's Becky Jago:

'The Knights of Music' comes to the Derngate Theatre in Northampton on Saturday 23 April.

It's on at the Regent Theatre in Ipswich on Sunday 24 April.

Uplifting experience for presenter as illusionist Jamie Raven visits ITV News Anglia studio

The magician who charmed ITV's Britain's Got Talent programme, Jamie Raven, is on a nationwide tour but took time out to visit the ITV News Anglia studio.

He produced an uplifting experience for presenter Tanya Mercer and mystified one family on the streets of Norwich with his card trick.

Jamie's tours dates in the Anglia region

  • 18 June - De Montfort Hall, Leicester
  • 19 June - The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury
  • 24 June - Alban Arena, St Albans
  • 21 June - Theatre Royal, Norwich
  • 26 June - Corn Exchange, Kings Lynn
  • 29 June - Mercury Theatre, Colchester
  • 3 July - Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-On-Sea


Jess Glynne to donate part of Newmarket fee to charity

Jess Glynne. Credit: PA

Grammy award winner Jess Glynne has announced she's donating part of her fee for appearing at Newmarket his summer to a racehorse charity. The concert at the racecourse in August is already sold out - and the singer says she'll be donating the money to 'Retraining of Racehorses'.

It's the official equine charity responsible for safeguarding the welfare of former racehorses.

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