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Interview: Alexandra Burke discusses her hit new musical

Former X Factor winner Alexandra Burke dropped into the ITV News Anglia studio this afternoon to talk about her performance in the hit musical 'The Bodyguard'.

The stage version of the 90s film is currently on at the Theatre Royal in Norwich.

Alexandra also talked about what's next for her as her career continues to go from strength to strength.

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'Uptown Funk' star Mark Ronson to play Newmarket

Mark Ronson. Credit: PA

Chart-topping producer Mark Ronson has announced he will be playing at Newmarket Racecourse this summer.

The 'Uptown Funk' star will be bringing his acclaimed set to Suffolk on Friday August 5 to complete this year's Newmarket Nights line-up.

Busted and Jess Glynne are among the other acts who will be performing at the racecourse in July and August.

We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Mark Ronson to Newmarket Racecourses for the first time.

This really is the cherry on the top of what is set to be a fantastic summer on the Adnams July Course, adding further to the celebrations around the 350th anniversary in Newmarket this year.

– Amy Starkey, Regional Director East of Jockey Club Racecourses

Tickets go on sale at 8am on Friday (May 20) while pre-sale will be available on Wednesday (18 May).

Curtain up on one of Britain's oldest arts festivals

A modernised version of Tempest will be performed in Great Yarmouth. Credit: www.nnfestival.org.uk

Today sees the launch of this year's Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

The two week event is one of the oldest surviving arts festivals in the UK.

This year's lineup includes a performance of the Tempest, plus talks from Trainspotting novelist Irvine Welsh and poet Simon Armitage.

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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
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