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Rapper Professor Green to speak at Sheffield festival

The rapper turned filmmaker Stephen Manderson, also known as Professor Green, will take part in the Sheffield Doc Fest next month.

Credit: Press Association

The 32-year-old will appear at the Crucible to talk about his documentaries.

The rapper recently started working with BBC Three to make documentaries about subjects such as mental health and homelessness.

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X Factor star takes to stage for The Bodyguard in Leeds

X Factor star Alexandra Burke will be performing one of the biggest-selling hits of all time at Leeds Grand Theatre this week.

Alexandra Burke stars in The Bodyguard at Leeds Grand Theatre Credit: Paul Coltas

Based on the Oscar-nominated film starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, the stage musical of the Bodyguard features hits from I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and the classic I Will Always Love You.

The two-week run starts tonight, with Alexandra Burke and Stuart Reid in the lead roles of Rachel Marron and Frank Farmer.

Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from a stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love.

“We are excited to welcome Alexandra and The Bodyguard to Leeds.

''It promises to be a dazzling show with a great soundtrack performed by a wonderful singer! We’re very much looking forward to it.”

– Ian Sime, Leeds Grand Theatre.

The Bodyguard is at Leeds Grand Theatre until Saturday 21st May.

Book online at leedsgrandtheatre.com or call the Box Office on 0844 848 2700.

Wet Wet Wet to play in Scarborough

Scarborough Open Air Theatre has announced pop legends Wet Wet Wet will be heading to the Yorkshire coast this summer.

Wet Wet Wet – Graeme Clark, Tommy Cunningham, Neil Mitchell and Marti Pellow – have sold in excess of 15 million singles

The foursome will be showcasing their impressive back catalogue, which includes four chart-topping albums and 13 Top 10 UK singles.

Tickets will go on sale this Friday for the show, which takes place on Saturday July 30th.

Director Peter Taylor, from promoters Cuffe and Taylor, said: “Wet Wet Wet are one of the most successful British pop bands of all time. Their songs form the soundtrack to many people's formative years and beyond, and they sound as fresh and as vibrant today as they ever have.

“They are not only a veritable jukebox of classic pop hits which everyone knows, but they are an incredible live act which was proved once again on their fantastic recent UK tour.

“We cannot wait to welcome the boys to Scarborough on 30th July. This is shaping up to be a wonderful summer of live music on the Yorkshire coast.”

Emmerdale actors shortlisted in British Soap Awards

Emmerdale actor Danny Miller has been shortlisted for Best Actor in the British Soap Awards for his performance as Aaron Livesy.

The full list of nominees:

  • Coronation Street: Jack P Shepherd (David Platt)
  • Hollyoaks: Charlie Clapham (Freddie Roscoe)
  • EastEnders: Danny Dyer (Mick Carter)
  • Emmerdale: Danny Miller (Aaron Livesy)
  • Hollyoaks: Kieron Richardson (Ste Hay)

Last year's award was won by Adam Woodyatt (EastEnders).

Lucy Pargeter has also been nominated for the Best Actress award for her performance as Chas Dingle.

The full list of nominees for best actress is:

  • Coronation Street: Alison King (Carla Connor)
  • EastEnders: Lacey Turner (Stacey Branning)
  • EastEnders: Rakhee Thakrar (Shabnam Masood)
  • Emmerdale: Lucy Pargeter (Chas Dingle)
  • Hollyoaks: Jennifer Metcalfe (Mercedes McQueen)

Last year's award was won by Kellie Bright (EastEnders)

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Celebrating Rio with a Carnival of Flowers

Floral carnival costume

A spectacular carnival tribute to the forthcoming Rio games is to go on display at Harrogate Spring Flower Show.

It's believed to be the first ever carnival costume made from fresh flowers and foliage - and visitors to the show will be able to see it from tomorrow until April 24th.

The 12ft by 12ft work of art will form part of Britain's biggest exhibition of floristry and flower arranging. It's been created by international carnival designer Hughbon Condor and award-winning florist Helen James, with the support of funding from Arts Council.

The costume contains more than 30 metres of aluminium tubing and fibreglass rods, and over 1,400 fresh flowers and pieces of plant material, taking a staggering 155 hours to complete.

Up to 60,000 visitors are expected at the flower show, which will also feature large scale exhibits from floristry colleges across the region, who will be celebrating the forthcoming games in Brazil with the theme Carnival Rio Style.

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