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Birmingham-born actress on her journey from Bournville to the big screen - with the story of Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking is the famous Physicist who wrote the mind-boggling A Brief History of Time - which covers Black Holes, the Big Bang and the possibility of time travel. He also has one of the world's most distinctive voices - thanks to a computer programme which speaks for him - after treatment for Motor Neurone Disease robbed him of his voice.

They say behind every great man is a woman - and a film released on New Year's Day explores the love story between Stephen and his first wife Jane. It's based on her memoirs and Jane's played by Felicity Jones - who grew up in Birmingham and got started in acting thanks to Central TV.

Hannah Stokes went to meet her.

Tom Odell to play Forestry Commission woodland tour

Tom Odell on stage Credit: Katja Ogrin/EMPICS Entertainment

Singer-songwriter Tom Odell will play a two shows in woodlands in the Midlands as part of the Forestry Commission's Forest Live shows.

The programme is organised to bring forests to new audiences, and hosts say the income generated from ticket sales goes back into protecting forests.

This will be a whole new experience for me. I can’t wait to bring my live show to the woods and I hope to see you there.

– Tom Odell

Midlands events:

  • Friday 26 June: Sherwood Pines Forest, Edwinstowe, near Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
  • Sunday 12 July: Cannock Chase Forest, near Rugeley, Staffordshire


Coventry's Clive Owen nominated for Golden Globe award

Clive Owen from Coventry has been nominated for a Golden Globe award.

Clive Owen Credit: Vandeville Eric/ABACA/Press Association Images

The actor is nominated in the category Best Actor in a Television Drama Series for "The Knick".

Winners will be announced on January 11th.

He is up against:

  • Liev Schreiber - "Ray Donovan"

  • Kevin Spacey - "House of Cards"

  • James Spader - "The Blacklist"

  • Dominic West - "The Affair"

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Glittering premiere for budget sci-fi film

As film budgets go - you might imagine that £5,000 wouldn't get you very far but a team of amateur film-makers from Lincolnshire has just proved that wrong.

It has taken more than three years to finish but 'The Drift' is a full length film packed with special effects. And more than a hundred of the volunteers who made it and starred in it turned out for a glittering premiere on Saturday.

James Webster was there:

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Christmas Ball in memory of cancer boy Ethan

A Lincolnshire-based children's charity is hosting a festive event this evening in memory of a young boy who lost his battle to cancer earlier this year.

Ethan Maul Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The Ethan Maull 'Up Yours To Cancer' Foundation will stage its annual Black and White Christmas Ball tonight at Jocasta's in Lincoln.

The charity ball is in memory of ten-year-old Ethan, who passed away on 5th May 2014 after losing his battle against cancer.

Ethan and his family, who live in Torksey near Lincoln, set up the foundation in 2013 to help raise awareness of osteosarcoma after he was diagnosed with the rare form of children's bone cancer in December 2012.


Leslie Joseph stars in Nottingham's Snow White Panto

Leslie Joseph will play the Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Credit: PA

Leslie Joseph is starring in this year's pantomime at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham

The Birds of a Feather star is cast as the Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs alongside former Eastenders actor Sam Attwater, who is this year's Prince.

The opening night is tonight, and the show will run until the 11th of January.

Bublé to star at Barclaycard Arena after £26m revamp

Michael Bublé will be the star of the show as Birmingham's NIA opens its doors after a major revamp and is relaunched as the Barclaycard Arena.

Michael Buble will be the star of the show at the Barclaycard Arena Credit: PA

The iconic city centre venue has undergone a £26 million redevelopment, with improvements including new seats, more food and drink outlets, and a higher capacity.

Bublé will be opening the UK leg of his sell-out tour at the Arena.

The Barclaycard Arena features improved food and drink outlets Credit: NEC Group

A new glass façade has been created to allow visitors a view over Brindleyplace and the canal, while three sky needles have been installed in a nod to the arena's sporting history, as well as acting as a beacon for people heading there.

The Barclaycard Arena will officially reopen tonight Credit: NEC Group
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