As Birmingham International Fashion week gets underway, Tejinder Kaur examines how much the glamour and gowns bring to the UK economy.
Fascinating archive including the puppet politicians on the campaign trail in West Bromwich, and a scrap between a producer and the Queen!
Today marks the 30th anniversary of the satirical puppet show 'Spitting Image'.
The X Factor winner Sam Bailey revealed she is expecting a third child - and discovered she was pregnant while in a supermarket toilet.
The 36-year-old singer told The Sun (£) her husband Craig darted off to fetch a test after the former prison officer suspected she might be pregnant.
Bailey, who won the last series of the ITV talent show, said her forthcoming tour has had to be rescheduled after discovering the news.
She told the newspaper: "I was really upset because I thought I'd let everyone at my management and the record label down.
"But they were really good about it. I was going to go on tour solo at the end of October - but I have managed to move it until January."
Take That star Gary Barlow has teamed up with former England stars including Gary Lineker, Michael Owen and Dion Dublin to record the squad's song for this summer's World Cup.
Sport Relief tweeted a picture of Gary Barlow and Gary Lineker in the recording studio, with the caption: "The Garys have been laying down some serious tuneage."
Pop stars including Katy B, Mel C, Emma Bunton, Kimberley Walsh and Pixie Lott will also feature on the as-yet-unnamed anthem, designed to spur on England's hopes in Brazil.
They arrived at Sarm Studios in London - where the Band Aid single was recorded in 1984 - along with 12 ex-England players, including Sir Geoff Hurst and David Seaman, to lay down the track and film the accompanying video.
The new promo will be unveiled for the first time during the TV broadcast for Sport Relief night on Friday, March 21.
Molly Smitten-Downs (Pictures: YOUTUBE)
A relatively unknown singer from Rothley in Leicestershire has been picked to represent the United Kingdom in Eurovision song contest.
26 year old Molly Smitten-Downs has been writing songs for a decade and has supported artists like Jake Bugg and Tinie Tempah.
She will be singing her self-written song Children of the Universe in Denmark in May.
US superstar Justin Timberlake will be heading to the Midlands this summer as main stage headliner of the V Festival in Staffordshire.
The former 'N Sync singer will be joined by The Killers, who will headline the second day of the weekend-long event, on August 16 and 17.
Other acts already confirmed to perform at Weston Park for the 19th annual V Festival include Ed Sheeran, Lily Allen, Elbow, Manic Street Preachers, Bastille and Kaiser Chiefs.
Tickets go on sale on Friday.
Oscar-nominated film producer Lee Thomas, who tutors MA students at Birmingham City University, missed out on an Academy Award in the Best Short Film Live Action category last night. His film "The Voorman Problem" lost out to Danish fantasy "Helium", a film about a terminally ill boy.
The prestigious award ceremony took place in Los Angeles yesterday.
Midlands' film producer Lee Thomas, who's part of a team nominated for an Oscar in the Best Short Film Live Action category at tonight's Academy Awards, talks about how the film's director and fellow producer approached a Hollywood superstar direct, to get their project off the ground.
Oscar-nominated film producer Lee Thomas, who also tutors MA students at Birmingham City University, talks about his role in bringing "The Voorman Problem" to the screen, including discussions over rights with superstar Brad Pitt.
Click here to learn more about the film Lee Thomas and his team are Oscar-nominated for, at tonight's Academy Awards in Hollywood.
Film producer Lee Thomas, who also tutors at Birmingham City University, talks about his film "The Voorman Problem" getting an Oscar nomination for Best Short Film Live Action at Sunday's Academy Awards, and the realities of making a film in the current climate.
Click here for more on the team behind the film.