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Rowling wants to write series 'longer than Harry Potter'

JK Rowling has revealed plans to create a series that will run for longer than her seven Harry Potter books.

The author said she hoped to write "more than" seven crime thrillers about the detective Cormoran Strike who has featured in her previous two novels.

JK Rowling said she had always been a huge fan of crime thrillers.
JK Rowling said she had always been a huge fan of crime thrillers. Credit: PA

"It's pretty open ended. I really love writing, so I don't know that I've got an end point in mind," Rowling said at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.

"One of the things I love about this genre is unlike Harry Potter, where there was a through line, where there was an overarching story, a beginning and end, you are talking about discreet stories. So while a detective lives, you can keep giving him cases.

"I had known for a long time that I had this character in my mind, and that I wanted to write a detective series and part of me hoped that I might be able to keep it long enough, kept the story going long enough to establish a series."

Jessica Ennis-Hill gives birth to a baby boy

Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill gave birth to a baby boy yesterday.

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Her pregnancy kept her out of the season this year, but the 28-year-old gold medal winner has aid she will return to athletics after the birth and hopes to be competition fit in time for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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Fifth actor set to play Ben Mitchell in Eastenders

Harry Reid is to become the fifth actor to play Ben Mitchell in Eastenders.

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Harry Reid, seen here alongside Steve McFadden who plays Phil Mitchell, replaces Joshua Pascoe as Ben Mitchell. Credit: PA Wire

The TV newcomer will head to Albert Square later this year as Ben, who was jailed for killing Heather Trott, is released from prison.

Ben's return is set to cause "big repercussions" for Walford's residents including his estranged father Phil, programme bosses revealed.

Reid, who worked as a chef in a Marco Pierre White diner before training as an actor, said he could not wait to become a "fully-fledged Mitchell".

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Eighties children's show SuperTed to be remade

Eighties children's show SuperTed is set to return to our television screens. A new series of 26 episodes is underway made by Mike Young, who is hoping Melvyn Hayes and Derek Griffiths will return and resume their roles.

It is hoped Melvyn Hayes and Derek Griffiths from the original series will return to their roles. Credit: BBC

Young told the Radio Times:

"Popeye used to smash people in the face. And it was very funny. But of course there is no television network anywhere in the world that would let you do that now.

"In SuperTed, we had a gun-slinging cowboy, a flamboyantly gay skeleton and a fat guy who had jokes made about his weight. And all these things you just wouldn't do today. But you can still write the show in a funny, entertaining way."

After an absence of 30 years, the superhero is set to return to the small screen in 2016.

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