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Downton is back.

The waiting is almost over for fans of Downton Abbey. The drama about life in a big country manor is back on our screens on Sunday 21st of September. Now a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, Downton is watched by millions. Granada's Entertainment Correspondent Caroline Whitmore met the cast to see if she could get some clues as to what viewers can expect in this latest series.

Isle of Man girl pens thank you song

A nine year old girl from the Isle of Man has become a hit on the internet with a musical thank you for the hospital staff who treated her in Liverpool. Grace Lee sang "Lean On Me" at a packed shopping centre to help raise money and awareness of the Alder Hey Children's Charity. The video of the event has attracted thousands of viewers. Amy Mulhern has been to meet Grace and her family

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Lessons must be learned say tiger death family

The family of the young zoo keeper killed by a tiger in South Cumbria say they want lessons to be learned. Sarah McClay, who was 24, was attacked at the South Lakes Wild Animal Park in May last year. An inquest jury this afternoon returned a narrative verdict after hearing the tiger had walked through an open door into the keepers corridor of the tiger house. Fiona Marley Paterson has our report tonight:

Leaders call for release of Alan Henning

Leading members of the Muslim community have appealed for the release of the Salford taxi driver Alan Henning. He was abducted while taking aid to Syria by Islamic State fighters, who're threatening his life. In an open letter, one hundred Muslim leaders are calling for him to be freed. At the same time new pictures have emerged of Alan chatting with friends and explaining why he wanted to help in Syria. Just hours later he was abducted as Elaine Willcox reports

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Hugh Bonneville on the return of Downton

The award winning British drama series Downton Abbey is a firm favourite around the world, and was watched by 12 million viewers in the UK and a massive 26 million viewers in America. So understandably one or two people will be pleased that the show is returning for a fifth series this Sunday. Granada Reports' Entertainment Correspondent Caroline Whitmore has been speaking to its star Hugh Bonneville. learn more here

Pioneering Ebola research in Liverpool

Research work is being carried out in Liverpool which it's hoped could lead to a cure for the devastating ebola virus. Experts at the Institute of Infection and Global Health believe an existing drug could be adapted to fight the disease which has claimed thousands of lives in Africa. Tim Scott reports from the University of Liverpool on what could be an important breakthrough:

Santa on a zipwire

A group of Santas have been flying high over Liverpool city centre. The group were dressed in full Santa suits as they embarked on a zip wire challenge to help launch this year's Liverpool Santa Dash. Around 10,000 people are expected to take part in the 2014 event on 7 December.

Going... Credit: BTR Liverpool
Going... Credit: BTR Liverpool
Gone Credit: BTR Liverpool
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CUFC: Defender in on loan from Bolton Wanderers

Carlisle United have signed Bolton Wanderers defender Hayden White on emergency loan until 18th October.

Bolton Wanderers defender Hayden White joins CUFC on emergency loan Credit: Carlisle United

White, 19, came through the youth ranks at Sheffield Wednesday and signed for Bolton in July 2013 having turned down a contract at Hillsborough. He made his professional debut in January 2014 and has a total of five appearances under his belt, including three at the start of this campaign.

“Hayden is a right back who can play in a couple of positions along the back line. He’s a big, strong lad who is very mobile and who is a good one against one defender. He’s the kind of player who will add value to what we’re trying to do.”

– Paul Thirwell
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