TV dramatist Jimmy McGovern has revealed that he is struggling to fill working class roles because of a dearth of actors from poorer backgrounds.
The Liverpool screenwriter, whose credits include Cracker, Hillsborough, The Street and Sunday, said that the disappearance of young, working class actors was influencing the type of dramas that are being made.
He told the Radio Times he would struggle to make a film like Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, as he wouldn't be able to find someone to fill the role played by Salford actor, Albert Finney.
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Russell Watson is celebrating 15 years in the business. The tenor, who's from Salford, first came to fame when he sang the national anthem at the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium. He's currently recording some new music which he'll showcase when he goes on tour later this year.
Noel Gallagher has claimed that Nigel Farage could not 'run a corner shop', never mind the country, and has predicted that Boris Johnson will be the next prime minister.
The former Oasis man dismissed David Cameron and Ed Miliband as "bozos" and "career politicians" who "don't stand for anything" and dismissed the Labour Party as a "waste of time".
In an interview with online music website Quietus, Gallagher bemoaned the current state of politics - attacking MPs for being into power rather than politics.
But despite the criticism, the guitarist revealed he would vote in May's general election.
"I'll pick the most ludicrous thing on the f****** ballot. Last time I voted for a little guy who was standing round here as a pirate. I can't not vote, because I think that's copping out, but my vote is to f****** vote for something ludicrous because the Labour Party are a f****** waste of time.
"I just don't trust - trust is not the right word - I don't believe in any of them."
Liverpool's Beatles Story Museum has joined forces with the famous Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.
The two attractions will work together on education and research programmes.
The Museum at the Albert Dock is the largest exhibition purely devoted the lives and the times of the Beatles.
Its collection is internationally renowned, and it made history when it opened more than a century ago.
Now Manchester's Whitworth Art Gallery is reopening its doors after a £15million refurbishment.
Tim Scott has been for a sneak preview:
It's an iconic Liverpool play that hasn't been performed in the city for 13 years.
But Educating Rita is set for a revival to mark its 35th anniversary.
Our entertainment correspondent Caroline Whitmore has been to Liverpool's Playhouse Theatre to speak to playwright Willy Russell and the cast:
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