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Les Dennis quits Coronation Street as show makers vow to make it a 'dramatic exit'

Les Dennis joined Coronation Street as Michael Rodwell in 2014. Credit: Coronation Street.

Actor Les Dennis has announced his intention to leave Coronation Street later this year in 'a hugely dramatic storyline' the programme has said.

Dennis joined ITV"s Manchester-based soap in 2014 as charming house burglar, Michael Rodwell, who then began a relationship with Gail Platt, played by Helen Worth, after she forgave her uninvited guest.

The Corrie couple went on to marry but the marriage hit the rocks within hours of their cobbled wedding.

“The talented team of writers and producers have come up with a very dramatic exit for Michael on the show which will be exciting to film.

"I’ll treasure the two and a half years I have been part of such an iconic show and move on with very fond memories, so many lovely friends and colleagues and an ambition achieved."

– Les Dennis

“We’re very sad to see Les leave Coronation Street as he’s an enormously popular and talented actor.

"He’s brought warmth, wit and integrity to the character of Michael. We have worked on giving him a great story to ensure a fantastic and dramatic end to his time on the Street.

"I can't wait to see it unfold and he will be very much missed and we wish him many successes with his new ventures."

– Coronation Street producer Kate Oates

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Rick Astley talks about comeback and new album

Singer and songwriter Rick Astley talks to Good Morning Britain about his comeback and his new number one album, '50'.

Astley, from Newton-le-Willows enjoyed huge success in the 1980s, with a series of Stock, Atkin and Waterman penned tracks including 'Never Gonna Give You Up'.

He's brought out a new album called '50' in time for his 50th birthday which has already topped the charts.

Here he is speaking to Good Morning's Ranvir Singh:

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Shining a light on Manchester's passion for ping pong

Manchester gave rise to international Table Tennis stars. Credit: ITV News.

A new play, currently running at Manchester's Royal Exchange, shines a light on an obscure corner of the city's history.

The Mighty Walzer tells the story of a young Jewish boy, growing up in the 1950's and his love for table tennis.

It's adapted from the critically-acclaimed book of the same name by author Howard Jacobson.

Morrissey announces Manchester gig

Morrissey has announced his only UK show of the year with a headline date at Manchester Arena Credit: PA

Morrissey has announced his only UK show of the year with a headline date at Manchester Arena as part of an international run of shows this August.

The Manchester superstar's last album 'World Peace Is None Of Your Business' marked his first solo release since 2009's ‘Years of Refusal'. The album charted at number 2 in the UK, and is Morrissey’s 12th top ten UK album.

This new headline Manchester show is Morrissey’s first in the city since 2012 and follows an acclaimed set of UK dates in September 2015. Morrissey will be joined by special guest Damien Dempsey.

Tickets go on sale this Friday 8th July at 9am via www.gigsandtours.com / 0844 811 0051 and www.ticketmaster.co.uk / 0844 826 2826. Max 4 tickets per person. www.manchester-arena.com - 0844 847 8000

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