A portrait bought in Cheshire for £400 which turned out to be a Van Dyck is expected to fetch up to £500,000 when it goes under the hammer.
The very first X Factor auditions will be held in Manchester today at the Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground
Manchester band James have released their first album in six years.
Many young boys dream of playing football at the highest level or becoming a film star.
Jack Smith from Hyde has managed both - at the tender age of 13.
He's the star of the new footballing movie Believe.
International musical Mamma Mia! has broken box office history in Blackpool with more than £2million in ticket sales in just six weeks.
BROOKSIDE left our screens over ten years ago now but now some of the cast members are appearing on stage together.
Bouncers is a scouse fest, set in Liverpool and playing in the city at the Royal Court Theatre.
Our entertainment correspondent Caroline Whitmore joined the cast during their rehearsals.
North West boyband Rixton stormed to the top of the singles chart with their first record - a moment that will be forever etched in their memories and on their skin after promising fans to mark the occasion with a tattoo.
The foursome, made up of Frontman Jake Roche, Charley Bagnall on guitar, Danny Wilkin on bass and keyboard and Lewi Morgan on drums, will each get an inking of a broken heart tonight, after learning their pop song Me And My Broken Heart reached number one.
While Jake is getting his on his bicep and Charley's will be etched on his rib, a nervous Lewi will get his marking on his thumb, while Danny hopes to hide his from his parents by having it done on his thigh.
Jake, the son of Blackpool TV presenter and singer with the The Nolans, Coleen Nolan, and actor Shane Ritchie told OfficialCharts.com: "Being Number One is probably the biggest thing ever that has happened to us in our lives.
"And it means a lot because it's in our home country, and that's something that's been the main goal for us, to really make an impact. It's a dream. Thank you to everyone who has bought it for your support."
The boyband knocked It's My Birthday by will.i.am FT Cody Wise off the chart summit after just one week on top, while by Ariana Grande FT Iggy Azalea is a non-mover at number two.
Jake and his celebrity family have been tweeting about the good news since it was announced.
Remember when I saw @jake_rixton supporting the Nolans all those years ago and now he's top of the charts! Wooow congratulations Rixton! ??
Students across the North West have been celebrating graduation day.
And in Liverpool those leaving John Moore's University shared their ceremony with two honorary graduates from very different walks of life.
The comedian John Bishop got an honorary fellowship along with Dominique Walker, the sister of Anthony Walker who was murdered in a racist attack in Huyton.
Tim Scott spoke to them both:
Comedian John Bishop will be presented with an Honorary Fellowship by Liverpool John Moores University today in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the arts and charitable causes.
Dominique Walker will also receive an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of her work celebrating and empowering community diversity.
Dominique is an LJMU Graduate, serving police officer and sister of murdered teenager Anthony Walker.
With her family, she established the Anthony Walker Foundation (AWF), which works to prevent youth involvement in hate crime by working with all young people across racial groups to feel secure in their identity and empowered to welcome and celebrate diversity in their communities.
The Fellowships are given in recognition of outstanding achievement by an individual in a given field or profession and to those who exemplify the University's ethos to 'dream, plan and achieve'. Vice-Chancellor Professor Nigel Weatherill said:
"Each of the new Honorary Fellows have brought dedication, commitment and passion to their professions and in turn have empowered the communities around them through the arts, business, regeneration or sport.''
''I am delighted that we will welcome such inspirational individuals to the University during our summer graduation ceremonies."
Oscar-winning director Ron Howard is to make a new documentary chronicling the early part of The Beatles' career, with the full support of the band and their families.
His film will focus on the period from their days performing in Liverpool's Cavern Club and their Hamburg residency up to their final paying concert in San Francisco's Candlestick Park in 1966.
Howard - who picked up an Academy Award for A Beautiful Mind - will cover what are known as "the touring years" in his film. After the Candlestick Park show, the Fab Four concentrated on the studio, playing publicly on only one other occasion with their rooftop gig in 1969 at their Savile Row HQ in London.
The new film is being made with the "full cooperation" of Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison - Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison.
Howard said he was "excited and honoured" to be working "on this astounding story of these four young men who stormed the world in 1964".
Liverpool stars will be honoured by Liverpool John Moores University this week.
Comedian John Bishop and actor Paul McGann will receive Honorary Fellowships.
The leader of the £1bn Liverpool ONE regeneration project Rodney Holmes, triple Olympian Kate Richardson-Walsh, the artist who crafted the Liverpool city centre Hillsborough Memorial Tom Murphy, Dominic Walker who established the Anthony Walker Foundation, will also collect Fellowships.
They are given in recognition of outstanding achievement by an individual in a given field or profession and to those who exemplify the University's ethos to 'dream, plan and achieve'. Vice-Chancellor Professor Nigel Weatherill said:
"Each of the new Honorary Fellows have brought dedication, commitment and passion to their professions and in turn have empowered the communities around them through the arts, business, regeneration or sport.
The Honorary Fellows of 2014 are exemplary role models in these areas and I am delighted that we will welcome such inspirational individuals to the University during our summer graduation ceremonies."