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Gary Barlow's new musical to premier in Salford

Gary Barlow and Tim Firth met with the real WI women who the film was based on in Skipton. Credit: ITV Granada News

Take That frontman Gary Barlow and writer Tim Firth have announced that the world premiere of 'The Girls' -a new musical based on the film 'The Calendar Girls'- will premiere at the Lowry theatre in Salford next January.

They have been speaking to Entertainment Correspondent Caroline Whitmore.

Memorial service for Coronation Street's Anne Kirkbride

Anne Kirkbride and on screen husband William Roache Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

A memorial service for Coronation Street actress Anne Kirkbride will be held later this year. She died in January aged 60 after playing Deirdre Barlow for 42 years.

The special service will take place at Manchester Cathedral on 30th May. Coronation Street stars William Roache and Beverley Callard, fellow cast members and colleagues from the production team will join her family and members of the public to pay their respects. Further details will be released nearer the date.


  1. Caroline Whitmore, ITV News

Jason Manford steps into his tap shoes for The Producer's

The hit Broadway musical The Producers first came to our region back in 2007 when Bolton comedian Peter Kay took to the stage in the very first UK tour.

Now another local comedian is following in his footsteps as Salford-born Jason Manford stars in the show alongside a star studded cast.

Our entertainment correspondent Caroline Whitmore went to meet him ahead of the VIP gala opening night tonight at the Palace theatre in Manchester.


Freddie Flintoff crowned 'King of the Jungle'

Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff has been crowned King Of The Jungle.

The Preston born star won the Australian version of 'I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here', 10 years after smashing them in the Ashes.

After winning, he said:

"As an Englishman winning something in Australia, it's unheard of!"

"I'm shocked. I'm stuck for words a little bit. I never expected to get this far. It's a lot to take in really. I am shocked, surprised, pleased. I've got a lot of emotions going round at the minute. I'm humbled."

During his month in the jungle, he has eaten a rat's tail, been covered in elephant manure, drunk fermented milk laced with cockroaches and flies, and fallen from a helicopter.

His win will see 100,000 Australian dollars donated to his chosen charity, the McGrath Foundation.

Liam Gallagher 'keeping it in the family' in latest selfie

Liam Gallagher has tweeted a selfie of himself with a pass to his brother Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds gig.

He captioned the picture: 'Keeping it in the family....'.

It's sparked rumours that the two could be putting their family feuds behind them.

Liam quit Oasis in 2009 after the two brothers fell out.

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