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Ten extra dates announced for Peter Kay's live Phoenix Nights at Manchester Arena

Ten extra dates have been announced for Peter Kay’s surprise Phoenix Nights comeback shows.

Tickets for shows on January 31 and February 1 went on sale at 11am on Sunday morning.

However due to overwhelming demand promoters announced that tickets have also been released for 10 extra shows.

They will be on Monday February 2, Tuesday February 3, Wednesday February 4, Friday February 6, Saturday February 7, Sunday February 8, Monday February 9, Tuesday February 10, Wednesday February 11 and Thursday February 12.

Last week the comedy legend surprised fans by announcing the live shows which are being held at Manchester Arena in aid of Comic Relief.

Co-stars including Dave Spikey and Paddy McGuinness are expected to join the exclusive comeback shows.

The sitcom, which followed the fortunes of northern club owner Brian Potter, played by Peter, was a huge hit when it aired in 2001 for two series.

It also spawned a spin-off six-part series, Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere, in 2004.

Explaining why it had taken 10 years to resurrect the much-loved characters, Kay said: “It’s difficult because you’re always working and then we’ve had children and I wanted to be around and be a dad.

“Anything you do takes a year - when we did the two series back-to-back it was two and a half years. It’s taken a long time to get to the point where we are today.”

Rumours have been rife that Peter was in talks to turn the series into a live stage show, with speculation about a possible return to TV in 2015.

Tickets are available at eventim.co.uk/manchester

Tickets for Phoenix Nights lives shows go on sale

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Tickets for next year’s Phoenix Nights live shows go on sale at 11am today.

The two performances at Manchester Arena on January 31 and February 1 will reunite the original cast of the Channel 4 comedy series, including Dave Spikey and Paddy McGuinness.

The sitcom, which followed the fortunes of northern club owner Brian Potter, played by Peter, was a huge hit when it aired in 2001 for two series.

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Peter Kay launches stage version of Phoenix Nights

In an exclusive interview with Granada Repots' Caroline Whitmore Peter Kay talks about the stage production of Phoenix Nights. The Bolton comedian says there'll be a live show at Manchester arena. The programme hit the screens 13 years ago and the original cast including Paddy McGuinnes, Dave Spikey and Neil FitzMaurice will appear in the new version to raise money for Comic Relief. They'll appear at the Manchester arena on Saturday 31st Jan and Sunday 1st Feb. See the full interview on Granada Reports at 6.

Ray Quinn to release charity single

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Former X Factor star Ray Quinn from Knowsley is releasing a single to raise money for Parkinson's UK. He will release both a ballad and dance track version of the song, The Beauty of Who You Are, as a digital download on iTunes and Amazon.

Ray, 26, who finished runner-up to Leona Lewis in 2006, was inspired to release the track after visiting David Coxshall, the father of his manager Steve Coxshall.

David, who is in residential care in Jersey, has been living with advanced Parkinson's and dementia for five years.

"I was incredibly moved when I met Steve's dad, and shocked that, due to Parkinson's and dementia, he is no longer able to recognise his own son. "It made me understand what a cruel and unforgiving condition Parkinson's can be, and I was inspired to do whatever I could to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson's UK in time for Christmas. "The words of the song are particularly relevant. I want people to see the beauty that still lies within us all, even if we can't communicate it to the outside world any more."

– Ray Quinn

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Phoenix Nights hits the stage

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Peter Kay has announced that he'll be staging a production of Phoenix Nights. The Bolton comedian says there'll be a live show at Manchester arena. The programme hit the screens 13 years ago and the original cast including Paddy McGuinnes, Dave Spikey and Neil FitzMaurice will appear in the new version to raise money for Comic Relief. They'll appear at the Manchester arena on Saturday 31st Jan and Sunday 1st Feb.

Liverpool bid for statue to Beatles Manager

In Liverpool it seems like you can't turn a corner without happening upon some kind of tribute to the Beatles.

But there isn't one for their manager Brian Epstein. He died aged just 33 in 1967.

Now a new project is underway to get a statue of the man built and put on display in the city.

The fundraising is starting with a single 'Our Friend' that's being supported by singers and celebrities from the city.

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