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Watch: BAFTA award winning comedy drama Cold Feet is back

The BAFTA award winning comedy drama Cold Feet is back.

The return of the hit series which first aired in 1997 reunites James Nesbitt, Robert Bathurst, Hermione Norris, John Thomson and Fay Ripley and has been filmed on location in Manchester.

The new eight-part series has been produced by ITV Studios and follows the success of the original 33 episodes which aired on ITV until 2003.

The original series aired in 1997 and ran for 33 episodes. Credit: Granada TV

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Rick Astley gets first number one in nearly 30 years

Rick Astley celebrates first number one in 30 years Credit: PA

Rick Astley has claimed his first number one album since his debut nearly 30 years ago.

The singer, from Newton-le-Willows, said friend Elton John was straight on the phone to congratulate him as album 50 beat Tom Odell's Wrong Crowd after a close tussle for the top spot that at one point saw Odell just 14 sales ahead.

50 managed to claw back the lead and joined 1987 album Whenever You Need Somebody - which spawned his most enduring hit Never Gonna Give You Up - in taking the top spot.

Astley told OfficialCharts.com:

It's amazing, it's incredible, it's been a very, very, very long time since this happened before, I'm ecstatic, I couldn't be happier!

Elton John's sent a few texts over the last couple of days and just called me now to celebrate and said, 'Just make sure you enjoy it'.

He's one of those people I've always respected, he has always, and still does, love music... it was a nice moment to get that congratulations.

– Rick Astley

Roses gearing up for Manchester gigs

The Stone Roses play the first of their hugely anticipated gigs at the Etihad Stadium later. Recently the Manchester band released their first single in over 20 years, All For One, which was met with a mixed reaction. A second single, Beautiful Thing, got a much more positive response.

Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown Credit: pa

Support acts for the Manchester leg of the tour include Public Enemy, local act the Courteeners and Grime artist, Bugzy Malone. For more tour information click here.

Celebrating all things Manchester

Preparations are well underway for this year's Manchester Day parade. Thousands of people took to the streets in 2015 for the huge procession procession through the city centre.

Manchester Day parade 2015 Credit: Manchester City Council
Manchester Day parade 2015 Credit: Manchester City Council

Organisers say they've based this years theme on adventure and wonder. Its to mark Manchester's title as European City of Science 2016. Work is already well underway. Manchester Day takes place on Sunday 19th June.

Preparing a float for this year's parade Credit: Manchester City Council
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