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Marc Almond talks about his new album, Shadows and Reflections

Marc Almond talks about his new album, Shadows and Reflections. Credit: ITV Granada

Southport's Marc Almond is perhaps best known for the number one song Tainted Love with Soft Cell in the early 1980s.

But he is going back to the 1960s for his latest album, Shadows and Reflections - and will be performing it with a live orchestra in Manchester and Liverpool next month.

He's been speaking to Andy Bonner:

Marc will play at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall on October 19 and Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on October 30.

Take That make surprise appearance at Manchester Opera House

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Take That surprised fans in Manchester on Monday night when they took to the stage at the finale of their new musical.

Mark, Gary and Howard performed some of their biggest hits at the Opera House to a delightful crowd.

The musical featured stars of the boyband Five to Five who were found through the TV talent show, Let It Shine. It tells the emotional story of a group of 16-year-old girls whose beloved boyband sound tracks their lives.

  • Caroline Whitmore went along.

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WATCH: Lynda La Plante talks to Granada Reports

She's one of the best known names on television in this country - yet you rarely ever see her on screen.

That's because Lynda La Plante, who's from Crosby, has written some of our favourite TV series.

She's a great storyteller and has written more than 30 books. She's just published a new novel Good Friday about one of her most famous characters - DCI Jane Tennison who we know from Prime Suspect.

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Stars head to Liverpool for comedy festival

The line up has been announced for the Liverpool's comedy festival. This is the 16th year the festival has taken place and will bring some of the biggest names in comedy to the city.

Rob Brydon is among the stars appearing at the festival Credit: pa
Micky Flanagan is another headline act at the festival Credit: pa

The festival runs from the 15th September to the 1st October 2017 at various venues across the city .

Liam Gallagher announces new album tour

Liam Gallagher. Credit: PA

Liam Gallagher has announced a 10 date tour of his new album, As You Were.

The former Oasis front man will start off in Belfast and finish up in his home town of Manchester.

Fans reacted excitedly to the announcement on Twitter, but many expressed their disappointment that there are no shows planned for Newcastle or Liverpool.

Gallagher's new album will go on official release on October 6.

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