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Liverpool singer Sonia prepares for comeback

Liverpool singer Sonia is back as she prepares for an eighties throwback festival.

Our entertainment correspondent Caroline Whitmorecaught up with her and takes a glimpse back to when she burst onto the music scene with her debut single going straight to Number One in the charts.


TONIGHT: Pride of Britain honours North West heroes

Tonight on ITV Granada, there's a chance to see those who've made a difference to life here in the North West honoured in the Pride of Britain Awards.

Among them are the medics who dealt with the aftermath of the attack on Manchester Arena in May.

Watch: Opera is getting a Northern twist

Opera has a reputation as being a bit snooty - something enjoyed by people who are well off and often from the south.

But now there's an opera specially written with northerners in mind.

Sarah Rogers has been listening in.


Cold Feet is to continue for an eighth season

ITV' Cold Feet back for 8th series Credit: ITV

Cold Feet is to continue its successful revival with another new series.

The comedy drama set in Manchester returned for a sixth series in 2016 after a 13-year absence from television screens, and a further series aired this year.

Both were ratings winners and ITV has now announced that a fresh six-part run will air in 2018.

The show stars James Nesbitt, Hermione Norris, Fay Ripley, John Thomson and Robert Bathurst, with the five friends now fifty-somethings battling the stresses and strains of middle age.

The new series will go into production next spring in Manchester.

Writer and creator Mike Bullen said:

"I'm delighted that viewers still feel invested in the lives and loves of our imperfect heroes. And I'm excited that we're being given the opportunity to tell the next chapter of their stories.

"We've got plenty of trials and tribulations in store for them as they navigate their way through middle age, and more than a few laughs and tears along the way."

ITV's senior drama commissioner Victoria Fea said:

"The nation's love affair with Cold Feet continues, and we're thrilled to announce a new series for 2018.

"Mike Bullen's honest depiction of enduring friendship has a very special place in the audience's affections."

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WATCH: The adorable lamb who thinks he's a dog

Credit: ITV Granada Reports

Meet Edward, a lamb from Lancashire who thinks he's a dog - and he's never happier than when he goes walkies or tackles a canine agility course.

Our own house-trained Paul Cronewent to meet him and his other four-legged friends.

People affected by Storm Desmond to star in new play

The new play will take place at the Duke's Theatre Credit: ITV Granada Reports

Storm Desmond brought chaos to much of north Lancashire.

An estimated 100,000 householders and business owners were plunged into darkness and left without electricity for several days.

Now some who were directly affected when Storm Desmond struck will appear in a new play-Blackout- at the Duke's Theatre in Lancaster.

The play itself is inspired by testimony from residents emergency responders and community organisations. A strong cast has been assembled to provide a powerful evening of theatre.

Blackout runs until November 3rd at the Duke's Theatre which is just a few metres from the flooding which seriously affected Lancaster.

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