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Record numbers pound the streets for Brighton Marathon - extended report

It's now the second biggest marathon in the country. Almost 11,000 runners have pounded the streets of Brighton and Hove today.

Zoe Ball was on hand to wave the chequered flag and, as Andy Dickenson reports, the sun and the whole city came out to cheer the competitors on.

Andy speaks to Zoe, race founder Tim Hutchings, Olympic medal winner Brendan Foster, race winner Duncan Maiyo and local runner Thomas Roach.


Impressive cast for final Broadchurch series

Filming resumes in Dorset in the summer Credit: ITV

Award-winning ITV drama Broadchurch resumes filming in Dorset this summer with an impressive cast confirmed to appear in the third and final series.

David Tennant and Olivia Colman reprise their roles as DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller with Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan returning to play Beth and Mark Latimer.

They will be joined by National Television Award winner Julie Hesmondhalgh, BAFTA winner Georgina Campbell along with Sarah Parish, Charlie Higson and Mark Bazeley who take significant roles in the eight-part series to be co-produced for ITV by Kudos, Imaginary Friends and Sister Pictures.

Arthur Darvill also returns as local Vicar Paul Coates, Carolyn Pickles as newspaper editor Maggie Radcliffe and Adam Wilson as Ellie’s son Tom.

The new series will herald a brand new case for Miller and Hardy with the detectives reuniting to investigate a serious sexual assault.

This is the final chapter of Broadchurch. We have one last story to tell, featuring both familiar faces and new characters. I hope it’s a compelling and emotional farewell to a world and show that means so much to me.

– Chris Chibnall, writer

Busted are back with reunion tour

They formed in Southend-on-Sea 16 years ago - and there was a time when you couldn't turn on the radio without hearing a Busted song. But after four number ones, two Brit Awards and five million record sales, 'Busted' were no more. Until now.

Yes, James, Matt and Charlie said it would never happen - and perhaps that's why their new reunion tour is called 'Pigs Can Fly!'. And, as they head out on the road next month. Rachel Sweeney has been to meet them.

Credits: Busted/Universal Island Records Ltd/Fightstar/Island Records/McBusted

Quadrophenia spin-off to thrill 'next generation'

Brighton has been the backdrop for many a film and television drama over the years, and now another is on the way.

A spin-off to the cult classic, Quadrophenia, is being planned, telling the story of a young boy who is bullied for being different.

As Charlotte Wilkins reports, it will feature some of the original cast. She speaks to director Devlin Crow, Kennedy Crow, and actor Mark Wingett.


Benedict Cumberbatch and Mark Rylance go head to head (with Kenneth Brannagh!) at Olivier Awards

Cumberbatch and Rylance are up for Best Actor Credit: PA

Stars of the stage Benedict Cumberbatch and Kent's Mark Rylance will go head to head at the Olivier Awards.

Hamlet actor Cumberbatch and Farinelli And The King star Rylance are both nominated in the best actor category alongside Sir Kenneth Branagh for The Winter's Tale, Adrian Lester for Red Velvet and Kenneth Cranham for The Father.

This is Cumberbatch's first nomination, while Rylance has been nominated eight times and won twice.

Nicole Kidman is nominated for Best Actress Credit: PA

Nicole Kidman is in the running for her star turn in Photograph 51, earning her first Olivier nomination.

She is joined in the best actress category by Kent's Gemma Arterton for Nell Gwynn, Denise Gough for People, Places And Things, Janet McTeer for Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and Lia Williams for Oresteia.

Kent's Gemma Arterton is nominated for "Nell Gwynne" Credit: PA

The Olivier Awards, now in their 40th year, will be hosted by Michael Ball.

Family and friends pay tribute to Paul Daniels at private funeral

A private funeral service for late magician Paul Daniels was held in Buckinghamshire today.

His wife, Debbie McGee, and his three sons, were joined by scores of friends and relatives at the Milton Chapel at Chilterns Crematorium.

Gloria Hunniford and Bonnie Langford were among the mourners. A silver wand was placed on a blue cushion at the front of his coffin.

Butlins - still a favourite holiday resort in South

From the humble beginnings of a hoopla stall at a travelling fair, to a holiday camp empire, Billy Butlin made his fortune in family entertainment.

His first resort opened 80 years ago and three sites remain here in the UK. Despite the added competition that's come from cheap flights and package holidays, one and a half million people still visit Butlin's every year, as Lauren Hall reports.

Private funeral service for Paul Daniels

Scores of friends and relatives paid their respects at the service Credit: ITV

A private funeral service for late magician Paul Daniels took place today with scores of friends and relatives arriving to pay their respects to the iconic British entertainer.

Shortly after 12:15pm this afternoon, a hearse pulled up outside the Milton Chapel at Chilterns Crematorium in rural Buckinghamshire.

His wife Debbie McGee, cloaked in black, exited a black limousine as the funeral procession made its way into the chapel.

Among the crowds were Mr Daniels' nephews and his three sons Paul, Gary and Martin.

Some familiar faces blessed the Amersham-based crematorium with their presence including comedian Barry Cryer, television presenter Gloria Hunniford - dressed in a striking blue blazer - actress Bonnie Langford and lyricist Don Black whose work has appeared in classic films such as True Grit and The Italian Job.

As the mourners prepared to take their seats, the ivory-white coffin marked with two joker playing cards was carried into the chapel.

The casket was adorned with a beautiful bed of red roses which carried a photograph of Debbie Mcgee on top, with a tribute message reading: "Love you always, Debbie xxx."

At the front of the coffin a silver wand was placed on top of a blue suede pillow in tribute to Mr Daniels' much celebrated profession.

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