Maidstone gets ready to party

Revellers are getting ready for a brand new festival in Maidstone this weekend featuring bands like Sister Sledge and Brand New Heavies.

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James Blunt plays Wickham Festival on World Tour

James Blunt Credit: PA

International superstar James Blunt is set to headline this summer’s Wickham Festival. The singer-songwriter will top the bill on Thursday August 14 as part of his worldwide Moon Landing tour.

The soft rock singer, who has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide, shot to fame with his hit single “You are Beautiful” which brought a series of Grammy nominations.

Simon Cowell now worth £300 million

The music mogul has seen his worth swell to £300 million to put him in eighth place in a league of music millionaires compiled for the new Sunday Times Rich List, which will be published at the weekend.

Topping the music list - as he did last year - is London-based Ukrainian businessman Len Blavatnik, whose empire includes the Warner Music Group which was acquired in 2011. He is estimated to be worth £10 billion.

Simon's value will have been boosted by a new deal with ITV for further series of The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent, and appears not to have been seriously dented by the stage flop of spoof musical I Can't Sing! - for which he was one of the backers - which closed after a matter of weeks.


Watch football juggler breaking world record

If the break between the domestic football season and the World Cup leaves you craving football's silky skills - you could do worse than watch this circus act in Brighton.

One performer is trying to set a rather challenging keepy uppy record. Andy Dickenson reports and we hear from Zohra himself and Paul Archer from the Moscow State Circus.


Filming to begin in Dorset soon for new series of Broadchurch

The cast of the first series of Broadchurch - the big drama hit of 2013 Credit: PA Wire

Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan, who play Danny’s parents Beth and Mark Latimer, will also return to their roles, alongside Arthur Darvill as local vicar Paul Coates. No other details have yet been revealed.

ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November and Controller of Drama Victoria Fea have commissioned the new series.

“We’re delighted Broadchurch is back in production, but we’re remaining tight-lipped about how the story develops,” said Steve. “Suffice to say Chris has delivered as always and the scripts are just as exciting as the first series.”

Broadchurch will be executive produced by Chris Chibnall (The Great Train Robbery, Torchwood) for Imaginary Friends and Jane Featherstone (Utopia, The Hour, Spooks) on behalf of Kudos, a Shine Group company.

The first episode rating of 9.1 million (31% audience share) in March 2013 saw Broadchurch achieve the highest weekday launch of a new drama across all broadcasters since ITV’s Whitechapel in January 2009.

The first series of Broadchurch will be shown on ITV Encore at launch, stripped across its first week on air. ITV Encore is ITV's first new channel in eight years and launches on SKY Channel 123 on 9th June 2014.

David Tennant and Olivia Colman return for second series of Broadchurch

After months of speculation ITV can has confirmed the cast for the new series of Broadchurch, which begins filming in Dorset shortly. In keeping with the first series, secrecy surrounds the story of the award winning drama written by creator and acclaimed screenwriter Chris Chibnall.

David Tennant will return as Alec Hardy, whilst Olivia Colman resumes her role as Ellie Miller, last seen having her life torn apart as husband Joe confessed to murdering local schoolboy Danny Latimer.

Books, babies and being a child star: John Gordon Sinclair talks to ITV Meridian about life after "Gregory's Girl"

Now, Whitstable's well known for pulling in the crowds when it comes to putting on events. And this weekend it's hoping to put the town on the map again with a brand new literary festival.

Headlining WhitLit will be the child star turned crime writer John Gordon Sinclair, who shot to fame when he starred in the film "Gregory's Girl". He's been talking to Andrea Thomas about books, babies and life as a young star.

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