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The highly anticipated three part drama about Liverpool's Cilla Black begins tonight on ITV

The drama tells the story of how she became a star in the swinging sixties. BAFTA award winning actress Sheriden Smith takes on the role of a young Cilla trying to make it big in showbusiness. Entertainment Correspondent Caroline Whitmore reminds us of Cilla's incredible story and meets the lady playing the legend on the set in Liverpool.


Carol Decker postpones show

80's star Carol Decker and her band T'Pau, had been due to launch their Pleasure & Pain Tour on Wearside on October 2nd at the Pullman Hotel. The show has been postponed until February 12, due to unforeseen problems.

Carol Decker Credit: PA

"Due to a sudden family illness, the forthcoming T'Pau tour has been postponed,” said a spokesman for the band.

“Dates have been re-arranged for early 2015 and all original tickets remain valid.

“Carol and the band wish to apologise for any inconvenience caused but are looking forward to seeing their fans next year and performing songs from their new album and classic hits.”

T’Pau became an instant hit with their first single, Heart and Soul, which was released in 1987 and led to the group becoming a worldwide success, It was followed by China In Your Hand.

Anyone who has bought tickets and requires a refund should contact The Pullman on 0191 5292020.


Whitley Bay's Playhouse celebrates 5 year anniversary

Friday, 12th September marks the five year anniversary since the re-opening of the Playhouse in Whitley Bay.

Since re-opening, the Playhouse has hosted 533 productions and seen over 350,000 customers pass through its glass doors.

From opening show The Stones, Playhouse has hosted a mix of local theatre alongside acts such as Elkie Brooks, Bob Geldof, Ken Dodd, Joe McElderry and Lenny Henry.

Credit: The Playhouse in Whitley Bay

Since re-opening the first five years have been rather busy and we are so pleased to see the venue being widely used by the local community from amdram societies to dance schools.

We look forward to the next five years putting on a diverse programme of events, with something for everyone from North Tyneside and the surrounding areas. I am most looking forward to Tim Vine in April next year, it's almost sold out and will be a fantastic show for Whitley Bay!

– Sophie Flanagan, Playhouse

North East X Factor contestants 'in it to win it'

Already North East acts are shining through on The X Factor. Two of these acts are Kerrianne Covell from Norton and Geoff Mull from Durham.

Kerrianne is 23 and currently works in a shoe shop. She ditched work to attend her audition and Simon Cowell called her boss to ensure she didn't get the boot! Kerrianne won a competition to support chart acts at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle. She had the taste of stardom she doesn't want to let go of.

Kerrianne Covell

"It was the craziest feeling in the world, to be stood on the 'X' singing to four amazing judges! I felt like I'd just walked into the television thinking is this really happening!"

– Kerrianne Covell

Geoff Mull is a 22-year-old electrician who previously made it to Boot Camp. Louis likened Geoff to Wayne Rooney and Geordie Judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini said 'I love him!'

Geoff doesn't plan on leaving the show without a record deal this time.

Geoff Mull

"I've waited 5/6 years for this to happen, it's everything I've always wanted and been working hard for! It would be great for the region if I won. I'm just a normal lad with a dream, and now it's time to go out and make my dream a reality."

– Geoff Mull

Millionth runner returns to hospice where it all began

Tracey Cramond at Butterwick Hospice Care Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Tracey Cramond has returned to Butterwick Hospice Care, the charity she ran the Great North Run for when she became the millionth finisher.

Tracey, from Darlington, said she was "gobsmacked and totally shocked" to become the first millionth runner to finish an event of its kind.

She was presented with a special award by Lord Coe, a few minutes after crossing the finishing line at South Shields yesterday (Sunday, 7th September).

Tracey was running in support of the Butterwick Hospice in memory of her mother, Lynn Liddell, who died last year.

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