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Wales film and TV industry 'in best shape ever'

Wales's film and TV industry has grown by 50 percent in the last 10 years.

It's not surprising, therefore, to learn that many of TV's biggest hits are currently filmed on production here. Not only high end dramas like Will, based on the early life of William Shakespeare and Netflix's current hit The Crown, but grassroots films such as Laurence Patrick's recent sci fi adventure 501 Days.

Laurence Patrick produces and stars in '501 Days' Credit: ITV News

The future seems to be looking good too, with another major studio due to open in Cardiff in the next few months. And some say the industry here could be helped by the prospect of Brexit. Lorna Prichard investigates.

Singer and broadcaster Cerys Matthews backs Year of Legends

Former Catatonia singer Cerys Matthews has backed a campaign which aims to bring Wales' past to life.

Cerys Matthews Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

She's been named as an ambassador for the Year of Legends 2017 campaign.

The 47-year-old will take on the role alongside Game of Thrones actor, Iwan Rheon, who was born in Cardiff.

The campaign hopes to promote Wales' heritage and culture, covering events including food and sport.

Watch Kelsey Redmore's report:

Little Mix to perform at Caldicot Castle

Girl group Little Mix will return to Wales this summer to headline an outdoor show at Caldicot Castle.

Credit: Little Mix

The band, made up of former X-Factor contestants Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall, will take to the stage within the castle’s country park on Thursday, July 13.

The show is part of the band's Summer Shout Out tour. Tickets are available from 9am on Thursday, January 19.

I am absolutely thrilled that we will stage another brilliant concert with world-class artists in the beautiful country park of Caldicot Castle this summer.

We look forward to welcoming thousands of visitors, as well as residents, of all ages to Monmouthshire again.

– Councillor Bob Greenland, Monmouthshire’s cabinet member


Voice duo 'Into the Ark' tells ITV Wales about working with Sir Tom Jones

TV talent show The Voice is back on our screens... and this year Blackwood duo Into the Ark are flying the flag for Wales.

Dane Lloyd and Taylor Jones met at a charity gig six years ago.

Into the Ark started their music journey busking in Cardiff. Credit: ITV News

Following a nerve-wracking first audition, the two are now hoping they'll go all the way.

They are being mentored by Welsh singing star Sir Tom Jones.

Watch our interview here.

Charlotte Church won't sing at Donald Trump's inauguration

Charlotte Church has confirmed she was approached to sing at Donald Trump's inauguration.

She declined the invitation on Twitter, and wrote: "A simple internet search would show I think you're a tyrant. Bye."

Credit: PA

Piers Morgan criticised the Welsh singer for her response.

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America's Got Talent runner-up Jackie Evancho will sing the US national anthem at next Friday's ceremony.

Other acts who confirmed their participation include members of the Talladega Marching Tornadoes, The Rockettes and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

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