The Comedians

The Comedians

In July 1971, Granada Studios launched a bold new experiment in British television. Producer Johnnie Hamp, who’d worked with the Beatles, Cilla Black and Woody Allen, invited stand-up comics from throughout the North West to record 20-minute sessions in front of a...
Manchester School of Theatre

Manchester School of Theatre

Popular presenter Matthew Kelly and Shakespearean stalwart Sir Anthony Sher have a big reason to thank a Manchester institution celebrating its 55th birthday this year. So too does Educating Rita star Julie Walters, along with celebrated actors Richard Griffiths and...
The Beatles and Ed Sullivan

The Beatles and Ed Sullivan

Forty five years ago this month, a young band from Liverpool made a landmark appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Watching them from the wings on the same programme in 1964 was a fresh-faced young singer from down the road in Manchester. The singer was Davy Jones, who...
Brezhnev

Brezhnev

The movie Letter to Brezhnev was truly a family affair for the creative Clarke clan of Merseyside. Brookside scriptwriter Frank Clarke wrote the screenplay and his sisters Margi and Angela both played leading roles in the highly acclaimed production. The 1985 romantic...
Brookie To Corrie

Brookie To Corrie

It’s surprising how many stars have swapped the suburban driveways and gardens of Brookside for the cobblestones of Coronation Street over the years. Some are well known like Sue Johnston, who played Sheila Grant on Brookside before becoming landlady Gloria Price in...