Hall of Fame – John Spencer

Timing was everything in the career of former world snooker champion John Spencer. The Bury-born master of the green baize rose to fame just as snooker was taking off on British TV in the 1970s. He became a household name on the popular TV snooker programme Pot Black, along with Ray Reardon, Fred Davis and Dennis Taylor, and won a string of national and international events.

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Doctor Who

Doctor Who, the nation’s favourite TV science fiction series, enjoys a powerful connection with the North West. Four actors from the region have played the Doctor since the programme’s launch in 1963 – and three more have appeared as his time-travelling companions…

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Beatles’ Play

Barbara Dickson has vivid memories about auditioning for Willy Russell’s musical John, Paul, George, Ringo and Bert at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre. It was the early 1970s and she was a little-known folk singer at the time. How would she cope with belting out a string of classic Beatles’ songs accompanied only by her piano?

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The Smiths

It’s a commonly held belief that The Smiths started life when guitarist Johnny Marr knocked on singer Morrissey’s door in May 1982 and asked if he’d like to form a group. But there’s evidence that the two met well before then at a Patti Smith gig at Manchester’s Apollo Theatre in August 1978.

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Hall of Fame – Arlene Phillips

Dancer, choreographer, theatre director, talent scout, TV judge and presenter, author, mentor and teacher – there aren’t many roles Manchester-born Arlene Phillips hasn’t mastered. Well known as a judge on the BBC series Strictly Come Dancing and the founder of the...

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Corrie Humour

iNostalgia remembers some of the Street’s classic comic moments over the years – ranging from Reg Holdsworth’s burst water bed to hash cakes mistakenly sold over the counter at Roy’s Rolls…

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