Author Peter James

Why novel writing isn't Dead Simple the Peter James way

As the 14 million-selling Dead Simple opens at Newcastle Theatre Royal, we meet the man who wrote the book

Melanie Hill has joined the cast of Coronation Street, playing Cathy Matthews who will befriend Roy Cropper, played by David Neilson

Sunderland actress Melanie Hill prepares to make Coronation Street debut

From April, Melanie will play Cathy Matthews, who will befriend one of Corrie's best-loved characters, Roy Cropper

5th Story performing at the opening night of The Big Reunion Boyband Tour at London's O2 Arena

Review: Big Reunion Boyband Tour at the Metro Radio Arena

The clock was firmly turned back on Thursday night as chart stars from the Smash Hits era graced the Tyneside stage for a nostalgic hits fest

Review: The Full Monty, Theatre Royal Newcastle

There were some great performances as The Full Monty cast proved there's more to their talents than removing their clothes

Former Coronation Street actor Bill Ward at Newcastle Central Station

Ex-Corrie actor Bill Ward on his passion for photography

With Coronation Street and the Spice Girls musical behind him, actor Bill Ward is concentrating on photography. David Whetstone caught up with him

Denise Welch back Pride of Britain Awards

NORTH East star Denise Welch has backed the Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain Awards.

TV hosts sadly second best

PERHAPS Graham Wood watched Corrie instead. Unwell, the Gateshead chairman was not at the International Stadium last night, when his club served further notice of how far they have come in recent times by appearing on live television.

Carlisle United 2, Leeds United 3

NINE months after playing for Conference North Workington, Carlisle United goalkeeper Adam Collin booked his place at Wembley with his penalty shoot-out heroics in last night’s Johnstone’s Paints Trophy Northern Area final.

DO NOT REUSE PIC: Reading books

Merry Christmas and a happy new read

HANNAH Stephenson picks some hot books of 2010, when actress Denise Welch's autobiography will vie for attention with a new fad for angelic fiction.

Q8: Would you forgive Mike Ashley if Newcastle were promoted?

Would you forgive Mike Ashley if Newcastle were promoted?

Quakers unearth a Master striker

FROM Celebrity MasterChef to a League Two survival fight, Noel Whelan has skipped out of the frying pan and into the fire in an audacious bid to relaunch his football career after a near three-year hiatus.

teaser, Tim Healy

Tim's story a work in progress

He’s gone from court jester to the toast of London’s West End.

The Journal wants YOUR top 10 TV shows

THE region’s hippest TV bloggers have joined The Journal’s quest to find the region’s favourite television programmes.

Bewitched wins by nose

VOTES have been flooding into The Journal’s offices over the last two weeks since we started our Top 10 feature.

Thousands see top soap stars light up the skies

SCREAMING teenagers greeted Coronation Street stars who switched on Durham’s Christmas lights yesterday.

Ann Todd

Salon manager at Sizzor Sisters above Chelsea Snack Bar in Dundas Arcade, Middlesbrough.

Teaser: Grumpy Old Women

Handbags overflow with belly laughs

DO YOU tut at everything that annoys you? Like people who put their feet up on public transport or having to pay £3 for a cappuccino?

How you can keep your assets safe

New legislation governing Powers of Attorney could have a profound effect on owners of the region's growing businesses.

Radio Newcastle presenter Steve Drayton gives his My Place.

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STEVE is the Afternoon Show producer for BBC Radio Newcastle. Steve is also part of the long-running comedy duo The Big Fun Club with showbiz partner Rob Walton.

Old school ties with Tyneside

Gemma Quade speaks to Denise Welch on school days, marriage and TV


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