Helen plays in her own write

The first play written by 82-year-old stage and television actress Helen Russell has already sold more than 1,000 tickets.

Killed by best friend

Soldier Anthony Stewart, 27, of Portsoy, Banff, Scotland, who strangled best friend Private Andrew Dobson, 23, with a rifle sling and then tried to resuscitate him was found guilty of murder yesterday and ordered to serve at least 13 and a half years in jail at Winchester Crown Court yesterday.

Emmerdale star on rape charge

Emmerdale star Ben Freeman has been charged with rape while on holiday in Barbados, the Foreign Office confirmed today.

Your Christmas stars

It's pantomime time again, which can only mean one thing .

Sexy show has lots of sparkle

Chicago at Sunderland Empire until November 18

Dale is off to Chicago

Dale Meeks is returning to his roots for a two-week dose of razzle-dazzle.

The final count-down

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A decade of success

WeightWatchers is celebrating its 10-year anniversary of the well-known points system.

Anne Charleston

Former Neighbours actress Anne Charleston - the Australian soap's Madge Bishop - is joining Emmerdale.

Do partners please for the next dance?

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Baby Spice Emma Bunton, ex-Bad Girls star Claire King and EastEnders actress Louisa Lytton have signed up for the new series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Healy's hero Bobby called up for action

Tim Healy is taking time out from his month-long run on the Edinburgh Fringe tonight to share the stage with one of his comedy heroes.

Stair lift on the agenda

Members of Castle Morpeth Council's executive board will today consider a request to provide a stair lift at Morpeth Town Hall so that more disabled people can use the upstairs ballroom of the building.

Was any soap exit less traumatic?

Soaps are all about make believe but David Whetstone explains how fate has brought two real-life brothers together on Emmerdale.

By jove they've got it as My Fair Lady rules the Empire

My Fair Lady at Sunderland Empire until May 27

TV's new Mr Nasty

Wearside-born programme-maker Chris Cowey followed in the footsteps of Simon Cowell last night as a judge on ITV1's latest tuneful reality show.

From Walbottle to Amarillo

This is the Geordie musician who has been catapulted to fame alongside crooner Tony Christie.

Julie on scent of her ideal garden

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She may be best-known for her appearances in soaps including Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and Brookside, but actress Julie Peasgood is just at home in her quaint patio garden as she is in front of the cameras.

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