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The Great British Bake Off 2017: Meet the contestants

The wait for The Great British Bake Off is nearly over and now the contestants for this year's show have been revealed and they include a scientist, an architect and a former Officer in the Royal Artillery.
TV and Film
Victoria will return to television screens on Sunday.

Hartlepool aims for victory as town hits the screen in new royal drama series

Council chiefs in Hartlepool are hoping for a tourism boost as the town’s own HMS Trincomalee doubles for a historic moment in Queen Victoria’s reign in the latest instalment of a prime time show.

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The Button: Enter the BBC's new game show without leaving your house

The BBC is seeking new contestants to enter their new game show, The Button, which will see households compete for cash prizes without leaving the comfort of home.

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Festival-goers are hit by three common issues when their trusty smartphones meet with mud, crowds and tent life.

Three common music festival phone fails - and how to avoid them

Thousands of music lovers are heading to Reading and Leeds festivals this weekend.

Music
Funniest joke winner Ken Cheng.

How funny are the Edinburgh Festival Fringe's top 15 jokes?

Cambridge University dropout Ken Cheng is the winner of this year's Edinburgh Fringe funniest joke competition.
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Could Bradley Walsh star alongside Jodie Whittaker in Doctor Who?

Is Bradley Walsh lined up for sidekick role in Doctor Who?

Doctor Who fans have expressed surprise after it emerged that Bradley Walsh could be the new assistant on the show.
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Cast members Joe Johnston, Calum Howard, Rachel Gay, Zoe Lambert, Ruth Johnson, Andy Stephenson, Stacey Sampson

Monster of a show set to go out on theatre tour

A theatre show will take its audience on a trip to the zoo with a difference as it goes on tour.

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This year's contestants for the Great British Bake Off. Picture: PA.

Meet this year's Great British Bake Off contestants

A Health and Safety inspector, a software developer who has survived cancer and a banker are among those hoping to rise to the occasion in Channel 4's Great British Bake Off.

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Call of Duty to feature in 'CODumentary' film on the rise of the blockbuster game franchise

One of the most successful titles in the computer games industry is to feature in a new documentary

TV and Film
Electric Wizard

Review: Electric Wizard, Riverside, Newcastle

A sea of long hair and black jackets descended upon Newcastle quayside last night as Dorset doom lords Electric Wizard paid their first-ever visit to the North East.

Music
Ocean Colour Scene were a huge hit with the Hardwick Live crowd.

Review: Hardwick Live, Hardwick Hall, Sedgefield

Thousands took in the festival atmosphere of Hardwick Live at the picturesque Hardwick Hall and were treated to top performances on the festival's most impressive line-up yet.
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Nine of your tributes to TV veteran Sir Bruce Forsyth

Nine of your tributes to TV veteran Sir Bruce Forsyth

Dozens of you have been sharing memories of Sir Bruce Forsyth following his death at the age of 89 yesterday.
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Chicken and broccoli bake.

Recipe of the week: Chicken and broccoli bake

This is one of my favourite recipes from Indy Power’s Little Green Spoon cook book. It’s a classic comfort food. It makes the perfect dinner, but it also tastes great as leftovers the next day too.

Opinion
The Fall - New Facts Emerge.

Album review: The Fall - New Facts Emerge

The longer they go on, the more deliberately obtuse The Fall get; that's the inescapable conclusion you get from listening to this 32nd studio album.

Music
The Manchester North of England boxset, out now on Cherry Red Records.

Review: Various Artists - Manchester North of England boxset

Manchester is a city which has been at the forefront of the independent music for years, and this lovingly-compiled boxset rounds up a particularly rich period in its history.

Music
Come along and cheer on competitors at this weekends Hunter 70 Northern Championships.

Hartlepool Marina is set to host championship boat race this weekend

Hartlepool is to stage a championship boat race this weekend.

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There are ways to avoid paying over the odds for tickets for sold-out gigs.

How not to be ripped off over gig tickets in the great rock 'n' roll swindle

Going to a gig is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Be it the Proms or Little Mix, fans will sit for hours on phone lines or websites to get their hands on tickets.

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Celebrating 100 years of the WI in Durham at Beamish

Jam and Jerusalem: Celebrating 100 years of the Women's Institute in the North East

Women’s Institute members will gather for centenary celebrations at Beamish Museum this weekend.
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Young people at Horden Youth and Community Centre with visual artist Vicky Holbrough.

Outdoor art installation inspires youngsters

Young people have been showing their creative side during a visual arts workshop inspired by an outdoor art installation.

Arts
Pupils from St Teresas school choir will perform at the event.

Young Hartlepool musicians set to wow crowds at annual charity gig

Some of Hartlepool’s finest young musicians are set to join forces to perform at an inspiring charity concert in the town.

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