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Rowan Atkinson returns for new Maigret episode at Christmas

Rowan Atkinson has praised the "freedom" of television ahead of his appearance in the new episode of crime drama Maigret.

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Have you got any of these hidden away?

Do you have any of the 10 rarest Star Wars toys in the attic?

With the latest instalment of Star Wars series The Last Jedi due for release next week, the Force could be with Star Wars fans who have valuable vintage action figures.

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Want people to like you more? Nod at them, say scientists

A polite nod of the head can make a person almost a third more likeable, say scientists.

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Warning signs that your child is screen-addicted

Many parents are used to the sight of young children bent over a screen for hours, lost in a digital world.

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Will it be a white Christmas in the North East? Here are odds of snow falling when the big day rolls around

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas?

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Santa Paws in Sunderland. Dappy the dog. Picture: Jade McArdle.

Santa Paws is back for Christmas - and we want to see your purr-fect pictures!

Christmas is coming – and that means Santa Paws is back!

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The last supermoon of the year will be visible on Sunday.

When and where can I get the best view of the December supermoon?

Skygazers will be treated to a bigger and brighter moon this weekend as the final 'supermoon' of the year moves closer to Earth.
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Warning to dog owners aver Alabama Rot disease after dog dies

Leading vets are advising dog owners to know the signs of Alabama rot disease after a new case was confirmed in Warwickshire this week.
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Are you freezing at work? This is how cold it has to be before you can legally go home

The North East  is set to freeze this week as temperatures plummet across the country but how cold does it have to be before you can leave work?
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US President Donald Trump.

These are the top Yahoo searches of 2017

Yahoo has revealed its most common search terms of the year for 2017, with US President Donald Trump featuring in several of the key lists.
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Green Flag has issued a list of tips for motorists hitting the road tonight. One of them is to wear a coat.

10 tips for driving on the coldest night of the year

A Yellow weather warning has been issued for across the North East tonight with ice and snow expected to hit the region.
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Are any of these toys on your child's Christmas list?

Santa letters reveal the toys topping this year's Christmas wish-list

Children's letters to Father Christmas have revealed the most wanted presents of the year.

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Could you eat a foot-long chocolate eclair?

Do you know someone who could eat a giant chocolate eclair from Asda?

The most gluttonous time of the year just got a bit more decadent as Asda have just revealed their latest addition to the bakery aisle – a foot long chocolate eclair.
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TV ad for The Snowman gets pre-watershed ban after parents’ complaints

A creepy TV advert for murder mystery movie The Snowman has been banned from being shown before the 9pm watershed because it frightened children.

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Photo issued by the Dogs Trust of English Bulldogs

Pet lovers warned about buying pups to give as presents

Pet lovers in are being urged to take extra care if they plan to buy a puppy at this time of the year.

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Rewind to the future: How cassettes could be the new vinyl

Any music fan will be aware of how vinyl records have become strangely fashionable again, with the retro format enjoying a resurgence as an alternative mp3 downloads and streaming.

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Do you have a copper jar at home?

What are the legal tender amounts acceptable for the UK coins?

A man walks into a bar (no joke this time).

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The last posting dates for British troops abroad have been announced.

These are the last recommended posting dates for troops spending Christmas abroad

December is just around the corner and your Christmas shopping is well underway.
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There are lots of ways you can help your local foodbank this Christmas.

Can you donate these items to your local food bank this Christmas?

Christmas is now just weeks away, and many of you will be starting to think about supporting those who are less fortunate.

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A photo publicising the new Doctor Who Christmas special with Mark Gatiss, left, current doctor Peter Capaldi, centre, and David Bradley as the original doctor.

Hartlepool to be the first place in the world to watch new Doctor Who Christmas special

Hartlepool will screen an historic episode of hit television series Doctor Who more than a week before it is broadcast globally.

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