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The Verve in Wigan 20 years on: Operation masterclass

As the excitement and anticipation built for fans ahead of The Verve’s home-coming concert, some Wiganers were hard at work to ensure everything ran smoothly.

Music
Brian Cannon

The Verve in Wigan 20 years on: The greatest gift

Photographer Brian Cannon said watching The Verve play their iconic show at Haigh Hall on his birthday was the greatest day of his life.

Music
Nick McCabe

The Verve in Wigan 20 years on: On top of the world

How could The Verve’s all-conquering Haigh Hall outing be anything but bittersweet for guitarist Nick McCabe?

Music
Ravellas have been to France in a twin town band exchange

Wigan band on the road with twin town trip

A Wigan band enjoyed the delights of touring France as part of a musical exchange with the borough’s twin town Angers.

Music
A painting of Beethoven

Classical Chat: Beethoven the master of drama

Beethoven is one of the most important figures in classical music, who occupies the key turning point between the Classical and Romantic.

Music
Steve Backshall goes exploring.

TV Choice: Five of the best shows this week

If the weather's turning here's some some stuff from the schedules to keep you inside from Saturday May 26.
TV and Film
Cordelia (FLORENCE PUGH), King Lear (SIR ANTHONY HOPKINS), Goneril (EMMA THOMPSON), Regan (EMILY WATSON) - (C) Playground Entertainment - Photographer: Ed Miller

TV Highlight AND TRAILER: Sir Anthony Hopkins is King Lear

King Lear, BBC Two, Monday, May 28, 9.30pm
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Tom Cruise stars in American Made on Sky Cinema.

TV Choice: Streaming and downloading

The future is here and now, grab it with your fave black box or app.... From Saturday, May 26.
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Gillian Burke, Michaela Strachan and Chris Packham.

Big Preview: Springwatch is here!

Chris Packham and co are back to present another run of Springwatch - and with the introduction of the Wild Academy, it's tipped to be one of the most exciting series yet. Gemma Dunn finds out more.

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Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo.

Movies AND TRAILER: Cast and crew on Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story explores the origins of one of the galaxy's best-loved characters, Han Solo. Its star, Alden Ehrenreich, tells Laura Harding about stepping into Harrison Ford's shoes, while director Ron Howard reveals why he thinks the film will divide opinion.

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Oscar Harrison, Simon Fowler and Steve Craddock of Ocean Colour Scene

Ocean Colour Scene back together and the north west is calling

After headlining Lancaster’s Highest Point festival, Britpop icons Ocean Colour Scene are set to return later this summer for Kendal Calling, giving MALCOLM WYATT an excuse to quiz singer Simon Fowler

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Skye McAlpine.

Food and drink: How to make linguine with asparagus and prosecco from Skye McAlpine

When I was writing the book, I was really mindful that I wanted people to be able to cook it easily," says A Table In Venice author, Skye McAlpine. "I get very frustrated where there are complicated ingredients that I can’t get!"

News
Five Years From Now by Paige Toon

Book review: Five Years From Now by Paige Toon

Are you looking for the perfect summer read… a story to make you laugh, cry and wish that the journey from first page to last didn’t have to end?

Arts
All About Families by Felicity Brooks and Mar Ferrero

Book review: A sparkling selection of sunshine reads from Usborne

The joys of family life, a classic tale for horse lovers, an exotic Indian adventure and the inside story of how a tree grows take star billing in a wonderful array of new books from world-class children’s publisher Usborne.
Arts
Poldark: The Angry Tide by Winston Graham

Book review: Poldark: The Angry Tide by Winston Graham

As the BBC’s lavish production of Poldark gets set to hit our screens again for the much-anticipated fourth series, enjoy a second helping of this dazzling Cornish drama by reading Winston Graham’s universally loved original novels.

Arts
The Falcon of Sparta by Conn Iggulden

Book review: The Falcon of Sparta by Conn Iggulden

Bestselling author Conn Iggulden likes a big stage for his novels… and they don’t come bigger than the Persian Empire in the fourth century BC.

Arts
Ashley Walters and Noel Clarke star in Sky One's new cop drama, Bulletproof

Buddy-cop drama Bulletproof misses the target

I blame Guy Ritchie. He’s the one who thought reviving the spirit of The Sweeney, and the gangsters of Kray-era London was a good idea.]
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Craige Els prepares to take to the stage as Miss Trunchbull in Matilda - The Musical

Miss Trunchbull is set to teach north west kids a lesson in Matilda - The Musical

The RSC’s acclaimed production of Matilda is heading to Manchester in the autumn with tickets selling fast. Katy Wheeler chats to Craige Els, aka the dreaded Trunchbull
Theatre and Comedy
Madonna

Madonna set to release first single in three years

Madonna has announced her first single for three years will be released soon and will be called Beautiful Game.

Music
War For The Planet Of The Apes is on Sky Cinema.

TV Choice: Streaming and downloading

Seek 'em here, seek, 'em there, those TV programmes are everywhere! From Saturday May 19.
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