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Cameras roll on a moment of English history

Cameras were rolling in the Calderdale again last week when film-makers returned to the area, this time to film a big-budget film about an infamous moment in British history.

Darth Vader greeting fans at the STAR WARS Identities exhibition at The O2, London. Photos: Lucasfilm Ltd  & TM 2017

PREVIEW: Star Wars Identities exhibition is out of this world

The Force is strong in the UK with a new Star Wars Identities exhibition landing for a summer long visit and it really is out of this world, as Graham Walker has been finding out.
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Get a sneak peek of newly discovered Barnsley archive footage

PREVIEW: Barnsley History Day celebrates town's forefathers on Father's Day

Barnsley History Day will celebrate the town's forefathers on Father's Day with talks, exhibitions and a sneak peek at newly found archive film in the Town Hall tomorrow, Sunday, June 18, from 11am.
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Ep1. PAUL NICHOLLS stars as Steve Bell.

‘Huge’ potential for Halifax-filmed drama Ackley Bridge

After weeks of anticipation, Halifax-filmed Ackley Bridge burst on to screens this week.

Channel 4’s new drama began last Wednesday and opened on the first day of Ackley Bridge College - a school merged from one 100 per cent Asian school and one 100 per cent white school.

It’s created by Ayub Khan Din (East is East), who says he found the opportunity to showcase so many Asian actors as “really exciting”.

Speaking about how the idea for the series came about, he said: “It kind of came to me second hand, because it was The Forge (production company) who approached Channel 4.

“Channel 4 were really excited about the success of the Educating series – Educating Yorkshire and Educating Essex – and really wanted to build on that by creating a new drama.

“I’d just adapted To Sir, With Love for the stage, and my kids were going through the education process, and so I was really interested in education. And when it as suggested that it be about amalgamating a multicultural school, it excited me, about the possibilities the story could take. And I also found really exciting the idea of having so many Asian actors on screen.”

He added that watching documentary Educating Yorkshire, which followed the everyday lives of staff and pupils at Thornhill Community Academy, Dewsbury, convinced him to be a part of the show, which he says still has stacks of potential.

“We’re only touching the surface at the moment,” he said. “There’s so much more to get stuck into, story-wise, with this project. There are so many other areas to explore. I think it’ll really open the envelope. It’s such a complex area. You’re dealing with the kids’ relationships to each other, their relationships with the teachers, the teachers’ relationships, the parents, the impacts on the community. There’s so much potential.”

Ayub admitted that he faced some challenges when writing the series, including “being honest” about the community he is from and “...not avoiding the darker issues that are attached to that community”.

On top of that, he said that he wanted to make sure characters from that community had a real voice. Ackley Bridge airs on Wednesday nights at 8pm.

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PREVIEW: Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017 from Joe Cocker to Jo Cox - 20 must things to see and do

Full Monty celebrity strippers, twerking dance classes, talks with big names like Sir Lenny Henry and documentaries about Joe Cocker to Jo Cox are all part of this year's Sheffield Doc/Fest.
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The Price Is Right returns with Alan Carr at the helm

The Price Is Right is returning - with Alan Carr as host.

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My Cousin Rachel in UK cinemas from Friday, June 9, 2017.

WIN: My Cousin Rachel limited edition hardback books set and film artwork

Romantic novelist Daphne du Maurier's best seller My Cousin Rachel has been turned into a new feature film and to celebrate its release we have an exclusive prize up for grabs.
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Yorkshire Cosplay Con 2017 at Sheffield Arena June 3 and 4.

Yorkshire Cosplay Con realistic weapons ban in security crackdown at Sheffield Arena

Yorkshire Cosplay Con fans who dress as their fantasy heroes have been told not to bring realistic looking weapons to this weekend's annual event in a security crackdown at Sheffield Arena.
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Wonder Woman in UK cinemas from June 1. 2017 Warner Bros. Ent. All Rights Reserved. TM &  DC Comics

WIN: Wonder Woman film merchandise goody bags

To celebrate the release of Wonder Woman - in cinemas today, June 1 - Warner Bros. Pictures have teamed up with us to offer you the chance to win exclusive film merchandise.

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(L-R) Sami Quereshi (Arsher Ali), Alya (Maariah Hussain), Steve Bell (Paul Nicholls), Sadiq Quereshi (Adil Ray), Emma Keane (Liz White), Cory (Sam Retford), Missy (Poppy Lee Friar), Nasreen (Amy Leigh Hickman), Kaneeze Paracha (Sunetra Sarker), Mandy Cater (Jo Joyner)

ACKLEY BRIDGE: Who’s who in the new Channel 4 Halifax-filmed drama series?

It’s impossible to escape the hype surrounding Channel 4’s new 8pm drama Ackley Bridge.

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John Noakes: A career in pictures

John Noakes: A career in pictures

Blue Peter's longest-serving presenter, Halifax-born John Noakes, has died aged 83.

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Former Blue Peter presenter John Noakes dies

Former Blue Peter presenter John Noakes dies

TV presenter John Noakes has died aged 83.
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(L-R) Sami Quereshi (Arsher Ali), Alya (Maariah Hussain), Steve Bell (Paul Nicholls), Sadiq Quereshi (Adil Ray), Emma Keane (Liz White), Cory (Sam Retford), Missy (Poppy Lee Friar), Nasreen (Amy Leigh Hickman), Kaneeze Paracha (Sunetra Sarker), Mandy Cater (Jo Joyner). Credit: Matt Squire

Bell rings on new Halifax-filmed drama Ackley Bridge

Happy Valley. Last Tango in Halifax. The Moorside. Calderdale and Halifax are fast-becoming filming hotspots for the small screen.

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Cast of Ackley Bridge. Picture: Channel 4

Hoax bomb scene cut from Ackley Bridge after Manchester attack

Channel 4's new Halifax-filmed series Ackley Bridge has had a last-minute edit to cut a 'fake bomb hoax' scene from the first episode in light of Monday's terror attack.
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Halifax on the small screen again in new Channel 4 drama Ackley Bridge

Happy Valley. Last Tango in Halifax. The Moorside. Calderdale and Halifax are fast-becoming filming hotspots for the small screen.
WATCH: First look at Halifax-filmed drama Ackley Bridge

WATCH: First look at Halifax-filmed drama Ackley Bridge

Here’s a first look at Ackley Bridge - a new Channel 4 drama filmed on location in Halifax.

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WATCH: Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax stars gear up for BAFTAs

Happy Valley and actresses from the series and the Last Tango in Halifax have been nominated in this year’s Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards.

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Alien: Covenant in IMAX at Cineworld Sheffield

WIN: Alien: Covenant IMAX Cineworld Sheffield tickets and Laser Quest Sheffield passes

In space, no one can hear you scream....but win today's fantastic prize and everyone will hear you - we have six tickets to see the new Alien: Covenant film in IMAX plus Laser Quest passes.
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Actor George Costigan talks to performing arts students at Calderdale College.

Q&A: Happy Valley star George Costigan on his favourite people and places

Actor George Costigan rose to fame in 1986 in Rita, Sue and Bob Too. Most recently on TV in Sally Wainwright’s Happy Valley, he is also a patron of the Square Chapel Centre for the Arts in Halifax and divides his time between France and York.

Superheroes Captain America, Superwoman and Thor at last year's Yorkshire Cosplay Con at Sheffield Arena.

WATCH LIVE AT NOON: Superheroes to take over Facebook Live

Superheroes will be taking over our Facebook Live stream at noon today - Saturday, May 6 - as we talk to organisers and fans promoting next month's Yorkshire Cosplay Con 2017.
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