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Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing - a comedy that's 10 out of tench

You can often tell how old a person is by the comedy catchphrases they repeat. “Ooh you are awful... but I like you” people are 55-plus, while anyone telling you “computer says nooo...” is around 30.

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Love island

Column: Love hurts on the island of pain

After a campaign of quite determined avoidance, I finally caved and watched an episode or two of the much equally beloved and maligned ‘Love Island’.

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Owen (Sion Alun Davies) and Cadi John (Sian Reese-Williams) in Hidden, the new Welsh police drama on BBC4

Hidden - Cracking crime capers from Cymru

A few years ago, the big new trend on TV was Scandi-noir.

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Race for life

Column: In the pink at the speed of a sloth for Race for Life

Safe to say, I’m not a runner. I’m not sure anyone is really - I’m thinking some just like pain more than others.

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Afua Hirsch, and Churchill impersonators, in The Search for Britains Heroes

The Battle for Britain's Heroes - A lifeless look at dark history

For inanimate objects, statues have been at the centre of a lot of controversy recently, as The Battle for Britain’s Heroes (Channel 4, Tuesday, 9pm) highlighted. People have even died – in Charlottesville, West Virginia – in violence surrounding protests over statues of controversial figures.

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Local newspaper week

Column: The issue of trust

My first ever job, which I approached with the same enthusiasm I maintained for the dentist and non-permed hair, was a newspaper round for a local freesheet.
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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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Barbeque fun

Column: The joys of the simple British barbeque

Let’s have a barbeque, I heard you cry.
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Michael C Hall (centre) and Marc Warren (right) star in Safe

Safe - A propulsive plot will keep you watching

Gates are useful things, aren’t they? They can keep valuable things in, or keep undesirable elements out.
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The Calendar Girls as they are now

Calendar Girls photographer: We’re going to need bigger buns

Our top columnist Geoffrey Shryhane reminisces with the original Calendar Girls...

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Bickershaw Festival was so muddy it was more reminiscent of the Somme

When snazzy clothing and big haircuts were all the rage in Leigh

Local historian Alf Ridyard in his column Tash Tales has a cringe when he takes a look back at fashion from yesteryear...

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Cyrus and Pippa compete in Britains Best Home Cook

Britain's Best Home Cook - Cooking up an absolute mess

I played a fun game while watching the television this week. It’s called Spot The Other Reality Show. It works very well if you’re watching Britain’s Best Home Cook (BBC1, Thursdays, 8pm).

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Do you have Nomophobia?

Column: Just call me Nomophobic Nic

The worst has finally happened.

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I swear I am up to no good

Jabbering Journo column: Is swearing really rude?

The old adage ‘sticks and stones will hurt my bones but words will never hurt me’ is probably the most inaccurate saying in the British language.

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From left, Ruth (Deborah Findlay), Nina (Annabel Scholey), Hannah (Nicola Walker), and Rose (Fiona Button) in The Split

The Split - A grown-up, sparkling drama of legal eagles

It seems the only people worth a TV drama these days are police officers, doctors and lawyers. So the question I asked myself when I sat down to watch The Split (BBC1, Tuesdays, 9pm) was do we really need another series about lawyers and their oh-so-aspirational problems?

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Are you old enough to have had a basin cut during your youth?

When basin cuts were all the rage in Leigh

Local historian Alf Ridyard looks at the history of haircuts in Leigh in his weekly column, Tash Tales...

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Pam and Emily with their runner bean chutney in the new BBC2 show Top of the Shops with Tom Kerridge

Top of the Shop with Tom Kerridge - A flop from top to bottom

Napoleon, in one of his wilder flights of fancy, is alleged to have called Britain “a nation of shopkeepers”.
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This photograph illustrates the popularity of table tennis in 1948

Sport gave post-war life in Leigh a much-needed boost

Local historian Alf Ridyard looks at how the Leigh community bounced back after World War Two...

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Not quite ready to shed those layers

Jabbering Journo column: I'm totally unprepared for Spring

After the longest winter known to  womankind, spring is finally in the air and my enormous, reinforced and padded, hooded and fur-trimmed winter coathas finally been relegated to the cupboard.

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Mark and his two sons, from Channel 4s Class of Mum and Dad

Class of Mum and Dad - A class act of a documentary

According to my kids, they usually don’t do anything at their primary school, and when they do get round to doing something, it’s always boring.

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