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First Dates is looking for people to star in new series as it returns to film in Manchester

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Hit dating show First Dates is returning to film in Manchester, and they’re on the lookout for couples as well singletons to star in the new series.

Producers want to find some local couples to be extras in the new series, and you’ll even get £50 chucked in.

They’re also on the lookout for singletons to take part, so if you’re looking for love then now’s your chance.

While the popular Channel 4 show already began filming back in March, lockdown put a stop to it, as it did to everything else.

The new series is being filmed at The Refinery in Spinningfields, after moving up North from its traditional location in London.

But now they need some ‘background daters’ for the series as they begin production again, with producers casting for couples.

They want to find some 18 to 21-year-old couples for the background to help create an atmosphere, and you’ll even get £50 towards the cost of your meal.

Producers posted on Instagram: “The First Dates restaurant is coming to Manchester, and we’re looking for couples aged 18-21 from the local area to join us in the restaurant as background daters when the cameras arrive in the coming weeks.

“Each couple will receive £50 towards the cost of their meal and will get to enjoy the atmosphere of the First Dates restaurant during filming without the pressure of being a featured dater on a blind date!”

Things are set to be very different when the series does return, with social distancing in place and a strict no kissing policy. 

To apply as a singleton, head over to the casting page here – and good luck!

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Educating Greater Manchester is returning to our TV screens for a brand new series

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There’s a brand new series of Educating Greater Manchester to be released this year.

After a huge success, the award-winning TV show returns to life at Harrop Fold School in Little Hulton.

It’s the first time the programme is heading back to the same school more than once, having already visited them back in 2017.

The previous episodes of Education Greater Manchester were scrapped from TV listings in the wake of allegations of ‘off-rolling’ against headmaster Drew Povey, who eventually resigned.

Later that year Harrop Fold was placed in ‘special measures’ by Ofsted, convincing Channel 4 to pull the plug on the series.

Since then Educating North West has been off our screens, however, series 6 has been confirmed and the crew are heading back to Little Hulton.

The new series will air November the 3rd on Channel 4, all episodes will also be available to watch on All4.

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GMB sparks debate that 70s film Grease is actually really sexist

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Good Morning Britain posed the question this morning ‘Is Grease sexist?’ and viewers are pretty fuming.

It comes after Olivia Newton-John brushed off claims that the film is sexist in the wake of the Me Too movement.

The legend that played Frenchie in the 70s movie, Didi Conn appeared on GMB alongside singer Susanne Shaw and journalist Olivia Petter who claims the film is sexist.

Olivia Petter argues that the film implies Sandy needed to ‘change who she is in order to be accepted’.

Speaking to The Guardian, Oliva Newton-John denies the claims saying: “It’s a story from the Fifties where things were different. Everyone forgets that, at the end, he changes for her, too. There’s nothing deep in there about the #MeToo movement.”

On GMB, Oliva Petter explained that the big reveal scene at the end of the film which shows Sandy matching Danny’s rock and roll leather style, is ‘the only reason why she does that big transformation…is to please a man,’

People have taken to Twitter to express their opinions. One wrote: “I’ve heard it all now. @GMB actually arguing that a Grease is a sexist film. Stop the world, I want to get off,”

Another added: “I actually can’t believe this Grease debate is even happening.”

A third said, “Honestly the most ridiculous debate- have you all forgot that Danny changed himself at the end too, or is that ok??”

A fourth one said ‘Grease is iconic, loved by generations’.

What do you think? 

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Nicola Adams makes history on this year’s Strictly as the first same-sex couple

Fans loved it!

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Fans left speechless as she took stage on the BBC dance show on Saturday night.

The inspirational Nicola Adams became the first female amateur boxer to with an Olympic gold medal at London 2012 as well as becoming double Olympic champion following her second gold medal win in Rio 2016.

Not just that, she’s the first boxer in history to retain an Olympic title.

Now, making history again as she partners up with Katya Jones on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing to become the first same sex couple to ever be on the show.

In a previous interview, Nicola said “I’m a huge fan of the show and am thrilled to be part of something that holds such a special place in so many hearts.”

“I also wanted to thank the BBC for supporting me and making me the first ever all female-pairing; and it’s amazing to be a part of the movement for change, diversity and breaking boundaries in the entertainment industry.”

The judges were astounded by the pair and described their performance as ‘an absolutely joyful ray of sunshine’, leaving some viewers close to tears.

“Just had a little cry about how loudly and proudly herself Nicola Adams is and what a brilliant pairing this is,” said one viewer on Twitter.

Another fan said “Tonight Strictly taught us so much. There was cheer, innovation, safety, hope, sparkle and Nicola Adams. Thank you for making my little girls dance again. Hats off to every one of you @bbcstrictly.”

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