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Free TV channel showing nothing but Christmas films launches this month

‘Tis the season for non-stop Christmas films…

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Scrooges, look away now: A free TV channel showing constant Christmas films around the clock will be launching later this month.

Despite the festive season being three whole months away, GREAT! Movies Christmas has decided to get into the spirit of things a bit early with their constant showing of all the Christmas classics, such as Home Alone and Elf.

According to The Liverpool Echo, the channel’s very Christmasy line-up will also include exclusive premieres such as A Christmas Melody, Just In Time For Christmas, Call Me Claus, and Crazy For Christmas.

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Themed collections such as ‘Christmas Presents’ and ‘Christmas Comedy Capers’ are also set to be showcased on the channel.

And, even better for all you Christmas lovers out there, the channel will be completely free to watch as long as you have access to Freeview: 51, Sky: 319, Virgin: 424, and Freesat: 303.

If you’re still convinced that September is too early for Yuletide festivities, a pyschologist recently revealed that watching Christmas films is actually good for your health.

The unnamed psychologist studied the impact festive films such as Christmas Carol, Elf, It’s A Wonderful Life and Home Alone had on people’s health, and said that the movies can help people live ‘longer and healthier’ lives.

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They said: “It does create that neurological shift that can produce happiness.

“I think anything that takes us out of our normal habituation, the normal day in, day out, signals our senses, and then our senses measure if it’s pleasing or not. Christmas decorating will spike dopamine, a feel-good hormone.”

GREAT! Movies Christmas will be available on Thursday, September 23rd. 

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Love Island is looking for single people from Manchester to star in new series

A former Love Island contestant has given some advice on how to get onto the show…

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Calling all Mancunian singletons: Love Island is on the hunt for people willing to appear on TV in their swimwear all in the name of love.

The ITV reality show is casting for its upcoming 2022 season and applications are open right now. But don’t think you’ll just sail into the villa, because there are a number of requirements and rules you need to be aware of first.

Firstly, candidates must be at least eighteen years old at the date of their application, and those applying can’t be employed by ITV or another company connected to the programme.

People wishing to sun it up in the villa all summer must also be exclusively available for a minimum of ten consecutive weeks… Obviously.

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And if you’re still feeling a bit lost with the application process, fear not! Because former Love Island contestant Liberty Poole has recently given some advice to those thinking of applying for the 2022 series.

After getting messages from her Instagram followers, Liberty decided to answer some questions about applying, with her main bit of advice being for people to ‘be themselves’ and to not take the process ‘too seriously’.

In a video on Instagram, she said: “I think just be yourself. I’m an absolute nutter and they liked it.

“I was like ‘glamour queen by night, marketing student by day’ – and I switched outfits. I was just myself. I think the key thing is to be yourself and just have fun with it.”

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She also gave an insight into the interview process, revealing that in her first fifteen-minute audition she was asked if she had a party trick, to which she responded by enlarging her nostrils – Liberty believes this is what got her a second interview.

She wrote on her video: “The fact that my nostrils are like black holes in space helped my cause.”

So, if you think your nostrils are bigger than Liberty’s, or you just fancy soaking up some sun and finding love this summer, you can apply to appear on the show here.

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Fans praise Stephen Graham for ‘incredible’ performance in new one-take film Boiling Point

The whole film was shot in just one continuous take

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Stephen Graham has been applauded for his ‘incredible’ performance as head chef in new film Boiling Point.

The ninety-six minute long film, which was shot in one continuous take, sees theThis Is England star take on the role as head chef Andy Jones, who is struggling to cope with the pressure during a shift on the last Friday before Christmas, hospitality’s busiest night of the year.

The character is already battling mounting debts, addiction and a crumbling personal life when health and safety services show up for a surprise inspection, ultimately tipping him over the edge.

An official synopsis reads: “On the busiest night of the year at one of the hottest restaurants in London, charismatic and commanding head chef Andy Jones balances along a knife’s edge as multiple personal and professional crises threaten to destroy everything he’s worked for.

“A surprise visit from a health and safety inspector sets the staff on edge as the overbooked hot spot fills with guests. Jones tries his best to diffuse tensions between management and crew while catering to the ridiculous demands of customers.”

The film, written and directed by Phillip Barantini and James Cummings, was shot just days before the first national lockdown in 2020, with Graham’s co-star Ray Panthaki explaining that filming it in just one take added an extra level of pressure to the overall film.

He said: “Stephen takes the whole weight of the movie on his shoulders. And he was completely on it the whole way through… He’s got this amazing awareness of everything that was going on.”

And now, just days after Boiling Point was released across all UK cinemas, fans have been taking to social media to praise Graham’s performance, with many hailing him as ‘incredible’. 

One person wrote: “Went to see Stephen Graham’s new film “Boiling Point” last night. An extraordinary piece of film and one of the best British Films I’ve seen in years. Some actor.”

Another commented: “Boiling Point is an incredible piece of cinema and Stephen Graham has just reaffirmed why he’s the best actor in the country.”

Boiling Point is available to watch now in cinemas and on digital platforms such as Amazon Prime, Apple TV and Sky Cinema.

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Everywhere Stay Close was filmed around Greater Manchester

People have been spotting a few familiar locations in the new series…

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There’s a new Netflix crime drama in town; Stay Close made its worldwide debut on New Year’s Eve and has since skyrocketed to the top of the most watched list.

An adaptation of Harlan Coben’s best selling novel, the new thriller series follows the lives of four strangers who all harbour their own dark and dangerous secrets. These secrets will eventually unravel and link the strangers in ways they once never thought possible.

Yet while Coben’s original novel was set in Atlantic City in America, Netflix’s adaptation was all set on location here in the wonderful North West of England, much like Coben’s other smash-hit series The Stranger.

Here are some of the locations you might recognise…

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Didsbury Village

The show’s main character Megan lives in an enviable home in an idyllic looking village… Which actually turns out to be Manchester’s very own Didsbury village. Who’d have thought it?

The property is located just a stone’s throw away from Wilmslow Road, where a number of action scenes were also filmed.

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Impossible

Manchester’s Impossible bar and club, located down Peter Street, stands in as ‘Vipers’, the swanky nightclub at the centre of many dark events. 

Though it is worth noting that the exterior of the club was shot a little further afield in Formby, Liverpool.

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The Refuge

Another popular Manchester venue made the cut in the series in a scene where lead character Megan heads out on her hen do.

The Refuge, found down Oxford Road and a part of the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel building, stands in as the backdrop for the hen party scene in the first episode.

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Ashton-under-Lyne

A fictional pet shop in the series known as Hannibal’s Animals is actually a carpet shop in the borough of Ashton-under-Lyne, on the corner of Stamford Street Central and Warrington Street.

The Feathers pub in Ashton-under-Lyne also features in the series as its true and unapologetic self.

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The Stoller Hall

One of Manchester’s most iconic and recognisable concert venues The Stoller Hall – part of the Chetham’s School of Music – makes a grand appearance in Stay Close.

It stands in for a scene in which police officer Brian – played by Jack Shalloo – watches his daughter play the piano in an empty auditorium. 

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The Edwardian Manchester

During the first episode, character Dave can be seen being led blind-folded through a hotel lobby on the day of his impending stag do.

And if the scene looked a little familiar, you wouldn’t have been mistaken; Dave was actually being led through The Edwardian Manchester, a Radisson Collection hotel on Peter Street. 

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Arley Hall & Gardens

Warning: Some mild spoilers ahead!

In the final episode, Megan and Dave finally tie the knot in a gorgeous and historical country house… Which actually turns out to be the magnificent Arley Hall in Cheshire. 

And this isn’t the first time Arley Hall has made it onto the big screen, with it also featuring in Peaky Blinders as Tommy Shelby’s house.

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Heaton Moor

The Heaton Moor suburb of Stockport stood as the backdrop for a number of scenes where Megan meets up with Lorraine.

Though die-hard brunch fans will have instantly spotted the interior of Pokusevski cafe and deli, where one of the scenes was filmed.

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The Drill Hall

Bury’s Grade II-listed Castle Armoury Drill Hall was dramatically transformed into the sinister Fourways Prison, and made an appearance in several episodes of the hit series.

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