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The Baby Club is looking for Greater Manchester babies to be in new series

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If you’ve got a baby or toddler and fancy appearing on The Baby Club, then now is your chance.

The CBeebies show is currently looking for babies and grown-ups from the North West to be in their latest series.

Giovanna Fletcher, the show’s presenter, wrote on Facebook: “We’re baaaaaaaaaaaaaaack! Yes, we will be filming series three of THE BABY CLUB in a few months. I can’t wait to be back with Baby Bear, Nigel and all the gang who so beautifully sort through the mayhem to create something so wonderful.

“We’re looking for babies and grown-ups for a brand new series of #TheBabyClub! If you’re based in the north west and your baby will be six to 18 months in May 2020, then the show wants to hear from you.”

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If you want to get involved, you’ve got until 12pm on March 30th to apply.

A spokesperson said: “Three Arrows Media are making a third series of the hugely popular ‘The Baby Club’ for CBeebies! We’re looking again to feature mums, dads and grandparents, as well as their babies to take part.

“Parents, carers and babies will join in with the filming, as we replicate a community-based baby club – there’ll be nursery rhymes, interactive stories and lots of fun! It doesn’t matter if you’ve never been to a baby club before or if you’re a regular attendee of many!”

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They added: “We’re looking to find a diverse pool of contributors who will appear across this new series. If you live in the North West of England and have a baby/babies who will be aged between 6-18 months in May 2020, we want to hear from you!”

For more info and to get involved, head over to the application page here.

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Corrie fans left shocked after Roy Cropper reveals real reason for leaving the soap

Corrie will never be the same again…

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Opinions were divided among Coronation Street fans last night when the soap’s veteran Roy Cropper announced his sudden departure.

Roy, played by David Neilson, has been a staple part of the ITV soap since 1995 and has gained a loyal fanbase for his soft and gentle demeanour over the years.

However, fans were less than impressed by Roy’s sudden departure last night, where he abandoned his niece Nina Lucas, played by Mollie Gallagher. 

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In last night’s episode, Nina was shocked to discover from Adam Barlow that Roy had signed over his entire estate to her with immediate effect, which led her to worry that he was planning on taking his own life. 

In a shock twist, Roy then revealed that he was leaving the cobbles for a new job opportunity in South America, where he will be working as a chef (probably not rustling up bacon butties, I can imagine). 

This storyline twist left viewers scratching their heads, however, with many slamming the whole idea of Weatherfield’s finest chef sharing his expertise in an exotic foreign country. 

One puzzled Twitter user wrote: “I’m struggling to picture Roy Cropper in South America. Southport maybe.”

Another commented: “Just read that #Corrie‘s Roy Cropper might leave the street as he’s been offered a job as a chef in South America. He literally fries eggs and butters toast WHERE do they come up with these stories hahaha.”

A very good point indeed. 

Roy is starting a new life after the pressure mounted as police traced the gun used to kill Natasha Blakeman. Roy stopped Abi from shooting the teenage thug after the pair were washed away together in a Victorian sewer – as you do.

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The first Peaky Blinders series 6 trailer is here and Castlefield has a starring role

Castlefield has had a dark makeover…

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The newly released trailer for the sixth and final series of Peaky Blinders has given fans a glimpse of Manchester’s Castlefield as the dark streets of Birmingham. 

The official Peaky Blinders Twitter account released the teaser clip over the weekend with an announcement that the series will be available to watch on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in ‘early 2022’. 

The clip shows Tommy Shelby, played by Cillian Murphy, walking down a dark, cobbled street carrying a mysterious-looking bag likely filled with money and other shady stuff not unfamiliar in the world of the Peaky Blinders.

Behind the scenes, Screen Manchester worked with the Peaky Blinders locations team to organise access to various locations across the city, with Manchester’s Castlefield standing as one of the most frequent backdrops in the new series.

Earlier this year, excitement was rife as crews rolled into the area to build their set on the cobbled streets around Duke Street.

The area was left completely unrecognisable but all too familiar for viewers of the series, which follows the exploits of the Shelby crime family in the aftermath of the First World War. 

Bobby Cochrane from Screen Manchester said: “It was a pleasure to facilitate filming applications from this iconic BBC drama and we worked closely with the location manager and their team from late 2020.

“The requests for Castlefield were some of the most ambitious and complex we have facilitated to date but I am proud that we helped make the director’s vision a reality.

“I am excited to see how this stunning area of the city will look in this series and It has been wonderful to see the location in the first trailer.”

An exact release date for the sixth and final season is yet to be announced, though Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight has previously said he hopes for a Spring-time release, which will be sometime between March and May next year.

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First trailer released for crime drama starring Vicky McClure and produced by Line of Duty creator

Vicky McClure has shared the first teaser trailer for the new crime series

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Are you still questioning your existence following the dramatic season 6 finale of Line of Duty?

Well, I may have a little bit of good news for you; HTM Television, Jed Mercurio’s production company and the brains behind all six seasons of the hit policing series, has made the mother of all comebacks with a brand new crime drama, Trigger Point.

The new series, set to be released early next year, will focus on counter terrorism policing and the ‘extraordinary’ work of the Metropolitan Police Bomb Disposal Squad.

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McClure, who became well known and loved as undercover detective Kate Flemming in Line of Duty, will this time be taking on the role as frontline officer Lana Washington, with Adrian Lester as her colleague, Joel Nutkins. Both ex-military, the pair are close, having served together in Afghanistan.

But, when a terrorist campaign threatens London over the summer, the duo are at the forefront of urgent efforts to find out who is behind the bombings before the number of deaths increase.

Further details surrounding the show have so far being kept tightly under wraps but, over the weekend, both McClure and Mercurio shared a brand new teaser trailer, which you can watch below. 

Mercurio wrote: “What a thrill to continue the collaboration with the brilliant @Vicky_McClure on #TriggerPoint @HTMTelevision coming in the new year to @ITV.”

On her new role, McClure said last year: “I’m so grateful to be working with Jed again. I’m really looking forward to creating a strong, bright and troubled character in Lana Washington.

“Daniel Brierley has produced a brilliant and nail-biting script. I can’t wait to get started later this year.” 

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