Comic Sean Hughes takes a feelgood look at death

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Comedian Sean Hughes

9:00am Friday 19th April 2013

Trying to interview Sean Hughes is a bit like trying to hold onto a bar of soap in the bath.

Gareth Gates is keen to share Alhambra stage with young stars of the future

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Andy Abraham, Gareth Gates, Louisa Lytton, Chico and Shane Ritchie Jr in Boogie Nights

10:23am Friday 1st March 2013

When Gareth Gates takes to the stage in his home city later this month, he will be joined by youngsters from the performing arts school he set up here.

Versatile Dani Harmer steps into brave new panto world in Wizard of Oz

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Dani Harmer

9:54am Friday 1st March 2013

Dani Harmer has the kind of fanbase many performers her age dream of. As Tracy Beaker in the hugely popular CBBC programmes, based on Jacqueline Wilson’s books about a headstrong girl growing up in care, she gained a loyal following of young fans.

Jools Holland brings a Fine Young Cannibal to show

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Jools Holland is bringing his Big Band back to St George’s Hall

10:00am Friday 2nd November 2012

Jools Holland has met just about everyone who is anyone in the music business.

Elkie Brooks is the shy girl who rose to top of the pops on her own

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Elkie Brooks overcame her shyness to forge a very successful career

9:43am Friday 2nd November 2012

It was singing Ella Fitzgerald’s Lullaby Of Birdland that got shy teenager Elaine Bookbinder noticed.

The Proclaimers return for another foot-stomping gig

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The Proclaimers, who are returning to Bradford to perform at St George’s Hall as part of their UK tour

10:29am Monday 15th October 2012

Bradford’s St George’s Hall is bracing itself for an invasion of the tartan army when Scotland’s much-loved entertainers The Proclaimers come to the city next month.

Fairytales are a dark inspiration for actress and singer Heather Peace

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Bradford actress and singer Heather Peace, who is playing at the Alhambra Studio next month

8:26am Monday 23rd April 2012

Heather Peace got her break playing TV action girls; fighting fires and leaping around disused buildings with the SAS.

Mark Kermode’s busking it again in Bradford

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: TV film film critic Mark Kermode (second left) with the Dodge Brothers

9:11am Friday 20th April 2012

In 1985, a young student with a love of rock and roll began to regularly travel over from Manchester where he was at university to boost his grant by busking on the streets of Bradford.

Elaine C Smith plays Susan Boyle on Bradford stage

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Elaine C Smith with Susan Boyle

4:55pm Tuesday 3rd April 2012

When a middle-aged woman in a frumpy dress and sensible shoes walked onto the Britain’s Got Talent stage with a nervous giggle, it wasn’t just Simon Cowell who feared the worst.

New chapter for Leslie Ash

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Leslie Ash takes to the stage as Liz in All The Ladies

8:37am Monday 26th March 2012

Leslie Ash made her first TV appearance as a cute little girl in a washing-up liquid advert.

30 years of Fascinating Aida

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Fascinating Aida, who have packed their bags for their Cheap Flights tour

4:37pm Tuesday 6th March 2012

Dillie Keane has the kind of infectious giggle that, if she was at school, would ripple through assembly and get everyone into trouble.

Peter Grant: How I took control after losing it all

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Peter Grant, who has just released his self-titled third album

8:38am Monday 5th March 2012

Jim Greenhalf talks to Guiseley singer Peter Grant about legal battles, being broke and a new start

Gilbert O’Sullivan welcomes you to Gilbertville

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Gilbert O’Sullivan, who is coming to St George’s Hall on Saturday, April 7

10:30am Monday 20th February 2012

Nothing has a nostalgic pull quite like music.

Embrace's Mike Heaton: ‘Take Centre Stage and help Martin House Children's Hospice'

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Embrace drummer Mike Heaton says the band have ‘unfinished business’. He is one of the team behind Centre Stage, a contest for young bands aimed at raising money for Martin House Children's Hospice

8:49am Monday 13th February 2012

Back in the late 1990s, when five mates from the Bradford district got together to form a band, it was a case of getting by on raw talent and dogged determination.

Bernie Nolan heading for Bradford in Chicago

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Bernie Nolan as Matron Mama Morton  Photo by Hugo Glendinning

8:52am Tuesday 7th February 2012

This time last year Bernie Nolan had lost her hair following gruelling bouts of chemotherapy.

Julian Lloyd Webber: Time to tune in to musical master

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber is a champion of the music of Bradford-born composer Frederick Delius

9:02am Tuesday 31st January 2012

Most people in Bradford will be on at least nodding terms with Frederick Delius – after all, the district has a pub, a school, an arts centre and a sculpture named for him.

How Horrible Histories author came up with the idea

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Terry , author of the Horrible Histories books

3:51pm Monday 23rd January 2012

Terry Deary was an actor for 21 years. During that time, he started to write books. He had 50 to his name when, 20 years ago, he was asked to write a Father Christmas joke book.

Hilary O'Neil has a passion for panto

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Hilary O’Neil plays the Sorceress in Robin Hood

8:42am Monday 16th January 2012

Performing in the Alhambra pantomime, opposite Billy Pearce, has now been ticked off Hilary O’Neil’s ‘bucket list’.

Omid Djalili set for the stage in Bradford

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Omid Djalili has got the taste for live comedy again

11:59am Tuesday 3rd January 2012

Omid Djalili is a rare comedian, capable of provoking huge laughter and profound thought at the same time. Yet he hasn’t toured for more than three years.

Belinda Carlisle: Solo tour is heaven for me...

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Eighties pop princess Belinda Carlisle, who is coming to St George's Hall in February

9:08am Monday 19th December 2011

She was the teen punk-turned-pop princess, whose purry vocals and upbeat lyrics epitomised the sunny side of the Eighties.

Actress Denise Black in Sister Act in Bradford

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Actress Denise Black in Sister Act in Bradford

8:08am Monday 5th December 2011

Despite an extensive theatre career, and a stint as a professional singer, Denise Black had never been in a musical.

Shakin' Stevens's Green Door still open

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Shakin' Stevens tour arrives in Malvern

8:54am Monday 28th November 2011

It’s around this time of year that well-worn Christmas hits are dusted down and played endlessly on the radio, in shopping centres and at office parties.

Ade Edmondson tucks into the best of British

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Ade Edmondson in Ade In Britain

9:37am Monday 14th November 2011

Although commonly finding himself stuck in the mud while filming his latest TV series, Ade Edmondson has no such issues with his career.

Bradford's Kimberley Walsh in love with Shrek!

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Kimberley Walsh at the Drury Lane stage door

8:22am Monday 10th October 2011

Bradford pop star Kimberley Walsh has returned to her first love – the stage – and this week began her role as Princess Fiona in Shrek – The Musical, in London’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Here she talks about taking on the role and what the future holds for Girls Aloud.

Sophie McShera has got it maid as Daisy in Downton Abbey

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Sophie McShera, of Eccleshill, returns to her much-loved role of scullery maid Daisy in the new series of Downton Abbey

8:34am Monday 26th September 2011

With the dark shadows of the First World War looming over Downton Abbey, life upstairs and downstairs will never be the same again.

Jo Caulfield is heading on a tour of discovery

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Jo Caulfield will be performing at Otley Courthouse on Friday

8:31am Tuesday 20th September 2011

Whenever Jo Caulfield appears on a TV comedy panel show, she is always the only woman booked.

Paul Nicholas's affair of the political heart

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Paul Nicholas, who stars in Keeler, which he also produces and directs

9:16am Monday 5th September 2011

Later this month, three new plays by Gill Adams will be read on stage at Hull’s Ensemble 52 theatre. Starman, Hooked and Wild Man on My back reportedly delve into the “highs and lows of celebrity life”.

Bob Geldof looks ahead to Bradford date

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Bob Geldof

7:45am Thursday 18th August 2011

In a quick game of Bob Geldof Word Association, it’s likely ‘music’ wouldn’t be the first word you’d think of.

David Essex set for Bradford date

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: David Essex

10:43am Wednesday 10th August 2011

As a recent addition to Walford’s Albert Square, Eddie Moon has made quite an impact.

Su Pollard: from Peggy to Annie in Bradford

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Su Pollard

8:53am Monday 1st August 2011

Su Pollard was the first – and possibly only – woman to sing Ava Maria in hotpants in a working men’s club.

Opening up the Gates for young performers

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Gareth with Dixons Academy pupils

9:45am Monday 25th July 2011

Emma Clayton speaks to singer Gareth about his new academy

It’s end of an era, but it’s been magic, says Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Matthew Lewis (back row, far right), pictured with his young friends and co-stars of the Harry Potter franchise, at a launch event for the last film

10:17am Monday 11th July 2011

As a schoolboy, growing up near Bradford, Matthew Lewis would lose himself in his collection of Harry Potter books.

Discovering the reel Mark Radcliffe

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Broadcaster and music lover Mark Radcliffe has written a new book which charts his life through songs and popular cultu

8:41am Monday 4th July 2011

Mark Radcliffe is perhaps best-known as a radio presenter with an encyclopedic knowledge of music from the past half-century.

Nichola's content to follow the van in Bradford play

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Nichola McAuliffe in The Lady In The Van

9:54am Monday 27th June 2011

The story sounds apocryphal, but it’s true. Alan Bennett, as shy and retiring as Mole in The Wind In The Willows, opened his curtains to find a Del Boy-style three-wheel van parked outside his London home.

Russ Swift's life in the fast lane

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Stunt driver Russ Swift

9:19am Monday 20th June 2011

Swift by name, swift by nature.

Blake Morrison’s Bronte connections...

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Skipton-born writer Blake Morrison

9:17am Monday 13th June 2011

Next month, actors and writers are due to congregate in Haworth to promote the autumn premiere of Blake Morrison’s new play about the Bronte sisters.

Grease is the word for ice skating icon Robin Cousins

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Robin Cousins as the Teen Angel in Grease

8:50am Monday 6th June 2011

Robin Cousins is one of Britain’s best-loved ice skaters who won world and European championships and topped his career with an Olympic Gold medal.

Verity Rushworth's Sounf Of Music role is second to nun

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Verity Rushworth stars opposite Jason Donovan in The Sound Of Music

8:40am Saturday 28th May 2011

When she was nine years old, Verity Rushworth landed her first stage role – playing one of the Von Trapp children in The Sound Of Music at Yeadon Town Hall.

Tales of life on the street

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Roy Barraclough

9:13am Monday 23rd May 2011

There are times, when he’s sharing a stage with the likes of Hilda Ogden and Bet Lynch, that Roy Barraclough blinks back a tear or two.

Jonathan's all on his own in the spotlight

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Popular tenor and stage star Jonathan Ansell

8:56am Monday 16th May 2011

The week has been a busy one for Jonathan Ansell. On Wednesday he had half-a-dozen telephone interviews to do to promote his forthcoming concert tour.

Why the stars have a little faith in Sally

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Sally Morgan

8:31am Monday 9th May 2011

She is described as “Britain’s best-loved celebrity psychic” and her clients have included Princess Diana, Katie Price and George Michael.

The Trapp fits for Jason Donovan

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Jason Donovan in The Sound Of Music. Picture by Catherine Ashmore

9:37am Tuesday 3rd May 2011

He started out as a bronzed surfer boy pin-up, adored by teenage girls around the world.

Corrie's Steve a star with a big heart

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Steve when he auctioned the red leather thong he wore in The Full Monty to raise cash for The Soteria Network

4:23pm Monday 18th April 2011

Steve Huison remembers the days when, halfway through a night out in a social club, a man with a basket of seafood would turn up.

Staying cool with heart and soul

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Tony Christieis back on tour to promote new album, Now’s The Time!

8:49am Monday 4th April 2011

Shortly before his last concert appearance at St George’s Hall a few years ago, Tony Christie said: “It’s no good having the confidence if you don’t have the talent.”

Marti shows his many sides

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Marti Pellow in Jekyll and Hyde. Picture by Simon Fowler

8:43am Monday 28th March 2011

He was born Mark McLachlan and grew up in Clydebank where, aged 17, he formed a band with three schoolmates.

For he’s a jolly good Fellow...

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Terry Gilliam has received a Fellowship at the Bradford International Film Festival

8:26am Monday 21st March 2011

When former Monty Python animator, actor, screenwriter and movie director Terry Gilliam was told he was being awarded a Fellowship at this month’s Bradford International Film Festival, he replied: “To be honoured by such an important festival pre-posthumously will force my family to treat me with some respect while I’m still alive.”

‘I'm an inlikely musical star'

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Phill Jupitus plays King Arthur in Spamalot which comes to the Alhambra this week

8:27am Monday 14th March 2011

Back in 1984, when Phill Jupitus quit his nine-to-five job in the civil service and started performing punk poetry, supporting the likes of Billy Bragg and The Housemartins, the thought of being in a musical would have filled him with horror.

Neil set to say Hello, Goodbye

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The Bootleg Beatles, with Neil Harrison as John Lennon, far left, bring the sounds of the original Fab Four to life

10:32am Monday 7th March 2011

f the real John Lennon had not been shot dead by Mark Chapman on December 8, 1980, the former Beatle would be 71 this October.

Stage show is streets ahead

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Jonathan Harvey has written a play about Britain’s best-loved soap opera

8:28am Monday 28th February 2011

When you get Elsie Tanner, Hilda Ogden, Ena Sharples and Bet Lynch all sharing a stage, it’s not long before the hairnets and slingbacks start to fly.

By George! Om is back

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Om Puri, pictured with young Bradford actor Aqib Khan, stars in the sequel to East Is East

8:34am Monday 21st February 2011

On the surface he’s an overbearing father who resorts to brute force to instil strict religious disciplines in his seven children.



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