New Black Family Join ‘Shameless’

By Will Astbury

A new black family has been added to the eighth series of Manchester-based drama Shameless.

The show began again in early January 2011, kicking off with a Chatsworth Estate party and not just any party – Frank Gallagher’s stag night. Reliable as usual, Frank, led by his drug-addled brain, disappears which makes for a magical mystery tour as the rest of the cast seek to find him. Admist all the chaos the new family, known as the Powells, appear.

The family is made up of fiery housewife and home-brewer Avril (played by Karen Bryson – who you may know from Bodies), mild-mannered, until he’s had a drink, trainee teacher Jackson (played by Manchester-born Emmanuel Ighodaro) and theirchronically dim-witted but gorgeous teenage daughter Letitia (introducing Kira Martin).

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Zion centre hosts open day

By Will Astbury

MANCHESTER’S Zion Arts Centre is hosting a free community open day on Sunday 7 February 2010.

Staff and participants from the centre are putting on a range of free taster workshops including MCing, street dance and music classes.

There will be free refreshments to be had and drama, dance, comedy, music and arts acts to enjoy.

A statement from Zion said: “Come get to know us and what we do more! We want you to get involved and we want to hear your views on the centre and what you want to see done here!

“We want to meet our neighbours and members of the local community so we that we can make Hulme’s creative quarter a place for you!”

Festivities kick off at noon and finish at 4pm so get down the centre, 335 Stretford Road, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5ZA, early and do something productive with your Sunday afternoon.

For more details of all the activities that are going on at Zion visit www.zionarts.com.