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News at Six, so it's goodbye from me, and on BBC One we now

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Tonight: A distraught couple demand answers about their daughter's

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violent death. Claire Martin died of multiple stab

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wounds in Italy. The police claim it was suicide. We want to know what

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went on. A surgeon linked to the avoidable deaths of liver patients

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in Wales worked in Leicester for 11 years.

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Struggling to keep up, and of bed `` Ofsted inspectors slam our schools.

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To see a child let down is awful. Why MPs are desperate to pass up a

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big pay rise. It cannot go ahead. We cannot justify MPs getting 11% at

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the time of national austerity. All those stories coming up in the

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next half hour. Plus Anne is live at Nottingham Playhouse as the theatre

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celebrates a very special anniversary. Yes, 50 years ago today

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it was curtains up for this now Grade II listed building. The first

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production was Coriolanus starring a young Ian McKellen, and the theatre

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was the place for rising stars. But in this time of economic austerity,

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what of the theatre's future? I'll be talking to the Chief Executive

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and some of the well`known faces that have made the Playhouse what it

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is today. More from Anne later in the

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programme. A couple whose daughter died in

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mysterious circumstances in Italy say they're not getting the support

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they need to discover what happened to her. Claire Martin from

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Nottinghamshire suffered multiple stab wounds to her neck. The Italian

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authorities ruled she'd killed herself, and closed the case. But

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Claire's parents are convinced she was murdered and are desperate for

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help to uncover the truth. Almost two years on from the loss of

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their daughter, this couple still have many unanswered questions about

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how she died. I spoke to her eat or nine hours before it happened and

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her last words were, I love you dad, and tell mum I will see her

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tomorrow. It changed our lives forever. She had suffered 24 stab

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wounds to her neck. Italian authorities ruled she had committed

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suicide due to postnatal depression but her family believes she was

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murdered. She is supposed to have inflicted 24 stab winds on her own

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neck. Yes. Cleaned the knife, head it and went back upstairs for help.

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Wonder woman. That is all I can see if she was able to do that. Two

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years on, and this is what I am like everyday. We just want to know what

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went on. We have nothing. We have lost our daughter. We have near

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enough lost our grandson. Their grandson is being cared for by her

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father and her family in Italy. Player had moved to near Naples six

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years ago to live with her partner. Her parents have copies of much of

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the paperwork for the case but the British authorities have refused to

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find the ?3500 needed to translate the filling the reports. We do not

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feel as if anybody gives a dam. They want the Italian authorities to

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reopen the investigation. It's emerged a surgeon who's been

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suspended over the avoidable deaths of eight patients in South Wales

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spent more than 11 years working at Leicester's General Hospital. A

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review of the operations carried out by Professor David Berry in

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Leicester has now been ordered. Our reporter's in our Leicester

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newsroom. What's the background to all this? Earlier today it was

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revealed that Professor David Berry, a liver and pancreas specialist, had

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been suspended from University Hospital Wales and banned by the

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General medical Council from performing any more liver surgery

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after a review of his work. He's worked in Cardiff since leaving

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Leicester in 2011. A review of his work in Wales showed that out of 31

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of his patients ten had died and eight of those were found to be

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avoidable deaths. That was a routine review that was then backed up by

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the Royal College of Surgeons. Here in Leicester, Professor Berry worked

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as a consultant specialist liver and pancreatic surgeon at the General

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for 11 years. And today the Hospital's Trust here said they've

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now ordered an independent review into Professor Berry's cases and

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said the year he left Leicester his results were in line with his peers.

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Should people here be worried and have concerns? The statement the

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hospital sent me says that when they looked back over a longer period

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there were occasions when the outcomes weren't as good as his

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colleagues but they stress it's not the same magnitude as the situation

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in Wales. They say it's specialised surgery and there are a number of

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reasons why this might be the case and that's why they've asked the

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Royal College of Surgeons to carry out an independent review of his

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work. A helpline's been set up for anyone with concerns. It's free to

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call. The number is 0808 178 8337. It opens at 10am tomorrow. And one

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other thing I've just found out, the case in Cardiff surrounding

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Professor Berry has now been handed to South Wales Police.

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For the first time ever, the school inspection body, Ofsted, has spelt

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out, in detail, what it thinks of schools across the East Midlands.

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While there are signs of improvement, they say too many of

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our children are getting an education which is mediocre or

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worse. It is not all bad, the school near

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Derby has been rated outstanding. When the head took over 16 years ago

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it was struggling. We have a belief that given the right conditions

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everybody can really achieve and do well. Today's reporters about our

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region's education as a whole, how it is doing nationally and locally.

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It says too much of our education is mediocre. There is some improvement

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but more dates to be done. Only Leicester and Rutland secondary

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schools were in the top third of the country. Rutland got top marks. Not

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one of the seven authorities was then the top third of the country

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for primary schools and in Derby the will and the bottom third. In

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Derbyshire, they were in the bottom third of the country for secondary

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schools. As for GCSE performance, Nottingham was very low, among the

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worst in the country. What this report is showing is that hundreds

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of thousands of children across the East Midlands have been let down in

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their education year upon year. How does that make you feel? I cannot

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read it if anyone child does not have the education they deserve. As

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an inspector, as a teacher, as a head, to see even a single child let

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down is awful. Are they being let down? Some of them are. What do you

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think about that? I think it is appalling. What do you want to do

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about it. I want to eradicate any inadequate teaching. I want all

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schools in the East Midlands to be good and I want many of them to be

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outstanding. We know that the inspection and still `` system

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itself could be better, but that is not an excuse. We need to set down

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and analyse to make the correct decisions. Some of them must

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improve. The pledge from Ofsted, we will not walk away until they do.

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A young man's been treated for serious injuries after an incident

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at the University of Derby. Police and paramedics were called to the

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Kedleston Road campus in the city this afternoon. Security guards

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found the man, who's thought to be a student, just before 4pm. He was

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unconscious and was taken to hospital. The police say they're

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still trying to establish his identity.

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The police have started a murder investigation after the death of a

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woman in Derbyshire. Police discovered the woman's body at a

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house on Short Row in Belper last night. She hasn't yet been formally

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identified. Another woman, who's 37, has been arrested on suspicion of

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murder. Forensic officers are still at the scene and the police say

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their inquiries are continuing. A growing number of East Midlands

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MPs have voiced opposition to a planned 11% increase in their pay.

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Tomorrow, a report will recommend that MPs salaries should rise to

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?74,000 a year. One government minister from the East Midlands says

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he would rather give the extra cash to local charities. Our Political

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Editor is at Westminster. How has this talk of a big increase come

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about? A pay rise of ?7,600. That's the recommendation of Ipsa, the

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independent parliamentary authority that would bring an MP's salary to

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?74,000 after the next election. A one`off increase, it says, to

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compensate for cuts to their perks. But that proposed 11% pay rise has

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outraged many MPs. Tips that is independent. It is an independent

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body `` Ipsa. We cannot justify MPs getting 11% at a time of national

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austerity. East Midlands Today contacted 30 of our MPs. The

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question, would they accept the proposed pay rise? Of the 15 who

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replied, not one said yes. Earlier, one Tory backbencher, the

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Sherwood MP Mark Spencer, told me that Ipsa may be independent, but

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had a lot to answer for. It is causing enormous frustration. My

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constituents are very angry about it and I have encouraged them to write

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to Ipsa and tell them what they think. Is there a solution that will

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satisfy public opinion and MPs? The way to do it is to reduce the number

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of MPs, make us work harder and so the taxpayer does not lose out.

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Parliament set up Ipsa to sort this out. It is meant to be independent,

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which is why I am saying to my constituents, right to Ipsa and make

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sure they understand how angry you are. An update on John Mann's

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parliamentary motion to peg the MPs' pay rise to 1%. So far, the

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Bassetlaw MP has the backing of only seven other MPs to that idea.

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The family of a woman who's gone missing from her home in Nottingham

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have made a plea for help finding her. Elaine Harrison, 59, hasn't

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been seen since Monday. She lives on a houseboat at Castle Marina and was

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last spotted outside a pizza restaurant there, just before 4pm.

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Police are asking anyone who's seen her to get in touch.

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A report into a train derailment on one of our busiest rail routes has

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revealed that a planned inspection of the track hadn't taken place. A

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freight train came off the tracks just north of Barrow upon Soar last

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December. No one was hurt but the line was shut for days, causing huge

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disruption to services. The report says the planned inspection three

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days before the derailment could have identified the problem. It's

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recommended improvements to the way Network Rail inspects embankments.

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Still to come: All the sport, including a special interview with a

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Tigers star. But first it's time to go back to Anne who's at one of our

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best known theatres for what is a very special night for them.

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The drinks are already flowing, the party is in full swing. It is a

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special gala evening because it is 50 years ago to the day that Lord

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Snowdon was here opening what was then a state`of`the`art theatre. It

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was cutting edge. It was what theatre was all about. So many stars

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came here. Many of their pictures tell a door in the wall. A very

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young Judy bench. `` Judy Dench. These are the names we have grown up

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with. A modernist design with the layout

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inspired by classical Greek auditoriums. In name to 63 the

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Nottingham Playhouse was seen as an innovative news is. `` 1963. Not

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long after the doors opened, it earned a reputation as the place to

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be seen if you were the right things dark in the acting world `` a rising

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star. A production starring Peter O Toole earned a critical review

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citing Nottingham Playhouse as the theatrical capital of England. It

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must have been astonishing then, particularly 1963, some years when

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people were just coming out of austerity, so the combination of the

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modernist building, the stars that were working here, the clamour that

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was associated and the quality of the work must have been

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extraordinary. The theatre is now grappling with budget cuts with the

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County Council currently considering with growing `` withdrawing funding.

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I came here because the County Council subsidised the tickets, so I

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came here for 50p. It saddens me that young people will not have the

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opportunity to even work I did because the ticket prices will go

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up. A modern`day challenge for a theatre that is no longer the new

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kid on the block but instead an established arts venue.

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Let me introduce you to the Chief Executive. Many challenging times

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ahead. Absolutely. It is a challenging time for everyone. The

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great thing about theatre is people are still coming, even in the light

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of challenging those. In terms of proposed cuts, we are still

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appealing. People still need theatre. The possible cuts in

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funding from the County Council, how real is that? It is a proposal and

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we are rendered ashen 's and we hope that we can find a way round it ``

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we are in discussions. I think it is a case of getting round the table

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and continuing to keep talking and keep the communication channels

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open. One of the things I mentioned is the wealth of stars that have

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appeared here. Where are the stars of today? Are they still coming

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here? Yes. The interesting thing is we have the stars of tomorrow. James

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Alexander was here. We have all the stars of tomorrow. You see them here

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before they get famous. We will look back and say, we saw them at the

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Nottingham Playhouse. We will be back with you later looking at

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pantomime, because it is that time. Possibly climbing up the giant

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beanstalk. Rugby, and the Leicester Tigers

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winger Miles Benjamin says he'd love to play for England in the Six

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Nations next year. It'd cap a remarkable return because Benjamin

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has just come back from 13 months out of the game with a neck injury.

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Five months in a neck brace and hours spent in rehab, but is now

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ready to start both for Tigers and England. Two tries against

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Montpellier at the weekend announced the return of Miles Benjamin. I

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fractured my neck. It was September 2012. It was just a case of being

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really careful with it, I had to get surgery in the end, it is the last

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part of the body you want to be going into a game worrying about.

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You have to be as patient as you can. We got great press at the

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weekend about the possibility of you being in the England or six Nations

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squad. I would be lying if I said I did not think about it cause I would

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love to have the opportunity. You have to look after your club first

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under the call came I would be delighted. First thing is first. It

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is more than a decade since the Tigers won the Heineken club and

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this could be the last time that English clubs take part in at. At

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the training ground, the Tigers are putting the finishing touches

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towards people will be another classic performance this Sunday.

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Onto cricket and Nottinghamshire batsman Michael Lumb has signed a

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new three`year deal at Trent Bridge. He's become a central figure for the

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county in all forms of the game. Swimming, and Loughborough's to

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become the main national centre for British swimming. There's been a

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shake`up following a disappointing Olympics. Two national centres are

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being set up. The majority of the British team will be based at

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Loughborough, the rest at Bath. He's been skating since he was six

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years old, and next week Jack Whelbourne should discover if he's

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made Britain's Winter Olympic team for Sochi. The 22`year`old from

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Nottingham trains at the National Ice Centre. Our reporter's been to

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see him to learn more about his sport, speed skating. These are the

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ice skates that have hopefully qualified Jack for his second Winter

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Olympics, but these are no ordinary ice skates, it is short track speed

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skating and the blades are longer, thinner and sharper. They also cost

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more than ?2000 will. The boots that we skates on our custom made to our

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own mould eat food and I mean, there is a lot of technology going into

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the boot and a lot of expense. It comes just under ?2000. Then you

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have your blade attached which comes at about ?400 appear. The helmet is

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the new technology can such proof `` concussion proof. It compresses

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which reduces the concussion massively. Once that happens, it is

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pretty much in the bin and you have to buy a new one, it is ?100 apiece,

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it is important but expensive. The cost does not stop there. The sport

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demands specialist classes, gloves and suits, that even with the Winter

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Olympics just months away, he is still without a sponsor, which makes

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finding himself difficult. Individual sponsors, we do not get

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many out there. It is only coming up to the Olympics that people start

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getting interested and start funding a few of the athletes and that is

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just a few. Is a medal on the cards? I am not saying I can or I am going

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to, but when you are on form and when it is your day, there are six

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teen or 17 guys. It has not happened to me yet, but hopefully I am saving

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up. More news on Jack next week. That is all from us. Oh no, it

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isn't. Oh yes, it is. It is filling up here. This is to celebrate 50

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years and there is also a gala performance of the pantomime. There

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is a giant beanstalk behind me because it is Jack and the

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Beanstalk. The Playhouse has always been known for its new works for

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children and the weird looks after children and panto is very special

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`` the way it looks after. It is a special year for the artistic

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director because he has been doing it for 30 years and he says this is

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his last performance. I managed to catch up with handfuls top `` catch

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up with him. It may be 50 years of the Playhouse

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but it is 30 years of panto for Kenneth Alan Taylor. You cannot come

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to the pantomime without talking to the Dame. How lovely to see you! I

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am famous at last. How is it going? A little bird told me that this is

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going to be your last pantomime, but you have said that before and come

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back. This year, honestly, this is the last appearance as Dean. I will

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be back writing and directing. 30 years. If you come back and do a

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Dame again I am going to make you pay a forfeit. Honestly, I will not

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be back, I promise. What will you miss? The audience. I will not miss

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the 12 shows a week. I did my first panto in 1959. Were you only three?

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You are a charmer. I was going to say how beautiful you are. Perhaps I

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could borrow some of your outfits. I could give you some tips on make up.

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It is surely good this year. There are lots of funny jokes. We have not

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been to one since our children are small so it was really nice. I have

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found Billy Ivory. This theatre means a lot to you. I have been

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coming here for donkeys. The thing that made me want to be a writer was

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Kevin Griffiths' play which was back here in the 70s and I saw it as a

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young boy. What does tonight mean to you? It is a fantastic chance to

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celebrate the building and the city. And the people of Nottingham and the

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effect this building has had on the city culturally and the wider

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populace as well. It is lovely to see you. Alice is outside.

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I think Jack would have struggled to see the Beanstalk because we have

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had fog. There is some around this evening but nothing as widespread as

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we had this morning. Tomorrow is quite quiet with a lot of cloud, a

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little bit of rain. Tonight, plenty of clear skies at the moment. That

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is going to allow those temperatures to drop quite quickly. It might

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allow for a little bit of Bros in sheltered spots. As we go into the

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early hours of Thursday morning, you will start to notice some cloud from

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the south`west and the winds starting to strengthen and that will

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help to lift any patchy mist and fog. Thursday, generally very

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cloudy. It seems to be quite dry first thing in the morning but then

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we will notice some rain pushing its way south east as we go into the

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afternoon. It is very light and patchy but it will be quite a damp

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afternoon and quite easy. Friday, rain pushing its way east as we go

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through the day, giving us a damp day. The weekend, Saturday starts

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dry but more rain to come. That is just about it for us. It is

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going to be a great night. The pantomime is about to begin. A very

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happy birthday and here is to the next 50 years.

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