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Event
Comedy Night at the Bohemian 

25 Jun 18

Comedy Night Sunday 1st July   Bohemian Bar, Alcester Rd, B13 8JE Join us for a night of comedy from some of the best up and coming comics in the West Midlands! We have the host with the most who will be introducing a fantastic line up including …


Event
Live Music Upstairs at the Patrick Kavanagh 

21 Jun 18

Upstairs@The Patrick Kavanagh Saturday 23rd June   19:30 The Patrick Kavanagh, Woodbridge Rd, B13 8BX Five live bands –  all for £6.


Rugby
Birmingham comedian Joe Lycett to host new BBC teatime quiz The Time It Takes 

20 Jun 18

The only quiz where contestants decide how much time they have to answer the questions…


Blog music
Hosts confirmed for Concerts in the Park 

19 Jun 18

Two weeks to go until Sutton Park extravaganza.


Local news
Giant inflatable obstacle course returns to Cofton Park this weekend 

15 Jun 18

A giant inflatable obstacle course is set to return to Cofton Park this weekend!  The Gung-Ho! obstacle course provides a unique 5K fun run or fun walk experience for participants of all ages and abilities.


Blog feature
Foodies Festival Comes Back to Birmingham 

12 Jun 18

Foodies Festival has now become a fixture on Birmingham’s events calendar and once again it returns to Cannon Hill Park in Edgbaston ready to accommodate the 30,000 food lovers that are set to visit.


News
Premiere of new series of BBC comedy Cuckoo to be screened at the Lichfield Garrick 

12 Jun 18

The premiere of a hit comedy series will be screened in Lichfield.


Blog feature
BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme 

11 Jun 18

The BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme supports children and young people up to the age of 18 living with severe poverty.


Business
Good Food Show and Gardeners’ World Live returns 

8 Jun 18

Food and gardens combine at the NEC.


Blog music
Legendary figures to headline Birmingham International Piano Festival 

7 Jun 18

Big names performing at Conservatoire showcase.


News
Bafta Award-Winning Blue Planet II is coming to Birmingham live in concert. 

4 Jun 18

Music from composers Hans Zimmer, Jacob Shea and David Fleming of Bleeding Fingers Music will come together in an operatic performance at the Genting Arena on 16 th March 2019.


Local news
[VIDEO] Final instalment of BBC ‘Ambulance’ covers harrowing city centre crash 

31 May 18

IN THE final installment of Ambulance tonight (Thursday) viewers follow West Midlands Ambulance Service on the final Saturday night before Christmas as they deal with the expected regular emergencies and an unexpected major incident.


Council
Coventry Rocks – again! 

29 May 18

The city’s War Memorial Park played host to BBC Music’s The Biggest Weekend and once again proved what an amazing city Coventry is.


News
BBC Biggest Weekend highlights 

28 May 18

Rita Ora, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift are among the stars performing at the multi-city festival.


News
BBC Biggest Weekend highlights 

28 May 18

Rita Ora, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift are among the stars performing at the multi-city festival.


News
Birmingham Botanical Gardens is offering free entry to anyone who joins The Big Walk, celebrating community spirit. 

24 May 18

The event, on Saturday 26 May, is organised by The Big Walk.


FixMyStreet
Bin dirty, 21st May 

21 May 18

Public BBC Bin dirty and needs cleaning Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 183 City Road, Edgbaston Report on FixMyStreet…


Rugby
Hospital plan at former BBC studios in Birmingham set to nearly double in size 

21 May 18

The hospital will be built at Pebble Mill in Birmingham…


Council
Making travel plans for BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend 

18 May 18

BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend is getting close so it’s time for ticket-holders to plan their journeys to and from the event site.


News
Royal wedding 2018: Meet the other nearly-weds 

18 May 18

The BBC meets couples across the UK sharing their big day with Harry and Meghan.


Rugby
Harry Redknapp’s interesting insight into life at Birmingham City – and his future 

17 May 18

Ex-BCFC boss told BBC of his hopes for his future…


Local news
TONIGHT: Ambulance – Season 2 Episode 4 – 9.30pm BBC One 

17 May 18

THE LATEST installment of Ambulance, the fly-on-the-wall documentary series that follows crews of West Midlands Ambulance Service, provides an insight into the growing problems of mental health issues.


Rugby
Harry Redknapp had this to say about his ‘crazy situation’ at Birmingham City – and the future 

15 May 18

Ex-BCFC boss told BBC of his hopes for his future…


Rugby
Peaky Blinders-themed hotel The Garrison to open in Birmingham city centre 

14 May 18

Famous as the HQ of the Shelby gang in the hit BBC show, the hotel will replace ORourkes in Digbeth…


News
City piano prodigy Lauren Zhang wins BBC Young Musician 2018 

14 May 18

The 16-year-old will tomorrow take some of her GCSEs…


Blog feature
BBC journalist, Paralympic gold medalist, South African mediator, and NASA scientist to receive honorary degrees from the University of Warwick 

14 May 18

Leading BBC Journalist Stephen Sackur, Paralympic rowing gold medalist Pamela Relph, a South African conflict mediator Peter Harris, and a NASA scientist Douglas Terrier, are just four of the people who will receive honorary degrees from the …


News
Royal Wedding 2018: Black Britons on the ‘Meghan effect’ 

14 May 18

BBC News talks to black Britons in Coventry about the Royal Wedding and the ‘Meghan effect’.


News
BBC defends helicopter use during Cliff Richard raid coverage 

9 May 18

Lawyers representing the BBC on Wednesday told a judge overseeing a High Court trial that shots had been taken from the air to illustrate the story…


News
Political week in 60 seconds: West Midlands 

7 May 18

The headlines from the political week are reviewed in 60 seconds by BBC Sunday Politics West Midlands.


Saddlers
Audio: Keates Keeps an Eye on Recruitment Ahead of Season-Ending Clash 

4 May 18

Dean, who was speaking via BBC WM Sport, admitted that he is keen to add experience to the squad but is also aware that around 75% of the current line-up remain under contract for next season, though wouldn’t rule out some surprise departures…


Blog arts
Take This 

2 May 18

THE BAND Birmingham Hippodrome, Tuesday 1 st May, 2018   Regular readers will know of my aversion to jukebox musicals and so it is with some trepidation that I approach this production.


Saddlers
Audio: Keates Pleased as Walsall Secure Their Safety With Awayday Draw 

1 May 18

Dean, who was speaking via BBC WM Sport, admitted that the match was a nervy encounter but praised his side as they did what they needed to do to secure their spot in the third tier of the English game for at least another season.


News
The BBC will waiver licence fee for royal wedding street parties 

30 Apr 18

As the long-awaited royal wedding approaches, many of us across the country are very excited for the day and are preparing celebration parties.


Event
Luke Daniels: Revolve & Rotate, 7 May 2018 

30 Apr 18

7 May 2018 – Folk at Kitchen Garden Cafe (suitable for under 18s) Luke Daniels is a BBC award winning folk musician, singer, and former Riverdance band member who has performed with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Cara Dillon and The London Philharmonic.


Blog comment
Medical research co-authored by Aston’s School of Life and Health Sciences lecturer 

30 Apr 18

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Saddlers
AUDIO: Dean Keates Relieved as Walsall Leave it Late 

28 Apr 18

Dean, who was speaking via BBC WM Sport, admitted that his team, who secured the win thanks to an injury time George Dobson strike, enjoyed ‘a little bit of luck’ as they edged ever so slightly away from the relegation zone, putting themselves…


Blog comment
We Present – The Incredible Disappearing Elings!!! 

25 Apr 18

Roll up, roll up folks for the latest magic from the “Leader” “lol” of bent Sandwell Council, Steve “The Milkman” Eling – a disappearing act of the first order! The Milkman may be able to p*ss down the legs of the BBC and West Midlands Police but The…


News
Are you an unsigned West Midlands based artist? Upload your tracks to BBC Introducing today. 

24 Apr 18

If you’re in a band, a solo artist or a bedroom producer and you want to get the music played on BBC radio, upload your tracks to BBC Introducing today.


News
Tears for Fears cancel appearance at BBC’s Biggest Weekend Coventry on ‘doctor’s orders’ 

18 Apr 18

TEARS for Fears will no longer appear at the Biggest Weekend in Coventry next month, according to the BBC.


Blog feature
BBC: Smart Revision Advice 

17 Apr 18

This year, we have devoted a regular Year 11 assembly slot so pupils actively practise the right revision techniques – the things which are proven to work.


Local news
Brum’s Spectacular Commonwealth Games Closure Display 

15 Apr 18

If you missed the closing Commonwealth Games ceremony, then one thing you must do today is watch Birmingham’s brilliant contribution… Click http://www.


News
Legendary DJ flys in to support Tamworth Carnival 

12 Apr 18

ONE of the true legends of the music scene in the 70’s through to the 90’s flew into the UK last week, whilst en route to Japan to promote the Together 4 Tamworth Carnival on 2 nd of June.


Rugby
BBC to broadcast recreation of Enoch Powell’s ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech in full 

12 Apr 18

Broadcaster criticised over plans to re-create speech by Birmingham politician which many people say is deeply racist…


Event
Duotone, 16 Apr 2018 

12 Apr 18

16 Apr 2018 – Folk at Kitchen Garden Cafe (suitable for under 18s) Duotone is the alias of songwriter Barney Morse-Brown, cellist with multi-platinum artist Birdy and BBC Folk Award winners the Imagined Village.


Blog music
Call for refund by disappointed Stereophonics fans 

12 Apr 18

Amanda Cook writes about the bitter experience of a snow-affected Stereophonics gig.


Blog food
Blinding lunch for Birmingham Press Club 

12 Apr 18

Peaky Blinders creator to speak at lunchtime event.


News
Go The Distance – Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games handover details announced 

11 Apr 18

Full details announced for Birmingham 2022 Handover, which takes place on Sunday 15 April, 2018 First ever fully choreographed live handover across two continents in the history of the Commonwealth Games Tune in to BBC 2 on Sunday 15 April, from 11am…


News
Antiques Roadshow values a Faberge sculpture at £1m at the Black Country Living Museum 

10 Apr 18

An ‘incredibly rare’ pear blossom sculpture made by Faberge has been valued at £1m on BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow.


Saddlers
AUDIO: Keates Pleased With Walsall’s Desire Despite Narrow Defeat 

31 Mar 18

The manager, who was speaking via BBC WM Sport, praised his team for their desire and commitment as they were narrowly defeated by their Play-Off chasing opponents, insisting if they can keep up that type of display they should be OK.


Saddlers
AUDIO: Dean Keates Gives His First Impression of the Walsall Squad 

30 Mar 18

Walsall manager Dean Keates has spoken to BBC WM Sport ahead of Saturday’s League One clash with Portsmouth and discussed how much he has learned about his squad over the last few days, going on to discuss how important it is to secure the …







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