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Old May 2nd, 2005, 01:59 PM   #41
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Well the Edge isn't part of the masterplan, it'd be right up in the top right. Though Hardman Square is also outdated..........
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Old May 2nd, 2005, 02:00 PM   #42
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Surely that's defunct? The Edge isn't on there and Rosetti place 2 (Bauhauss, whatever) is linked up to the Granada block, which we all know isn't happening. Good find and all, I just fear it's not happening.
Definitely must be old, coz the bit with Trinity Way is wrong. The dual carriageway goes right up to the railway in reality. In this plan there're buildings in between which is now impossible. They could still do all the bits off water street where the SAAB garage and other sheds are. That would look good. Also on the big car park on Water Street. All that could happen.
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Old May 2nd, 2005, 02:08 PM   #43
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Sorry, my mistake, but I still don't have much hope for it. CJC isn't even added and the very old Hardman SQuare mini masterplan is on it.

And if I'm not mistaken, the Vie development is the wrong shape and there's no St Georges Wharf.
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Old May 2nd, 2005, 03:09 PM   #44
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Okay, it may be old and outdated, but at least we know people have big plans for the area That old masterplan, added onto jrb's recent article looks pretty promising.
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Old May 2nd, 2005, 03:35 PM   #45
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very interesting find ,,,,thats the first ive heard the Allied are even involved with the Granada complex,,,and Granada Leftbank where did that come from,,,im not sure this is old,sounds like Allied are extending there Spinningfields site across Quay St to me

Exciting prospect whatever's going on,,,jrb said there more at the end of his last post,so who knows
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very interesting find ,,,,thats the first ive heard the Allied are even involved with the Granada complex,,,and Granada Leftbank where did that come from,,,im not sure this is old,sounds like Allied are extending there Spinningfields site across Quay St to me

Exciting prospect whatever's going on,,,jrb said there more at the end of his last post,so who knows
I've mentioned the fact Spinningfields was only one part of a larger master plan a few times now but people never believe me...
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Is it any wonder?
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Old May 2nd, 2005, 04:18 PM   #48
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I've always known that those big surface car parks off Regent Road would be developed.......


I just hope they don't build anything on the Harry Ramsdens site!
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Old May 2nd, 2005, 04:37 PM   #49
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That masterplan is on one of the first pages of the spinningfields threads i'm sure of it - seen it before about 2 yrs ago!!!
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Old May 2nd, 2005, 04:43 PM   #50
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All those webaviation pics are really out of date now,,,would be good to see a lastest pic ,to compare ,and see how much as changed over the last few years
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Old May 4th, 2005, 11:37 AM   #51
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As promised!

The full article from EGI on the four possible sites for the BBC or Manchesters new Media Quarter?
The article also includes interviews with Howard Bernstein and representatives from the four possible sites!
Areas under consideration. BBC Oxford Road, (to be re-developed) ITV site,(new media quarter) Piccadilly Place, Spinningfields.
A good article with lots of interesting news, views and talking points!
All in all more great news for Manchester!
Ps. A better rendering of No3 and No4 Hardman!(we have seen it before though)








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Old May 4th, 2005, 12:01 PM   #52
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Cheers for that jrb,,,very interesting indeed i think they should redevelop there Oxford Rd site, just to keep Bruntwood's paws off it
But if they were going to move else where,i like the sound of the Granada option best,and creating a media quarter.
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Old May 4th, 2005, 11:45 PM   #53
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It would be good to see a media quarter with them taking some of the space on the Granada site. I can't quite see it happening, purely for political reasons.

Good pics of Hardman Square tho'
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Thanks jrb, very interesting. Pure speculation at the moment though, what it tells us is that everything is up in the air and all options are open. Good read though and some nice pictures.
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Old November 15th, 2005, 10:13 PM   #55
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Crackers back!

"Twenty Bensons!"

"we only sell Park Drive in Manchester now!"

10 years is along time and much has changed in Manc!

Imagine the back drop! Crane city!

Back for another Cracker!



BACK IN THE ROLE: Robbie Coltrane as Fitz

IT'S been 10 years but Robbie Coltrane is finally back in Manchester filming the return of award-winning Cracker.

The Harry Potter star reprises the role of criminal psychologist Edward "Fitz" Fitzgerald in a new feature length ITV1 drama.

Written by creator Jimmy McGovern, it promises to be one of the TV events of 2006.

The story - Nine Eleven - sees Fitz return to Manchester after 10 years in Australia with wife Judith (Barbara Flynn) and young son James.

He finds the city centre virtually unrecognisable following extensive regeneration after the IRA bomb and realises how much he's missed Manchester.

Australia

A Granada spokesman said: "Brightly lit, modern, metallic and glass buildings have replaced the rundown office blocks and the skyline he knew so well. And as he comes to terms with the new look Manchester, he knows he can't go back to Australia."

Although meant to be a fleeting visit to see daughter Katy marry, Fitz immediately rediscovers his old passions for excessive gambling, drinking and smoking - and can't wait to "crack" his first case back in town.

Again featuring Rochdale-born actor Kieran O'Brien as Fitz's eldest son Mark, the much anticipated return involves an ex-soldier haunted by his tours of duty in Northern Ireland.

Fitz

Executive producer Andy Harries said: "Seeing Robbie Coltrane return as Fitz was one of my biggest drama ambitions. Helping to reunite the words of Jimmy McGovern with the acting talent of Robbie Coltrane is a huge thrill."

Originally screened between 1993 and 1996, Cracker won several Bafta awards, including Best Actor for the Scottish-born leading man, who went on to global fame as Hagrid in the Harry Potter films.

Classic episodes included To Be Somebody, the story of psychopath skinhead Albie (Robert Carlyle), who held police to blame for the Hillsborough disaster and killed both an Asian shopkeeper and DCI David Bilborough, played by Dr Who actor Christopher Eccleston.
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Old November 16th, 2005, 01:02 AM   #56
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I've heard rumours that in true Freddy vs Jason/Alien vs Predator style, next year they plan to pit Cracker against Vincent.
This was quality drama once - hope they can resurrect that...given that ITV 1, 2, 3, 4 make my face sick off these days, I hope they don't quant up Chief Contstable Professor John Coltrance too much.
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Old November 16th, 2005, 09:59 AM   #57
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They might do a scene in the Arndale!
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Old November 16th, 2005, 10:38 AM   #58
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nice one! I used to love Cracker
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Old November 16th, 2005, 01:23 PM   #59
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FORGET Hollywood, Manchester is the new Mecca of the movie world.

Apparently the city is in the grip of a filming frenzy, with drama makers falling over themselves to get here.

It's good news for the economy, with more than £30 million of investment and hundreds of new jobs.

A record year is being celebrated by North West Vision - the film and TV agency for the region which funds productions and helps develop new talent.

It says crews spent 840 filming days here last year. But with another six weeks to go before the end of 2005, last year's record has been smashed already.

Alison Morrison, NWV's chief executive, said: "This is fantastic news. Filming brings in a significant amount of inward investment and creates thousands of jobs for local talent."

Remake

In 2003, the remake of Alfie, starring Jude Law, saw Manchester transformed into New York for the lavish production, and it is hoped more big screen projects will follow.

But the city's main strength is as a hook for TV dramas such as Vincent starring Ray Winstone and former Corrie star Suranne Jones; Cold Blood, with John Hannah and Matthew Kelly; and Eleventh Hour starring Star Trek's Patrick Stewart.

The city's growing popularity is put down in part to the BBC decision to move the sports, children's TV, Five Live, new media and formal learning departments here.

City council spokesman Roy Walters said: "Manchester is an ideal filming location offering dramatic Gothic backdrops and striking modern architecture as well as traditional friendly communities and countryside parks."
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Old December 17th, 2005, 03:23 PM   #60
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Stalingrad battle - in Manchester



UNDER ATTACK: Extras during the filming about Stalingrad.

ONE of the bloodiest battles in history and a major turning point of the Second World War is being replayed on a Manchester building site.

The Battle of Stalingrad claimed the lives of more than a million people but proved a crucial victory in defeating the Nazis.

And now a city centre site, which will become a modern property development next year, has been tranformed into the Russian city set in the freezing winter of 1942.

Manchester-based producer and director Jez Freeston is spending two days filming on Cambridge Street, near the Mancunian Way, for a new drama-documentary.

Jez, who has already spent three years making the series for the History Channel, said: "We have filmed in Stalingrad itself, but we were delighted to be given the opportunity to re-create battle scenes here.

"The remains of old factory buildings and rubble provided the right backdrop for a very authentic setting.

"Stalingrad was a major turning point during the war in that it was the first time the seemingly invincible German army came badly unstuck.

"By late 1942 they had invaded deep into the Russian interior. The last obstacle that remained in their way was the city of Stalingrad, but it proved their undoing."

Jez and the Granada TV crew have gone to great lengths to re-create the battle and try to explain the extraordinary Russian victory.

He said: "The Germany army was modern, well trained and well led, with state-of-the-art military equipment, high morale and a string of victories behind it. The Red Army was inexperienced, old fashioned and ill-equipped.

"We have looked at all manner of issues that could have explained the astonishing Russian victory, including weapons and clothing available to both sides, and medical evidence.

"And another factor was that the Soviets had made an art of sniper fire." The site is owned by Taylor Woodrow, who have given permission for the land to be used for filming.

Jez, who has also made films about Waterloo and the Battle of Britain, added: "We have been able to use what are basically cinema techniques to produce dramatic reconstructions, with a format that is both science and history combined.

"We apply cutting edge technology to bring new subject matter on famous battles before a viewing audience."

Many of the extras who took part belong to historic war re-enaction societies spent almost £3,000 buying their own kit.

Paul Dalby, who runs a Second World War group in Barnsley, said: "We are all fascinated by this period of history, and it takes up a huge amount of our time.

"Some might think it a little strange, but if it wasn't for people like us, and the many others who are involved in so many different historical groups, people would not be getting the quality drama documentaries that they do."

The programme - called Battlefield Detectives: Stalingrad - is due to be screened by the History Channel in the spring.
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