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more on Maxine. Maxine Peake is best known for her work on BBC productions like Dinnerladies, Shameless, Criminal Justice, The Secret Diaries of
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Posted by · admin on Apr 20, 2014

Wishing everyone Easter that brings you hope filled with lots of love, blessings, unlimited luck and most of all happiness that lasts for a life time.


Here’s Maxine dancing around in an Easter bunny costume:

Posted by · admin on Apr 17, 2014

This video is amazing, check it out below! I’ve been listening to it for the last couple of days and it’s such a great, calming song. Hope you enjoy it too :)

Maxine Peake makes her directorial debut in the new video for Manchester’s Cherry Ghost, which also stars the actor

There’s very little Maxine Peake isn’t capable of in the world of arts: famed for her roles such as QC with a conscience Martha Costello in Silk, Veronica in Shameless and lumbering Twinkle in Dinnerladies, not to mention her self-penned radio dramas, and collaboration with electronic enthusiasts The Eccentronic Research Council – she’s very much the cultural chameleon.

Peake can now add director to her list of achievements, making her debut with Clear Skies Ever Closer, a track written by Cherry Ghost, who have known Peake since 6th form. The video stars the actor herself as well as and Shaun Evans (best known for his role as Inspector Morse in Endeavour), painting a bleak yet beautiful picture of heavy hearted longing. “Clear Skies Ever Closer is such an beautiful and evocative track,” says Peake. “It was a real honour to try and represent Simon’s artistry on screen. It was a steep learning curve but I thoroughly enjoyed it.”


Posted by · admin on Apr 16, 2014

A big, funny, daft poem to the sea, not burdened by common sense or what’s gone before.

Different realities and different states of consciousness are emerging on Shedtown’s new pier.

As the waters of change are silently rising – Dave is reunited with a badly behaved childhood ‘sweetheart’.

Narrated by Maxine Peake
Written and Directed by Tony Pitts
Music by Richard Hawley and Paul Heaton

Produced by Sally Harrison
A Woolyback production for BBC Radio 4

Duration: 28 minutes
First broadcast: Tuesday 15 April 2014


Posted by · admin on Apr 14, 2014

Hayfield took a step back in time last week as filming for the BBC drama The Village continued.

The centre of the village was transformed into a period-style market for the second series of show, which is set in the roaring Twenties.

Leading lady Maxine Peake and many of the other main characters spent several days filming scenes in Hayfield, with some cast members staying at the Royal Hotel.

Landlady Lisa Davis said: “The filming does have a good impact on business. Lots of curious people have come to have a look, some of them have had lunch and some have just enjoyed watching what was going on.

“We do get people coming in asking about it and the various other locations.

“Behind the scenes the logistics of it all is incredible. Setting up the market in our car park was very impressive.

“I do think they’ve done well, it’s been great, we’ve really enjoyed it.”

Filming will continue until July with six more episodes set for broadcast later in the year.

The Village has been nominated for three Bafta awards, it has been announced this week.


Posted by · admin on Apr 9, 2014

Washed up by a storm, and life, the Shedists clamber onto a pier. In the middle of the sea.

Lights flashing, wheels spinning. Connected to nothing.

There, with its lunatic rides and its candyfloss stalls, they have found a new place. One that might finally deliver them not from temptation, but save them from starvation.

A salty salvation.

Narrated by Maxine Peake
Written and Directed by Tony Pitts
Music by Richard Hawley and Paul Heaton

Produced by Sally Harrison
A Woolyback production for BBC Radio 4

Duration: 28 minutes
First broadcast: Tuesday 08 April 2014


Posted by · admin on Apr 7, 2014

Congrats to Maxine on the nomination! Fingers crossed :)

Greater Manchester talent has featured heavily in the nominations list for the Bafta TV Awards 2014.

Maxine Peake and Nico Mirallegro have been nominated for their roles in 20th century gritty drama The Village, set in the Derbyshire countryside.

Manchester-born Hollyoaks star Mirallegro is one of the country’s top young actors and has also featured in Last tango in Halifax. He gets the nod alongside Jamie Dornan for his gripping turn in The Fall and Dominic West’s portrayal of Richard Burton in Burton and Taylor, alongside Helen Bonham carer, who is also nominated as best actress.

Salford’s Peak, who recently starred in BBC court series Silk, goes head to head with Broadchurch actress Olivia Colman.

The Village has also been nominated for Best Drama Series.

Kerrie Hayes’ performance in Channel 4′s Styal-set The Mill, has also earned her a nomination in the Best Leading Actress category.

Oldham’s Sarah Lancashire is up against co-star Nicola Walker for their work in Last Tango in Halifax, Shirley Henderson for Southcliffe and Claire Rushbrook for My Mad Fat Diary.

Coronation Street faces stiff competition in the Soap and Continuing Drama category from fellow soap Eastenders and medical dramas Casualty and Holby City.

BBC News northwest and ITV/Granda will challenge for the Best News Coverage Award, for their coverage of The Dale Cregan Trial and Lee Rigby Trial respectively.

In The Flesh – which is a BBC Salford production – is up for Best Mini Series Award.

The Bafta ceremony will be held on May 18.

Full list of nominations below:


Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor – BBC Four

Olivia Colman, Broadchurch – ITV

Kerrie Hayes, The Mill – Channel 4

Maxine Peake, The Village – BBC One

Rest of nominees here.


Posted by · admin on Mar 26, 2014

Silk’s final episode ever will air at 9pm on BBC One next week. Here’s a sneak peek:

Clive clashes with Martha over her determination to defend Sean and her refusal to acknowledge the overwhelming evidence.

Special thanks to Rich at

Posted by · admin on Mar 25, 2014

As part of the Manchester Histories Festival, the Silk actress will join DJ Dave Haslam and others to decide how to remember the suffrage protest.

DJ and author Dave Haslam and Maxine Peake

Actress and Silk star Maxine Peake has confirmed she’ll be on a panel discussing how best to commemorate the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester tomorrow.

Maxine, who performed Percy Bysshe Shelley’s The Masque Of Anarchy poem about Peterloo at last summer’s Manchester Internationl Festival, will be joined by People’s History Museum director Katy Archer, DJ and author Dave Haslam and Peterloo expert Robert Poole to ask the bloody event in Manchester’s history should be remembered as part of the biannual Manchester Histories Festival, which runs until March 30.

The massacre, on April 16, 1819, was one of the most shocking moments in Manchester’s political history, when a peaceful march of working people from the suburbs protesting for universal suffrage became a battle for survival as the 60,000-plus throng was savagely attacked by military hussahs in St Peter’s Field, leaving 15 dead and hundreds injured.

In 2019, the city will mark the 200th anniversary of the massacre.

Manchester Histories Festival presents Peterloo 2019, Wednesday March 26, 6.30pm – 8pm, People’s History Museum, Manchester. Advisory: 18-years and over.


Posted by · admin on Mar 25, 2014

The Shedists have fallen off the edge, abandoned ship; they’re clinging to driftwood and floating out to sea.

A big, funny, daft poem to the sea. Not burdened by common sense or what’s gone before; our Shedists spot a structure in the distance – and are swept up in a dream populated by a pier, no rules, and of course beds, to rest their heads, in brand new made-to-measure ‘omnisheds’.

Narrated by Maxine Peake
Written and Directed by Tony Pitts
Music by Richard Hawley and Paul Heaton

Produced by Sally Harrison
A Woolyback production for BBC Radio 4

Duration: 28 minutes
First broadcast: Tuesday 01 April 2014


Posted by · admin on Mar 23, 2014

BOLTON actress Maxine Peake will swap the courtoom for the ballroom when she joins the judging panel for Bolton Hospice’s Strictly Learn to Dance contest in April.

The 39-year-old star of BBC courtroom drama, Silk, is the hospice’s vice-president and will help to decide which of the 11 couples taking part will be crowned champions at the Whites Hotel on Saturday, April 5.

Maxine said: “I am getting very excited about the Strictly Bolton Hospice event. It’s going to be a fabulous event. I’m just relieved I don’t have to hit that dancefloor.”

The contestants, who are all amateurs, are midway through a 10-week training period under the expert guidance of Teresa Croasdale and her staff at A Touch of Class dance studio in Little Lever, where they are learning three dances.

Each contestant has been challenged to raise £400 in sponsorship — the amount it costs to run the hospice for one day.

Reporter Liam Thorp is among the group of hip-shaking hopefuls looking to quickstep their way to victory at the grand finale.

He said: “I am delighted to hear Maxine will be passing sentence on our dancing efforts — I will be keen to impress her with my ‘silky’ footwork on the night.

“I have really enjoyed the process so far, although earlier rumours that I possess two left feet appear to have been proven correct.”

The hospice is delighted at the news that Maxine will be judging the showpiece event.

Sally Wilson, events co-ordinator, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Maxine for her support of Bolton Hospice and look forward to welcoming her along on the night.

“We would like to invite everyone across Bolton to join us for an evening of fantastic entertainment and marvel at our wonderful dancers as they take to the spotlight to raise vital funds for the hospice.”

Dance teacher Teresa Croasdale said the TV star will be delighted by the show put on by the dancers on the night.

She added: “Everyone has done really well and I think it will be a great show — some of the couples are getting quite competitive.”

Tickets are on sale for the event and are priced at £15, which includes a hot buffet. To book visit or call Sally on 01204 663055.