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Sam Walker from BBC 5-Live discovers how groundbreaking efforts are being made to improve the lives of thousands of people with dementia and those who care for them in the North West. 6 Music's Chris Hawkins makes an exciting discovery about iconic northern comedian Les Dawson when he meets the late entertainer's daughter Charlotte. Judy Hobson visits the RSPB's Leighton Moss nature reserve near Carnforth in Lancashire, for a spot of bird watching and to discover what it takes to manage and run such a successful wildlife haven.

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29 minutes

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Mon 10 Feb 2014 19:30
BBC One North West

Les Dawson wrote secret romantic novel

Les Dawson wrote secret romantic novel

Comedian Les Dawson secretly wrote a romantic thriller novel under a female nom de plume, it has been revealed.


The unpublished story of love and mystery, titled An Echo of Shadows, was written under the name Maria Brett-Cooper before his death in 1993.


Read the full news story and watch the video on the BBC News website.


Role Contributor
PresenterDianne Oxberry
ReporterSam Walker
ReporterChris Hawkins
ReporterJudy Hobson
ProducerPeter Marshall
Executive ProducerDeborah Van Bishop