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A direct rail link between Norwich, Ipswich and Oxford would provide a £17.5bn boost to the East Anglian economy and create tens of thousands of jobs, according to a new report.

A new plan to help rail services in Norfolk and Suffolk cope with extreme weather and avoid the scale of during last year’s Beast from the East disruption has been drawn up.

An inquest has opened into the death of a 54-year-old man who died when his car was struck by a train on the Norwich to Ipswich and London mainline.

Promising a celebration of his six decades in music, Sir Tom Jones takes to the stage in the region for a summer concert. He tells us how fans should expected the unexpected and why he looks performing outdoors.

Donning the famous green dress Amelia Lily is heading to the region to play Princess Fiona in the musical Shrek. The former X Factor singer tells Simon Parkin about her unconventional audition, being away from her beloved dogs.

It gripped Sunday night audiences with its chilling portrait of global crime, now Misha Glenny, the journalist and author behind McMafia is coming to the region to share his story and the real stories that inspired it. Simon Parkin spoke to him.

Legendary South African a cappella male choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo, who found global fame on Paul Smith’s Graceland album, tells us about bringing their rich harmonies to the Norfolk and Norwich and Bury St Edmunds festivals this month.

Kathleen Turner’s sparky attitude, husky voice and sex appeal turned her into a star with a string of hit films in the 1980s and 90s. Now she is telling stories from her career and singing songs in a new one-woman show coming to the region.

A painting that threatens to wreck the friendship of three men is the subject of smash hit comedy Art. Stephen Tompkinson tells us how he is having a ball being reunited with Nigel Havers and Denis Lawson for its 20th anniversary tour.

Fresh from his retirement from international cricket commentary, Henry Blofeld isn’t just yet declare just yet and is returning to the region on his farewell tour, looking back at 50 years behind the Test Match Special microphone.

Terrifying stage show Ghost Stories has been turned into a film that is set to scare the pants off cinema audiences this week. Simon Parkin looks at 10 British horror classics that still have the power to shock.

Softly spoken Irish singer Daniel O’Donnell has had an album in the UK charts every year for the last 30 years, yet is the most unlikely pop star. He tells us about his remarkable career, his fiercely loyal fans and why he was actually a music rebel.

Mind-reader Alex McAleer began his magic career on stage in Suffolk before developing successful cabaret shows in Norwich. Now he has found international success as part of hit show Champions of Magic.

Martine McCutcheon is still remembered as Tiff off EastEnders, but she’s also had a number one single, won an Olivier for My Fair Lady and starred in Love Actually. Ahead of her show in Clacton-on-Sea, she tells us how her love of music has helped her overcome debilitating illness.

Efforts to portay the enigmatic and misunderstood Mary Magdalene on the big screen have often proved controversial. Now a new take on the life of the apostle aims to turn sparse factual history into a story of faith and heroism.

Hollywood’s great and good gather on Sunday for the Oscars. Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy drama The Shape Of Water leads nominations with 13 but a host of British talent is in the running too. But who are your hot tips to pick up a golden statuette?

Kevin Kennedy will forever be best known as Coronation Street’s loveable loser Curly Watts, but he is also a stage star. His latest role is an all-star musical version of Kay Mellor’s Fat Friends, which allows him to rekindle his love of this region.

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