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Behind the curtains of the north’s temporary housing where people facing homelessness often spend years stuck in squalid conditions. Voiceless and all but forgotten by the authorities, they live in constant fear. We get a glimpse behind the doors of the B&Bs and guesthouses and look at efforts to bring unscrupulous landlords to heel.

Touching down in 2019 is rugby league. Kicking off the Super League tournament are holders Wigan Warriors who will make a short trip to face St. Helens in a televised game this Thursday. We assess the clubs’ chances of success and the sport’s efforts to expand away from the M62.

An all-Asian girls cricket team from Yorkshire calls for support from the Asian community to challenge the taboo facing girls playing sport.

With roughly 130,000 children living in homes where there is a high risk of domestic abuse, our secret social worker Lila Halliday looks into the perpetrators’ failure to protect children.

Peter Tatchell takes centre stage in a new one-act play First Rumours. Presented as part of Outing the Past, the national festival for LGBT History Month, the play focuses on the events running up to the notoriously homophobic Bermondsey by-election of 1983.

Plus, some unmissable events in the north this week, a Q&A with author Emma Healey as she releases her new book Whistle In The Dark, and Michelin-star chef Tom Kerridge writes a letter to his younger self. Not forgetting the weekly crossword and Sudoku puzzles.

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