The Northern Echo: What's On In The North-East

Jennifer Nettles: That Girl (Decca)

12:25pm Thursday 24th April 2014

TO many it may seem that this is Jennifer Nettles’ first solo recording.

Why two is company

The Northern Echo: Niall Costigan in York Theatre Royal’s production of King Arthur

12:20pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Who better to play a father and son than George (father) and Niall (son) Costigan? They chat to Steve Pratt about their relationship and acting

Stradivarius in Rio: Victoria Mullova (Onyx 4130)

12:16pm Thursday 24th April 2014

With Brazil preparing for the World Cup, Viktoria Mullova turns her talents to the music and spirit of Rio.

Dreamspace: Songs and Trios by Andrzej & Roxanna Panufnik (Signum Classics SIGCD380)

12:16pm Thursday 24th April 2014

This is a unique programme of works by father and daughter, featuring Polish composer Sir Andrzej Panufnik and Roxanna. Mezzosoprano Heather Shipp and the Subito Piano Trio explored the parellels between their two musical languages. Programmed by Roxanna, this a touching tribute to her father.

Khachaturian & Shostakovich (Onyx 4121)

12:15pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Violinist James Ehnes with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra gives a dazzling performance of Kachutaurian’s 1940 Violin Concerto – composed for and dedicated to David Oistrakh. The album is rounded off with Ehnes’ eponymous quartet performing Shostakovich’s 7th and 8th string quartets. Magnificent accounts of works by two Russian greats.

Songs of horse power

The Northern Echo: Riding into history: One of the puppet horses in War Horse

12:17pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Steve Pratt talks to two North-East performers who are helping to bring War Horse to Sunderland

Michael Feinberg’s Humblebrag Live at 800 East (BeHip Records)

12:13pm Thursday 24th April 2014

This is my favourite album of the week with stunning performances from young musicians Billy Buss on trumpet, Godwin Louis alto and pianist Julian Shore. They’re driven and directed by leader, composer and bass player Feinberg and drummer Terreon Gulley on a varied, complex but wonderfully stimulating album which was a joy to listen to.

Lena Bloch/Feathery (Thirteenth Note Records TNR006)

12:13pm Thursday 24th April 2014

A very impressive US debut here for the Russian tenor saxophonist, now resident in Brooklyn, New York.

Tyler Blanton/Gotham (Ottimo Music)

12:12pm Thursday 24th April 2014

It’s always good to hear a vibraphone swinging hard and that’s what you get from Tyler Blanton’s newest CD (as well as the electronic Malletkat). Great support too from Donny McCaslin on tenor, Matt Clohesy bass and Nate Wood drums on an edgy and more contemporary programme.

From cockney to high tea

The Northern Echo: Dame Eileen Atkins

12:13pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Dame Eileen Atkins in conversation with Richard Digby Day at The Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond

The Friar's Head, Akebar Park, Wensleydale, North Yorkshire

The Northern Echo: Gabor Banyani in the restaurant at The Friars Head, Akebar Park, Wensleydale

12:07pm Thursday 24th April 2014

WHEN it comes to eating out in Wensleydale, it’s a case of being spoilt for choice. There are almost as many restaurants as there are racehorses.

Badapple ready to go to war

12:02pm Thursday 24th April 2014

BADAPPLE Theatre’s brand new production The Thankful Village shows clearly what this Yorkshire-based company has learned, after spending a fruitful decade honing their skills in presenting original and inspirational theatre in a small-scale.

Cake and Tees

The Northern Echo: Patrick Monahan who has Middlesbrough and Barnard Castle in his sights

12:01pm Thursday 24th April 2014

TV funnyman Patrick Monahan is looking forward to coming home to Middlesbrough Town Hall Crypt, on Saturday, May 17, as part of a 43-date national tour.

Wasikowska of Oz

The Northern Echo: Mia Wasikowska in a scene from Tracks

12:09pm Thursday 24th April 2014

When Mia Wasikowska landed the lead in heart-warming movie Tracks, she never imagined it would mean the fulfilment of a childhood dream. She tells Keeley Bolger

The Other Woman

The Northern Echo: The Other Women

11:56am Thursday 24th April 2014

12A, 109 mins, 3/5 stars


The Northern Echo: Johnny Depp

11:54am Thursday 24th April 2014

12A, 119 mins, 3/5 stars

Tracks (12A, 113 mins)

11:53am Thursday 24th April 2014

IN 1977, Robyn Davidson (Mia Wasikowska) abandons the security of city life and heads to Alice Springs, her intended starting point for an epic solo trek across 1,700 miles of treacherous and unforgiving Australian outback.

All Is Lost

The Northern Echo: All Is Lost

11:53am Thursday 24th April 2014

12, 106 mins, Universal, DVD £19.99/Blu-ray £24.99

American Hustle

11:52am Thursday 24th April 2014

15, 138 mins, Entertainment, DVD £19.99/Blu-ray £24.99

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

11:48am Thursday 24th April 2014

15, 119 mins, Paramount DVD £19.99

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

The Northern Echo: Mandela: Long Wal k To Freedom

11:46am Thursday 24th April 2014

12, 147 mins, Twentieth Century, DVD £19.99/Blu-ray £27.99

Triumphs and tours

The Northern Echo: Katy B

11:46am Thursday 24th April 2014

FOLLOWING the release of her critically- acclaimed chart-topping sophomore album and sell-out appearances in March, Katy B is now preparing for a UK tour in October, which finishes at Newcastle’s O2 Academy.

Heartsrevolution: Ride Or Die

11:45am Thursday 24th April 2014

A FAR cry from the more abrasive sounds of their earlier singles, this first full-length effort from New York-based duo, Ben Pollock and Leyla ‘Lo’ Safai, sees them flit from electro-pop to dance-punk with just a touch of hardcore menace thrown in for good measure.

Rodrigo Y Gabriela: 9 Dead Alive

11:43am Thursday 24th April 2014

TECHNICAL proficiency is always a guarantee from Rodrigo y Gabriela, as the Mexican Latin music twosome – Gabriela Quintero and Rodrigo Sanchez – have built a solid following through their impossibly fast, melodic and precise acoustic guitar playing.

PC for pure comedy

The Northern Echo: Going for laughs: Above Paul Chowdhry who is visiting Stockton and Harrogate.

12:00pm Thursday 24th April 2014

IF ANYONE can live in a PC world, then it’s award-winning stand-up Paul Chowdhry. His initials, and love of controversy, have combined to bring about his latest PC World tour, which arrives in the region at Stockton’s Arc on Saturday, May 3.

Sion Russell Jones: Lost No More

11:44am Thursday 24th April 2014

WELSH singer-songwriter Sion Russell Jones has already received airplay on BBC Radio 1 and 2 and is being hailed in many quarters as the next big thing, even by Ed Sheeran if you believe the hype.

Damon Albarn: Everyday Robots

11:43am Thursday 24th April 2014

IT is 20 years since Britpop and the release of Blur’s seminal album Parklife, and only now, after so many releases by a myriad of side projects, has Blur frontman Damon Albarn released his debut solo album.

Iggy Azalea: The New Classic

11:42am Thursday 24th April 2014

WITH her debut album, Australian rapper Iggy Azalea proves she’s able to hold her own alongside male counterparts.

Crowd of one

The Northern Echo: Reaching Dizzy Heights: New Zealander Neil Finn

11:42am Thursday 24th April 2014

Crowded House frontman Neil Finn recently released his third solo album. As the New Zealander gears up for Gateshead, Andy Welch finds out why the making of Dizzy Heights was a family affair

Five minutes with Lau

The Northern Echo: Five minutes with Lau

10:52am Thursday 24th April 2014

Following huge acclaim for their recent Race The Loser album and a fifth nomination for Best Group at the BBC Folk Awards, free-thinking folk trio Lau will curate their own festival at Sage Gateshead called Lau-Land

Wanted: A Family Of My Own (ITV, 9pm)

The Northern Echo: LOOKING BACK: Nicky Campbell back in his birthplace in Edinburgh

9:40am Thursday 24th April 2014

PRESENTER Nicky Campbell is the perfect choice for this new four-part series about the life-changing process of adoption – because he was adopted himself as a baby.

Digby Jones: The New Troubleshooter (BBC2, 8pm)

9:37am Thursday 24th April 2014

DIGBY JONES is worth his weight in gold – at least he is to the owners of the struggling firms featured so far in this series.

Pygmalion at Theatre Royal, Newcastle

9:36am Thursday 24th April 2014

ONE hundred years, almost to the day after Shaw’s fascinating piece sashayed onto the stage it still has the power to intrigue, to amuse and to shock.

Kevin’s Supersized Salvage (Channel 4, 9pm)

9:37am Thursday 24th April 2014

MANY of us have a lot of time for Kevin McCloud, not least because while he may be an ubersuccessful TV presenter and designer, he’s also an eco warrior who quite rightly squirms at the thought of all the valuable waste that is thrown away every day.

See How They Run at Darlington Civic Theatre

The Northern Echo: Warwick Davis

9:36am Thursday 24th April 2014

THE Reduced Height Theatre Company is the fulfilment of Warwick Davis’ dream; talented actors of reduced height, featuring in mainstream thrillers and comedies. He jokes that, by forming his own theatre company, he could cast himself in whatever production he fancied.

Best of the bunch: Tulips

The Northern Echo: Best of the bunch: Tulips

3:57pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

NO garden should be without tulips, whether you just have room for a few in a pot or a big enough area for a stunning display. They are the majestic queens of spring in colours from white, red and yellow to peach and deep burgundy.

Good enough to eat: Carrots

The Northern Echo: Home-grown baby carrots taste so good

3:55pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

MAINCROP carrots can now be sown outside directly into the ground, for lifting in September and October. Sow thinly in rows 30cm apart in deep, fertile and sandy soil, or if your soil is heavy or stony, go for short-rooted varieties.

What to do this week

3:54pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Cut back hardy fuchsias to just above soil level as strong new basal growth appears. Start to sow hardy annuals directly into their flowering position.

Why ‘Judge Dread’ can’t wait to get stuck into his garden

The Northern Echo: FUN: Jim Buttress, second left, in The Big Allotment Challenge with, from the left, Fern Britton, Thane Price and Jonathan Moseley

3:53pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

As BBC2’s muchanticipated new gardening show The Big Allotment Challenge hopes to repeat the success of Bake Off, Hannah Stephenson talks to the man nicknamed ‘Judge Dread’, life-long horticulturalist Jim Buttress, about the problems of staging a TV gardening competition.

Derek (C4, 10pm)

The Northern Echo: DEREK: Ricky Gervais’ character is surplus to the comedy drama’s requirements

11:09am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

RICKY GERVAIS may have become a worldwide star off the back of hit sitcom The Office, but in the 13 years since that launched, he has found himself on more controversial ground, such as follow-up show Extras.

MasterChef (BBC1, 8pm)

11:07am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

IN July 1990, Teesside’s Quadrophenia director Franc Roddam hoped his little cooking series MasterChef would do well, but had no idea it would become one of the world’s best loved, lipsmacking formats.

Ian Hislop’s Olden Days – The Power of the Past in Britain (BBC2, 9pm)

11:07am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

IT seems that even before the days of Escape to the Country and Relocation, Relocation, there were a lot of people who dreamed of quitting the rat race and living a simpler life out in the sticks.

St Matthew Passion, Royal Northern Sinfonia and Chorus, Sage Gateshead

11:06am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

LASTING three hours, JS Bach’s St Matthew Passion is a monumental work.

Peter Pan, Darlington Civic Theatre

11:05am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

WITH fireworks, crocodiles, huge spiders and a talented cast, Peter Pan at Darlington Civic, floated the family entertainment boat with a great, swashbuckling night out for all the family.

‘I can’t take myself seriously’

The Northern Echo: Smuggling time: Jessica Brown Findlay, stars in Jamaica Inn

4:31pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

IT’S a good job Jessica Brown Findlay can laugh at herself. In her latest role, she plays headstrong heroine Mary Yellan, a young woman who finds herself living with a group of smugglers in 1820s Cornwall.

Liam is fired by reality love

4:29pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

HARTLEPOOL fireman Liam Lewis thought he’d signed up for a summer of love in a TV show… but the reality proved rather different and much more dramatic. He was cast in an MTV show under the impression he’d be flown to an exotic location to “live in a beach villa with eight single lads and lasses – and have a good time”.

Couple of spider lovers

The Northern Echo: Two is company: On and off-screen lovers Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are ready to take on more bad guys in The Amazing Spider-Man 2

4:25pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

IF early reviews of The Amazing Spider- Man 2 are anything to go by, the onscreen chemistry between real-life couple Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone sparks brighter than the outfit of Jamie Foxx’s villainous Electro.

Walking the walk in the North

The Northern Echo: Niall Benson (left), Heritage Coast Officer from Durham Heritage Coast Partnership with Rob Aubrook (right), Area Manager from Natural England.

4:22pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

NEW access rights have just come into force for two new stretches of the England Coast Path in the North of England. This will enable people to enjoy 36 kilometres of coastline between Allonby and Whitehaven, in Cumbria, and 55 kilometres of coastline between North Gare, in Hartlepool and South Bents in Sunderland in the North-East. Each region hosted an opening ceremony last week to officially open these first stretches.

By George, that’s the way to travel

The Northern Echo: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, greets Maori Hiria Hape

4:20pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

COUNTRIES seeking to boost tourism often spend thousands investing in glossy marketing campaigns and new hotels. But if they really want to attract the masses, governments should consider directing their funds towards setting up a royal visit instead.

My tip for a relaxing time

The Northern Echo: So relaxing: the Russian pine wood lodges at Sun Hill Farm, where bookings are coming in at a gallop

3:58pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

THE first thing you notice when you walk through the door is the welcoming, fresh smell of wood – Russian pine to be exact – and it is immediately good for the soul.

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