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

Going to Hal and back

The Northern Echo:

1:28pm Thursday 21st August 2014

Viv Hardwick talks to Alex Hassell about the old and young debate forged by Henry IV Parts I and II

Black Bull bounces back

The Northern Echo:

1:25pm Thursday 21st August 2014

Chris Lloyd revisits a North Yorkshire country pub to see if it is still special after a two-year closure

Country by Brian Clough

1:18pm Thursday 21st August 2014

MARTY ROBBINS – 20th Century Drifter The MCA Years is a new compilation release from Humphead Records. It’s hard to believe that the purveyor of gunfighter ballads in the early 1960s died 32 years ago in 1982.

Folk by Jez Lowe

1:17pm Thursday 21st August 2014

I’LL hopefully be back from my current Canadian trip to play at a concert on the final day of this year’s Whitby Folk Week tomorrow.

Jazz by Peter Bevan

1:16pm Thursday 21st August 2014

CD REVIEWS: Gene Krupa/Second Set (Avid AMSC1134)

Fun takes to the streets

The Northern Echo:

1:15pm Thursday 21st August 2014

The Durham Summer Streets Festival returns to Durham City this weekend. Three days of free performances take place and other venues include Bishop Auckland (Saturday) and Barnard Castle (Monday), reports Helen Brown.

A roaring success

The Northern Echo:

1:00pm Thursday 21st August 2014

The stage adaptation of The Lion King is a magical spectacle which continues to enthrall millions worldwide. Steve Pratt talks to one of the Disney guardians of the show and finds out what it means to him

Turning the Paige

The Northern Echo:

12:57pm Thursday 21st August 2014

The golden girl of entertainment, Elaine Paige, talks to David Leck about retiring from touring... so why doesn’t anyone believe her?

Thinking about who is in control

The Northern Echo:

12:55pm Thursday 21st August 2014

BBC Radio 3’s festival is back for its ninth year at Sage Gateshead, and some lively debate is expected

Film releases

The Northern Echo:

12:53pm Thursday 21st August 2014

Lucy, What If and Deliver Us From Evil

DVD/Blu-ray releases

The Northern Echo:

12:48pm Thursday 21st August 2014

Locke, Transcendence and Tarzan

Album reviews

The Northern Echo:

12:46pm Thursday 21st August 2014

Bear Hands, Courteeners, Ward Thomas and Angus and Julia Stone

Let Sleeping Souls play...

The Northern Echo:

12:43pm Thursday 21st August 2014

On his next tour, Frank Turner is prioritising smaller, more rural venues over big cities. After all, it’s only fair that the townies have to travel to gigs once in a while, he tells Andy Welch

Celeb round-up

The Northern Echo:

12:41pm Thursday 21st August 2014

Gareth Gates and Kaiser Chiefs

Five minutes with Joe McElderry

The Northern Echo:

12:37pm Thursday 21st August 2014

Joe McElderry is the golden boy from South Shields who stole the hearts of a nation to win the sixth series of the X Factor. He went on to win the live TV show Popstar To Operastar in 2011 and The Jump this year. Now at the grand old age of 23, he already has four albums under his belt, which along with various awards and a newly-acquired talent for songwriting, assures him a very bright future

We’re all centre stage in our own lives

The Northern Echo:

12:33pm Thursday 21st August 2014

I’M not a granny, I’m a Glamma,” purrs Stephanie Beacham, bringing some showbiz stardust to a rain-battered catering van on the set of her new comedy, Boomers. She takes out her iPad and proudly shows off some photos of her 14-year-old grandson, Jude. “That’s what he calls me; I’m a Glamma,” she adds.

Murray’s not so happy hour

The Northern Echo:

12:30pm Thursday 21st August 2014

XENOPHOBIC, loutish and aggressively opinionated, it would be impossible to picture Al Murray’s most popular creation, The Pub Landlord, handling sensitive secrets from his family’s past with due delicacy. But unlike his famous character, the 46-year-old comedian is about to show a softer side, in the new ITV family history show, Secrets From The Asylum.

Family life’s a joy for Simon

The Northern Echo:

12:26pm Thursday 21st August 2014

WITH his thick-rimmed black glasses, carefully groomed beard and tailored T-shirt, the Simon Pegg of today is a far cry from the Simon Pegg of his breakthrough comedy Spaced, where comic book prints and a skateboard tucked under his arm were the norm.

Food heaven in the Lakes

The Northern Echo:

12:09pm Thursday 21st August 2014

IT is a glorious sunny day when my friend Victoria and I arrive at Cartmel in Cumbria. Largely unspoilt, the village boasts stunning views of the Lakeland Fells and is popular with walkers and cyclists, keen to take advantage of all the Lake District has to offer. History enthusiasts, meanwhile, are attracted to its famous medieval priory.

Winter In Eden at Bishop Auckland Town Hall

The Northern Echo: Winter In Eden

10:09am Thursday 21st August 2014

WINTER In Eden are a five-piece Symphonic Rock band from Northern England. Since forming in 2009, they have released an EP and two studio albums. Their music builds from delightful symphonic instrumentals to crunching, aggressive metal.

Return to the classroom

The Northern Echo: L-R Mrs Marsden, Mrs Crowther, Mr Mitchell and Mr Steer. (9335581)

10:09am Thursday 21st August 2014

Educating Yorkshire: One Year On, Russia's Lost Princesses and Who Do You Think You Are?

RSC at the Gala Theatre, Durham City

10:07am Thursday 21st August 2014

THE Royal Shakespeare Company is normally associated with the home of the Bard, Stratfordupon- Avon, where under this name they have brought to the stage both classical theatrical performances and modern works from new playwrights since 1961, but thanks to the graces of modern technology audiences across the country can enjoy the RSC experience.

Preserving the mane attraction

The Northern Echo:

5:07pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

AS the lioness wearily raises her head from a parched acacia thicket, safari guide Daniel seizes the opportunity to count the number of whiskers tapering beneath her fleshy pink nose.

80 Days iPhone iPad, £2.49

5:04pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

THIS is a wonderful, enigmatic encounter – part novel, part RPG, part strategy. It launches you, as Phileas Fogg’s French companion, Passepartout, on the legendary attempts to circumnavigate the world in 80 Days by any means necessary.

Risen 3: Titan Lords Xbox 360, £37.99

5:03pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

GET set, as the world within Risen 3 is about to rise high above the original and its sequel, when a new threat emerges. As a young warrior attacked and deprived of your soul, you must reclaim what is lost amid the shadows spreading throughout your world.

Darksiders Collection PS3, £32.99

5:03pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

TWO years is a long time in gaming, yet it’s worth going back those 24 months to remind yourself just how awesome the action in Darksiders is. Bundling the first and second game together along with a season pass for DLC, you’ll discover a glorious open-world to gobble up.

Hardy annuals

The Northern Echo:

5:02pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

THE kitchen garden at Harlow Carr includes flowers for cutting, and it’s a rewarding crop to grow, as well as looking decorative among the vegetables. Selecting plants that flower for a long time and produce more flowers the more you cut, for example sweetpeas, makes sense.

Eco is the way to go

The Northern Echo:

4:59pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

REPLACING your ageing boiler with a new one might seem like a big expense at first glance, but in the long game, it’s one of the most purse-friendly, and eco, things you can do.

Pots of style

The Northern Echo:

4:57pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

IF you want to bring some Scandinavian style to your home, C&C Interiors in Marske-by-the-Sea is a perfect place to start.

Birthday treats in store

The Northern Echo:

4:50pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

JUST like old friends who are perfectly in tune with us, some home stores seem to know exactly how we want to live, and become favourite destinations for browsing or buying.

Creating a summer buzz

The Northern Echo:

4:30pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

THE summer of 2014 has been downright odd. Compared to recent years there have been no floods, no droughts, no hosepipe bans, no unseasonable cold snaps and no unexpected mini tornadoes scattering roof tiles across the Midlands.

Head’s golden goal

The Northern Echo:

4:19pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

HOME, says actor Anthony Head, has always been Britain. “We have a very lovely place in Bath and I find it immensely grounding when I come home,” he says. There was a time in the late 1990s and early 2000s when he was away most of the year, living in the US while playing Brit Rupert Giles in Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

Lamb leg steaks with mint and apple cider sauce

The Northern Echo:

3:58pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

In a bid to cure her daughter’s eczema, Eleanor Ozich ditched sugar and wheat. The results have been life-changing. Here is one of her recipes for you to try.

Sweet potato, carrot and cashew soup

The Northern Echo:

3:55pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

In a bid to cure her daughter’s eczema, Eleanor Ozich ditched sugar and wheat. The results have been life-changing. Here is one of her recipes for you to try.

Wild rabbit in cider

The Northern Echo:

3:52pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

I’VE called this wild rabbit in cider because I like the idea of using rabbits that have run free and lived a natural life. However, being wild, the taste and texture of the meat can vary considerably from one rabbit to the next.

Insurance has to be on the menu

The Northern Echo:

3:44pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

WHEN non restaurant people look at the prices restaurants charge, they often think that the owners are raking it in. Well it must be the case, mustn’t it, when you’ve seen a bottle of similar wine down the supermarket for just a few quid and here it is being sold for £15?

Head-turning hairstyles

3:38pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

WE all love a chance to dress up and any occasion to wear a hat as well is generally a happy one – weddings, christenings and the races to name a few.

Shady business

The Northern Echo:

3:33pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

YOU may have heard of the word contouring, you may even have seen Kim Kardashian’s contoured selfies, but many women don’t have a clue how to do it.

Struggling with the case

The Northern Echo:

11:43am Wednesday 20th August 2014

HAVING taken a battering from BBC2’s Line Of Duty in the battle for viewers, C5’s new cop show Suspects was pulled mid-series earlier this year. Now a cast that includes Fay Ripley, Clare-Hope Ashitey and Damien Molony tries again with the rest of the run, starting with a two-parter tonight and tomorrow night with plots that were improvised from a detailed description.

Darko - Sea of Trees

The Northern Echo:

10:05pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

DARKO – Sea of Trees I’VE heard Darko referred to as Gaslight Anthem meets Iron Maiden and I couldn’t agree more.

Join the fashion packs

The Northern Echo:

12:00pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

FORGET spotting the Big Five; simply go on the prowl for this season’s safari trend instead. Because the foundations of this look – muted tones and animal prints – are so timeless, safari is revisited on the catwalks year after year.

Baltic free family event, Gateshead

The Northern Echo: Daniel Buren's work which is being featured at Baltic, Gateshead

10:08am Tuesday 19th August 2014

A FREE family event is set to take place over the coming Bank Holiday weekend.

Xuefei Yang at Sage, Gateshead

The Northern Echo: Xuefei Yang at Sage, Gateshead

10:08am Tuesday 19th August 2014

Xuefei Yang began playing the guitar when she was seven. Three years later she started studying under Chen Zhi, the chairman of the China Classical Guitar Society.

A sense of disbelief

The Northern Echo: WARNING: Embargoed for publication until: 12/08/2014 - Programme Name: SUPER SENSES: The Secret Power of Animals - TX: 19/08/2014 - Episode: SIGHT (No. 1) - Picture Shows: Helen Czerski illustrating Bio-luminescence by pouring water between two jars Dr He

10:08am Tuesday 19th August 2014

Super Senses: The Secret Power Of Animals, Young Vets and Dogs: Their Secret Lives

Courteeners – Concrete Love

The Northern Echo:

10:49pm Monday 18th August 2014

SIX years since the release of their debut album, Courteeners believes Concrete Love is their best work yet.

Bear Hands - Distraction

The Northern Echo:

10:47pm Monday 18th August 2014

AFTER a troubled start to life, Bear Hands are about to release this their second album.

Great and the good

The Northern Echo:

10:13am Monday 18th August 2014

TV producer Isobel Charman paints a fascinating picture of 20th Century life

Curse worthy of TV drama

10:10am Monday 18th August 2014

The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory and Seven For a Secret by Lyndsay Faye

Best sellers: Hardbacks

10:09am Monday 18th August 2014

1. Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods, Rick Riordan

One For the Road, Esk Valley Theatre, The Robinson Institute, Glaisdale (near Whitby)

The Northern Echo: pic by Tony Bartholomew - David Smith, Andy Cryer, Joanne Heywood and Laura Bonnah in One for the Road at Esk Valley Theatre

9:56am Monday 18th August 2014

ESK Valley Theatre has done it again – chosen a good play and great actors, giving local people a chance to see excellent theatre on their doorstep. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, Esk Valley opts for a Willy Russell comedy which explores the themes of age, taste, dreams and restlessness on a 1980s Northern housing estate.



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