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

Get buzzing - do your bit to help pollinators

The Northern Echo:

2:57pm Friday 19th September 2014

Hannah Stephenson suggests a few things we can do to help our hard-working insects survive the winter.

The tale of a born survivor

The Northern Echo: Bear Grylls

10:33am Friday 19th September 2014

Tonight's TV: Piers Morgan’s Life Stories: Bear Grylls, Storage: Flog the Lot! and The National Lottery Stars: 2014

The Pierces: Live at The Sage, Gateshead

The Northern Echo: The Pierces: Live at The Sage, Gateshead

10:31am Friday 19th September 2014

IT may have taken over a decade, but success finally arrived for sisters Allison and Catherine Pierce thanks to their 2011 release You and I crashing into the UK Top Five and proving that hard work and quality songwriting still count for something in this day and age.

Kids play at Arc with Presto and Monty

10:31am Friday 19th September 2014

PEACEFUL Lion Productions presents the children’s live show Hey, Presto! on stage at Stockton's Arc this Saturday.

City for celebration

The Northern Echo:

10:34am Friday 19th September 2014

Forget Paris and Rome, Ruth Campbell went to York for a short break with the girls

Month to remember

The Northern Echo:

3:15pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Nobby Dimon tells Helen Brown about the Richmond churchyard inspiration for his play

Thrift returns to give region a lift

The Northern Echo:

3:14pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Helen Brown looks at some of the Festival of Thrift highlights later this month

Topping memories

The Northern Echo:

3:11pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Peter Barron goes back to his childhood roots and finds a pub which is reaching new heights

Elizabeth is ready to float her Dreamboat again

The Northern Echo:

3:00pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Viv Hardwick talks to Washington actress Elizabeth Carter about her trio of 1950s to 1960s musicals which links the words of Marks and Gran to the songs which dominated the start of the Swinging Sixties

Fringe benefits

The Northern Echo:

2:58pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Middlesbrough’s man of magical mirth Pete Firman talks to Viv Hardwick

FILMreleases

The Northern Echo:

2:56pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Reviews: The Riot Club, Magic In The Moonlight, A Walk Among The Tombstones and The Giver

DVD/Blu-ray releases

The Northern Echo:

2:51pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Reviews: In Secret, Legends Of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, Before The Winter Chill and Arrow – Second Season

Album reviews

The Northern Echo:

2:47pm Thursday 18th September 2014

The Madden Brothers: Greetings From California, Slash Ft Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators: World On Fire, Barbra Streisand: Partners, Counting Crows: Somewhere Under Wonderland, Catfish and the Bottlemen: The Balcony

The spark of spontaneity

The Northern Echo:

2:43pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Andy Welch catches up with Horrors frontman Faris Badwan to find out what comes next

Five minutes with Tom Walton

The Northern Echo:

2:25pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Tom Walton is a performer, collaborator, puppeteer and theatre-maker. He has been an associate artist at Northern Stage since 2011 and an Arc associate artist since last year and is now artistic director of FallenFromGrace, making visual, honest and engaging contemporary performance which are about to tour to Newcastle and Stockton

Martin Shaw's family secret

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11:09am Thursday 18th September 2014

Tonight's TV: Who Do You Think You Are? Britain's Craziest Commutes and Scotland Decides

Sting's The Last Ship set to sail

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11:06am Thursday 18th September 2014

THE Last Ship, the great labour of love musical about the Wallsend shipyard by Newcastle singer, songwriter, and musician Sting – with book by Tony winner John Logan and Pulitzer Prize winner Brian Yorkey – is previewing on Broadway from September 29 and officially opens at New York's Neil Simon Theatre from October 26.

Britain's Got Talent in Newcastle

11:04am Thursday 18th September 2014

THE national TV talent show Britain’s Got Talent is back on the road once again and will be kicking off its search for the stars of tomorrow with a visit to James' Park, Newcastle next month before moving on to ten other cities across the UK and Ireland.

Country by Brian Clough

3:04pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Doug Seegers: Going Down To The River (Humphead Records)

Folk by Jez Lowe

3:02pm Thursday 18th September 2014

IT was interesting to see Bellowhead on stage at the BBC Hyde Park concert last weekend, alongside the likes of Blondie and Jeff Lynne. The folk scene’s own Acoustic Light Orchestra seems to go from strength to strength and cut across the genre barrier with ease. Quite how they manage to organise ten musicians to be in one place at the same time is more of a mystery to me!

Classical by Gavin Engelbrecht

3:03pm Thursday 18th September 2014

WHAT’S ON: Classical season launched with Lars Vogt conducting Royal Northern Sinfonia, at Sage Gateshead, at 7.30pm on Saturday.

Jazz by Peter Bevan

3:02pm Thursday 18th September 2014

WHAT’S ON: Friday, 1pm, Alan Barnes/ Paul Edis Duo, Gala Theatre, Durham, 03000-266600; 8.30pm, Lickety Split, Travellers Rest, Cockerton, 01325- 382676.

Dreamboats and Miniskirts, Darlington Civic Theatre

The Northern Echo: Washington's Elizabeth Carter as Laura

10:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

A FOLLOW-UP to the hit musical Dreamboats and Petticoats, Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran continue the story of three couples.

Scandal of the lost children

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10:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Tonight's TV: This World: Ireland’s Lost Babies, The Great British Bake Off and Grand Designs

The Tempest, Harehope Quarry, Weardale

The Northern Echo:

10:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

THE last time I went to see a Drama In The Dale promenade performance, The Bonny Moorhen, it was called off halfway through as the rain hammered down on Killhope mining museum.

The magic of Simonstone Hall

The Northern Echo:

2:30pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

Simonstone Hall is a unique 15th century magnificent Country House with 18 period bedrooms. Set in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, Simonstone Hall stands in its own splendid grounds, inclusive of spectacular views over the dale and surrounding fells.

Kelly’s Empire

The Northern Echo:

12:33pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

The glamour of Boardwalk Empire is worlds away from the grit and grime of Trainspotting, the Nineties Brit hit that launched Kelly Macdonald’s career. The actress tells Keeley Bolger about the lessons she’s learnt

‘Playing Cilla was scary’

The Northern Echo:

12:31pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

Sheridan Smith was ‘honoured’ to tell the story of Cilla Black’s rise to fame. The actress tells Jeananne Craig how she got to grips with the singer’s style, sound and distinctive set of teeth

A life full of contradictions

The Northern Echo:

12:12pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

Nicole Kidman’s no stranger to drama – and not just in the movie roles she plays. But, she tells Susan Griffin, we have to experience the lows to truly appreciate the highs

Lest we forget

The Northern Echo:

12:08pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

Veterans are preparing to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Operation Market Garden. Gavin Englebrecht visited some of the key sites.

Strictly all at sea

The Northern Echo:

12:04pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

In preparation for the new series of Strictly, which returns to TV screens this week, Catherine Wylie joins a dance cruise in the Med

The electric blues

The Northern Echo:

12:02pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

Gentians are among the symbols of the alpine world

The only way is upgrading

The Northern Echo:

11:58am Tuesday 16th September 2014

If you’re looking for a renovation project and do your research, you might just grab a bargain, says Julia Gray

It’s just my type

The Northern Echo:

11:55am Tuesday 16th September 2014

The writing’s on the wall this season – and the sofa, bookcase and sideboard. Sam Wylie-Harris spells it out

A farm to fit into your life

The Northern Echo:

11:53am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Sarah Willcocks visits a country retreat which promises to put a new spring in your step

Trainspotting heroes

The Northern Echo:

11:44am Tuesday 16th September 2014

The adventure, the disappointment and out in all weathers... people who stand at the end of platforms ‘collecting’ trains tell their tales in a National Railway Museum season

Piers pressure

The Northern Echo:

11:16am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Gossipy, rude and yet always personable, it’s no wonder Piers Morgan has coaxed such private confessions out of the celebrities he grills on his Life Stories series. The interviewer tells Keeley Bolger about his famous lookalike, his insight into celebrity and why he hates answering questions about himself

Chocolate brownie with rasperry custard

The Northern Echo:

11:14am Tuesday 16th September 2014

CHOCOLATE brownies are always incredibly popular. This dense, rich, fudgy dessert sells like hotcakes when we have it on the menu. And I’m a custard lover and can eat a dish of it on its own. But here it’s given a twist by mixing some seasonal blended raspberries (although defrosted frozen ones work well) in with it to make it pink – and even tastier.

If politics were a restaurant...?

The Northern Echo:

11:12am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Taking up the taboo subjects that are often best to avoid around the dining areas

Fat lot of good

The Northern Echo:

11:10am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Blast it, freeze it, expel it – there’s no need to be soft in the fight against flab, as the head of Saks Beauty tells Jenny Needham

Brides on a budget

The Northern Echo:

11:06am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Jenny Needham meets a woman finding brides a bargain by giving wedding dresses a new lease of life

Style to fall for

The Northern Echo:

11:04am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Make space in your closet for this season’s key trends. Lisa Haynes rounds up the hottest looks for autumn

Five minutes with Sacha Parkinson

The Northern Echo:

10:56am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Actress Sacha Parkinson first found fame playing Sophie’s girlfriend Sian on Coronation Street, before going on to star in Channel 4’s period drama The Mill. As the second series is released on DVD, she talks about mean girls, the downsides of soap stardom, and why she’s keen to get in on the action

Willy Porter at Hutton Rudby Hall

The Northern Echo: Willy Porter at Hutton Rudby Hall

10:13am Tuesday 16th September 2014

WISCONSIN guitar virtuoso, Willy Porter, it set to tour the UK through September and October calling at Hutton Rudby on September 25. He’s travelled a few miles across America, Canada, the UK and Europe since he released his debut CD, The Trees Have Soul, in 1990

HEYROCCO on tour

The Northern Echo: HEYROCCO

10:13am Tuesday 16th September 2014

SOUTH Carolina rockers, HEYROCCO, are heading across the pond for the first time for a short UK tour. They’re working on their debut album at the moment, which will air in 2015 and already have a few supporters, including Radio One’s Huw Stephens and XFM, who have been championing their first single Melt.

Life's a hoot for Holland

The Northern Echo: Jools Holland

10:13am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Tonight's TV: Later Live... with Jools Holland, Posh Pawn and The Motorway: Life in the Fast Lane

Clocking up appeal

10:32am Monday 15th September 2014

David Mitchell returns to form with a tale of good versus evil

Best sellers: Hardbacks

10:28am Monday 15th September 2014

1. Personal (Jack Reacher 19), Lee Child

Natural beauty

The Northern Echo:

10:30am Monday 15th September 2014

British Wildlife Photography Awards: Collection 5 is published in hardback by AA Publishing, priced £25.Available now

Darlington actor's spirited play

The Northern Echo: A scene from Gary Kitching's play Dead To Me

9:51am Monday 15th September 2014

Dead To Me is a disturbingly funny comedy by Darlington actor-turned-writer Gary Kitching about a man’s troubled relationship with a psychic and her spirit guide which is touring across the region from tonight and is part of the town's Jabberwocky Market.



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