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

Hope and clarity

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5:21pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

THE first time Danielle Hope played the Narrator in the musical Joseph And the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat she was 13 and appearing in a school production.

Panto anything but Pointless

The Northern Echo: PANTOMIME LAUNCH: Cast member Andrew Agnew (Muddles) attends the launch of the Sunderland Empire's pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Picture: DAVID WOOD (11708420)

5:18pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

Viv Hardwick discovers that Andrew Agnew, alias PC Plum, and actress Victoria Serra are all prepared for Snow White at Sunderland.

It's turning distinctly nastly

The Northern Echo: Nick Cotton (John Altman) is ready to return as the evil one of EastEnders

4:54pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

IT'S Hallowe'en, that creepy time of the year when ghosts and ghoulish come out of the woodwork. And with immaculate timing one of Soapland's most infamous villains is resurrected. Lock up your daughters and hang on to your wallet, Nasty Nick Cotton is back stalking the streets of Walford in EastEnders (BBC1).

Guitar man Kenny

The Northern Echo: RARE VISIT: Kenny Wayne Shepherd plays at Sage Gateshead

4:24pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

Blues/rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd is 37, but has 20 years of recording and touring with the likes of The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, Aerosmith and Van Halen, as well as sharing a stage with BB King and Hubert Sumlin from Howlin’ Wolf’s band. He talks to Mick Burgess.

Theatre Review: Darlington Operatic Society's Sister Act, Darlington Civic Theatre

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4:01pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

REJOICE! DOS is here again, this time featuring the ladies in an entertaining story about a well-meaning would-be diva, Deloris van Cartier, who sees her gangster boyfriend commit a murder and, until she can testify against him, is hidden in a local convent.

Attenborough's 'Life Story'

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3:57pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

NEVER mind the debate about who’s going to be the next David Attenborough, the 88-year-old incumbent of primetime natural history presenting returns with a landmark series telling the remarkable and often perilous story of the journey through life.

Album Review: Slipknot - .5: The Gray Chapter

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4:29pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

RETURNING with their first new music in six years, a period that saw both the death of bassist and key songwriter, Paul Gray and exit of drummer Joey Jordison, .5: The Gray Chapter was always going to be an interesting album from the viewpoint of the band’s loyal fanbase.

Album Review: Thurston Moore - The Best Day

The Northern Echo:

4:25pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

LIKE it or not, Thurston Moore has got the ex factor. His split from wife Kim Gordon in 2011 meant Sonic Youth, the phenomenally influential band the couple formed in 1981, ground to a halt.

Album Review: Ben Howard - I Forget Where We Were

The Northern Echo:

4:21pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

TRYING to follow his hugely successful debut album, Only Kingdom, was always going to be a challenge for Ben Howard.

Steve Rodgers follows in his father's footsteps, but treads his own path

The Northern Echo:

12:04am Thursday 23rd October 2014

STEVE Rodgers follows in some illustrious footsteps, those of his father, Teesside born rock singer Paul Rodgers, he of Free and Bad Company. Matt Westcott spoke to the singer and guitarist, who has been likened to Jack Johnson and Paulo Nutini, as he prepares to play Stockton’s Arc this Saturday.

Bonneville bears all

The Northern Echo: Drifting apart, Elizabeth McGovern as Cora, Countess of Grantham, and Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham

5:22pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Lord Grantham's having a testing time in Downton Abbey, but actor Hugh Bonneville couldn't be happier. He tells Susan Griffin about his character's woes, and playing another patriarch in Paddington

Grant writes himself off

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5:18pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

In new romcom The Rewrite, Hugh Grant plays a washed-up screenwriter, jaded by Hollywood. Of course, there's a happy ending, but as the actor tells Albertina Lloyd, it's the jaded part he really relates to

Ginger-glazed salmon with cucumber spaghetti and spring onion crème fraîche

The Northern Echo:

4:12pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THIS week’s recipe is for a very fresh dish that’s much easier than it looks. However, you have to think a little ahead to marinate the salmon and while an hour or two is good, a whole day is better. It’s a reasonably sized starter and could easily be served as a light supper.

Butternut squash mascarpone tart

The Northern Echo:

4:04pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

TODAY'S recipe comes from MasterChef winner Natalie Coleman's new book - Winning Recipes For Every Day.

Spanish chorizo and chickpea stew

The Northern Echo:

3:55pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

TODAY'S recipe comes from MasterChef winner Natalie Coleman's new book - Winning Recipes For Every Day.

Add value to your home without breaking the bank

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3:14pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Adding space is one of the best ways to make your home both better to live in and easier to sell, but there are other ways to add value without breaking the bank.

Best seat in the house

The Northern Echo:

3:11pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Sofas are close to our hearts as well as our behinds, as a place to relax, hang out and sometimes even sleep. Experts tell Gabrielle Fagan how to source a seating star.

Cilla returns

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12:11pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

WHEN Wendi Peters was told that her character Cilla Battersby-Brown is suffering from osteoporosis when she returns to Coronation Street, the actress was a little sceptical.

Kicking food into touch

The Northern Echo: Children play football in Magaliesburg, South Africa

4:16pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

I’VE considered giving up this restaurant stuff and starting my own top flight football team. Why? Because pleasing the customers of a football club is so much easier.

Spreading her wings

The Northern Echo:

6:16pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

THE wheels of industry keep on turning for artist Anita Bowerman whose latest project is just about to take off. Having firmly established herself in her home town of Harrogate and the surrounding district, the people of the north east are now taking her under their wing.

WIll Ello make you say goodbye to Facebook?

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6:11pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

FOUNDED in March this year by entrepreneur Paul Budnitz, was originally only intended for Budnitz and his buddies, but they opened it up in August, on an invite-only basis.

'It's best to have too much to do'

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6:11pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A new novel by high-flying businessman Christopher Lowery draws on the author's own experience of having to flee Portugal following the Carnation Revolution. He talks to Sarah Foster.

City's leading lights inspiration behind this year's Illuminating York

The Northern Echo:

6:09pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

The city of York is once again preparing to be bathed in light. Steve Pratt gets a sneak peek.

Brian Cox asks why it's just us

The Northern Echo: ANYONE OUT THERE?: Brian Cox explores potential life in the universe beyond that of our tiny corner of the galaxy, meeting other searchers on his journey to the stars in this BBC mission out of our planet – Earth

12:06pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

THE life of Brian (Cox) moves on to consider alien life in the third of this science series. If the universe has thrown up one intelligent civilization, why not another? He tackles the question head on - and by the end of the episode, he’s convinced that he has the answer.

Album Review: Bush, Man On The Run

The Northern Echo:

12:42am Tuesday 21st October 2014

IT’S 20 years since Bush released their debut album Sixteen Stone.

Make up artist Jo Leversuch shares her top tricks and secrets

The Northern Echo: LIPSTICK VOGUE: Make up artist Jo Leversuch.

6:18pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Ashley Barnard delves into a make-up bag full of tricks and asks expert Jo Leversuch for her top tips for a fresh, youthful look.

Watching Brief: Collector of Tears

The Northern Echo: Madeleine MacMahon

12:10pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

COLLECTOR of Tears is a new love story told by Madeleine MacMahon, who makes her North-East debut as Tanya Sealt. The play is written by Sean Burn, the founder member of Tyneside theatre company, Gobscure.

Watching Brief: Theatre Sans Frontières in Heaven Eyes

The Northern Echo: Maria Lindh playing the role of Heaven Eyes and Paddy Burton as Grampa

12:06pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

THE award-winning touring theatre company, Théâtre Sans Frontières (TSF), is touring its latest production, Heaven Eyes, to venues in the North this autumn.

Waste not, want not

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10:06am Friday 17th October 2014

In this age of recycling - plastics in one bin, glass in another, garden matter and food waste also being separated - there can be no better time to start your own compost heap.

The Wyvill Arms, Constable Burton

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6:11pm Thursday 16th October 2014

AS a lover of racing, I'm the sort who likes to rely on a favourite with previous form, rather than take a punt on an unknown outsider.

Top pianist set to perform

The Northern Echo: MUSIC FESTIVAL: Pianist Clare Hammond will perform at the Vale of Glamorgan Music Festival

5:39pm Thursday 16th October 2014

DARLINGTON Piano Society welcomes Clare Hammond for its recital at Central Hall on 9th November at 3pm for what should prove to be a revelatory experience.

Summer's hot for tango time

The Northern Echo:

5:39pm Thursday 16th October 2014

Viv Hardwick discovers that the world premiere of Flying Into Daylight in Newcastle is providing challenges for West End stars Summer Strallen and Jos Vantyler.

Film Review: The Judge

The Northern Echo:

5:42pm Thursday 16th October 2014

THE law is an ass and the people who administer it bigger asses in David Dobkin’s courtroom drama about an estranged family reunited under the testing conditions of a murder trial. The Judge takes its sweet time going through the legal motions, grafting on a superfluous romantic subplot to the revelations in the dock.

'I said The Woman In Black wouldn't work'

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4:59pm Thursday 16th October 2014

Steve Pratt talks to Susan Hill about her latest ghost story, The Small Hand, to be adapted for the stage.

From Benidorm to old Peking

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4:59pm Thursday 16th October 2014

JAKE CANUSO is the man who turned down Kylie Minogue. The dancer-turned-actor, who plays barman Matteo in ITV's comedy hit Benidorm, toured the world performing with the likes of Take That, the Spice Girls and Prince.

Jim Davidson - a controversial road back to the top of entertainment

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4:56pm Thursday 16th October 2014

THE larger-than-life antics of Jim Davidson have split opinion about his appeal as a performer over the years, but his latest comedy tour, based on his book No Further Action, is about to take audiences through the worst 12 months of his life before victory in last year's Celebrity Big Brother turned his fortunes around.

Step (back) inside love

The Northern Echo: Coronation Street - Sinead (Katie McGlynn) and Cilla (Wendi Peters)

4:53pm Thursday 16th October 2014

I THOUGHT we'd seen the last of Cilla. Didn't they axe Blind Date, replace her on Surprise Surprise and make a series about her life for ITV?

Strum of the best guitars

The Northern Echo: Eden-Stell Guitar Duo

4:52pm Thursday 16th October 2014

THE annual North-East Guitar Festival is proudly presenting it’s tenth anniversary, from tomorrow until October 23 and, in keeping with much-loved tradition, the event will take place at Sage Gateshead, bringing together a galaxy of accomplished musicians, workshops and concourse events.


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4:48pm Thursday 16th October 2014

MOST people know that Pudding Lane was the starting point of the The Great Fire of London, in September 1666. This four-part re-imagining of the events which destroyed the homes of most of its citizens focuses on Thomas Farriner, the baker often blamed for starting the blaze because his premises was the first to go up in flames.

DVD / Blu-ray Releases

The Northern Echo:

5:55pm Thursday 16th October 2014

CAPTAIN Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode) brings his illegitimate, mixed race daughter Dido (Lauren Julien-Box) to England and entrusts the child to his aristocratic uncle, Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson).

Film Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3D (12A)

The Northern Echo:

5:47pm Thursday 16th October 2014

THE adventures of turtle brothers Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael began life in the mid-1980s as an irreverent comic book and rapidly spawned an animated TV series, a trilogy of films and a dizzying array of merchandise.

Album Review: Jessie Ware - Tough Love

The Northern Echo:

5:37pm Thursday 16th October 2014

HOW to follow a debut so elegant, so deeply soulful and – critical to the existence of its follow-up – so successful over the counter, was the challenge confronting Jessie Ware as she began to piece together Tough Love.

Theatre Review: Jeeves & Wooster, Newcastle Theatre Royal

The Northern Echo: John Gordon Sinclair (Jeeves) and James Lance (Bertie Wooster) in Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense.

4:48pm Thursday 16th October 2014

JEEVES & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense is based on the short stories (in particular The Code of the Woosters) written by PG Wodehouse; it stars John Gordon Sinclair as Jeeves, James Lance as Wooster and is written by the Goodale Brothers.

Jazz with Peter Bevan

4:50pm Thursday 16th October 2014

WHAT’S ON: Friday lunchtime, Graeme Wilson Quartet, evening John Etheridge (and Kit Holmes), Gala, Durham, 03000-266600; Friday, Lindsay Hannon Quartet, Travellers Rest, Cockerton, 01325-382676.

Musicport gathering to take over Whitby venues

5:55pm Thursday 16th October 2014

THIS weekend, Whitby plays host to yet another festival, when the annual Musicport gathering takes over the town’s venues.

Dolly - Four CD Bookset, Sony Music

6:01pm Thursday 16th October 2014

Dolly Parton has been a global superstar for five decades but her career has reached a new high this year with her highest charted UK album 'Blue Smoke- The Best Of' and an incredible performance at the Glastonbury Festival which was seen by millions on TV.

A virtual high street

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5:41pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

Social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook are trying to cash in on the rise of social commerce, yet they seem to be missing the point, says Peter Jenkinson.

Scodelario has found her way

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5:38pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

Skins star Kaya Scodelario may have found fame young, but this is one feisty firecracker that's in it for the long haul. Susan Griffin gets chatting to the British beauty.

At the Sharpe end

The Northern Echo: Bernard Cornwell

5:38pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

Steve Pratt talks to best-selling author Bernard Cornwell about laziness, writer's block and life in the US.

Sailing into Christmas

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5:34pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

Searching for a new way to enjoy Europe's Christmas Markets? Neil Lancefield recommends a river cruise through Germany, Hungary and Austria

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