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

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.

Johnny Marr - Playland

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12:35pm Saturday 18th October 2014

JOHNNY Marr – Playland

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

The Northern Echo: Wyvill Arms, Constable Burton. Restaurant (11466276)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Firestarter?

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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

Labour of love

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5:34pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

Time to take some industrial action - in your home. Sam Wylie-Harris rounds up the tools of the trade for hard-wearing style

Chicken with lentils and rosemary

The Northern Echo:

3:12pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

TRY this recipe from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's new book, River Cottage Light & Easy.

Make your money count when doing home improvements

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2:30pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

HOME improvements aren't cheap, so it pays to invest in ones that add most value - Julia Gray explains what these are.

Creamy roasted tomato soup

The Northern Echo:

3:04pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

TRY this recipe from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's new book, River Cottage Light & Easy.

Back to school

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11:53am Wednesday 15th October 2014

IT’S back to school for Neil Pearson, who plays new headteacher Vaughan Fitzgerald and is in the curious position of knowing that his tenure is limited to a 20-part farewell to the BBC’s award-winning drama after nine years of class performances.

Theatre Review: April in Paris, Darlington Civic Theatre

10:46am Wednesday 15th October 2014

APRIL in Paris is centred on a tumultuous relationship between Al (Joe McGann) and Bet (Shobna Gulati).

North Yorkshire exhibit for artist revered by Royals and art collectors alike

The Northern Echo:

5:57pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

Feted by both the Royals and contemporary art collectors all over the world, acclaimed artist Jeremy Houghton is exhibiting in North Yorkshire, a landscape that he loves, as he tells Ruth Campbell.

Gordon's Ben it!

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5:49pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

The sunny hills of The O.C. are long behind him, as Ben McKenzie takes on the dark alleys of Gotham. The actor tells Keeley Bolger about stunt injuries, apprehension and why you don't have to be a Batman fan to like the series.

A fiery date with history

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5:45pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

Andrew Buchan hasn't quite got his head around the success of Broadchurch, but there's no time to sit and ponder. Keeley Bolger catches up with the busy actor to find out why filming The Great Fire was the "hardest three days" work ever.

Get your coat...

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5:41pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

Make a statement via your outerwear this season. Lisa Haynes reveals the cover-ups to covet

D for delights at Barnard Castle interiors shop

The Northern Echo: Helen Gray at her shop Ruby & D in Barnard Castle.
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5:41pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

JENNY Needham visits Ruby and D, an eclectic interiors shop stuffed to the gills with hand-painted furniture and quirky home accessories.

Orchestra North East, Durham Cathedral

3:37pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

ORCHESTRA North East welcomed back guest conductor Timothy Henty to direct a meaty programme of music at Durham Cathedral.

Fire-works as The Apprentice returns

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3:16pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

THE Apprentice never fails to attract a brilliant mix of truly talented and hideously puffed-up candidates, some of whom are forever etched in our memory. In series three, we met Katie Hopkins, who, despite displaying a gift for ruthlessness and back-stabbing, made it to the final three.

Super size spiders

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5:49pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

Autumn is spider time, but this year, arachnophobes have far more to fear than the False Widow. According to experts, the warm weather has resulted in UK spiders growing to record sizes.

Cleadon Tower - a place in history

The Northern Echo: Cleadon Tower - a place in history

5:45pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

Cleadon Tower, the oldest occupied house in Tyne and Wear, dating from 1485, has, since 1980, been home to the Spencer family. Sarah Foster discovers its charm

Album Review: Johnny Marr, Playland

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10:13pm Monday 13th October 2014

I CAN’T work out whether Johnny Marr wasted the best years of his life playing second fiddle to Morrissey or whether, had he not done so, he could have come up with a body of work such as that which he is producing now.

Book Review: Bears Don't Read! by Emma Chichester Clark

The Northern Echo:

3:32pm Monday 13th October 2014

GEORGE is a big, black grizzly bear who likes to sit and ponder life. He's a bit bored and wants to do something different.

Book Review: A Slip Of The Keyboard by Terry Pratchett

The Northern Echo:

3:29pm Monday 13th October 2014

APPROPRIATELY, the pieces here cover most of the topics associated with Pratchett's name: writing, fantasy, Alzheimer's, humour.

Book Review: Miss Carter's War by Sheila Hancock

The Northern Echo:

3:28pm Monday 13th October 2014

HAVING written several popular memoirs about her life, her relationship with her husband John Thaw and about life after widowhood, Sheila Hancock has now turned her pen to her first novel.

Book Review: The Year I Met You by Cecelia Ahern

The Northern Echo:

3:26pm Monday 13th October 2014

FOR anyone, losing your job is a bad enough thing to deal with. But for workaholic Jasmine who started and sold four businesses by the age of 33, it's a nightmare.

Book Review: The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah

The Northern Echo:

3:24pm Monday 13th October 2014

FROM her own admission Sophie Hannah would say she has not tried to mimic or replicate Agatha Christie's style in this new Hercule Poirot offering and even if she had, I would not be the person to tell you how it compares.

Book Review: Only When I Laugh by Paul Merton

The Northern Echo:

3:21pm Monday 13th October 2014

WITH typical humorous aplomb, the deadpan comedian, writer and improvisation ace takes us back to his working-class Fulham childhood through to his first steps in stand-up comedy and wider career in improvisation and TV stardom in Have I Got News For You, Room 101 and Just A Minute.

Theatre Review: Antigone, Northern Stage, Newcastle

The Northern Echo: Antigone - a Pilot Theatre, Derby Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East Production

2:35pm Monday 13th October 2014

TURNING Greek Mythology into a British street gang drama, writer Roy Williams has produced a play for our time that eavesdrops on Sophocles’ original story – his characters, ghosts from another era.

Theatre Review: The Crucible, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

The Northern Echo: Kate Phillips and Martin Marquez in The Crucible

2:35pm Monday 13th October 2014

DIRECTOR James Brining’s revival is epic in its staging. Not just the length (a gripping three hours plus but every minute counts) or the look (designer Colin Richmond uses the wide open spaces of the Quarry Theatre to great effect) but in its no-holds-barred emotional content.

Gotham has a new saviour

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2:32pm Monday 13th October 2014

BEN MCKENZIE has had some dicey days at the coalface recently. On the set of his new series Gotham, in which he plays the young brave rookie detective James "Jim" Gordon, he came crashing down to earth with a bang while performing a stunt.

Glorious Bach, Royal Northern Sinfonia and Chorus, Sage Gateshead

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2:17pm Sunday 12th October 2014

Royal Northern Sinfonia embarked on a varied journey through the music of Baroque composer Johann Christian Bach with an opening concert at Sage Gateshead that lived up to its title – glorious.

The Durham Singers, St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle

The Northern Echo: Durham Singers, St Cuthbert's Chapel, Ushaw College

9:10am Saturday 11th October 2014

Newcastle’s St Nicholas Cathedral was festooned with a blaze of colour for a music-themed flower festival – embellished aurally with a Baroque Concert by The Durham Singers and Ensemble.



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