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

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.

Trials Frontier iPhone/iPad, Free

3:52pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

HOPPING onto your bike for some more full-throttled thrashing around race tracks might feel too soon after Trials Fusion, but Frontier offers a much more accessible experience, expertly-suited to the smartphone and tablet gamer.

Sly Trilogy PS Vita, £24.99

3:52pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

THE Sly Racoon series was a real sleeper hit, totally under-played by the gaming fraternity on PS2, and re-discovered by a modest new band of PS3 players. This is a real shame, because the franchise still represents one of the best action platform adventures of its time – smart, funny and just that little bit different from all the rest.

LEGO: The Hobbit PS4,£39.99

3:51pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

YOU’D have to be a pretty reclusive gamer not to have sampled the blocky brick-building delights of the LEGO game collection, which fuses the most fantastic of film franchises with the innovation and ingenuity of LEGO’s virtual re-imagining.

2014 FIFA World Cup Xbox 360, £39.99

3:51pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

IT’S less than two months until football’s finest hour hits TV screens around the globe, with the World Cup in Brazil. This seminal franchise’s latest release lets you start from the bottom and work your way up the squad list, eventually leading your country through qualifying and onto the biggest tournament in town.

Get ready, set, sow...

The Northern Echo: Fruit and vegetables growing in a raised bed

3:48pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

IT’S all go in the kitchen garden at Harlow Carr this month with lots to plant out and sow. Even though seed packets say you can sow the crop in April, be very aware that up North we can still get hard frosts to the end of April and early May, and that extra protection may be needed on some crops.

Trading in trust

The Northern Echo: Finding the right tradesperson isn’t always easy

3:43pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

GOING online to find reliable builders, plumbers and other tradespeople may sound unlikely, but there are plenty of websites and schemes designed to help.

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

The Northern Echo: Christopher Ainslie .  Picture: Denis Jouglet

3:16pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

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

Perfect for Frankenstein

The Northern Echo: Antiques dealer Chris Holmes: knows his antiques, but not his pop stars

3:31pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

CHRIS HOLMES didn’t realise who the tall, blonde woman who bought the large copper bath from him was, until others at the antiques fair where he was trading pointed out she was American actress Gwyneth Paltrow.

Just a little bit spooky

The Northern Echo: The layering technique Barry uses for his shots make them look moody (Whitby Abbey)

12:53pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

YORKSHIRE-BORN photographer Barry Tweed-Rycroft has been taking photos for more than 40 years, but it is a recent collection, a haunting set of photos featuring Whitby of which he is most proud.

Coconut souffle

The Northern Echo: Serve coconut souffles with coffee ice cream and a dusting of cinnamon

12:41pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Forget ringing for a takeaway or grabbing a jar of ready-made sauce. Cooking Indian food from scratch is easier than you think. Here is an easy recipe for you to try.

Baked ricotta with chard

The Northern Echo: Anjum Anand’s baked ricotta with chard

12:38pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Forget ringing for a takeaway or grabbing a jar of ready-made sauce. Cooking Indian food from scratch is easier than you think. Here is an easy recipe for you to try.

Spicy sausage and barley risotto

The Northern Echo: Spicy sausage and barley risotto

12:35pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A PEARL barley risotto? Where’s the rice?

Youngsters get bug-filled pancake size taste for adventure

The Northern Echo: CAMP-OUT: Sinan Osman guides youngsters on the ways of surviving the challenges of the outdoor life

2:19pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Intrepid youngsters are enjoying outdoor adventures in their school grounds, thanks to an innovative North Yorkshire-based company. Ruth Campbell meets the inspirational survival expert behind the idea.

Making a meal of it

The Northern Echo: Youngsters enjoy lessons in food choices as part of a Tesco's Farm to Fork initiative

12:29pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

WE don’t exactly do a dedicated children’s menu in our restaurant. We decided a long time ago that we couldn’t appeal to everyone and that included youngsters who couldn’t eat cutdown versions of what their parents have.

Driving down those costs

12:20pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

IT’S not yet time to hoot the horn in celebration, but things are looking a tad better for drivers. There was no Budget petrol tax rise, and a supermarket price war sees costs now at an average £1.29/litre – that’s 13p less than the peak, while insurance prices have come off their peak too.

The Lion’s share

The Northern Echo: Cheers! Sam Marsden in the Lion’s Den, Yarm, stockists of designer beers and a huge selection of drink from around the world

12:14pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

NEXT time you are stocking up your drinks cabinet and looking for inspiration, it might be worth a peep inside Lion’s Den, in Yarm. The shop has not only a wide range of beers, wines, liqueurs and spirits, but some brilliant alternatives to the traditional array of drinks on shelves in supermarkets.

New Worlds (Channel 4, 9pm)

The Northern Echo: LESS RECOGNISABLE: Joe Dempsie, who stars in New Worlds

10:01am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

JOE DEMPSIE is fast becoming one of the faces of his generation.

Later Live – With Jools Holland (BBC2, 10pm)

9:57am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

PAOLO NUTINI was a breath of fresh air when he burst onto the music scene in 2006. That 20-something force of nature sounded like a man twice his age, with tracks such as Rewind and New Shoes from the album These Streets becoming Top 30 UK hits.

The Big Allotment Challenge (BBC2, 8pm)

9:58am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

IF you watched the recent series of W1A, you will be well aware of its characters’ attempts to get a programme called Britain’s Tastiest Village off the ground.

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Sage Gateshead

9:56am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

MEMBERS of the National Youth Orchestra (NYO) of Great Britain completed their annual residency in the North-East by showcasing their formidable talents at Sage Gateshead.

Dubl Handi Jumpin’ Hot Club at The Live Theatre, Newcastle

9:56am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

BROOKLYN, New York act Dubl Handi brought their superb spin on old timey folk country music to the Live Theatre.

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Sage Gateshead

The Northern Echo: HOLD FOR PIX National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Sage Gateshead

11:31am Monday 21st April 2014

Members of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain completed their annual residency in the North-East by showcasing their formidable talents at Sage Gateshead.

Stabat Mater, The English Concert, Sage Gateshead

The Northern Echo: BID DROPPED: The Sage Gateshead

11:37pm Friday 18th April 2014

EASTER at Sage Gateshead was marked by The English Concert under Bernard Labadie performing two contrasting settings of Stabat Mater – a dramatic meditation on the Virgin Mary’s suffering at the foot of the Christ's cross.

Having a ball with ABC

The Northern Echo: Bit of a foodie: ABC’s frontman Martin Fry

5:15pm Thursday 17th April 2014

AS a passionate foodie who loves to entertain, the Lobster Ball at Hardwick Hall Hotel, in Sedgefield, is the perfect gig for Martin Fry, the charismatic lead singer of 1980s new wave band ABC.

Ego on a plate

The Northern Echo: The Marco Pierre Steakhouse at Hotel Indigo, Newcastle

5:11pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THE most striking thing as you enter Marco Pierre White’s restaurant, within Hotel Indigo in the heart of Newcastle, is the man himself. Giant images of the celebrity chef adorn practically every wall, so any doubts you may have had of being in the wrong place are quickly dispelled.

American Friends

5:07pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THERE’S lots to report this week, as the local folk scene continues to offer us a grand variety of acoustic music, featuring artists from near and far.

Johnny Cash: Out Among The Stars

5:05pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THIS posthumous studio album release from one of the biggest icons in the world of country music debuted at Number 3 on the Billboard 200 chart and Number 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums charts, selling 54,000 copies its first week and has sold 80,000 copies since being released in March.

Puccini: Turandot (Opus Arte OA1132D)

5:04pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Andrei Serban’s spectacular 1984 production of Puccini’s grandest opera Turandot, from the Royal Opera House. Andrei Serban’s vibrant production comes in stunning HD with American soprano Lise Lindstrom giving a brilliant performance of Turandot. She is ably matched by tenor Marco Berti.

Emil Gilels in Ensembles (MELCD1002210)

5:03pm Thursday 17th April 2014

This set features keyboard titan Emil Gilels performing works from various periods, including Mozart, Busoni, Haydn, Beethoven, Cui, Rachmaninov, Brahms and Babayev. Gilels is joined by wellknown piano and chamber ensembles in these recordings taken from original unreleased tapes. Hours of listening pleasure guaranteed.

Jacques Schwarz-Bart/Jazz Racine Haiti (Motema Music 233811)

5:01pm Thursday 17th April 2014

This remarkable blending of contemporary jazz and sacred Haitian Voodoo music is very much more successful than might have been expected. For jazz fans Schwarz-Bart’s rich tenor saxophone, Etienne Charles’s trumpet and pianists Milan Milanovic and Gregory Privat give more than enough interest providing a fully integrated setting for the voodoo chants and vocals.

Rachmaninov All-Night Vigil (BIS2039)

5:03pm Thursday 17th April 2014

The Netherlands Radio Choir, conducted by Kaspars Putnins, presents a coupling of Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil and The Theotokos – a hymn to the Virgin that aims to exploit the skill of an accomplished choir with its fascinating mix of textures, tempos and wide range of dynamics.

Paul Bley/Play Blue (ECM 376 6190)

5:01pm Thursday 17th April 2014

This immaculately-recorded album captures the veteran pianist live at the Oslo Jazz Festival in 2008. His solo performance here epitomises his wonderfully free but structured playing on four originals plus the classic Pent- Up House. Superb playing and a magnificent piano, making every note resonate, combine to make an outstanding CD. I like the “anagram” too.

Bill Evans/Three Classic Albums Plus (Avid AMSC1119)

5:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

These are three of the LPs which helped establish the reputation of the Bill Evans Trio. The earliest, Everybody Digs Bill Evans features him with Sam Jones and Philly Joe Jones while Portrait in Jazz and Sunday at the Village Vanguard (plus some different takes) introduce the short-lived but influential Scott LaFaro and Paul Motian team.

Fakes festivals are treble value

The Northern Echo: Fake Festival headliners Kazabian

4:55pm Thursday 17th April 2014

WHICKHAM, near Newcastle, has been added as a third date for the North East Fake Festival and will take place on Saturday, June 21, at Fellside Park.

Memories are made of this

The Northern Echo: Erika Poole and Josie Cerise plays two characters coping with the battle to overcome dementia

4:45pm Thursday 17th April 2014

ERIKA Poole and Josie Cerise are getting used to working together. Having appeared together in Cartoonito TV’s Ha! Ha! Hairies for preage children, they were reunited – sort of – in Ceebies series Grandpa In My Pocket. They both appear in the series, but separate episodes.

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