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

Finale sees cop hit the bottle

The Northern Echo: SCOTT AND BAILEY: Suranne Jones as DS Rachel Bailey and Lesley Sharp as DC Janet Scott

3:26pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

THIS series should really be dubbed Scotch and Bailey’s due to the amount of alcohol being consumed by its characters (is there no Government initiative to persuade these babes in blue away from the demon booze?).

The Twilight Sad – Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave

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11:41pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

THE Twilight Sad – Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave

North-East's role in North Atlantic Oscillation's new album

The Northern Echo:

9:30pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

SCOTTISH band North Atlantic Oscillation released their album The Third Day earlier this month. Matt Westcott speaks to vocalist Sam Healy about the album and how and why some of it was recorded in the North-East.

War poets' lives on stage

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6:10pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

THE wartime experiences of famed poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen are explored in a drama coming to the North-East stage next week (Monday, November 3).

Birds, cake and swarming bats

The Northern Echo: EYES ON NATURE: Martin Hughes-Games, left, Michaela Strachan and Chris Packham

11:02am Tuesday 28th October 2014

Badly-timed jokes, spikes in cake sales and a flurry of bird watching activity – yes, Autumnwatch is back. Keeley Bolger meets presenters Chris Packham and Martin Hughes-Games to find out what really goes on behind the scenes

Conspiracies everywhere

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4:29pm Monday 27th October 2014

WE’RE in Invasion Of The Bodysnatchers territory as The X-Files creator, writer and executive producer Glen Morgan, moves on to a secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others.

The Voice of the Turtle Dove, The Sixteen, Durham Cathedral

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11:44am Monday 27th October 2014

The Sixteen’s annual visit to Durham Cathedral as part of its Choral Pilgrimage has become a firm favourite on the region’s musical calendar, .

Wonderful, weird but still familiar

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11:58am Friday 24th October 2014

IT'S not often you see a 17th Century Spanish-style church designed by an Italian, built by Japanese craftsmen on a Portuguese colony which is now a Special Administrative Region of China. Welcome to Macau.

Italy inspector

The Northern Echo: Alex Visiting Venice (11613143)

11:52am Friday 24th October 2014

Alex Polizzi’s Secret Italy (Channel 5, 9pm)

Autumn woodland colours can help us feel better

The Northern Echo: Thorp Perrow Arboretum, PA Photos/Joe Cornish.

11:14am Friday 24th October 2014

SO it's official - a walk to take in the seasonal colours of autumn is good for our wellbeing, according to new research by the National Trust. Indeed, now is the time for considering what we might want to plant to give us a blaze of autumn colour in future years. Here are some of the places you may find inspiration this autumn

Brett keeps the Faith

The Northern Echo: GUITAR MAN: Brett Dennen

1:02am Friday 24th October 2014

IT'S been seven long years since US singer songwriter Brett Dennen was last on these shores. He is back touring with British diva Paloma Faith and spoke to Matt Westcott ahead of gigs at the York Barbican on November 1 and Newcastle City Hall on November 18.

Theatre Review: Cinderella, Newcastle Theatre Royal

11:54am Friday 24th October 2014

IT IS easy to understand why Northern Ballet has just been named Best Company at the inaugural Taglioni European Ballet Awards in Berlin. The quality of their dancing, their creativity in launching new ballets each year and the sheer wow-factor of their productions, will have overwhelmed the opposition from such august companies as The Paris Opera and The Hamburg Ballet. They should be extremely proud of themselves.

Billy Idol – Kings and Queens Of The Underground

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11:58pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

THE opening track of Billy Idol’s first album in nine years got my attention. However, I was convinced that Bitter Pill was just a case of the label putting the obvious single first and it would be downhill from thereon in. After all, the world has changed markedly since the man with one of rock’s best pouts was truly atop the charts.

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

The Northern Echo: DOUBLE TAKE: Rhiannon Walker, left and Claire Wilmer who have both landed the lead in Sister Act at Darlington.         Picture: ANDY LAMB (7036843)

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

The Northern Echo:

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

The Northern Echo: Undated ITV Handout Photo from Coronation Street. Pictured: Left to Right: Tyrone Dobbs (Alan Halsall), Fiz Stape (Jennie McAlpine), Cilla Battersby-Brown (Wendi Peters), Chesney Brown (Sam Aston), Sinead Tinker (Katie McGlynn). See PA Feature TV Peters .

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, Ello.co 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

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.

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?



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