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

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

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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

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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

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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’

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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

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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

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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

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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

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12:02pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

Gentians are among the symbols of the alpine world

The only way is upgrading

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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

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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

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11:53am Tuesday 16th September 2014

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

Trainspotting heroes

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Step inside the life of Cilla

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9:51am Monday 15th September 2014

Tonight's TV: Cilla, The Undriveables and Jon Richardson Grows Up

Wooster sauce worth watching

The Northern Echo: First time treat: James Lance

6:36pm Friday 12th September 2014

JUST how dense does James Lance like to play Bertie Wooster as PG Wodehouse’s ultimate idler digs another well-meaning hole to fall into? “I do thinK that he’s very straightforward. He’s very simple, and by that I mean he’s quite an innocent. There’s not a lot of sub-text particularly, and he’s like a child,” he says.

Striking views of women

The Northern Echo: Red Ladder Theatre Company's new musical comedy WE’RE NOT GOING BACK looks at the 1984/85 miners' strike through the eyes of three sisters in a South Yorkshire pit village.  Written by Boff Whalley and directed by Rod Dixon, WE&rsq

6:35pm Friday 12th September 2014

RED Ladder Theatre Company has a new musical comedy, a world premiere – no less, which looks at the miner’s strike of 1984/85, except there are no miners in this production, just three head-strong sisters, Olive, Mary and Isabel.

Sinclair's perfect nonsense

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

6:34pm Friday 12th September 2014

IN all posh-oo murder mysteries we love to joke that the butler did it, in the case of PG Wodehouse’s Jeeves, not only does the butler do it, but the show couldn’t function without him. The latest recruit to the butlering genius of the 1930s era is John Gordon Sinclair, who will be flaunting his best silver service comedy in front of North-East audiences next month.

Success by putting on the Brakes

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6:33pm Friday 12th September 2014

A NORTH EAST music charity that raises vital funds to help in the detection of cancer is gearing up for its biggest event to date.

From Cheryl to the deep south

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6:24pm Friday 12th September 2014

VICTORIA Elliott grew up in the Wester Hope area of Newcastle and has recently returned to the place she’s proud to call home to play Mae in Northern Stage’s upcoming production of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Shakespeare feels the Byrne

The Northern Echo: Shakespeare feels the Byrne

6:24pm Friday 12th September 2014

THE most explosive Shakespearean entry of all time must go to North-East actor Antony Byrne who will surprise and delight Newcastle audiences when Pistol bursts onto the stage in Henry IV Part II with smoke pouring from a massive head of hair.

Newer varieties of bulbs flower longer than old

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2:23pm Friday 12th September 2014

There's a nip in the air which, to me, signals the end of summer and provides a wake-up call to start planting some spring bulbs to brighten up borders and patios next year.

Theatre Review: Private Peaceful, Darlington Civic Theatre

11:03am Friday 12th September 2014

THE challenges facing any performer doing a one-man show must be immense. But when the story involves injustices meted out to soldiers during the First World War, and you’re doing it in the war’s centenary year, you wonder how any actor would be up to the job.

Classical by Gavin Engelbrecht

6:34pm Friday 12th September 2014

Pianist Llyr Williams explores Wagner’s rich and evocative soundworld with insightful arrangements of Richard Wagner’s operas by Franz Liszt and Glenn Gould.

Brad Paisley: Moonshine In The Trunk (Sony Music)

6:32pm Friday 12th September 2014

LAST week saw the ninth studio album release from Brad Paisley, who over the past 15 years has carved a niche in the history of country music. Paisley is a critically-acclaimed singer, songwriter and guitarist whose talents have gained him more awards during those years than many would dare to think of.

Heading north to Baa Fest

6:30pm Friday 12th September 2014

FOLLOWING the success of last week’s Sedgefield Festival, we have the chance to head a bit further north this weekend, to Bellingham in Northumberland, for the annual Baa Fest.

Jazz by Peter Bevan

6:30pm Friday 12th September 2014

WHAT’S ON: Georgian Jazz Festival: Paul Edis Sextet Saturday, Richmond Jam Sunday, Theatre Royal, Richmond, 01748-825252.

Seaside fun on the Yorkshire coast

The Northern Echo: The cafe at Sand le Mere Holiday Village.

3:39pm Thursday 11th September 2014

AS a family we love the seaside so a long weekend on the East Yorkshire coast was eagerly anticipated by everyone except the grumpy 16-year-old.

Pet project is a feel good show

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Paul O’Grady has followed his heart - straight back to Battersea Dogs and Cats home! 

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12:17pm Thursday 11th September 2014

YOU never know quite where you are with Paul O'Grady. One minute he’s sounding off on his BBC Radio 2 show on Sundays about his batty listeners or being rude about guests on the TV chat shows, the next he’s determined to find homes for abandoned, and often ill-treated, dogs at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

Theatre Review: Top Hat, Newcastle Theatre Royal

The Northern Echo: Alan Burkitt and Charlotte Gooch in Top Hat

12:17pm Thursday 11th September 2014

HEAVEN. Top Hat swishes into the North East on a waft of marabou and brilliantine. For such an immaculately crafted show, it was ironic that its opening night was plagued by a technical issue which brought the curtain down for a few minutes mid-act, but love is very forgiving and oh my, how we loved it.

Hard-earned success has made us stronger, says Alison Pierce

The Northern Echo:

6:24pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

MATT Westcott speaks to Catherine Pierce, one half of the sister act, The Pierces, ahead of their appearance at the Sage Gateshead on September 17.

Force's females earning stripes



Picture Shows:LESLEY SHARP as DC Janet Scott and AMELIA BULLMORE as DCI Gill Murray and SURANNE JONES as DS Rachel Bailey.

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9:57am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Tonight's TV: Scott & Bailey, The One Show Special: The Invictus Games Opening Special and Our Zoo

Club Cotherstone

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9:55am Wednesday 10th September 2014

CLUB Cotherstone organiser, Colin Robinson, puts on gigs in his local venue, Cotherstone Village Hall. After feeling too scared to arrange any gigs for a while, Robinson says: “we missed the music nights so much, we are back again, probably for the last time this year, but this should be a good one.”

The Buffalo Skinners at Hartlepool

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9:55am Wednesday 10th September 2014

THE Buffalo Skinners have just returned from recording their second album The Other Nine-to-Five in Los Angeles and will be performing at BBC Radio 2’s Live in Hyde Park on Sunday.

Royal Blood ascend to the rock throne

The Northern Echo: BIG NOISE: Royal Blood

12:34am Wednesday 10th September 2014

EVERY once in a while there comes along an album that clean blows your socks off.

‘Why I love Bacall, Gaga and dogs’

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12:12pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

Paul O’Grady might be known for comedy, but his true love is animals and country air. Susan Griffin discovers what he’s barking on about

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