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

New owners of Dales Italian on path to success

The Northern Echo: DINING OUT: Giovanni's restaurant in Leyburn. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

6:27pm Monday 1st September 2014

BY a quirk of fate that I still don't quite understand, we found ourselves without childcare duties on a Wednesday night recently.

Missing... with a trace

The Northern Echo:

12:27pm Monday 1st September 2014

Taking time out from writing, producing and directing, Noel Clarke talks to Susan Griffin about the unbelievable statistics that inspired his new crime thriller

Chester’s animal magic

The Northern Echo:

12:25pm Monday 1st September 2014

The true story of one man’s unlikely dream forms the basis of new BBC drama, Our Zoo. Lee Ingleby and Liz White tell Jeananne Craig why the animals are the real stars of the show

Hamm chances his arm

The Northern Echo:

12:23pm Monday 1st September 2014

Steve Pratt finds TV’s Mad Men star Jon Hamm has a George Clooney-style approach to interviews as the man who many still see as Don Draper talks about the Taj Mahal and finding a baseball player in Asia

Sun, sea and spider crabs

The Northern Echo:

12:17pm Monday 1st September 2014

You don’t have to cross the channel to find scrumptuous seafood and sparkling wine, as Ellen Branagh discovers

Life is sweet

The Northern Echo:

12:14pm Monday 1st September 2014

Higher summer temperatures have brought a bumper crop of corn

Keeping it in the family

The Northern Echo:

12:13pm Monday 1st September 2014

Living together as an extended family is sometimes stressful, but at least you can ease some of the tension by getting your home’s layout right

‘I’d get banged up in Iran’

The Northern Echo:

12:10pm Monday 1st September 2014

As comedian Omid Djalili publishes his first autobiography, he tells Kate Whiting why he’s always believed in himself

Beth finds her voice

The Northern Echo:

11:35am Monday 1st September 2014

Still busking and training for the future, Beth McCarthy talks to Steve Pratt about a future without The Voice and her one-night appearance in Rock Of Ages at York

Pumpkin cheesecake

The Northern Echo:

11:33am Monday 1st September 2014

HALLOWEEN may a couple of months away but we’re beginning to enter the season for pumpkins. We’ve frequently had this pumpkin cheesecake on the menu and it’s proved very popular.

Waste not want not

The Northern Echo:

11:31am Monday 1st September 2014

Increasing wealth has made many of us immune to the impact of food waste

Five minutes with Rob Beckett

The Northern Echo:

11:20am Monday 1st September 2014

Rob Beckett is best known for being the co-host of ITV2’s I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! Now! He’s had a meteoric rise to fame, having only begun his career as a stand-up comedian in 2009. Here he discusses his new Sunday afternoon show on Absolute Radio, his love of Arsenal FC and dreams of the future – including an attempt to crack Hollywood

Testing the Waters

The Northern Echo:

10:27am Monday 1st September 2014

Life is never black and white in Sarah Waters’ latest novel

Right mix of pleasure and purpose

10:24am Monday 1st September 2014

Happiness By Design by Paul Dolan (Allen Lane £20, ebook £8.03) 3/5 stars

Best sellers: Hardbacks

10:23am Monday 1st September 2014

1. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler

Twin Atlantic in Newcastle

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10:13am Monday 1st September 2014

ARMS-aloft anthems with instantly-catchy choruses and refrains that beg to be howled back dominate Glaswegian band, Twin Atlantic’s second album, Great Divide, which is inspired by the band watching their own fans and from sharing stages with the likes of Springsteen and Foo Fighters.

Focus is on a new generation

The Northern Echo: Programme Name: 21 Up - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. 1) - Picture Shows:  Alexandra Whitton - (C) ITV Studios - Photographer: ITV Studios (9783568)

10:13am Monday 1st September 2014

OLDER viewers will be aware that the black and white start of The ...Up series, with its eerie title music and excited voices of children at play, first started back in 1964, with Seven Up!, a remarkably forward-thinking documentary which featured a group of seven-year-olds, and revisited them every seven years with the latest instalment, 56 Up, airing in 2012.

Miss Newcastle

The Northern Echo: Miss Newcastle will have a masquerade round

10:11am Monday 1st September 2014

NINETEEN girls from across the region have won their way into the final of Miss Newcastle GB. This is the competition's first year and it will be taking place at the city's Assembly Rooms on Friday, August 29, with the after-party taking place at Bonbar.

Time to prepare a cool mix of autumn stunners

The Northern Echo:

3:39pm Friday 29th August 2014

Hannah Stephenson advises brightening up containers to add an outdoor sparkle for autumn and winter

Best of the bunch: Rudbeckia

The Northern Echo:

3:38pm Friday 29th August 2014

These bright and breezy perennials bring a ray of sunshine to the late summer border with their golden, darkeyed daisy flowers, and do particularly well in sunny situations where the soil isn’t too dry.

Good enough to eat: Lemon grass

The Northern Echo:

3:37pm Friday 29th August 2014

The grassy stems of this delicious herb add a fantastic flavour to fragrant Thai curries and other Indonesian cuisine.

What to do this week?

3:36pm Friday 29th August 2014

Keep an eye out for pests such as aphids which can multiply quickly in warm weather

Return run for a class act

The Northern Echo: Programme Name: Big School  - TX: 29/08/2014 - Episode: Generics (No. 1) - Picture Shows: (L-R) Ms Baron (FRANCES DE LA TOUR), Miss Postern (CATHERINE TATE), Mr Church (DAVID WALLIAMS), Mr Gunn (PHILIP GLENISTER) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Colin Hutton (97

10:10am Friday 29th August 2014

Tonight's TV: Big School, Micky Flanagan: Back in the Game and Marston's Brewery: One Ale of a Job!

Romeo and Juliet, Lord Chamberlain's Men, Durham Castle

The Northern Echo: Juliet (Jonathan Bullock) and Romeo (Will Haddington)

10:10am Friday 29th August 2014

CATHEDRAL bells, twittering birds and the occasional popping of champagne bottles punctuated the lines of the most famous love tragedy in the English language.

King Lear, The Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond

The Northern Echo: JOSPEH MARCELL: The actor who played Geoffrey the English butler in TV's Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air is heading for the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond.

10:09am Friday 29th August 2014

THE Globe's touring production filled the stage of the little Georgian Theatre, stretching the playing area into the normally unseen wings. Designer Jonathan Fensom’s set is a simple wooden structure, his costumes an eclectic mix of forties dress mixed with a flummery of flamboyant Elizabethan.

Ferry keen

The Northern Echo:

10:10am Friday 29th August 2014

Keen to avoid the stress of air travel, Josie Clarke and her family sail across the Channel

Beamish gets top marks

10:11am Friday 29th August 2014

BEAMISH, in County Durham, has been named the “The best place to learn about history” in The UK Our Way 2014 guide, which features the top UK destinations and attractions as voted for by children, for children.

Success in the lap of the gods

The Northern Echo:

12:59pm Thursday 28th August 2014

Andy Richardson experiences life with the Beacons festival folk of Yorkshire

Duke curries favour

The Northern Echo:

12:56pm Thursday 28th August 2014

Barry Nelson delves back into history to discover new delights being delivered in Darlington

Hats off to the stand-in star

The Northern Echo:

12:48pm Thursday 28th August 2014

Steve Pratt discovers how Alan Burkitt fell on his feet in Top Hat when the show’s original principal dancer Gavin Lee was taken ill just before opening night

One-man wonders

The Northern Echo:

12:46pm Thursday 28th August 2014

Viv Hardwick talks to Andy Daniel about being shot at dawn nearly every day

Drinking in the atmosphere

The Northern Echo:

12:43pm Thursday 28th August 2014

Paddy Campbell talks to Steve Pratt about his success with Wet House... and what is likely to follow

Film releases

The Northern Echo:

12:41pm Thursday 28th August 2014

Million Dollar Arm, Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For and If I Stay

DVD/Blu-ray releases

The Northern Echo:

12:38pm Thursday 28th August 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2, A Perfect Plan and Sons Of Anarchy – Season Six

Album reviews

The Northern Echo:

12:36pm Thursday 28th August 2014

Ariana Grande: My Everything, Cold Specks: Neuroplasticity, Dry The River: Alarms In The Heart and Royal Blood: Royal Blood

Saturdays living the dream

The Northern Echo:

12:33pm Thursday 28th August 2014

They may only have been together seven years, but that’s a long time in the world of girl bands, The Saturdays tell Andy Welch

Celeb round-up

The Northern Echo: Paul Potts.

12:30pm Thursday 28th August 2014

Paul Potts and Peter Gabriel

Five minutes with Michael Woodwood

The Northern Echo:

12:12pm Thursday 28th August 2014

Michael Woodwood is set to direct the world premiere of a new English version of A Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen’s groundbreaking play about marriage, money and the freedom of women in the late 19th Century

An Evening with Jackson Browne

The Northern Echo: (9710165)

10:17am Thursday 28th August 2014

SINGER-songwriter Jackson Browne has announced his autumn tour dates to include a visit to Sage Gateshead on November 20.

Family tragedy for Mrs Brown

The Northern Echo: Programme Name: Who Do You Think You Are? - TX: n/a - Episode: Brendan O'Carroll (No. 4) - Picture Shows:  Brendan O'Carroll - (C) Wall to Wall - Photographer: Stephen Perry (9706292)

10:17am Thursday 28th August 2014

Tonight's TV: Who Do You Think You Are? DIY: SOS Big Build and Rizzoli & Isles

Sherlock Holmes: A Working Hypothesis

The Northern Echo: Theatre Royal's Sherlock Holmes with Dominic Allen and George Williams. Moriarty in the background.pic: Anthony Chappel-Ross (8790758)

10:17am Thursday 28th August 2014

THE game's afoot and this particular one is a game of two halves as the Flanagan Collective offers a fresh take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's much portrayed character.

Country by Brian Clough

12:50pm Thursday 28th August 2014

REVIEW: The Chet Atkins Story Properbox 187

Folk by Jez Lowe

12:49pm Thursday 28th August 2014

I CAUGHT the tail-end of Whitby Folk Week last Friday, and it was enough to get an idea of what a fantastic time everyone had had in that great little seaside town. It really is an annual pilgrimage for folkies from all over the country, keen to get totally immersed in the atmosphere and the music.

Classical by Gavin Engelbrecht

12:50pm Thursday 28th August 2014

REVIEWS: Prokofiev: Violin Sonatas (Hyperion CDA67514)

Jazz by Peter Bevan

12:48pm Thursday 28th August 2014

CD REVIEWS: Anita O’Day/Four Classic Albums Plus (Avid AMSC1136)

Chastity Brown returns to UK for live tour

The Northern Echo: (9394256)

10:09am Wednesday 27th August 2014

MINNESOTA-BASED musician, Chastity Brown, returns to the UK this September for a live tour calling in at Newcastle’s Cluny 2 on September 27.

The Ladyboys of Bangkok

The Northern Echo: The Ladyboys Of Bangkok

10:07am Wednesday 27th August 2014

THE Lady Boys of Bangkok are returning to Tyneside with a month-long series of shows, called Red Hot Kisses, from Friday, September 5 to Saturday, October 4, in the Sabai Pavilion, Times Square, Newcastle, NE1 4EP.

A life of luxury

The Northern Echo: Programme Name: Hotel India - TX: 27/08/2014 - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Front of House Staff  - (C) Jacob Robinson - Photographer: Jacob Robinson (9654119)

10:07am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Hotel India (BBC2, 8pm)

Mum’s the word

The Northern Echo:

5:03pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

You’re never too old to skydive, paintball or straddle alligators, says Baz Ashmawy, who had his mum try it all out. And it makes for brilliant TV, as Jeananne Craig finds out

Every doc has his day

The Northern Echo:

5:01pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

As TV roles go, taking on Doctor Who comes with a certain degree of expectation. But as twelfth Doc Peter Capaldi tells Keeley Bolger, it’s a job he’s been training for since childhood



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