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Creative: Nikki Thompson, of Peppercorn House, who sources old pieces of furniture and gives them new lifePhotography: Chris Booth

Mistress of reinvention

Simon Bourne works on a pair of shoes

The shoe-maker extraordinaire

The atmospheric bar at The Pheasant has an amazing choice of spirits

A cosy corner of Cumbria

Crap Colouring-In by Joe Summer, published by Boxtree.

Top books for a perfect present

A kitchen featuring an upmarket Aga.

My Aga love affair is heating up

Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii 'Profusion'

Seasonal colours

Carol, starring Cate Blanchett.

'It's all about the people'

James Martin in London.

King James of puddings will save the day

Nicholas Robinson's fiancee Shannon and her mum outside court

When murder is all too real

Duncan Bannatyne suffered a black eye in the latest trial

I'm a Celebrity Bannatyne watch: homesick Duncan misses his girlfriend

A close-up of the Prunus Tai Haku

You don't need many acres to enjoy Acers - and rowans

Rihanna performs during a previous visit to the MetroRadio Arena, Newcastle

Rihanna Sunderland tickets on sale

Danny Adams, Chris Hayward, Clive Webb and Charlie Hardwick in Dick Whittington at Newcastle Theatre Royal

Dick Whittington, Newcastle Theatre Royal

Our first glimpse of Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as Watson in the festive Sherlock Holmes special

The case of the Sherlock special

Ed Sheeran is a product of the Youth Music Theatre shows

Stockton and Newcastle youth theatre auditions

Mike Sanchez is returning to Mickleton RnB Club

Mike Sanchez at Mickleton

Jools Holland with Ruby Turner, far right, and band singers Louise Marshall and Mabel Ray

It's a record for Jools Holland at Newcastle

Emmie Beckitt and Rick Wakeman

Christmas single from Emmie Beckitt and Rick Wakeman

The Real Thing Chris and Eddie Amoo with Dave Smith

Soul legends come to Teesside

LUXURY: Rockliffe Hall in Hurworth, near Darlington

Restaurant Review: The Clubhouse, Rockcliffe Hall, Hurworth

Carol: Starring Cate Blanchett

Film Review: Carol

Roger Taylor, John Taylor, Nick Rhodes and Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran

Still hungry for more

Phil takes a selfie of the family in EastEnders. Billy Mitchell (Perry Fewick), William, Honey (Emma Barton), Janet, Ben Mitchell (Harry Reid), Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden), Abi Branning (Lorna Fitzgerald), Jay Mitchell (Jamie Borthwick), Sharon Mitchel

Festive photo shoot leads to revelations

Director Adam Morley and cast members Emma Taylor, Glenn McCrory and Alice Marshall

Boxer finds success in the round

Folk scene busier than ever

David Almond, the Newcastle author will be collaborating with Live Theatre on a new project

Author's tale takes centre stage

It’s Snowing with Mark Pearce, Mei Mac and Paula James

Snow Child: The Witham, Barnard Castle

Alex Polizzi meets a woman who claims to be the last remaining sea silk weaver

Alex returns to small island life

Jason Cook

South Shields Laffalang tickets on sale

Sarah Millican has announced two extra dates in Newcastle in July

Extra Sarah Millican dates at Newcastle to go on sale

Cheryl Moody as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde at Newcastle's Tyne Theatre

Legally Blonde: Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Newcastle

Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick is back for a new five-part series on Channel 4

Supervet treats Bishop Auckland dog

Stuart says he likes a challenge

Meet the re-craftsman

A previous Samling Masterclass in Hall Two at Sage Gateshead Picture: MARK PINDER (47150798)

Samling Artist Programme brings classical stars together with young emerging professionals at Sage Gateshead

Jacques and Adrian Stout of The Tiger Lillies

The Tiger Lillies, Love For Sale: The Songs of Cole Porter, The Sage, Gateshead

Playing house, Roger (Toby Jones) finds a little childcare trouble in Capital

Toby Jones is just Capital for drama

The Durham Singers and Ensemble

Haydn's The Creation: The Durham Singers and Ensemble, Durham Cathedral

Some of the finished products

Say cheese

Celebrity hairdresser Jack Howard with Darlington College Apprentice Danielle Jones, 19, of Darlington, at his master class in Balayage

Balayage - all the rage

On the moors below Langdon Beck: Brian Foster, Tim Wellock, Ian Lidster, Brian Heaton, Chris Jackson, Brian Smith

From one extreme to another

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2. Pictured: Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth

Still hungering for more


Another marvellous turn

The Dressmaker. Pictured: Kate Winslet.

Busy Winslet is no jobs-worth

Sweet pea variety Madison

Heaven scent

Real ale continues to be popular, but should really be accompanied by "real food"

You are what you eat

Lorraine Pascale's take on Mexican dish huevos rancheros.

How to eat well without the expense and hassle

Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford in London.

We are the perfect balance

Tomorrow's Food is food for thought for Dara O Briain

Tomorrow's food has a funny taste

OH YES IT IS: Cinderella star Niki Evans is all set to play Fairy Godmother. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Darlington was my first choice says Cinderella star Niki Evans

Framboisette, 6a Station Road, Eaglescliffe

Review: Framboisette, Eaglescliffe

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