A right bunch of sparklers

The Northern Echo: From Brite Spark FilmsDIAMOND GEEZERThursday 24th July 2014 on ITV Pictured: Michael Lynton who has been creating bespoke jewellery in Hatton Garden for over 40 years  wears magnifying glasses at his studioIn new ITV documentary Diamond Geezers, cameras h

10:10am Thursday 24th July 2014

Diamond Geezers (ITV, 9pm), Commonwealth Games (BBC1, 7pm) and Amazing Spaces – Shed of the Year (Channel 4, 8pm)

On your marks, get set, watch

The Northern Echo: Programme Name: The Commonwealth Games 2014 - TX: 23/07/2014 - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows:  Clare Balding, Hazel Irvine, Gabby Logan, Gary Lineker - (C) BBC - Photographer: Todd Antony  (8368394)

9:57am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Commonwealth Games: Opening Ceremony, Emergency Bikers and This Old Thing: The Vintage Clothes Show

Going for gold

The Northern Echo:

11:23am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

ONE of the greatest cyclists of all time, Sir Chris Hoy admits he feels kind of silly on reflection concerning “all those sleepness nights, about riding a bike in a circle”.

Tonight's TV highlights, July 21

The Northern Echo: Programme Name: Clothes To Die For - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: A woman holding a picture of her missing relative at the collapse site of the Rana Plaza Factory, Savar, Bangladesh.  - (C) Taslima Akhter - Photographer: Taslima Akhte

9:50am Monday 21st July 2014

Clothes To Die For, Kevin Bridges: Live at the Commonwealth and Police Interceptors

Elgar launches Proms season

The Northern Echo:

10:31am Friday 18th July 2014

THE largest classical music festival in the world opens this week with Edward Elgar’s Biblical oratorio The Kingdom, a 90-minute performance which should wow classical music fans.

The Norland super-nannies

The Northern Echo: Norland College students from left are Alice, Chloe, Jess, Laura, Katie and Chloe

10:11am Thursday 17th July 2014

Britain’s Poshest Nannies (ITV, 9pm)

TV's real Dr Doolittle

The Northern Echo: Programme Name: Talk to the Animals - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. 2) - Picture Shows: with a meerkat at the Kuruman River Reserve, Kalahari, South Africa. Lucy Cooke - (C) Boundless, part of FremantleMedia UK - Photographer: Production (8094303)

9:49am Wednesday 16th July 2014

THE latest recruit to the world of TV wildlife, Lucy Cooke, has unexpectedly found herself cast in the role of being a new breed of presenter with 88-year-old Sir David Attenborough’s style deemed to have fallen out of favour at the BBC.

Making a buzz

The Northern Echo: Busy bee: A BBC programme that really does boast a hive of activity

9:52am Tuesday 15th July 2014

FEW of us aren’t aware of the plight of Britain’s declining bee population and are probably doing all they can to add bee-friendly plants to the garden.

Davies deals a great hand

The Northern Echo:

5:07pm Monday 14th July 2014

HIS work might all take place behind the scenes, but writer Andrew Davies has left such an indelible mark on British culture, that it’s hard to imagine the past few decades of TV without him.

Family finders

The Northern Echo: Nurse Louise tracks down her absent father Stephane in Long Lost Family

9:53am Monday 14th July 2014

Long Lost Family (ITV, 9pm), Rio in Rio (BBC1, 10.35pm) and Royal Marines Commando School (Channel 4, 9pm)

A pass master

The Northern Echo:

11:53am Friday 11th July 2014

HE ONCE famously said “You can’t win anything with kids” concerning the 1995 Manchester United squad, but that line was typical of the no-nonsense Scot Alan Hansen, who got so many things right in his career.

See how the other half live

The Northern Echo: From Platform Productions CHAMPNEYSThursday 10th July 2014 on ITV Pictured : Spa Manager Lucy Ayles and her team of beauty therapists stand ready to pampers the guests Champneys, one of the countryÕs oldest health spas, is put under the microscope

10:32am Thursday 10th July 2014

FEW of us will ever get to enjoy the treats on offer at Britain's premiere health spa - Champneys. Guests must pay top dollar to enjoy its luxurious surroundings but, according to this documentary, whether you're royalty or somebody who's saved up for years for the pleasure, you'll be treated the same as soon as you walk through the establishment's DOORS.

Caring youngsters

The Northern Echo: JLS Britains Youngest Carers - Oritse Williams (7881362)

9:59am Wednesday 9th July 2014

ORTISE Williams, founding member of boyband JLS, knows all about the pressures of caring for a loved one as he meets young carers from across the UK who take care of their parents on a daily basis, as well as experts who support the youngsters in a time of crisis.

Turning trash into treasure

The Northern Echo: Kirstie's Fill Your House For Free Series 2, Kirstie Allsopp (7876875)

10:43am Tuesday 8th July 2014

SHE’S probably a little too posh to push this show title, but you can’t help rooting for good old Kirstie Allsopp. In slightly thinner times, she was openly furious with dunderheads who didn’t know a bargain home when they saw one.

Return to Oz

The Northern Echo: Programme Name: John Bishop's Australia - TX: n/a - Episode: John Bishop's Australia (No. n/a) - Picture Shows:  John Bishop - (C) Lola Entertainment - Photographer: Grab (7870093)

9:48am Monday 7th July 2014

BACK in 1992, an unknown 25-year-old Liverpudlian called John Bishop was working as a sales rep for a drugs company. With a steady girlfriend, a good wage, a company car and a sideline as a semi-professional footballer, he seemed to have it all.

Corden takes on the banker

The Northern Echo: (7663639)

10:21am Friday 4th July 2014

JAMES Corden is having quite a year. His Sky1 panel show A League of Their Own was awarded a Bafta back in May, he's been pictured working hard to shift those stubborn pounds, and he and wife, Julia, have recently excitedly announced they're soon to be parents for a second time.

Emotional conflict

The Northern Echo: Programme Name: The Honourable Woman - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Iconic image for series Nessa Stein (MAGGIE GYLLENHALL) - (C) Drama Republic - Photographer: DEs Willie (7663428)

10:10am Thursday 3rd July 2014

THE latest US actress to adopt a middle-class English accent is Oscar-nominated Maggie Gyllenhaal, who has film credits from raunchy cult drama Secretary to blockbusters like The Dark Knight.

The ultimate betrayal

The Northern Echo: FROM WILD PICTURESTHE BETRAYERSWednesday 2nd July 2014 on ITV Pictured: (l-r) ROISIN, RITA AND OONAGH TOMAN OUTSIDE THEir  BELFAST HOMEFraudsters are often where you least expect them but are always dangerous to know. This emotionally charged film tells t

10:01am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

CRIMEWATCH, Cowboy Builders and Don’t Get Done regularly carry dire warnings about being swindled by a stranger.

Titch's return

The Northern Echo: From Spungold Productions 

LOVE YOUR GARDEN 
Tuesday 25th June 2013 on ITV 

Pictured :  Alan Titchmarsh with  (l-r) Francis Tophill, David Domoney and Katie Rushworth  

The nation’s favourite gardener ALAN TITCHMARSH returns with a brand new seri

10:09am Tuesday 1st July 2014

Love Your Garden (ITV, 7.30pm)

Food for thought

The Northern Echo: Jimmy Doherty takes time out from farming to track down the world's 50 best diets

9:31am Monday 30th June 2014

IN Jimmy Doherty and Kate Qulton’s epic trip, we take a look at 50 of the world’s diets and have them ranked from the very worst to the very best, with the help of leading dietary experts.

Ready to rock

The Northern Echo: Glastonbury glory for Blackbeard's Tea Party from York

10:16am Friday 27th June 2014

THANK God for Glastonbury because the rest of Friday nights are beginning to look as interesting as a host of Knots Landing repeats. The opening festival day alone features Arcade Fire, Elbow, and Lily Allen on the iconic Pyramid Stage, plus Blondie and the Kaiser Chiefs. But it’s rising stars Blackbeard's Tea Party who the region can raise a glass to this afternoon.

God save the beauty queens

The Northern Echo: Miss World Megan Young of the Philippines

9:47am Thursday 26th June 2014

LONG, long ago, small-town Britain thought nothing of crowning an annual beauty queen as part of its carnival procession, flower shows, beer tents and display rings. Look at us now.

Inspector gets ready to revisit

The Northern Echo: Host of questions: Alex Polizzi is The Hotel Inspector

9:38am Wednesday 25th June 2014

I CAN’T help but admire Alex Polizzi who is constantly looking for standards and professionalism in a world which isn't always accommodating. The woman has staying power if nothing else, because her training in the formidable Forte hotel chain – she’s the granddaughter of Lord Forte – must make her despair of others reaching similar standards.

Flight of feisty

The Northern Echo: ANIMAL MAGIC: Alison Steadman with a Shetland pony

9:42am Tuesday 24th June 2014

FEISTY is probably the best word to describe Alison Steadman, particularly when it comes to discussing her stage tours to the North-East… but I never would have thought the actress had a lifelong ambition to visit the Shetland Isles.

Can Andy lift the title again?

The Northern Echo: CHAMPION BID: Andy Murray and the Wimbledon trophy by the Fred Perry statue

9:55am Monday 23rd June 2014

THANKS to my mum, my TV interest in Wimbledon began in the days when Rod Laver reigned supreme and commentator Dan Maskell coined the catchphrase “Oh I say” to indicate a fine point won, when he wasn’t in his “peach of a dream” mood over a particular piece of raquet-work.

Cole returns to the limelight

The Northern Echo: GEORDIE STAR: Cheryl Cole is on the guests’ lounge as Graham Norton plays host to another batch of celebrities

10:43am Friday 20th June 2014

GEORDIE Cheryl Cole spent a few months out of the limelight earlier this year (honest) and the only time she really made any impact on gossip pages was when she had a huge tattoo of roses put on her backside.

Fostering love

The Northern Echo: CINDERELLA GIRL: Lorraine Pascale with Marion and John Bird, her foster carers when she was a baby

10:32am Thursday 19th June 2014

JUST imagine what you might watch if Uruguay weren’t playing England tonight? If not you might need the good old iplayer to track down chef, best-selling author and former model Lorraine Pascale, who has become one of TV’s biggest success stories of the past few years.

Silver scooters

The Northern Echo: MOBILITY ISSUES: Peter Tomlinson mobility experiences a scooter driving session at the Lifewise Centre, in Rotherham, with PC Mick Hedges, left, and Tracy Simmons

12:03pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

MY SON has driven several, including a threewheeler which seemed to be powered by a flux capacitor, and myself and Echo colleagues have tried out a few and narrowly avoided You’ve Been Framed moments.

Antiques class

The Northern Echo: ANTIQUES EXPERTS: Staff from the Lots Road Auction House

11:10am Tuesday 17th June 2014

CAN’T tell your Myson from a Meerschaum when it comes to auction bargains? Well, I think most of us feel like that when faced with a fastmoving auction and boxes of dusty items which may or may not include that one star item which would gain a place of glory on Antiques Roadshow.

Tiger, tiger

The Northern Echo: FURRY FRIENDS: Giles Clark with Sumatran tiger cubs Spot and Stripe in Tiger About The House

11:03am Monday 16th June 2014

THE trailer said it all… a tiger cub having the time of its life starts to bite lumps out of a domestic settee. Even as a dedicated cat lover, I’m not sure I could sit back and watch something five times the size of a Siamese destroying my home.

Brian puts love on stand by

The Northern Echo: ADDING ROMANCE: Brian McFadden and Laura Jackson host Stand By Your Man

10:36am Friday 13th June 2014

IF YOU survived Paddy McGuinness’ Take Me Out, then it’s no Blind Date to learn that Channel Five is attempting to add a little romance to Friday nights with Stand By Your Man.

Wait is over

The Northern Echo: From ITV Sport 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP ON ITV PICTURED: Gus Poyet holds an official Brazuca Match Ball at Wembley Stadium for the ITV World Cup launch ITV has named its World Cup squad for Brazil and plans for covering the tournament, with a stellar on-screen

10:19am Thursday 12th June 2014

World Cup Live (ITV1 7pm)

A good old celebrity barny

The Northern Echo: A CPL PRODUCTION FOR ITV STUDIOS

ALL STAR MR & MRS

Picture shows: PHILLIP SCHOFIELD WITH DAVID HASSELHOFF

CPL Productions

All Star Mr & Mrs is back!  Hosted by Phillip Schofield, this series will see celebrities such 

A CPL Productions Ltd fo

10:05am Wednesday 11th June 2014

YES, I know some will hear a signature tune like the sound of a barrel-bottom being scraped when this show hits our screens, but many enjoy a good old celebrity argument about loading the dishwasher, walking the dog and annoying habits. Phillip Schofield is now at the helm as the rich and famous bicker about anything and everything it seems.

Earning a crust

The Northern Echo: TOO MANY COOKS? From left, Todd Carty, Jodie Kidd, Susannah Constantine, Sophie Thompson and Russell Grant

8:44am Tuesday 10th June 2014

TWENTY famous (okay you probably won’t know all of them) faces are set to take the taste test this year and the line-up offers us a smattering from the soaps, including former EastEnders villain Alex ‘Trevor Morgan’ Ferns and Coronation Street nutcase Ken ‘Reg Holdsworth’ Morley.

Becks and pals go to the jungle

The Northern Echo: WARNING: Embargoed for publication until: 02/06/2014 - Programme Name: David Beckham Into The Unknown - TX: 09/06/2014 - Episode: David Beckham Into The Unknown (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: ** Embargoed for Publication until 14:00 hrs 2nd June 2014**

David

9:56am Monday 9th June 2014

LET’S face it, the player formerly known as Goldenballs probably doesn’t have the voice required when it comes to World cup punditry. Instead, the tattoed champion of soccer, David Beckham, has gone down the just as familiar celebrity route of grabbing a handful of his best mates and embarking on a journey to the jungles of Brazil.

Storming of the D-Day beaches

The Northern Echo: BEACH ASSAULT: A soldier’s eye view of the D-Day landings

9:57am Friday 6th June 2014

ON June 6, 1944, at the height of the Second World War, the Allied forces embarked upon one of the most ambitious amphibious landings ever undertaken.

Charity Gala is full of laughs

The Northern Echo: FUNNY MEN: Michael McIntyre, Lee Evans and Jack Whitehall

11:09am Thursday 5th June 2014

IT’S that time of the year again, when the great and the good of the comedy world gather at London’s O2 to perform in front of a packed audience while raising money for the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

Giving back in retirement

The Northern Echo: Mary Portas

10:21am Wednesday 4th June 2014

WHAT'S It All About? Although they may be worried about how exactly they are going to pay for it, some people can't wait for the day they can officially give up work and start their retirement.

Bundles of joy

The Northern Echo: family value: quads James, Joshua, Lauren and Emily Turner, with parents Sharon and Julian

9:55am Tuesday 3rd June 2014

What's It All About? For most first-time parents, the idea of looking after one baby can be daunting enough.

What's new pussy cat?

The Northern Echo: From Oxford Scientific FilmsSECRET LIFE OF CATS Monday 2nd June 2014 on ITV Pictured A Tabby Kitten eyes open at 7 to 10 days after birth  You might believe cats are grumpy, with a 'couldn't care less' attitude, but think again - with the bala

10:11am Monday 2nd June 2014

Even the most ardent of dog-lovers have to admit there's something quite special about cats. While dogs are a faithful, ever-present companion to their owners' lives, cats are somewhat more aloof, and therefore much harder to pin down.

Double trouble

The Northern Echo: (6466542)

10:26am Friday 30th May 2014

THE most popular drama show in the US reaches the end of series ten tonight, which makes life difficult for fans like me, who are struggling to keep up with cable channel FX's haphazard showing of series 11. So, there are around two years of plot twists and turns still to come on Five.

Ann's law

The Northern Echo: Ann Barnes provides an insight into her police commissioner role in Kent

10:15am Thursday 29th May 2014

FEW of us can name our local police commissioner from the 41 elected two years ago in what was the biggest shake-up to policing for 50 years, and cost in excess of £75million.

Deep impact

The Northern Echo: Programme Name: Coast Australia - TX: n/a - Episode: Great Barrier Reef (No. 3) - Picture Shows: Xanthe Mallett & dive master Heather Batrick about to explore the wreck of the SS Yongala, off Cape Bowling Green, south of Townsville. Xanthe Mallett, He

9:42am Wednesday 28th May 2014

THE Beeb knew it was onto a winner when the stunning aerial shots of the Great Barrier Reef achieved record ratings in the land down-under as historian and television presenter Neil Oliver moved the format away from the shorelines of Britain.

The Mentalist (Channel 5, 9pm)

The Northern Echo: SCREEN ROLES: Robin Tunney and Simon Baker in The Mentalist

9:52am Tuesday 27th May 2014

CALL me Mr Picky, but I suspect that two people touted as TV’s greatest detectives would have deduced how they feel about each after six years.

Welcome to Rio (BBC2, 9pm)

9:49am Tuesday 27th May 2014

I’M sorry but there’s not going to be much time left to ignore World Cup 2014 – and all eyes are on Rio de Janeiro.

The Complainers (Channel 4, 9pm)

9:49am Tuesday 27th May 2014

LOOK, we all love a good moan and it’s nice to know our country of so-called non-complainers has actually logged 38 million of them against UK corporations last year.

Right curry on

The Northern Echo: Goodness Gracious Me Special sketch Competitive Mothers Nina Wadia, Dave Lamb and Meera Syal

12:34pm Monday 26th May 2014

AN Indian version of Mary Poppins and a swipe at a certain popular, right-wing newspaper with The Delhi Mail are just two of the new sketches from the cast of Goodness Gracious Me, who have reunited for a 30-minute episode.

Something to suit you?

The Northern Echo: Rowley Birkin QC (PAUL WHITEHOUSE)

10:08am Friday 23rd May 2014

TWO decades have passed since the likes of Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Arabella Weir and Caroline Aherne burst onto our TVs and created a gallery of memorable stars, and sayings that still pop up in everyday conversation.

Throwback to the past

The Northern Echo: DOUBLE LIFE: Philip Glenister as Daniel Cotton in From There to Here

10:38am Thursday 22nd May 2014

OKAY, so I know it’s another throwback to the past, but Philip Glenister is only going back 18 years this time – as opposed to the 1970s and 80s with DCI Gene Hunt in Life on Mars and its sequel Ashes to Ashes.

Playing a game of two roles

The Northern Echo: Iain Glen as Jack Taylor

10:09am Wednesday 21st May 2014

I'VE noticed that Iain Glen has a blossoming fan club across Europe partly thanks to playing Ser Jorah Mormont in Game Of Thrones, but also through his fleeting appearances as downtrodden and drink troubled private eye Jack Taylor.



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