The Wyvill Arms, Constable Burton

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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

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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.

Film Review: The Judge

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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.

Film Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3D (12A)

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5:47pm Thursday 16th October 2014

THE adventures of turtle brothers Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael began life in the mid-1980s as an irreverent comic book and rapidly spawned an animated TV series, a trilogy of films and a dizzying array of merchandise.

Theatre Review: Jeeves & Wooster, Newcastle Theatre Royal

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

4:48pm Thursday 16th October 2014

JEEVES & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense is based on the short stories (in particular The Code of the Woosters) written by PG Wodehouse; it stars John Gordon Sinclair as Jeeves, James Lance as Wooster and is written by the Goodale Brothers.

Theatre Review: April in Paris, Darlington Civic Theatre

10:46am Wednesday 15th October 2014

APRIL in Paris is centred on a tumultuous relationship between Al (Joe McGann) and Bet (Shobna Gulati).

Theatre Review: Antigone, Northern Stage, Newcastle

The Advertiser Series: Antigone - a Pilot Theatre, Derby Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East Production

2:35pm Monday 13th October 2014

TURNING Greek Mythology into a British street gang drama, writer Roy Williams has produced a play for our time that eavesdrops on Sophocles’ original story – his characters, ghosts from another era.

Theatre Review: The Crucible, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

The Advertiser Series: Kate Phillips and Martin Marquez in The Crucible

2:35pm Monday 13th October 2014

DIRECTOR James Brining’s revival is epic in its staging. Not just the length (a gripping three hours plus but every minute counts) or the look (designer Colin Richmond uses the wide open spaces of the Quarry Theatre to great effect) but in its no-holds-barred emotional content.

Fireman Sam - Ocean Rescue

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8:41pm Friday 10th October 2014

EVERYONE loves a fireman and they don’t come much more popular than Fireman Sam.

Theatre Review: Disney On Ice, Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

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8:58am Friday 10th October 2014

WHERE are the princesses? That was the constant chirp of my almost-four-year-old daughter from the moment she and new-school-starter best friend were surprised with tickets for Disney on Ice.

Film Review: Annabelle

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5:06pm Thursday 9th October 2014

ACCORDING to the opening credits of Annabelle, dolls have frequently been used as conduits of evil. Modern filmmakers have had great fun transforming inanimate figures into demonic vessels.

Film Review: Effie Gray

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5:03pm Thursday 9th October 2014

OSCAR-WINNING actor and screenwriter Emma Thompson returns to the stifled emotions and rigorous social etiquettes of 19th Century English society for her script based on the real-life marital woes of Victorian art critic John Ruskin and his teenage bride, Euphemia Gray.

Film Review: The Maze Runner

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4:59pm Thursday 9th October 2014

BASED on the bestselling novel by James Dashner, The Maze Runner is a testosterone-fuelled survival thriller cast from the same robust mould as The Hunger Games and Divergent.

Serious Chuckles

The Advertiser Series: CHUCKLES OF OZ:The launch of Darlington's Panto The Chuckles of Oz today at Houndgate Townhouse, pictured Phil Corbitt as The Cowardly Lion, Danny Potts as The Tin Man, The Chuckle Brothers, Adam Booth as The Scarecrow and Beth Stobbart as Glinda the

3:59pm Thursday 9th October 2014

Viv Hardwick has a chat about Rotherham and celebrity witch hunts with The Chuckle Brothers, who are on much happier ground when it comes to The Chuckles of Oz.

Craig's always got Tyne for Riverdance

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3:57pm Thursday 9th October 2014

Viv Hardwick talks to North-East dancer Craig Mason about how his granny got him into international dance.

Darlington Operatic Society's Sister Act

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3:09pm Thursday 9th October 2014

Steve Pratt chats to sisters Rhiannon Walker and Claire Wilmer about sharing the starring role of Deloris Van Cartier in Sister Act.

Craig Revel Horwood takes on tyrannical Miss Hannigan role in Annie

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3:08pm Thursday 9th October 2014

NEWCASTLE Theatre Royal has just announced two more new shows for next year. The first and most unusual is the musical, Annie, starring Craig Revel Horwood, the Strictly Come Dancing judge, as the tyrannical Miss Hannigan, which will run from July 11 to 18.

Art of dancing

The Advertiser Series: Dancer and painter Olivia Holland

3:05pm Thursday 9th October 2014

HAVING studied art all through her academic career, Northern Ballet dancer Olivia Holland has quickly found a way of turning her keen eye into an alternative career.

Joe McGann's ready for April

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3:37pm Thursday 9th October 2014

Joe McGann takes the lead role of Al in John Godber's comedy April in Paris. McGann became a household name as Charlie Burrows, in the TV comedy series The Upper Hand

Theatre Review: The Two Gentlemen Of Verona, Royal Shakespeare Company, Newcastle Theatre Royal

The Advertiser Series: Roger Morlidge as Launce and Mossop the lurcher as Crab in The Two Gentlemen Of Verona

12:11pm Thursday 9th October 2014

"NOT seen for years", "New" and "One man and his dog" are phrases which resonate around a play that could be one of the Bard's first quill to parchment efforts.

Theatre Review: Betrayal, York Theatre Royal

12:08pm Thursday 9th October 2014

DIRECTOR Juliet Forster took the decision not to investigate the facts behind Harold Pinter's 1978 play about an affair that was seen by many in a different light when it was revealed in 1996 as being inspired by the writer's own secret five-year affair with broadcaster Joan Bakewell.

Theatre Review: Slipping, Scarborough Stephen Joseph Theatre

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3:34pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

THE eyes have it in this new play by Claudine Toutoungi, whose Bit Part was one of four short plays that made up the theatre’s recent Screenplay production.

Theatre Review: Gavin Webster, Tyne Theatre, Newcastle

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3:30pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

YOU can see why this annual gig is a big homecoming celebration for the Geordie comedian who has been plying his wonderful observations throughout the UK and internationally for around 25 years.

Theatre Review: The Big Read: Palace Green Library, Durham City, The Wind in the Willows

The Advertiser Series: Mark Benton as Mr Toad

6:21pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

TAKE a virtual stroll along the riverbank this month, as Durham Book Festival and Durham University give away more than 1,200 copies of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows.

Theatre Review: A Month in the Country, The Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond

The Advertiser Series: Ashley Tucker as Alice Keach

2:53pm Monday 6th October 2014

FROM the old suitcases of his past, Tom Birkin, a World War 1 veteran, reveals his old trench coat, a leather apron and a journal with a rose preserved among its pages. The delicate paper rose brings the people from his memory into sharp focus and they begin to arrive.

Theatre Review: She Stoops To Conquer, Harrogate Theatre

2:48pm Monday 6th October 2014

THE show looks absolutely fabulous, darling. Loved the big wigs and the big costumes. Some amusing ditties too. But Oliver Goldsmith’s 18th Century comedy only fitfully sparks in this admittedly good-looking Northern Broadsides production.

Death becomes her

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3:42pm Friday 3rd October 2014

Steve Pratt discovers the appeal of turning Greek tragedy Antigone into a gangland story and chats to actors Savannah Gordon-Liburd and Mark Monero.

Two Gentlemen of the road

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3:37pm Friday 3rd October 2014

Viv Hardwick talks to Royal Shakespeare Company actor Mark Arends about becoming a Bard villain that very few have seen in the flesh.

Children's Angel of the North

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3:36pm Friday 3rd October 2014

DARLINGTON seems to be on the side of the Angel. The Theatre Hullabaloo play for children aged ten years and above opens its autumn tour at the Dolphin Centre’s Central Hall next week just as a heaven-sent opportunity has been announced to give the company a purpose-built venue in the town from 2016.

Comedy Review: Lee Kyle, The Witham, Barnard Castle

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3:28pm Friday 3rd October 2014

A LITTLE bit of comedy on a Saturday afternoon does you the world of good, especially when it’s free. Funny Way To Be comedy organiser, Peter Dixon, was at The Witham’s open day on Saturday to provide a free taste of what he’s got in store for his autumn comedy shows.

Theatre Review: Peter James' The Perfect Murder, York Grand Opera House

The Advertiser Series: Thomas Howes as Detective Constable Roy Grace in The Perfect Murder

2:35pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

Is there such a thing as the perfect murder? Who knows because if there is we wouldn't know because the killer would have got away with it and remained undetected.

Theatre Review: Double Death, Darlington Civic Theatre

3:50pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

An isolated house perched on a Cornish cliff, a stormy night, a power failure and an evil twin – what’s not to like about Simon Williams’ spooky thriller?

Revealing Wilde days in court

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11:27am Thursday 25th September 2014

Merlin Holland is Oscar Wilde’s grandson and author of Irish Peacock and Scarlet Marquis, the first unabridged publication of the famous libel trial. He spoke to Helen Brown about his current work The Trials of Oscar Wilde, which will play at Richmond’s Georgian Theatre Royal before transferring to The West End. This performance has been moved from October 18 to October 11

Crathorne Arms, Crathorne, near Yarm, North Yorkshire

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11:24am Thursday 25th September 2014

Chris Lloyd finds the real McCoy for food as he visits the Crathorne Arms, near Yarm

In the market for fun

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11:14am Thursday 25th September 2014

JABBERWOCKY Market returns to venues in and around Darlington from next Thursday until Sunday, October 5 for four days of live events performed by local and national artists, as well as workshops, talks and fun activities for audiences of all ages.

Still one of the Goodies

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11:12am Thursday 25th September 2014

Viv Hardwick discovers that Tim Brooke-Taylor is looking forward to a return to Darlington

Growing old... dramatically

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11:08am Thursday 25th September 2014

Steve Pratt talks to professionals and amateurs about a project aiming to give the elderly more say

The Lion King, Sunderland Empire

10:13am Thursday 25th September 2014

WHEN the full-size elephant in the room earns a round of applause for carefully negotiating its way from stalls to stage you've got a show you'll never forget.

Regeneration, York Theatre Royal

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10:13am Thursday 25th September 2014

NOT having read Pat Barker’s trilogy of First World War-set books in which poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owens go to war, I’m in no position to make comparisons between stage and page versions.

Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee: Darlington Civic Theatre

10:13am Wednesday 24th September 2014

AGATHA Christie wrote Black Coffee as a stage play which was less than enthusiastically received when first performed in 1930. It was later turned into two films, one in French, and eventually resurrected as a novel.

Five minutes with Sir Roger Moore

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12:13pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Sir Roger Moore has spent his acting career playing suave and sophisticated characters – he’s pretty smooth in real life, too. Now 86, he’s still going strong, recently started touring a oneman show and has published a new book of memoirs, entitled Last Man Standing. Here he talks about both, as well as his plans for the future, why he became an actor and what it was like taking over the role of James Bond from Sean Connery

Billy Elliot back in Easington

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10:34am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

ON Sunday, September 28 September, Billy Elliot the Musical Live is set to bring cinema-goers to their feet when the global stage phenomenon is broadcast live from London’s West End to cinemas across the UK and around the world.

Theatre Review: Black Coffee, Darlington Civic Theatre

10:19am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

It's 1929. Famous detective Hercule Poirot, played by Jason Durr, and his loyal companion Captain Hastings, played by Robin McCallum, have been called to the residence of a wealthy businessman to investigate the disappearance of an important letter.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Northern Stage, Newcastle

The Advertiser Series: Cast of Cat on a Hot Tim Roof, Kim Criswell, Victoria Elliott, Kieron Jecchinis, Matthew Douglas and Mariah Gale

10:17am Monday 22nd September 2014

THE Press night audience for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof got a little more drama than expected on Thursday last, as Daragh O’Malley (Big Daddy) was taken ill late in the afternoon and was replaced by director, James Dacre, who heroically read the part.

I Told You This Would Happen, The Arc, Stockton

10:15am Monday 22nd September 2014

ON the surface of it, Kathryn Beaumont’s sensitive and challenging solo performance about a woman wronged by an unfaithful boyfriend tells the story of a young woman who discovers that her partner has been leading a double life.

Kids play at Arc with Presto and Monty

10:31am Friday 19th September 2014

PEACEFUL Lion Productions presents the children’s live show Hey, Presto! on stage at Stockton's Arc this Saturday.

Month to remember

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3:15pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Nobby Dimon tells Helen Brown about the Richmond churchyard inspiration for his play

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