North-East comedy pair Reeves and Mortimer confirm tour

The Advertiser Series: ON TOUR: Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer.

11:21am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

NORTH-East comedy duo Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer have confirmed their first tour in 20 years.

‘My view from the bridge’

The Advertiser Series: A View From The Bridge, James Rastall and Philip Cairns

5:07pm Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Michael Brandon discover he has quite a few surprising points for Viv Hardwick on his Arthur Miller debut.

Oiling Darlington wheels of debate

4:35pm Friday 27th February 2015

WILL oil always be cheaper? Is fracking the answer? The man who has become the BBC’s face of geology, Professor Iain Stewart, will attempt to answer these questions when he visits Darlington next week as well as and on his new TV series on BBC2.

Restaurant Review: Glass House, Darlington College

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11:20am Friday 27th February 2015

Staffed by students and run by experienced college tutors, Darlington College’s Glass House restaurant provides many students with their first rung on the ladder towards a career in hospitality. Karl Simmonds and Ian Hamilton were invited to find out more

Forbidden pleasures

The Advertiser Series: Mark Newnham as Cookie and Greg Last as Navigation Officer in Return to the Forbidden Planet.

10:55am Thursday 26th February 2015

It's blast-off time for 25 years of a musical which changed to course of theatre history. Viv Hardwick talks to creator Bob Carlton and skating star Frido Ruth.

Restaurant Review: The Wellington Heifer, Ainderby Steeple

The Advertiser Series: WARM WELCOME: The Wellington Heifer at Ainderby Steeple. Picture: RICHARD DOUGHTY

10:27am Thursday 26th February 2015

On a snowy February night, Joe Willis finds a warm welcome waiting in Ainderby Steeple.

Film review: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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10:21am Thursday 26th February 2015

Film: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Film Review: It Follows

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9:59am Thursday 26th February 2015

It Follows

Claire’s all set for Sex In Suburbia

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9:51am Thursday 26th February 2015

Singing star got the idea for her show from her many disastrous dates, before meeting Mr Right.

Film Review: Addicted To Sheep, Gala Theatre, Durham

The Advertiser Series: Stars of new documentary following Upper Teesdale tenant hill farmers talk of unique experience

4:48pm Tuesday 24th February 2015

When I was invited to review a new independent film about a tenant sheep farming family I must admit I didn't know what to expect.

Birdsong, Northern Stage, Newcastle

2:51pm Tuesday 24th February 2015

TUNNEL warfare deep underground in the rabbit warrens of the First World War beneath the battlefields of France is an unlikely place to find a love story. Rachel Wagstaff’s adaptation of Sebastian Faulk’s novel makes the fictional characters feel as if everything is written from personal experience.

The Full Monty, Sunderland Empire

9:00am Tuesday 24th February 2015

ROBERT Jones’ impressive set towers high on the Empire stage evoking the decrepit interior of an abandoned steelworks. Overseen by Margaret, the temperamental overhead crane, and detailed in all its decaying splendour, it stands as a constant reminder of the fragile economy and even more fragile lives of its now redundant employees.

Top Gear Live, Newcastle Metro Radio Arena

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9:07pm Sunday 22nd February 2015

MANY might wonder just how three middle-aged men have been able to fashion a global phenomena from saying the words cock, testicle and penis.

Wildlife wonderman

The Advertiser Series: Gordon Buchanan filming the The Bear Family And Me

4:16pm Friday 20th February 2015

Viv Hardwick talks to award-winning cameraman Gordon Buchanan about touring to Durham Gala Theatre.

New venue fits the Bill

11:24am Tuesday 17th February 2015

“GIVE me another piece of that pecan pie.”

New venue fits the Bill

11:07am Tuesday 17th February 2015

“GIVE me another piece of that pecan pie.”

Theatre Review: Calamity Jane, York Grand Opera House

The Advertiser Series: Jodie Prenger in Calamity Jane

4:02pm Thursday 12th February 2015

Calamity Jane, York Grand Opera House

'Now we are more nervous'

The Advertiser Series: 'Now we are more nervous'

10:59am Thursday 12th February 2015

Viv Hardwick discovers how Flavia Cacace is still keen to Dance 'Til Dawn at Sunderland.

Restaurant Review: The County, Aycliffe Village

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10:51am Thursday 12th February 2015

PETER BARRON returns from a weekend trip to Dublin and calls in at a popular County Durham eating out venue.

Duncan still dares

The Advertiser Series: Duncan still dares

10:33am Thursday 12th February 2015

Peter Duncan talks to Viv Hardwick about finding a new part of his family in Whitby and the stress of being killed every day as Jack Firebrace in touring drama Birdsong.

Dancing with dyslexia

The Advertiser Series: Dancing with dyslexia

10:29am Thursday 12th February 2015

AWARD-WINNING solo dancer Aakash Odedra is bringing his new work Murmur, inspired by his experiences of dyslexia, to Dance City, Newcastle, on Temple Street, on Saturday, February 28, 8pm, as part of an international tour.

Oceans of interest

The Advertiser Series: Oceans of interest

10:28am Thursday 12th February 2015

Richard Lewis has become one of the country’s leading talents in the creation of high quality children’s theatre, adapting and directing shows from television.

Film Review: Fifty Shades of Grey

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10:16am Thursday 12th February 2015

Film: Fifty Shades Of Grey

Film Review: Love Is Strange

The Advertiser Series: Film Review: Love Is Strange

9:53am Thursday 12th February 2015

Love Is Strange

It's a kinder magic

The Advertiser Series: Paul Nardini, who is half of The Great Nardini with wife Mhairi

11:14am Thursday 5th February 2015

Viv Hardwick talks to Paul Nardini about life after becoming a world champion.

Chatty cheer for Durham

The Advertiser Series: The spexy beast of comedy Alan Carr

11:11am Thursday 5th February 2015

MISTER Spexy, Alan Carr, has climbed the celebrity ladder with his endearing chat and high-pitched squawks, earning himself a recent British Comedy Award and a Bafta.

Murder is ready for business

The Advertiser Series: Robert Gwilym, Paul Opacic and Jo Higson in The Business of Murder

11:08am Thursday 5th February 2015

Viv Hardwick talks to Robert Gwilym about smoking out a great thriller role from the 1980s.

Jumping into real life drama

The Advertiser Series: Lauren Kellegher

11:05am Thursday 5th February 2015

North-East actress Lauren Kellegher is about to make a big splash, playing the lead in the Open Clasp and Frantic Assembly physical theatre production called Jumping Puddles.

Film Review: The Interview

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10:55am Thursday 5th February 2015

Film: The Interview

Film Review: Shaun The Sheep Movie

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10:53am Thursday 5th February 2015

Film: Shaun The Sheep Movie

Film Review: Selma

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Bucking beauty at Sadberge

The Advertiser Series: The Buck Inn, Sadberge

10:19am Tuesday 3rd February 2015

SADBERGE is a small hilltop village that appears to be bucking the national trend. At a time when 28 pubs are closing a week, it manages to support two.

Theatre Review: Coppelia, The Russian State Ballet of Siberia, Darlington Civic Theatre

2:52pm Tuesday 3rd February 2015

Coppelia, The Russian State Ballet of Siberia, Darlington Civic Theatre

Theatre Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, Newcastle Theatre Royal

The Advertiser Series: Simon Stephens and Mark Haddon, Curious Incident play creators

5:21pm Thursday 29th January 2015

MATHS and the minutiae of the Bakerloo Line aren’t usually associated with limelight, but then this is a classic 21st Century text and, once the stamp of the National Theatre is all over it you can rest assured that this will be a top production, but not like we have ever seen before.

Strictly Come Dancing Tour at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena

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4:59pm Thursday 29th January 2015

THE glamour and sparkle of TV’s Strictly Come Dancing had thousands of die-hard fans baying for more when the live tour arrived in Newcastle this week.

Restaurant Review: Newcastle Airport

The Advertiser Series: Restaurant Review: Newcastle Airport

11:20am Thursday 29th January 2015

Off on a weekend trip, Peter Barron weighs up the eating out options at Newcastle International Airport.

Prepare to see this and weep

The Advertiser Series: Phoenix Dance of Leeds

11:06am Thursday 29th January 2015

Those tempted to cry me a river over dance now have the chance with Phoenix Dance's new work, TearFall.

Total Calamity

The Advertiser Series: Jodie Prenger and Phoebe Street in Calamity Jane

11:04am Thursday 29th January 2015

Jodie Prenger talks to Steve Pratt about following Doris Day onto the Deadwood Stage.

Live side of Top Gear

The Advertiser Series: Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson, James May - (C) BBC - Photographer: BBC (17040310)

10:38am Thursday 29th January 2015

Viv Hardwick looks at the legacy of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May as they hit the road to Newcastle.

Film Review: Kingsman: The Secret Service

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10:24am Thursday 29th January 2015

DIRECTED at full pelt by Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman: The Secret Service is an outrageous James Bond-esque caper with an unpleasant and sadistic streak.

Highlights that are boxing clever

The Advertiser Series: ON SONG: Bowjangles are among the professional performances that will visit community venues this spring

10:10am Thursday 29th January 2015

Village halls and small spaces are about to resound to another season of touring work.

Film Review: Big Hero 6 (PG)

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10:07am Thursday 29th January 2015

Big Hero 6

Restaurant Review: The Scullery, Sunderland

The Advertiser Series: Restaurant Review.
'The Scullery' Restaurant, Sunderland. 
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11:10am Thursday 22nd January 2015

Having opened just over a year ago, The Scullery aims to distinguish itself from the usual cafes and restaurants - and it succeeds, as Sarah Foster discovers.

Week of new performances

The Advertiser Series: Director Melanie Rashbrooke

11:06am Thursday 22nd January 2015

In with the new, Live Theatre on Newcastle's Quayside is about to open its doors to new work which audiences can see in the making.

Time for us to enjoy the Shrek effect

The Advertiser Series: Shrek the Musical (9050535)

10:24am Thursday 22nd January 2015

Viv Hardwick goes under the green skin of Shrek the Musical to discover how an animated Hollywood movies was always destined to play UK venues like Drury Lane and Newcastle.

Spring into a new season

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10:22am Thursday 22nd January 2015

Newcastle's Northern Stage enlivens the new year with a collaboration version of Cyrano de Bergerac.

Film Review: The Gambler

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10:11am Thursday 22nd January 2015

The Gambler

Film Review: Ex Machina

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10:09am Thursday 22nd January 2015

Ex Machina

Put your Betts on a dramatic election night

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9:56am Thursday 22nd January 2015

Viv Hardwick chats to Torben Betts about adding his weight to Newcastle's political landscape

Event with extra bounce

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9:54am Thursday 22nd January 2015

Net profit means a lot to a weekend show at Newcastle's Cluny


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