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REVIEW: Sleeping Beauty adds Christmas sparkle to the Sunderland Empire!

REVIEW: Sleeping Beauty adds Christmas sparkle to the Sunderland Empire!

The West End of the North East brings this age old magical tale with a contemporary twist! The Brothers Grimm meet their match with Martin Dodd’s colourful, farcical production of the classic fairytale at the opening night of the pantomime. The dazzling, battling duo – Faye Tozer, the Good Fairy and Vicky Entwistle who plays […]

 KatieBaggott

Spellbinding Sleeping Beauty comes to Sunderland Empire

Spellbinding Sleeping Beauty comes to Sunderland Empire

A panto packed full of comedic jokes, colourful costumes, sensational song and dance and bags of audience participation – Sleeping Beauty is bound to keep you in the festive spirit this Christmas!  UK Productions, the producers behind Cinderella, Peter Pan, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Aladdin return to the Sunderland Empire this festive […]

 Andrew McAnaney

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride – Review

Ye Olde Game Is Afoot

As a fan of Sherlock, I was excited for the New Year special so much, but as it was set in Victorian England, did it disappoint? Here are my thoughts. The special opens in a similar way as the main series does, with Dr Watson (Martin Freeman) returning from war. This time Watson is returning […]

 Annie Roberts

Review: Call The Midwife – Christmas Special 2015

Exploding puddings, plenty of snow and the BBC want to head to Poplar. Yes, that’s right – our favourite Midwifes from Nonnatus House were back on Christmas Day for a one-off festive episode. The show kicked off with some heartwarming scenes where Sister Monica Joan (Judy Parfitt) takes on the duty of making the annual […]

 Sophie Dishman

Downton Abbey visit Beamish to film final episode shown on Christmas

TV drama Downton Abbey visited Beamish to film scenes for its final episode which was seen on Christmas day. Some scenes were filmed in the town area of the popular North East tourist attraction. Beamish’s Town street was covered in “snow” in July, when filming took place with Lady Mary Crawley (played by Michelle Dockery), […]

 Adam Bloomfield

Mrs Brown’s Boys: Christmas Special 2015

How now Mrs Brown…?! Yes, everyone’s favourite cross-dressing Irish lady is back for a Christmas special, so hopefully it’s just as good as previous years. Kicking off with a few gags right off the bat – which I’ll admit are cheesy but funny – we see Mrs Brown attempting to have a nice, safe, quiet […]

 Adam Bloomfield

Check out what the Most Depressing Soap this Christmas is

It isn’t Christmas in Soap Land without a yearly helping of death, despair, misery and revelations, so let’s compare the three main soaps and see which one gets the title of ‘Most Depressing Soap’. Emmerdale – 18:45pm – 19:45pm – ITV 1 Normally Emmerdale has its fair share of doom and gloom around Christmas time […]

 Adam Bloomfield

Three Tim Burton films to watch this Christmas

Three Tim Burton films to watch this Christmas

Even as a young child I was always fascinated by stuff that was, how shall we say ‘macabre’ I loved the colour black, death, skulls, supernatural stuff and things that went bump in the night and then one Christmas when I was a 9 year old boy I saw it…. The Nightmare Before Christmas so […]

 Sophie Dishman

Interviews with Local Writers

Interviews with Local Writers

  2015 is drawing to a close with many successes for local writers in Sunderland and in Tyne and Wear.  Sophie Dishman spoke to ten local writers: Amy McLean, Jenah Colledge, Blaine Ward, Alan Parkinson, Iain Rowan, Glenda Young, Colin Mulhern, Tom Smith, Stephanie Gallon and Michelle McCabe. Amy McLean and Stephanie Gallon are independent writers. Blaine Ward, Alan […]

 Sophie Dishman

Top 10 Boxsets for Christmas

Top 10 Boxsets for Christmas

Christmas isn’t Christmas without a boxset. We’ve included TV, Netflix and film boxsets in this top 10.  Here are the Northern Lights contributor picks for box-sets for Christmas: 1. Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Specials (2011-2014): Have a laugh with Mammy, Grandad and the rest of the characters as you reminisce about Christmas’ past before you watch […]