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Film review: The Quiet Ones

The Westmorland Gazette: Olivia Cooke has a room with a view in the British horror film The Quiet Ones. Left, Jared Harris as Professor Coupland

11:10am Tuesday 29th April 2014

STRAP in for a shockingly good horror filled with twists and turns and enough jumpy sequences to ensure the audience will be satisfied throughout.

Blackburn director's life-changing film that earned him an Emmy

The Westmorland Gazette: David Barnes

11:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

WINNING an international Emmy award for making a documentary wasn’t on the ‘to do’ list for one East Lancashire producer and director.

Tough days for the millworkers

The Westmorland Gazette: Matthew McNulty and Holly Lucas in The Mill

5:42pm Monday 29th July 2013

There was once a time when period dramas were glossy, often joyous affairs.

Review: Eurovision Song Contest

4:38pm Friday 24th May 2013

AND so one of the great annual highlights on the TV calendar has been and gone.

Review: The Apprentice, BBC1

5:39pm Friday 17th May 2013

I’D thought I was doing well, but three weeks in my resolve failed and I fell into the trap of watching The Apprentice.

Review: The Voice, BBC1

11:52am Friday 10th May 2013

THE coolest furniture on TV has revolved for the final time, the teams have been sorted, the battle lines are drawn and — let’s face it — The Voice goes downhill from now on.

Review: Broadchurch, ITV1

2:13pm Friday 19th April 2013

COME on, admit it... Who’s counting down the minutes and seconds until 9pm on Monday when the severely frayed ends of ITV’s fantastic murder mystery drama Broadchurch will – hopefully – be drawn together?

Review: Wheeler Dealer

11:00am Friday 12th April 2013

TIME to delve into the world of ‘guilty pleasures’ again — most of my viewing seems to fall into this category these days.

Review: Great British Sewing Bee, BBC2

The Westmorland Gazette: TAKING THE LEAD: Claudia Winkleman, the host of The Great British Sewing Bee

12:06pm Friday 5th April 2013

FIRST we had soggy bottoms, now we’ve got saggy pockets!

Review: Bread, BBC2

4:58pm Friday 22nd March 2013

THE collective hearts of WI members around the country must be all a-flutter with the latest foodie fantasy on the Beeb.

Review: Shetland, BBC 1

1:30pm Friday 15th March 2013

JUST because a drama looks spectacular, it doesn’t necessarily mean it will be enthralling viewing.

Review: Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway

1:58pm Friday 8th March 2013

IF you’re a fan of the nation’s favourite two Geordie lads then you’ll be pleased to see that their 10th series of Saturday night telly is back.

Review: My TV is shouting at me

5:16pm Friday 1st March 2013

WE have all heard tales of people shouting at the TV set in protest about something they have seen — I must say I’ve been tempted a few times.

Review: Let’s Dance For Comic Relief

The Westmorland Gazette: Review: Let’s Dance For Comic Relief

1:38pm Friday 22nd February 2013

COMIC Relief has done a great job in helping thousands of youngsters around the world.

Review: Supersize vs Superskinny

10:35am Friday 15th February 2013

I HAVE never believed in the saying ‘you are what you eat’.

LIVE: The Baftas

5:30pm Sunday 10th February 2013

Follow the action live as the stars attend tonight's Bafta presentation

Review: Call The Midwife

5:15pm Friday 8th February 2013

IT’S all the fault of the Christmas Day special. The better half has developed a liking for Call The Midwife.

Review: Categorizing Top Gear and Hairy Bikers

9:58am Friday 1st February 2013

MIDDLE aged men behaving badly or entertaining TV?

Review: The Great British Bake Off

4:50pm Friday 25th January 2013

JO Brand you are almost forgiven for ever agreeing to be a judge on Splash.

Review: Polar Bear Family and Me

5:02pm Friday 18th January 2013

THE true stars of TV have been out in force this week — and not one of them has said a word.

A review of what's been on the box this week

The Westmorland Gazette: Highcliffe Castle: the very British home of Mr Selfridge

4:42pm Wednesday 16th January 2013

This week's TV reviews

Review: Splash, ITV1

3:44pm Friday 11th January 2013

WHERE do you start with the unmitigated TV disaster that was Splash on Saturday night?

Review: Strictly speaking, it still looks all up for grabs

3:43pm Friday 21st December 2012

THINGS are getting serious on Strictly as we approach the grand final tomorrow.

Review: Pointless, BBC2

4:48pm Friday 14th December 2012

IT sounds as though someone is passing comment on that most modern phenomenon but in actual fact Pointless Celebrities is one of the unexpected highlights of the week.

Review: Checking out how the other half checks in

4:35pm Friday 7th December 2012

HOW the other half lives! There was a certain irony that in the week the Chancellor made his autumn statement, which saw the term ‘austerity’ flying around like confetti at a wedding, BBC2 should begin its compelling new fly-on-the wall documentary Inside Claridge’s.

Review: Last Tango in Halifax, BBC1

2:18pm Friday 30th November 2012

IF the number of comments in the office are a way of measuring the impact of a programme on the viewing public then it would seem that you can forget X Factor or I’m A Celebrity.

Review: Merlin, BBC1

4:11pm Friday 16th November 2012

IT’S not been the greatest week for the BBC. But, among all the outrage, it’s worth remembering that a lot of the corporation’s output is still pretty fine.

Blog: Strictly Come Dancing - week six

1:11pm Thursday 15th November 2012

As we reach the half way point to this years competition and none of our couples wanting to leave before next weeks Wembley Arena show, it is now time to sort the wheat from the chaff, there were some truly brilliant performances but it looks like the judges are saving their tens for next week!

Review: Brazil, BBC1

5:09pm Friday 9th November 2012

THERE are certain areas of the Beeb’s output which seem impervious to criticism.

Review: Tanked, Animal Planet

3:02pm Friday 26th October 2012

CONTINUING my foray into the outer reaches of TV land, I’ve discovered another little gem for those who appreciate weirdly wonderful viewing.

Review: Inspector Montalbano, BBC4

2:31pm Friday 19th October 2012

ON paper the idea looks barmy — the BBC running a 10-year-old Italian detective series complete with subtitles in the slot formerly reserved for those highly successful, dark Scandinavian dramas like The Killing, The Bridge and Borgen.

What's on: Great British Bake Off and The Paradise, BBC1

4:30pm Friday 12th October 2012

IN recent weeks, Tuesdays have become girly telly night for me.

Review: Thank goodness for 'Hammer time!

5:23pm Friday 28th September 2012

IT’S off to the outer reaches of BBC4 again this week I’m afraid for a series which shouldn’t work but does.

Review: Strictly Come Dancing

3:52pm Friday 21st September 2012

WHO needs Alesha Dixon?

Review: History Channel

4:52pm Friday 7th September 2012

ONE of the great things about the digital TV revolution — apart from never having to watch a single advert again — has to be the whole new world of guilty pleasures that open up to the adventurous viewer.

Review: The Great British Bake Off, BBC2

3:42pm Friday 24th August 2012

IT’S funny how there are programmes which on paper appear to have no real purpose and yet, when you catch a few minutes of them, you can’t turn them off.

Review: Celebrity Big Brother 2012

3:23pm Friday 17th August 2012

AND so we’ve gone from the sublime to the ridiculous in a matter of days.

Review: Normal TV runs a poor second to Olympics

3:57pm Friday 10th August 2012

I TRIED, really I did, to find something other than the Olympics around which to base my weekly TV ramblings. But let’s face it, unless you are a diehard Corrie fan, what else has there been to watch?

Review: London Olympics opening 2012

4:35pm Friday 3rd August 2012

AND so it has begun: The greatest show on earth is filling our screens turning us all into experts on the finer points of a double twisting dismount or the advantages of the penholder grip.

Review: World’s Most Dangerous Roads, BBC2

4:21pm Friday 13th July 2012

AS some fairly disastrous documentaries have shown in the past, taking comedians away from their natural habitat and trying to make them TV presenters is not necessarily a good idea.

Review: Big Brother, Channel 5

4:59pm Friday 6th July 2012

OK, I have a confession to make— I am a Big Brother fan.

Review: European Championships

4:57pm Friday 22nd June 2012

IT’S not been a great week for TV viewers who have an aversion to the national game.

Review: Silk, BBC1

4:25pm Friday 15th June 2012

THERE’S nothing new about legal dramas on TV.

Review: Where’s Fred? ITV1

4:49pm Friday 25th May 2012

MOST of the time Telegraph Towers is a hive of activity and it usually takes something special to bring proceedings to a halt.

Review: Great British Menu, BBC2

4:09pm Friday 11th May 2012

WELL you can’t accuse the Beeb of under-selling Tuesday’s Great British Menu in their trailers.

Review: The Bridge, BBC4

4:40pm Friday 4th May 2012

JUST when you thought Scandinavian drama couldn’t get any better, along comes The Bridge.

Review: The Voice, BBC1

2:37pm Friday 27th April 2012

THE Beeb promised that their new Saturday night prime time show The Voice would be a celebration of genuine talent — and boy have they lived up to that.

Review: Four Rooms, Channel 4

2:18pm Friday 20th April 2012

IT’S amazing what some people appear to have lying around.

Review: Titanic, ITV1

3:03pm Tuesday 17th April 2012

I’M getting a sinking feeling. Something cold is leaving me empty, and I’m really rather disappointed.

Review: The Apprentice, BBC1

3:30pm Friday 30th March 2012

TWO weeks gone, two girls out.



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