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Review: Jason Byrne, People's Puppeteer, Tyne Theatre Newcastle

SHOWS like X Factor have diminished the power of a standing ovation.

Newcastle and Sunderland must improve before the big kick-off

AFTER the Olympic party, Mark Douglas looks at where football can learn from the Games - and where Newcastle and Sunderland must improve before the big kick-off.

North East youth holds the key to England's future glory

IN a piece of scheduling that now looks particularly cruel on the poor unsuspecting football fan, ITV showed the superior football documentary One Night in Turin in the run-up to England’s Euro 2012 quarter-final.

Stephane Sessegnon earns the freedom to roam

MARTIN O’Neill will continue to let Sunderland striker Stéphane Sessègnon march to his own beat – because he is the Black Cats’ “match-winner”.

A worrying feeling of deja-vu as SAFC keep misfiring

BRUCE is the word at the Stadium of Light after rock god Springsteen and his E-Street Band confirmed a major summer gig in July.

Durham City 0 Radcliffe Borough 2

ON Saturday night, Lee Collings watched The X Factor no doubt wishing his Durham City side showed as much pizzazz as the contestants a little earlier.

Boro boss Gordon Strachan unwinds with X-Factor

GORDON Strachan will cope with the stress and strain of Middlesbrough’s promotion push by ridiculing contestants on the X Factor after revealing a hidden side to his character.

Toon hoping that the real Hatem will stand up

THE enigmatic Hatem Ben Arfa provides Newcastle with the ‘X Factor’ they have been missing.

Cats boss Bruce in no mood to accept defeat

STEVE Bruce made his players suffer after their Wigan debacle. Now is he looking for a response at Fulham.

Championship victories enjoyable

AT half-time on Saturday night, I half jokingly said to a mate at the pub: “I would rather we just missed out on promotion, and start to enjoy winning 15-20 games a season again”.

Interview: Tara Palmer-Tomkinson

Many journalists would love to have had the phone number of It girl Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, but for Wendy Holden it was nothing but a curse.

Cheryl Cole unauthorised biography

SHE’S the Newcastle-born pop star who is verging on becoming a national treasure in her current incarnation on TV’s X Factor.

It’s Strictly come Thornton

SHE has been one of the most recognisable faces on TV over the last few years.

Saroo, West Road, Newcastle

WHEN it comes to watching TV I’m not very organised. I never watch serials, soaps or period dramas because, although I may see the first episode, and by luck catch the second, the chance of me seeing the rest is so slim I might as well not start.

Tech Notes with Lewis Harrison

IF you tune in every Saturday to watch Simon Cowell ripping apart some poor kid’s rendition of Flying Without Wings, then you’re one of millions who love a good talent contest.

My place

BARBARA, 55, was born in Newcastle and now lives on North Tyneside.

Ant and Dec suffer phone-in blunders

ANT and Dec’s flagship ITV1 show was among a number of programmes that suffered a string of phone-in blunders caused by a “serious cultural failure” within the company, chairman Michael Grade said yesterday.

Café 21, Trinity Gardens, Newcastle

I CONFESS I’m not a great TV fan, but somehow I’m hooked on watching the X Factor.

Beefy and Lamby are back

THOSE animated cricketing heroes Beefy and Lamby will be back on our TV screens hundreds of times during September in a new three-week campaign by the English Beef and Lamb Executive.

Band pitch in to say thanks

JOURNEY South will be making a short journey north to headline the entertainment at a charity football match.

Rural beat

Martin Douglas’s week is a busy one with so many different hats to wear, he never gets bored!

A wheely great show

BEWARE, The Sheilas are set to descend on an unsuspecting Tyneside.

This Rat’s not afraid of rain

An outdoor gig in the region is set to go with a swing next week come rain or shine.

A talent that could take Chris to the top

The search is on for the next big thing – a singer songwriter with the talent to make it to the top in a cut-throat industry.

Lee's praise for big pal Freddy

AUSTRALIAN pace-man Brett Lee reckons Andrew Flintoff brings the “X Factor“ to the England side.

Lifesaving coffee

A goodwill gesture to raise a few pounds for a volunteer medical team in Northumberland ended up amassing more than £1,000.

Drive is Stevens' X Factor

Matt Stevens has met Nelson Mandela and performed on television's X Factor since he last played rugby for England.

Victoria enjoys a dramatic victory

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Serious role secures Wood's Bafta record

Terrific Tung Strikes lucky

Tungsten Strike is a 20-1 chance with Coral for the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot after making virtually all the running to land the Woodcote Stud Sagaro Stakes at the Berkshire track.

Cowell £40m richer

Music mogul Simon Cowell's wealth has ballooned by an extra £40m in just one year, according to The Sunday Times Rich List.

Classic rocker moves on

Generally speaking, I'm not a huge fan of TV talent shows such as X Factor.

G4 to split after tour

Classical group G4 are to split, they announced yesterday. The foursome, who shot to fame on TV talent show X Factor, gave fans the news in a message on their website.

Here's one we fixed earlier

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Blue Peter apologised to viewers yesterday for faking the results of a phone-in competition.

Phoning on thick ice

Dancing On Ice will return tonight after it was cleared in the review into TV phone-ins, ITV announced yesterday .

TV's quiz 'winners' were fakes

The TV phone quiz scandal deepened yesterday when broadcaster Five admitted some of its competition winners were faked.

ITV cuts off the phones

Itv is suspending all premium rate interactive services across its channels following the row over TV phone-ins, it announced yesterday.

ITV's £200k votes error

Itv overcharged X Factor viewers £200,000 in an interactive vote blunder, it admitted yesterday.

Showtime for charity

A musical extravaganza for all the family will be performed this New Year by staff from children's charity Barnardo's to raise money for their work.

Leona savours fairytale moment

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X Factor winner Leona Lewis looks set to seal a fairytale year with a Christmas number one single.


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