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BBC green lights Teesside comedy Smoggie Queens

A new “chosen family” comedy, set and filmed in the North East has been commissioned by the BBC. The six-part series, Smoggie Queens was confirmed at the BBC Comedy Festival, taking place in Glasgow this week. Written by Middlesbrough-born Phil Dunning – who will also star alongside fellow Teesside actor, Mark Benton – the comedy …

National treasures drawing attention in Hartlepool

“It’s amazing. This is such a big thing for me,” says fine art student Blanka Olejniczak. “I’m just starting in this field and I’m so proud.” That’s understandable.  We’re standing beside Blanka’s contribution to the latest exhibition at Hartlepool Art Gallery which features works by Andy Warhol, Édouard Manet, Barbara Hepworth and others. Drawing attention: …

Debut solo exhibition is truly heart-felt

A Ukrainian textile artist whose work helped her recover from cancer will unveil her first solo exhibition on Wearside. Born and raised in Kyiv, Lena Archbold moved to the UK after a fruitful student exchange in 1994, and marrying a Jarrow man in 1998. Her career in economics and tech was interrupted in 2010 when …

Historic vehicles steam into Shildon

Next year will see the 200th anniversary of an event in the North East which was to help change the world. Thousands of onlookers and hundreds of passengers turned out on September 27, 1825, as the steam engine Locomotion No.1 set off to officially open the Stockton and Darlington Railway. It was the first to …

Reflections on a Wearside magpie

Only a modest poster offers a clue as to what lies behind the grey door at 27 Fawcett Street, not far from the building that used to accommodate Sunderland City Library. But this is Abject Gallery and in a large and elegant upper room, flooded by natural light from above, is a dazzling array of …

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