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Fri 10 – Sun 12 Nov 2017

The Counterfeit Stones, Hertford Theatre, Fri 10 Nov

Standing room only, or rather no seats (it’s like a proper gig!) for the Great British Take Off (see what they did there?) and the Counterfeit Stones at Hertford Theatre. You’ll be close to the stage (this isn’t Wembley) and the SATIS-FiCTION show promises a ‘rusical’ (I know) with humour and all the fakery you desire. Get your glam on and take your kids – but only if they are 14+.


Jeremy Hardy, Hertford Theatre, Sat 11 Nov

Alan Bennett says he likes Jeremy Hardy because he’s ‘only on the radio’. But he’ll be live on the stage at Hertford Theatre on Sat 11 Nov. It’s almost a family show although Hertford Theatre has issued some guidance: ages 14+ and swearing and adult content likely. Be warned. A seasoned stand up performer. 8pm.


Wimpole Christmas Craft Fair, Wimpole Hall, Sat 11 Nov

Wimpole’s festive season starts with the Christmas Craft Fair.  Situated in the stable block there’ll be tasty food, mulled wine to get sloshed on and heaps of shopping opportunities for unusual pressies. Combine it with a walk in the surrounding park land or a spot of lunch, Wimpole Hall is one of my fave go-to National Trust properties and they really know how to nail Christmas. Wimpole Hall, Arrington, SG8 0BW

Wimpole Hall

Gerald Scarfe, House of Illustration, Granary Square, Kings Cross, until 21 Jan 2018

Orpheus in the Underworld © Gerald-Scarfe

I love the House of Illustration and if you haven’t been, it’s well worth a visit. The current exhibition is a collection of production designs by cartoonist Gerald Scarfe, including props, costumes and storyboards from Disney’s Hercules, the English National Ballet’s The Nutcracker and Pink Floyd’s The Wall.

House of Illustration

The Close Up Show, Hertford Theatre, Sat 11 Nov

Impossible to write about magic without saying ‘sleight of hand’. So there you are. I’ve done it. I’ve spoken to so many people who rave about The Close Up Show. Coming to a theatre near you! Hertford Theatre, in fact. Be quick. This show is immensely popular!


Howards End, BBC1, Sun 12 Nov

BBC/Playground Television UK Limited/2017 Laurie Sparham

Thanks to the new Howards End, the Poldark/Downton hour is back. Happy days indeed. Nothing like a day of crunching through autumn leaves, a big fat pub lunch and then home to a cosy-up drama on the telly. And before you tune in, have you ever been to Walkern? It’s beyond Stevenage, and it’s where you’ll find the real Rooknest, now Rook’s Nest House, the house where EM Forster lived as a child, and the inspiration for his novel Howards End. Forster lived at Rooksnest for ten years before moving to Tonbridge Wells. In this new production,. Hayley Atwell plays Margaret Schlegel and Philippa Coulthard is her sister Helen, in the roles played by Emma Thompson and Helena Bonham Carter in the 1992 film. Sunday night sorted.

Howards End, BBC1, 9pm

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