Q&A: Josh O’Connor at the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival

WHERE? BFI & Radio Times Television Festival

WHEN? 13/4/19 The Durrells airs on ITV at 8pm on Sundays, finishing 12/5/19

Josh O’Connor plays Prince Charles in the next series of Netflix’s The Crown and if he met the royal he would want to compare ear stories.

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GIG REVIEW: An Evening With Bananarama at Omeara

58622791_10157491570611929_4722802349997817856_oWORTH A LOOK?: ****1/2

WHERE? Omeara

WHEN? 27/4, tour runs until 2/5 (and then regular gigs continue until 25/8/19)

SETLIST: Love Don’t Live Here; I’m On Fire; Love In Stereo; Every Shade Of Blue; Summer Night City; Movin’ On; Dance Music; Feel For You; Tonight; Look On The Floor; On Your Own; Cruel Summer; Love Comes; Move In My Direction; Venus; Looking For Someone; Love In The First Degree; Stuff Like That

You can never have enough Bananarama in your life and, as if to prove it, the band take audience questions for 45 minutes in what would normally be the support slot before headlining for more than 80 minutes.

  • Read on for reasons including how the Q&A proves just how Ab Fab funny Keren and Sara are

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Q&A: Line Of Duty featuring Jed Mercurio at the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival

WHERE? BFI IMAX

WHEN? 13/4/19, series 5 concludes on BBC1 5/5/19

monstagigz guarantee: There are no spoilers in the Q&A that follows if you’re up to date with the show

‘Do I know who ‘H’ is? Oh yes,’ says Line Of Duty creator and writer Jed Mercurio who is speaking at the 2nd annual BFI & Radio Times Television Festival at the BFI IMAX in London.

  • Read on for reasons including which character suggested her own demise in series 5

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THEATRE REVIEW: All My Sons starring Sally Field, Bill Pullman, Jenna Coleman & Colin Morgan

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE? Old Vic RUNTIME: 2 hours 35 minutes (including a 20-minute interval)

WHEN? 18/4, opens 23/4 runs to 8/6/19

We’re at a pre-show Q&A with director Jeremy Herrin and he talks about the 1 in 10 theatre visits which are transcendental – and this is definitely one of those.

  • Read on for reasons including how double Oscar winner Sally Field captivates in her London theatre debut 

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THEATRE REVIEW: Three Sisters starring Patsy Ferran at the Almeida

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE? Almeida Theatre RUNTIME: 2 hours and 55 minutes (including a 15-minute interval)

WHEN? 13/4, opens 16/4, runs to 1/6/19

We were in the audience on Sunday night at the Royal Albert Hall when Patsy Ferran (pictured left above) deservedly won the Best Actress Olivier Award for Summer And Smoke.

  • Read on for reasons including how Ferran stands out in a fine ensemble cast in Three Sisters

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GIG REVIEW: Robyn at Alexandra Palace

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE? Alexandra Palace

WHEN? 12/4, tour runs until 17/8

SETLIST: Send To Robin Immediately; Honey; Indestructible; Hang With Me; Beach 2k20; Ever Again; Be Mine; Because It’s In The Music; Love Is Free; Between The Lines; Dancing On My Own; Missing U; Call Your Girlfriend; Trust Me; Stars 4 Ever; With Every Heartbeat; Human Being; Who Do You Love?

Fellow blogger A Humdrum Mum makes clear exactly what sort of fan she is when she reviews a gig and, in tribute, we’d explain here that we think Robyn’s 2010 Body Talk is 1 of our favourite ever albums but that the 8-year wait for follow up Honey meant it could never live up to the heightened expectation.

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THEATRE REVIEW: A German Life starring Dame Maggie Smith

WORTH A LOOK?: ***1/2

WHERE? Bridge Theatre RUNTIME: 100 minutes (no interval)

WHEN? 6/4, opens 12/4, runs to 11/5/19

Brunhilde Pomsel was a secretary in 1930s Berlin who worked for Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels and this new play is based on testimony she gave shortly before her death in 2016.

  • Read on for reasons including which fellow double Oscar winner was in the audience for this 1st preview

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