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  • Best new books out this April

    What better way to embrace a new season that with a new slew of books? Our friends at The Book House, Thame, have offered up their favourites of the month.

  • TV worth tuning into: what to watch this week

    So... last week it was 24 degrees and now it's baltic, but that does mean you can hunker down in front of the box without feeling too guilty. Get something carby and put those feet up.

  • The TV is calling you: 10 shows to watch this week

    OK, so we get it: that garden needs weeding, but you can’t scrabble about in the dirt forever. Give yourself a break and instead watch the best TV this week has to offer.

  • What to watch on TV this week

    Stacey Dooley reinvents Through The Keyhole, plus rock and roll comebacks, Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan on the small screen and more in our round up of the best TV this week

  • This year’s 12 must-see Oscar movies

    Cinemas are shut, popcorn consumption is dangerously low but the Oscar noms are in. We have the skinny on what, where and when you can watch this year's best in show.

  • Top TV: 7 things to watch this week

    Pass us the remote, we've got 7 unmissable things to catch - from hard-hitting documentaries and twisty black comedies to the former First Lady on the box.

  • Live theatre is back! RSC’s new ‘garden’ theatre & BBC 4 film

    Hot-off-the-press the RSC has today announced two of 2020's major productions postponed in the pandemic will go ahead!

  • The 6 must-watch shows on TV this week

    Between mindless action and royal history in the making, your evening's sorted with these five best things to watch this week. Put the kettle on and grab those biscuits: it's time to veg out.

  • Dream a little dream: musician Nick Cave joins RSC cast

    Dream, the RSC's new live online theatre and and gaming tech collaboration opens Fri Mar12 leading the way in future audience experience with singer Nick Cave as 'Voice of the Forest'.

  • Pass the remote! 5 things to watch this week

    From guilty pleasure TV and true-crime documentaries to cult comedy and feminist flicks - there's something for everyone in our curated pick of new releases this week.

  • Feet up: 7 things to watch this week

    A week's worth of great telly content, picked out across the channels and streaming sites. Put your feet up and settle in with one of these great things to watch.

  • Why Emerald Fennell is our new girl crush

    She juggles horror and humour and always comes out on top; and from Killing Eve to The Crown to Promising Young Woman, she's written or acted in the most talked about film and TV in years

  • Top TV: 6 things to watch this week

    We've unearthed this week's cream of the TV crop to save you the endless scrolling. From Bear Grylls to Patrick Dempsey we've got every genre and, erm, gorgeous gigastar covered...

  • Home schooling help: Stratford Lit Fest & the RSC

    Stratford Literary Festival and the RSC have created FREE online home schooling content with top UK authors and actors including Michael Rosen.

  • The artist loved by Obama and the Dalai Lama

    Keep your Turners at The Tate, your Emins at Whitechapel…we're cock-a-hoop to have the latest exhibition by eminent British artist, Nicola Green, right here in Oxfordshire.

  • Book! Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker

    A 90-minute live streamed performance of this enchanting festive tale by BRB's world-class dancers on Fri Dec 18 will sprinkle you with Christmas cheer - without leaving the house.

  • Muddy’s online panto review: Jack and the Beanstalk

    Curl up on the sofa with a Baileys or under your duvet (as I did) to watch the Belgrade Theatre's fantastic first studio-shot online panto.

  • The RSC’s new Winter 2020 programme

    Kicking off an exciting programme of in-person and live-streamed events is the official launch of The Boy in the Dress cast album, plus Troy Story and Festive Tales.

  • 15 cool things about 2021’s Coventry City of Culture

    ...including The Turner Prize, a weekend of Home Session gigs curated by Terry Hall, a major new theatre commission with the RSC so much more. Seriously, it will be amazzzing.

  • 10 best books for teenagers

    Trying to inspire your teenagers to put down the devices and pick up a boo? The booksellers at The Cobham Bookshop have these suggestions.

  • BOOK NOW! ALSO Festival’s August Bank Holiday weekender

    Snaffle tickets for the UK's first socially-distanced, digitally-blended ideas festival celebrating its seventh year at beautiful Park Farm, Compton Verney, Warwickshire, Fri Aug 28 - Sun Aug 30.

  • Review – Nick Knight: Roses From My Garden

    Nick Knight's new exhibition at Waddesdon Manor is an absolute blooming triumph, says Muddy's Kerry Yates. Check out her review here, and go go go.

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    Culture queen! My August highlights

    A whole month of lolling in the sun (hopefully) requires a whole host of entertainment. Here are the culture picks I'll be soaking up this August, from must-see art to new albums

  • Alice in Lockdown – new UK open-air theatre tour

    Looking for some culture to entertain the kids in August? Warwickshire's Heartbreak Productions’ latest family outdoor performance is coming to scenic venues across the Muddy counties.

  • Culture vulture: my July hitlist

    Missing the theatre and live venues? OMG, me too. Until normal service resumes for the arts world (your guess is as good as mine), here's my personal culture planner for July - podcasts, books, music and theatre. I'll budge up on the sofa, come and join me.

  • Staying in saviour – what to stream this week

    If the sofa is your No.1 destination this week (rain, rain go away!) then you'll be needing my guide to the best telly, theatre, film and online festivals.

  • To be or not to be, David?

    The Broadchurch star and RSC Associate has been answering your kids' lockdown queries on Shakespeare as part of the #RSCHomeworkHelp initiative - and we're all ears!

  • Culture in quarantine

    Brain melting from Netflix overload already? Culture vultures, rejoice - here's the best of arts and theatre you can stream online.

  • The funniest show on TV is back

    The Cotswolds is all creamy stone cottages, exquisite gastropubs and picture perfect villages, right? Erm...

  • Lights, camera…

    Waddesdon! The National Trust's 'Jewel in the Crown' shines bright with its Christmas Light Trail. Read my insider tips on what to see while you're there.

  • Muddy reviews: Cinderella on Ice

    The spins, jumps and lifts in this Wycombe Swan production of the classic fairy tale are frankly jaw-dropping - but then, what do you expect, it's the Russian Ice Stars leading the charge! Read my review, grab the kids and go.

  • Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

    Melly Still and Rona Munro’s adaptation of Louis de Bernières classic novel is a triumph of theatre - turning a glorious mixture of drama, dance, movement and music into a satisfying whole.

  • Review: The Bodyguard

    Alexandra Burke certainly is Queen of the Night in The Bodyguard, now on at the Bristol Hippodrome

  • Party at the Castle!

    Get ready for a serious celebration at Sudeley Castle this summer, with amongst others, tenor Alfie Boe, Will Young, All Saints and Sara Cox’s full on party show - Just can’t Get Enough 80s

  • The wonderful Wizard of Oz

    This isn't Kansas, it's Somerset, in a clever re-working of the iconic tale at The Brewhouse in Taunton

  • Pick of Edinburgh Fringe 2018

    Heading to Europe's biggest arts festival? Check out these Edinburgh Fringe recommendations

  • Me and My Girl

    Chichester Festival Theatre has another hit on its hands with a fun-filled revival of Me and My Girl

  • Muddy heads to Britain’s Forest Fest

    Midnight gigs, campfire storytelling, outdoor theatre, laughing yoga, fascinating forest talks and no wellies in sight! Timber Festival reviewed.

  • Outdoor cinema in Sussex 2018

    Make the most of balmy summer nights and the big sporting events with the Muddy round-up of outdoor cinema in Sussex and nearby.

  • ABBA Super Troupers

    With ABBA releasing two new tracks and Mamma Mia 2 hitting the big screen, there’s never been a better time to wallow in some super-group nostalgia at this immersive exhibition, extended till July 29

  • Birdsong on stage

    Does the First World War tearjerker's stage offensive pack the same emotional punch as Sebastian Faulk's much-loved novel?

  • Ocean Liners: Speed and Style, V&A

    The world's first exhibition to chart the golden age of cruising is a stunner.

  • Real-life Reads

    Muddy's pro-bookworm Kerry Potter is all about real-life stories this month. Well, the truth is often stranger than fiction, after all.

  • The Kite Runner play review

    The Kite Runner on stage

    The play of best-selling novel The Kite Runner is on tour, featuring brilliant on stage percussion

  • The Shadow Factory

    Muddy reviews the very first production at Southampton's brand new NST City theatre, a cine-visual feast co-conceived by the video designers behind London 2012's Opening Ceremony.

  • The best video of the year

    Three Grammy's for Kendrick Lamar in this year's awards, including best video for 'Humble'. We'd better watch it then!

  • Theatre for everyone

    From babes-in-arms to kids on the autism spectrum — The Mayflower, Southampton's relaxed performance brings the magic of live theatre to all.

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    Hot French crime drama – Spiral

    If you haven't yet discovered this gritty Paris crime drama with a strong female lead get bingeing now!

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    Gordon House: artist and designer of The White Album

    Gordon House, the designer of the Beatles' White Album grew up in Letchworth. We talk to curator Laura Dennis, ahead of a new exhibition.

  • Go see La Cage Aux Folles!

    John Partridge, Adrian Zmed and Marti Webb star in this fabulous musical about a drag star and his partner playing it straight

  • West End Kids

    Heading to the big smoke this summer? Need a few hours to snooze in the dark? Keep the Mudlets entertained with our pick of the best kids' theatre in town

  • Reviews: The Addams Family

    If you're at a loose end this week and want to entertain you, the kids, the partner, your girlfriends, please see this!

  • Funny girls

    Stand-up comedy may be a male-dominated field but watch out fellas, these funny women are coming to Wells

  • REVIEW: THE RED SHOES

    A ballerina sacrifices everything for her art with tragic consequences (but a great night out for the rest of us)

  • Whistler at Mottisfont

    Glamour, tragedy and theatrical fairy tales from a doyen of the Bright Young Things.

  • Muddy reviews: Around the World in 80 Days, The Brewhouse

    It was Around the Levels in 20 minutes to get to Around the World in 80 Days at The Brewhouse in Taunton on Saturday. We very nearly didn't make it but I'm so glad we did. The very first in-house Christmas production since the theatre re-opened under new management in 2014 is awesome: fast-paced, inventive, with standout performances, Victorian inspired sets and steam punk costumes. It's warmhearted, full of surprizes – and genuinely funny.

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