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  • Your summer reading list – sorted!

    Need a new read to bring to the beach (or, y'know, to keep on the bedside table)? The literary brains at Muddy have rounded up the best new and upcoming novels to add to your TBR pile.

  • Worth your watch! 6 great things on TV this week

    Pull up a chair and crack open the wine: from the new season of Stranger Things to a thrilling French boxset, we've got your weekly watchlist well and truly sorted.

  • Feet up! 6 things to watch on TV this week

    Need something new to watch this week? You've come to the right place! From a freshly funny new talk show to an indulgent crime thriller, this is the best of the best.

  • 9 outdoor cinemas to book now

    Nothing says summer like an alfresco night out watching fab movies under the stars. From gardens to amphitheatres, here's where to head, popcorn and blanket at the ready

  • The 7 best things to watch on TV this week

    Sure, the sun might be shining, but the calibre of TV this week is even brighter. From Tom Hiddleston in The Essex Serpent to BBC3's new Sally Rooney adaptation, here's what to stay in for.

  • Hot Five: this week’s not-to-miss TV

    Colin Firth's true crime gripper, Mike Myers witty return to screen and a shock-doc on a familiar high street fashion chain

  • 7 shows you don’t want to miss on TV this week

    Need something to curl up with? We've got seven sumptuous picks for you, from a brilliant British remake of Call My Agent! to the second stunningly styled series of Noughts + Crosses.

  • TV talk! The 7 best things to watch this week

    Charming British teen romances, Steve Coogan's new Hollywood satire, Brooklyn Nine-Nine's final series... Skip the drivel with our pick of the best TV this week.

  • Settle in! 7 super shows on the box this week

    The TV fields are flourishing with a great crop of content! Returning to much aplomb are Derry Girls and the Kardashians (potential great spinoff?) plus political intrigue, and more.

  • 10 hot new releases: what to read this April

    The team at Oxford's oldest bookshop, Blackwell's, reveal their faves from gripping thrillers to Oxford in two very different eras and Dolly Parton's crime debut. Bye-bye reading rut!

  • 8 top shows to watch on TV this week

    Whatever you're in the mood for, we've got it - Netflix's outrageous new relationship switching series, season three of BBC hit drama The Split, and a comedian takes over a feted travel show

  • Waddesdon’s unsung star revealed in new show

    Alice de Rothschild, the lesser-known sibling who owned the Bucks chateau, is having her moment in the spotlight thanks to new exhibition Alice's Wonderlands (about time too given it's the centenary of her death)

  • Tune in! 7 top picks from the TV this week

    Something to watch? Space-age Shakespeare, a rag-tag group of spies, and Oscar Isaac wielding a baffling British accent — there's all this and more on the box this week.

  • 8 new books to get stuck into this month

    This month's releases include a dazzling debut, the latest from the Anatomy of a Scandal writer, Sarah Vaughan, and the last of a popular tween trilogy.

  • The Guilty Feminist on tour!

    Love the podcast? Good news - its creator is coming to Oxford this month. We grabbed the super-talented Deborah Francis-White for a Muddy chinwag.

  • Review: School of Rock, New Theatre Oxford

    Gold star or time for detention? See for yourself if Andrew Lloyd Webber's touring production makes the grade with the Muddy verdict on the press night.

  • Review: The Magician’s Elephant, RSC

    This captivating family musical is the first to stomp onto the RSC stage since it closed its doors, and the critics are all ears. But what did Muddy think?

  • Best teen and young adult books for 2021

    TikTok begone! Get your teens hooked on reading instead with these hot new YA releases, suggested by Muddy Award-winning Mostly Books in Abingdon.

  • Review: 9 to 5, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

    Can this musical comedy about chauvinism and sexually predatory bosses starring Louise Redknapp be funny in the wake of #MeToo? Muddy takes her 14 year old daughter to find out

  • Muddy meets Dom Holland (aka daddy Spiderman)

    Writer, funny man, and father of big star Tom Holland. Muddy sat down with Dominic Holland to chat life in the shadow of your eldest, stand up faux-pas, and his upcoming set at The Potters Arms.

  • The best of outdoor art in Bucks and Oxon 2021

    From Ai Wei Wei to street art and Henry Moore, we've rounded up the best temporary and permanent art you can enjoy en plein air (beret optional)

  • Shazia Mirza is back in town

    She’s an ex-science teacher - “I hated them, they hated me” - yet former student Dizzee Rascal still calls her Miss. This fierce comedian pulls no punches - we catch up with Shazia Mirza as she heads to Norwich.

  • Stratford Lit Fest 2021: the line-up

    There are so many fantastic headliners at Stratford Literary Festival’s brilliant Spring Festival (May 8-16), I don’t know where to begin…

  • Muddy meets actor Zoe Lambert

    Zoe Lambert is making her RSC debut in The Winter’s Tale which never opened on stage due to Covid but has been adapted for TV on Sunday April 25, as part of BBC Lights Up.

  • Best outfits from The Winter’s Tale – the RSC’s first TV premiere

    Muddy takes a first look at the gorgeous Mad Men-inspired costumes and stage design of this postponed RSC period piece for BBC Lights up.

  • 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!

  • 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'.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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