Legendary guitarist Steve Cropper on working with Otis Redding

Watford Observer:

1:34pm Friday 17th October 2014

Otis Redding and his band were just four miles from Madison Municipal Airport when their private plane crashed.

David Baddiel: 'The Infidel is not trying to be blasphemous, but religious people should be sent up'

Watford Observer:

9:58am Monday 29th September 2014

Ten years ago David Baddiel took part in the genealogy documentary show Who Do You Think You Are?. His grandfather Ernst, a German Jew, had fled his native land with his family, weeks before the Nazis invaded Poland.

Huyen is knot following the norm

Watford Observer:

2:30pm Thursday 7th August 2014

Middlesex University graduate Huyen Dao Thanh, from Finchley, has set up her own bow tie business

Get ready for Holi One!

Watford Observer:

2:51pm Friday 1st August 2014

Wembley Park is set to be awash with bright, vibrant colours on Saturday as the Holi One festival takes place.

Milkshake! television presenter Jen Pringle on fame, embarrassing moments and Ant and Dec

Watford Observer:

9:00am Sunday 20th July 2014

Children’s television presenter Jen Pringle discusses fame, embarassing moments and Ant and Dec with Amie Mulderrig ahead of her performance in Milkshake! Live on Stage! at the Beck Theatre.

West End star Lee Mead heads to Hayes

Watford Observer:

1:40pm Thursday 17th July 2014

He rose to fame after winning Any Dream Will Do in 2007, capturing the heart of the nation. Since then he’s triumphed in the West End, toured extensively with his music, married and divorced presenter Denise Van Outen and become a father. Amie Mulderrig catches up with Lee Mead ahead of his show at the Beck Theatre.

Q&A with Joe McElderry

Watford Observer: Joe McElderry is coming to Hayes

10:00am Saturday 21st June 2014

He rose to fame after winning The X Factor in 2009, capturing the heart of the nation. Since then he’s triumphed at television show Popstar to Operastar, and appeared in a whole host of musicals. Freetime catches up with Joe McElderry ahead of his biggest tour to date.

Cheeky chappy's brush with the law

Watford Observer: Lee Nelson is coming to Harrow Arts Centre

2:00pm Saturday 14th June 2014

Comedian Simon Brodkin talks to Amie Mulderrig about his character Lee Nelson and others

MasterChef finalist Adam Handling to appear at the Foodies Festival at Kenwood House, Hampstead

Watford Observer: Adam Handling preparing one of his dishes

10:26am Friday 30th May 2014

MasterChef finalist Adam Handling to appear at the Foodies Festival at Kenwood House, Hampstead

Q&A with Paul Hollywood

Watford Observer: Paul Hollywood will help you get your bake on

2:41pm Friday 16th May 2014

Great British Bake Off star Paul Hollywood talks to the Watford Observer ahead of his show at the Watford Colosseum

Bake Off winner John Whaite comes to Chorleywood

Watford Observer: John Whaite

5:09pm Thursday 15th May 2014

John Whaite, winner of the Great British Bake Off in 2013, shares his baking tips with Adam Binnie ahead of his talk at Chorleywood

Lesley Joseph's Hot Flush

Watford Observer: What's On module top link image

12:40pm Sunday 4th May 2014

The former Birds of a Feather star talks to Freetime about menopausal women, stand-up and knitting.

Rocking and rolling with Joe Longthorne

Watford Observer: Singers' singer Joe Longthorne will perform a selection of jazz, blues, rock and roll at The Beck

12:40pm Saturday 3rd May 2014

Known as ‘the singers’ singer’, Joe Longthorne is bringing his unique blend of music and impersonation to Hayes for an intimate show showcasing his 40-year career in the business.

Crooning with The Drifters

9:00am Sunday 27th April 2014

With more than 65 vocalists and 60 years of recording and performing music, it’s all about the history with The Drifters.

A Dreamboy come true

Watford Observer: Left to right: Zack, Rowan, Jack, Peter meet Rachel (left) and Sara (right)                                                                                                                  PHOTO: HOLLY CANT

12:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

Sara Wasam from North Watford won the Watford Observer and Watford Colosseum competition to meet the Dreamboys

Omid Djalili: "I enjoy getting older. I have to because there’s no choice"

Watford Observer: Omid Djalili reveals the secret to a good relationship ahead of Millfield gig

8:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

Omid Djalili is coming to the Beck Theatre. He talks to James Rampton about getting older, celebrity and being less political in his act.

Ain't no mountain high enough for Andy Kirkpatrick

Watford Observer: Andy Kirkpatrick

9:00am Saturday 5th April 2014

Maverick mountaineer Andy Kirkpatrick talks to Rosy Moorhead about his talk/stand-up routine at the Radlett Centre

Rich Hall: ‘I’m incensed we are button-pushing squirrels’

Watford Observer: Rich Hall is coming to the Harrow Arts Centre

10:50am Monday 31st March 2014

Step away from the mobile phone. Put away the tablet. The wonderfully acerbic comedian Rich Hall is about to come on stage in Harrow, and he would like your undivided attention.

Alex stars in Nunn’s West End play

Watford Observer: Alex Lowe (photograph: Helen Murray)

9:00am Friday 21st March 2014

It’s one of the most iconic film scenes of the 1980s – the mother cautiously approaches the unexplained pot boiling on the stove, as her young daughter hares across the garden to the rabbit hutch. We all know what’s in the pot before the characters do, but it’s no less distressing when the mum lifts the lid and we see what’s inside.

Short film won Madonna’s Art for Freedom competition

1:36pm Thursday 20th March 2014

He came to our attention in 2012, after his short film Cerberus, shot on a budget of just £50, won the prestigious Film The House competition. Now filmmaker Patrick Ryder is riding high again.

Taylor Momsen: 'Me, a wild child? I'm pretty tame!'

Watford Observer: Taylor Momsen

3:30pm Thursday 13th March 2014

With her raunchy attire and risqué performances, Taylor Momsen seems to court controversy. As her band The Pretty Reckless comes to town, Amie Mulderrig finds out there’s more to the former Gossip Girl star.

In search of a glamorous grandma

Watford Observer: Pam Lucas started modelling when she was 51

3:54pm Thursday 27th February 2014

Model Pam Lucas is fronting a Brent Cross campaign to find London’s glam-ma, writes Rosy Moorhead

Omid Djalili: I don’t really feel alive unless I’m making people laugh

Watford Observer: Omid Djalilii talks about getting older, being a celebrity and being less political in his act, prior to his gig at the Beck Theatre.

4:29pm Thursday 20th February 2014

Omid Djalili talks to Freetime about getting older, being a celebrity and being less political in his act, prior to his gig at the Beck Theatre.

The last train to tomorrow

Watford Observer: Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines

4:15pm Thursday 13th February 2014

Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines was one of the Kindertransport children who managed to escape the Nazis when they invaded Czechoslovakia. She talks to Rosy Moorhead ahead of her talk at the London Jewish Cultural Centre

Outspoken Amos

Watford Observer: Outspoken Amos

3:51pm Friday 31st January 2014

Stephen K Amos speaks his mind and that can unsettle some people, writes Brian Donaldson, ahead of the comedian's gig at the Radlett Centre

How surviving a brain tumour changed Nicci’s life

Watford Observer: How surviving a brain tumour changed Nicci’s life

3:50pm Thursday 23rd January 2014

Hampstead lifestyle coach Nicci Roscoe uses her own experience of surviving a brain tumour to inspire others

Sit back and be challenged

Watford Observer: Sit back and be challenged

10:27am Friday 17th January 2014

Stand-up comedian Robin Ince, who lives in Berkhamsted and was brought up in Chorleywood, talks to Laura Enfield about taking risks – on stage only

Strictly goes on tour

Watford Observer: Abbey Clancy

3:57pm Friday 17th January 2014

After three very enjoyable, but gruelling months on the television show, the seven stars of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing have signed up to go through it all again as part of the Strictly Live Tour.

Former Watford barmaid scores BAFTA nomination for film about a sperm bank mix up

Watford Observer: A still from Island Queen

9:43am Friday 10th January 2014

Nat Luurtsema grew up in Watford and is now up for a BAFTA for short film Island Queen which she wrote and starred in.

"More comedy, music and musicals"

Watford Observer: "More comedy, music and musicals"

10:30am Friday 6th December 2013

New Watford Colosseum director Tim Brinkman promises more comedy, music and musicals for the venue

Perfecting the art of lying in

Watford Observer: Perfecting the art of lying in

9:00am Thursday 31st October 2013

Comedian Seann Walsh talks to James Rampton about his new stand-up show, The Lie-In King

‘I lost myself up my own Spanx-encased bottom’

Watford Observer: ‘I lost myself up my own Spanx-encased bottom’

11:32am Monday 28th October 2013

Watford fashionista Angela Clarke will be talking about her book at the first ever St Albans Fashion Week

The life and times of Michael Rosen

Watford Observer: The life and times of Michael Rosen

4:04pm Friday 4th October 2013

Michael Rosen tells Rosy Moorhead about his days as a sixth former at Watford Grammar School for Boys

‘I’m doing something I’ve always enjoyed’

Watford Observer: ‘I’m doing something I’ve always enjoyed’

4:10pm Friday 4th October 2013

Brian Conley has been entertaining us for more than 40 years. He talks to Will Clarke ahead of his show at the Watford Colosseum

The life and times of Michael Rosen

Watford Observer: The life and times of Michael Rosen

3:55pm Thursday 3rd October 2013

The former Children's Laureate talks to Rosy Moorhead about growing up in Pinner

The life and times of Michael Rosen

Watford Observer: The life and times of Michael Rosen

3:03pm Thursday 3rd October 2013

Former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen talks to Rosy Moorhead about his life and works, ahead of his talk at Burgh House in Hampstead

Back on the Gogglebox

Watford Observer: The Tappers on the sofa: Amy, Jonathan, Nikki and Josh

3:30pm Thursday 3rd October 2013

Edgware family the Tappers watch themselves watching TV on the second series of Channel 4's Gogglebox

Food with a sunshine twist

Watford Observer: Shelina Permalloo will be cooking dishes at the festival

9:55am Friday 27th September 2013

Masterchef winner Shelina Permalloo talks to Rosy Moorhead about her love of Mauritian cooking ahead of her appearance at the Happy Foodie Festival in Chorleywood

Erich gets into the fast lane of the movies

Watford Observer: Erich on the set of Rush

1:40pm Friday 27th September 2013

Erich Redman from Abbots Langley has a part in the blockbuster film Rush. He talks to Rosy Moorhead about working with the top director Ron Howard and F1 racing

Q&A with Gina Yashere

Watford Observer: Gina Yashere will be talking about some of the biggest events of the past year in her new show, Gina Yashere: Live!

4:56pm Thursday 26th September 2013

Comedian Gina Yashere talks to Rosy Moorhead ahead of her visit to artsdepot in North Finchley

Fundraising for folklore film

Watford Observer: Writer/director Siobhan Schwartzberg

11:00pm Friday 20th September 2013

A film producer from Watford is hoping to raise funds for her short film, The Cross

In pursuit of a heartthrob

Watford Observer: In pursuit of a heartthrob

4:49pm Wednesday 21st August 2013

Harrow's Hayley Nolan has joined forces with Nadia Jordan to create a film about George Clooney. They talk to Laura Enfield about their aim to give the Hollywood star a leading role

Same voice, different mouthpiece

Watford Observer: Gallows (left to right): Stuart Gili-Ross, Lee Barratt, Wade Macneil, Laurent ‘Lags’ Barnard

9:01am Friday 16th August 2013

"Frank did overshadow the band. "Don’t get me wrong, he was a great frontman, he was always in people’s faces at shows and he was very unique looking. I mean, come on, you don’t get a lot of skinny, very tattooed, ginger guys in a band, do you? “He was Gallows’ mouthpiece, but as for the rest of us, we were in the background.“

Your chance to help make a film

Watford Observer: Your chance to help make a film

4:00pm Sunday 11th August 2013

Filmmakers Jack and Dan Kendall from Rickmansworth need your help to make their film, Stationary

Monty the Lamb makes it into the movies

Watford Observer: Dave Garner was the man behind the Monty the Lamb mask for many years

11:11am Thursday 25th July 2013

Memories of Hendon FC's Claremont Road are captured in a film by St Etienne, called Monty the Lamb

Cartoons brighten up children’s ward

Watford Observer: Cartoons brighten up children’s ward

11:29am Friday 19th July 2013

Leigh Warman from Bushey has painted, colourful fun murals on the walls of Watford General hospital, which are being unveiled today

The show with a lot of muscle

Watford Observer: Florin Haidouc, Peter Carter, Zane Hopkins, Lotan Carter (Picture: Pippa Douglas)

3:42pm Thursday 11th July 2013

Flexing their pecs is all in a day’s work for the Dreamboys as Amie Mulderrig discovers ahead of their show at the Beck Theatre in Hayes

Pussycat Doll models Middlesex University student Luke's designs

Watford Observer: Luke Anthony Rooney with former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt

1:35pm Thursday 11th July 2013

Former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt models the designs of Middlesex University fashion student Luke Anthony Rooney

Tied up in fashion

Watford Observer: Tanyah’s tie dress

1:39pm Thursday 11th July 2013

Edgware fashion student Tanyah Williams unveils her latest design - a dress made from men's ties

Dame Evelyn Glennie hears with touch, not sound

Watford Observer: Dame Evelyn Glennie hears with touch, not sound

4:20pm Wednesday 10th July 2013

The multi-award winning composer and percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie to feature in a Q&A at Usurp Gallery in Harrow


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