Talking to a national treasure

Skirting the edge of ‘national treasure’ status, one of the most outspoken politicians of our time takes a short break from her first ever national tour to join the Girls Around Town in the studio this weekend.

Entertaining, enlightening and as controversial as you would expect, Margaret Thatcher and Craig Revel Horwood collide in Strictly Ann : An Evening with Ann Widdecombe as she lifts the lid on life in Westminster and shares a bit of backstage gossip from some of the nation’s best-loved programmes including Strictly Come Dancing, Have I Got News For You and Celebrity Big Brother.

Ann will be chatting to Rosalyn about the show, which can be seen at Newark Palace Theatre this Friday, and explaining how first and foremost it’s a night of comedy.

“I don’t want people to think that it’s some kind of party political broadcast,” she says. “Ever since I signed up to do Strictly Come Dancing, I’ve discovered just how much I like making people laugh.”

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 11am for a peek behind the scenes of the corridors of power, panto and the world of reality TV.

And find out how stepping down as an MP in 2010 has set Ann’s life on an entirely different course which she’s been enjoying ever since…

Real stories, real women and a great night out

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A brand new comedy about dating, men and finding Mr Right comes to Newark Palace Theatre this summer.

Sex in Suburbia will make you laugh and cry in equal measure – and with plenty of sensational songs such as I’m Every Woman, I Want To Break Free and Somebody Else’s Guy, you’ll probably find yourself dancing in the aisles too…

Claire Sweeney stars as Penny Crowe, the host of a late-night radio phone-in. As Britain’s leading Agony Aunt, she takes calls about every date from hell and the occasional one from heaven. She’s more than happy to dish out relationship advice, but is she as happy to take it…?

Co-written by Claire and based on real stories from real women – just like Girls Around Town, of course – this is the story of all our lives!

Tickets for the show, at 7.30pm on Sunday 24 May, are £22.50 (concessions £21.50, Friends of the Palace £21) and are available from the theatre on Appletongate in Newark or online here

Contains some strong language and adult themes – age advisory 16+