Each Christmas I take a break from talking about technology on the telly and on the internet to run away to the theatre and appear in panto. This year I’m thrilled to be at The Cresset Theatre in Peterborough with Beauty and the Beast.
In this most magical of family shows I’m appearing as the Beast playing alongside Ricky Groves from EastEnders, Jackie Travers from Big Brother and the lovely Lucy-Jane Quinlan as Beauty.
Laugh-a-minute comedy and breathtaking dance routines feature alongside the classic story of love, good and evil. But to see whether this particular fairytale ends happily ever after you’ll have to come along to The Cresset Theatre and see for yourself!
Beauty and the Beast opens on Saturday 14th December 2013 and runs until Monday 30th December with two shows most days.
For dates and tickets visit the Cresset Theatre website. I hope to see you there!
Love it or loath it, and Apple’s products seem increasingly to polarise opinion, the annual iPhone release is a big day in most technology journalists’s diaries, mine included.
Yesterday I recorded a quick interview for ITV’s Daybreak and then first thing on launch day today I went hands-on to present both an iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c unboxing video for O2.
There’s no denying that they’re both accomplished and stylish handsets; as an iPhone 5 owner I was surprised at just how taken I was with the coloured polycarbonate-backed iPhone 5c. On the iPhone 5s the Touch ID fingerprint tech worked very well for me, and I’m interested to see how app developers will exploit the M7 motion coprocessor at 64-bit A7 processor.
Pop over to O2 Guru TV to watch my iPhone 5c unboxing video.
A brand new series of Rip Off Britain hits the BBC One schedules this September and once again I’ll be popping up as a guest expert to help disgruntled viewers with their telecoms and technology gripes.
As well as the hugely successful Pop Up Shop I worked on several items for the current series including a piece with my daughter Evie about in-app purchases on smartphones and tablets, plus a workshop with Gloria on top tips for using your mobile phone abroad.
Rip Off Britain has a great team of experts who, like me, regularly appear to help viewers who feel they have been victims of a rip-off. The team includes Dominic Baliszewski from Broadband Choices; Dr Jessica Barker, an independent cyber security expert; Sarah Pennells, founder of SavvyWoman.co.uk and The Independent’s Travel Editor, Simon Calder.
Series 5 of Rip Off Britain is on BBC One every day in September at 9:15am. You can catch up with whole show or watch individual clips on the BBC Rip Off Britain website.
The latest episode of Fast Forward, my future technology show on O2 Guru TV, is out now and this one is a bit special: a 3D special in fact.
With the BBC announcing only last week that it is pulling the plug on its 3D programming citing a ‘hassly’ viewing experience, I embark on a journey to investigate if today’s 3D tech is more than just expensive televisions and embarrassing glasses.
In the show I get creative in the world’s largest 3D printer store, go hands on with the world’s first 2D/3D dual-dimension interchangeable compact camera lens from Samsung, take a look at an innovative 3D pen and visit the world’s leading lenticular and 3D artist Jeff Robb.
Think 3D tech is tired and underwhelming? Watch this and then let me if you still think so.
Subscribe to O2 Guru TV to watch more Fast Forward episodes as they come out.
This weekend I’ve been with the BBC One Rip Off Britain team in Liverpool giving consumer advice and top tips in the show’s pop up shop.
As a technology and communications expert for the show I get asked a lot of questions throughout the year about mobile phones, landlines and the internet.
A common theme for many viewers in this year’s pop up shop has been how to deal with nuisance calls; there were also complaints about call charges to 118 directory services numbers, particularly when they offer to connect the call on your behalf.
In a new item for the show I gave a workshop on top tips for using your mobile phone while abroad: Gloria Hunniford and I took to the streets of Liverpool to show how, with a little planning, everybody can safely roam with their phones while avoid a nasty bill shock when they return home.
Season 5 of Rip Off Britain is due to broadcast on BBC One during daytimes in September.
I’m thrilled to be working with the team once again after fronting the daily live broadcasts for Adobe’s UK Creative Week last year. As well as being live-streamed online this year there will also be a 400-strong live audience in the theatre.
The show (#CreativeDays on Twitter) is part of a larger worldwide event in which Adobe’s evangelists show off the exciting new features and workflows coming up in the next release of Adobe Creative Cloud.
During the day I’ll also be interviewing some exciting luminaries from the creative industry including photojournalist Nick Danziger, designer and typographer Swifty, and author of The HTML and CSS Book Jon Duckett.
Here’s a teaser trailer we filmed to promote the show. Hats off once again to the superb team at Flint London.
You can find out more and watch the live stream between 10am and 4:45pm by clicking here, and the show will also be available afterwards on demand.
Earlier this week I got hands-on with Nokia’s new flagship smartphone, the Nokia Lumia 925, at the global launch event in London.
Aside from the all-new aluminium body the big stories with the Nokia Lumia 925 are the PureView camera’s insane low-light capabilities and the integrated Nokia Smart Camera software, both of which we had plenty of opportunities to try out at the event:
As you can see, it’s a cracking handset with a very interesting camera that I’d love to take on a holiday with me to try out in more detail.
I was delighted to be working once again with Pat Doyle, who produced the O2 Guru TV Fast Forward film from the Gadget Show Live.
To watch more top tech films from O2, including Fast Forward, the monthly show presented by me all about future trends and technology, visit the O2 Guru TV YouTube channel and his subscribe.
Picking up my pen once again for Computer Weekly’s Inspect-a-Gadget column I spend some quality time with BlackBerry’s brand new handset, the Q10.
The Q10 is the first BlackBerry device to feature a physical keyboard since the release of its new operating system and Z10 all-touchscreen smartphone earlier in 2013.
The familiar looking handset is a big deal for the recently renamed canadian tech firm, marking its first real foray back into its core corporate market since adopting BB10 as its strategic OS.
Head on over to Computer Weekly to read what I make of the BlackBerry Q10.