What's Newcastle Gateshead's future as a cultural centre?
It looks like we're going to be out on the road a lot more from now on, rather than filming in the studio. Next week we come from the Electric Cinema in London, where Mark will give out his annual Kermode awards, and the following week we're putting together a programme from a venue in Newcastle. Not everything in the show will have a North East flavour, but we'll be looking at Yoko Ono's show at the Baltic, the 30th anniversary of Viz and chatting about how Newcastle Gateshead has been transformed over the last 20 years.
The Angel of the North
In a week in which Kent looks North with an equestrian Angel of the South we are thinking about where Newcastle Gateshead is going next - will it be able to sustain its cultural success in a recession. What do you think? And what are the most interesting things happening in that part of the country in art, music and poetry?
As we're a topical programme, filming shortly before broadcast, any of the above details might change, but equally, if you let us know about something really interesting it might get a mention in the show.