Mustard TV’s picks of the week

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Find out what's on over the next week on your local channel.

Helen McDermott, Annette Jude, Susie Turner, Adrian Wright and John Knowles who are putting on Flop

Helen McDermott, Annette Jude, Susie Turner, Adrian Wright and John Knowles who are putting on Flopsical, a show about musicals that didn't succeed but which each boast a good tune.Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

It's all about the flops but we think it's a hit

Forget the royal baby news – this week The Mustard Show's little blue sofa was graced by the buttocks of regional TV royalty. Yes, Anglia Television legend Helen McDermott joined Darren and Beth in the studio, with fellow cast members Adrian Wright and Annette Jude, to talk about their brand new musical theatre production, 'Flopsical'.

The show, which opened on Sunday night, and will be playing at venues across Norfolk, was written and directed by Adrian, and takes the most colourful songs from a glittering array of musicals that bombed as soon as they opened.

Despite these apparently unpromising beginnings, Helen and her ensemble have breathed new life into some wonderful dance-filled ditties – songs that cover everything from ponies to wallpaper.

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The trio were fresh from opening night, and all smiles, as their first audience seemed to love the show. As ever, Helen was great fun, and Darren and Beth couldn't wait to shift up the sofa to let our doyenne of song and dance close out the show.

Performing in Flopsical shouldn't be too much of a stretch for Helen, who in the 70s, dabbled with a pop career under the pseudonym Helen Barnes. Who knows? This stint treading the boards could help revive Helen's singing career. Who amongst us wouldn't Vote McDermott at any future Eurovision? The Mustard team certainly would and don't worry – the minute she agrees to audition, we'll be the first to let you know.

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OK, OK, don't forget the royal baby news. We're all excited too. Huge, hearty congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge from everyone here at Mustard.

The Mustard Show is on air weekdays from 6.15pm. And if you miss it, you don't have to miss out: there is always another opportunity to view Darren, Beth and the team each evening at 8.15pm.

Back to the 80s as Dan rewinds to Reload

Last weekend saw the Norfolk Showground awash with mullets and Frankie Says Relax T-shirts, as the first Reload festival got under way. Eighteen acts from the 70s and 80s took to the stage to perform some of their biggest hits and Mustard's very own Mr 80s was there to bring us the best of the action. Dressed like an extra from Miami Vice, Don Johnson, sorry Dan Bancroft, went off in search of some genuine pop legends armed only with a cameraman and a slightly terrifying pink blazer. All things considered, he did really rather well… Dan caught up with The Real Thing, before they kicked things off on Sunday, and the band were clearly thrilled to be performing at the Showground. The Real Thing have been together for more than 40 years, but said as long as people wanted the hear the old classics, such as their huge number one single You To Me Are Everything, they'd keep performing.

Dan was also lucky enough to grab interviews with sibling super-group Five Star, who were loving the opportunity to catch up with the legends they themselves used to watch on TV as kids.

The boys from Aswad had the crowd dancing in the afternoon sunshine, and Angus and Tony were clearly chuffed with the gig when they caught up with Dan after their slot, as did one half of Heaven 17.

If you want to catch the best of the action backstage at Reload, head to Tuesday's Mustard Show On Demand. And don't forget you can always catch up with ANY Mustard Show for a full fortnight after it first airs. Just go to Beth Davison's pick of the week

Avid viewers might be aware that I love nothing more than getting stuck into a good book, or a new movie, and last week I was able to discuss both when I was lucky enough to interview one of my favourite authors, David Mitchell.

No, not the Peep Show David Mitchell, I'm talking about the David Mitchell behind the worldwide bestselling book, Cloud Atlas.

Here in the fine city to promote the release of his sixth novel, The Bone Clocks, David told me what it was like to see his most famous work (so far) given the full Hollywood treatment – Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant et al. David was such good company, and after the interview he was lovely enough to tweet how much he enjoyed talking to Mustard.

Who knows, maybe we've convinced him to set his next novel right here in Norwich.

No snow, no hills... the perfect place for festival

Where better to hold one of the UK's biggest snowsports festivals than the flattest county in the land? And when better to hold it than summer?

Yes, that's right, with no hint of irony The Farmers' Jam descended on Trowse for its latest Snowsports spectacular last weekend. It was the 14th time the festival had been held there – and this year's was the biggest and best yet. Tom Vince was there and alongside Phil Armes, he'll bring you the best of the back-flipping big air action from the Norfolk Snowsports Club.

Hundreds of the country's finest dry-slope skiers and snowboarders were there so get ready for flips and tricks galore and some great chats with snowboarding instructor, Conor Flint, and with Olympic snowboarder, Jamie Nichols.

They will both be telling us what makes the Farmers' Jam so unique and why sunny, flat Norfolk is the best place to hold this celebration of wintry Alpine sports.

Sports 'n' All: Freeview Channel 8, Friday at 7.15pm.

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