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Surrey culture fix with Nicholas Owen

PUBLISHED: 13:19 03 July 2014 | UPDATED: 13:37 03 July 2014

Signing copies of his memoirs at Woking Library for World Book Night

Signing copies of his memoirs at Woking Library for World Book Night

Andy Newbold

BBC newsreader Nicholas Owen also hosts a show on Classic FM and recently published his memoirs. Here, the Reigate resident reveals how he likes to get his local culture fix…

If I want to go the cinema…
I will usually go to the two-screen one in Reigate, or sometimes the multiplex in Crawley.


The last film I saw was…

Dallas Buyers Club, a grim, fairly true story of an AIDS sufferer struggling to get appropriate drug treatment. 

For my theatre fix… 
I like the Yvonne Arnaud in Guildford, especially for the annual pantomime. We always take hordes of grandchildren to the last, 
manic performance.


If I get the chance to go to a concert…

I usually head to London: either the Albert Hall, the Festival Hall or the Wigmore Hall.


The last time I went to my local library…
Was a few weeks ago, hunting for a particular local history book (alas, not found!).


I’m currently reading… 

A Short Gentleman, a wonderful novel about a narrow-minded lawyer.


At home, I’m most likely to be listening to… 

Either Radio 4 or 4 Extra.


Whereas in the car, I generally listen to… 

Classic FM, especially checking my own weekly show for any foul-ups that may have occurred!


The TV programme I never miss is… 

Breaking Bad, an amazing series from the US, with most unlikely but compelling plot lines.


My favourite cultural event in Surrey is… 

Any good movie at my local cinema!


Days Like This by Nicholas Owen is published by Blenheim Press and priced at £9.95. For details, see



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