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Newsnight Gold

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Newsnight - where gold comes as standard
Welcome to Newsnight Gold, where we present some of the best of Newsnight's past.

Each week our resident librarian Adam unearths the best news report, feature, interview or debate from a year gone by.


Newsnight Gold: Arts complex

A taster of Joan Bakewell's 1981 visit to the Barbican where she finds the arts complex... complex.


APRIL 1981
Roger Cook in 1981 investigation

In a remarkable report from 1981 Roger Cook is beaten with a metal bar by a dealer after he uncovers the selling of fake antiques.

Some of the fakes were so good that many had been sold at auction in Sotheby's and Christie's.

JUNE 1982
Keith Richards

A movie about veteran rockers the Rolling Stones, directed by Martin Scorsese, is to be released shortly.

In 1982 Newsnight interviewed the guitarist Keith Richards about life, music and illegal drugs.

MARCH 1988
Kenneth Branagh

As Newsnight launches 10 Days to War - a series of mini-films dramatising the build up to the Iraq war with Kenneth Branagh as Colonel Tim Collins - we turn the clock back to March 1988.

Wesley Kerr reports on Branagh's increasing directing and theatrical managerial skills as he hands Judi Dench her directorial debut.

David Lean

This is Sir David Lean's centenary year. To commemorate the great director - born 25 March 1908 - the British Film Institute is running a David Lean season. Meanwhile, Newsnight presents Mark Tully's 1984 report from the set of Passage to India.

Arne Treholt

Norwegian diplomat Arne Treholt was convicted of spying for the Soviets and Iraqis and was jailed from 1985 until being pardoned in 1992. Donald MacCormick reports on the trial and speaks to a British general who knew Treholt.

Bishop of Durham David Jenkins

If you thought the Archbishop of Canterbury/Sharia law row had caused a rift in the church, back in 1985 the Bishop of Durham questioned the virgin birth. John Tusa reports and chairs a lively ecumenical debate with two prominent members of the Church of England.

Former President Jimmy Carter

Clinton v Obama may be nasty but back in February 1980, Charles Wheeler reported from Maine on Ted Kennedy's run for the White House. Lagging in the polls and dogged by Chappaquidick, Kennedy launched a vitriolic attack on fellow Democrat and incumbent president Jimmy Carter.

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