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DETAILS OF TONIGHT'S PROGRAMME

From programme producer Jasmin Buttar:

Ariel Sharon

The Israeli Prime Minister is fighting for his life tonight but it looks as if his role at the heart of Israeli politics for the past half century has come to an end.

From Jerusalem, Mark Urban will assess Ariel Sharon's possible successors and the consequences for the peace process.

David Sells looks back at Mr Sharon's contribution to the history of Israel and evaluates his legacy.

And we'll be joined by senior figures from peace processes past and present to explore the possible ways forward.

Charles Kennedy

The pressure continues to mount on the Liberal Democrat leader, Charles Kennedy. The BBC has learnt that just under half of Charles Kennedy's Shadow Cabinet have signed a letter informing him that they no longer have confidence in his leadership.

Michael Crick will have the latest.

Bird flu

The first cases of bird flu outside China and South East Asia are causing concern among scientists.

Two members of the same family have died from the virus in Turkey and more than a dozen people with similar symptoms are undergoing tests in Turkish hospitals.

Could this be evidence that the virus is becoming more deadly? We'll ask our Science Editor, Susan Watts.

Geek Week continues...

Avatar versions of Jeremy Paxman and Paul Mason in the Newsnight studio
Paul Mason comes to you tonight from a parallel universe.

He has morphed into a computer generated character to bring us the low-down on the ever-expanding world of online gaming.

Meanwhile, Jeremy has morphed, too. Which is better looking?

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