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Last Updated: Friday, 10 March 2006, 16:54 GMT
Newsnight Review 10 March, 2006
Presented by Martha Kearney

With guests:
Jonathan Freedland
Nikki Gemmell
Kerry Shale
Paul Morley
Jonathan Freedland
Nikki Gemmell - photo copyright Sue Daniel
Kerry Shale
Paul Morley

This week

  • THE PROPOSITION
  • SINATRA AT THE PALLADIUM
  • SUITE FRANÇAISE
  • HAROLD WILSON
  • RAY DAVIES


    The Proposition

    The Proposition is an Outback Western, written by singer Nick Cave, who also provided the soundtrack.

    Images from The Proposition

    Set in 1880s Australia, the film charts the conflicts between the settlers: the Aboriginals, the English and the Irish.

    In the harsh, unforgiving landscape of the Outback, outlaw Charlie Burns (Guy Pearce) is presented with an impossible proposition by local law enforcer Captain Stanley (Ray Winstone): the only way to save his younger brother, Mikey, from the gallows is to track down and kill Arthur, his psychotic older brother.

    Images from The Proposition

    Meanwhile, Captain Stanley has other problems. Having given up their comfortable life in England, he is desperate to shield his wife Martha (Emily Watson) from the brutalities of their new surroundings. He also faces mounting pressure from renegade Aborigines and his colleagues to bring order to the region.

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  • THE PROPOSITION IS ON GENERAL RELEASE FROM FRIDAY 10 MARCH


    Sinatra at the Palladium

    Death is no object to starring in the West End now thanks to David Leveaux's new production Sinatra which opened at the London Palladium this week.

    Frank Sinatra
    Frank Sinatra
    The production combines unseen footage of Frank Sinatra singing, shown on huge moving screens, with a dance troupe and full orchestra to back him up.

    The show tells the story of Sinatra's life through his own words and the aim is to recreate the feel of the An Audience With... programmes, despite the apparent barrier of the host not actually being alive any more.

    All the classic Sinatra tunes are covered and woven around archive of contemporary news events, including JFK's assassination , and film clips of some of Sinatra's on and off screen lovers.

  • SINATRA CAN BE SEEN AT THE LONDON PALLADIUM - BOOKINGS ARE BEING TAKEN UNTIL OCTOBER


    Suite Française
    By Irène Némirovsky
    BBC FOUR

    Irène Némirovsky was born in Kiev in 1903 into a successful banking family and fled to France during the Russian Revolution.

    She attended the Sorbonne and went on to become a best-selling author in France.

    Irene Nemirovsky
    Irene Nemirovsky
    When the Germans occupied France in 1940 she moved, with her husband and two small daughters, from Paris to the village of Issy-L'Evêque. It was here that she secretly began writing Suite Française.

    She was arrested and taken to Auschwitz, where she was killed in 1942. Three months after she disappeared, her husband was also taken and never heard from again.

    The couple's two children, Denise and Elisabeth were hidden by sympathetic friends until the end of the war. Denise had often seen her mother writing in a large leather-bound notebook and she had managed to keep this in her suitcase throughout the war, accompanying her from one hiding place to another.

    After the war, the girls kept the notebook but found it too painful to read. Eventually, almost 60 years later, Denise decided to transcribe the notebook and discovered that it didn't contain a private diary, as she'd thought, but a novel - a snapshot of France under Occupation.

    It was published in France in 2004, more than 60 years after the author was killed, and has become a huge bestseller. This month sees its British publication.

  • SUITE FRANÇAISE IS PUBLISHED BY CHATTO AND WINDUS


    Harold Wilson documentaries

    Next week marks 30 years since Prime Minister Harold Wilson resigned from Number 10 and both the BBC and ITV attempt to look at the man and his life.

    Image from The Plot Against Harold Wilson
    The Plot Against Harold Wilson
    The documentary Harold: The Wilson Years on ITV1, looks at the story of his life, with the help of Wilson's close aides, family and friends. Wilson's widow, Lady Mary Wilson, looks back over the family's time at Number 10, and reveals what she really thought of the Private Eye column, Mrs Wilson's Diary. The other woman in Wilson's life, his private secretary Marcia Falkender, also reveals her feelings for the former PM and describes what life was like working so closely to him.

    Meanwhile BBC TWO goes down the drama documentary route with The Plot Against Harold Wilson, which looks in more detail at the conspiracies surrounding his decision to resign from as PM in 1976. Was he a victim of an MI5 "dirty trick"? A Soviet spy? Was he trying to cover up some scandal involving his political secretary Marcia Williams? Or were early signs of Alzheimer's beginning to affect his legendary photographic memory?

    Images from The Plot Against Harold Wilson

    The programme uses contributions from Wilson's inner circle, interviews and dramatic reconstruction (with James Bolan playing Wilson).

  • HAROLD: THE WILSON YEARS (PART 1) IS ON ITV1 AT 11PM ON 14 MARCH
  • THE PLOT AGAINST HAROLD WILSON IS ON BBC TWO AT 9PM ON 16 MARCH


    Ray Davies

    Ray Davies found fame in the 1960s as lead singer and main songwriter in the band The Kinks.

    Ray Davies' Other People's Lives
    His versatility as a composer was clear even then as hits ranged from the power chords of You Really Got Me, to the lyrical Waterloo Sunset.

    During the Britpop years, bands like Blur, Oasis and Pulp cited The Kinks as an influence.

    In 2004 he was created CBE for services to music. Davies continued to write and perform after The Kinks wound down and has just released his third solo album Other People's Lives.

    The album features a track called The Tourist, based on his experience of being shot while chasing after a mugger in New Orleans, which he sings in the Newsnight Review studio.

  • OTHER PEOPLE'S LIVES IS OUT NOW ON THE V2 LABEL


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