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Newsnight Review 11 November, 2005

Kirsty Wark
Sarah Churchwell
Grayson Perry
Hardeep Singh Kohli
Alex James
Presented by Kirsty Wark with guests:

Sarah Churchwell
Grayson Perry
Hardeep Singh Kohli
Alex James


This week:
THE QUEEN'S SISTER
CHINA:THE THREE EMPERORS
SUMMER CROSSING BY TRUMAN CAPOTE
I AM MY OWN WIFE

We'll also be discussing the life and work of Lord Lichfield, photographer of social scenes for more than 40 years, who died today aged 66.


The Queen's Sister
Channel 4

Publicity from The Queen's Sister
Princess Margaret was the first celebrity royal, the monarchy's original wild child.

Over the last 20 years or so, the monarchy has been engulfed by divorces, extra-marital affairs and public bickering, yet Princess Margaret was the original royal to experience the dilemma of wanting both to be a public princess and to live a private life.

She was the last member of the royal family to have her life hemmed in by traditional protocol, when she was not allowed to marry the divorcee, Group Captain Peter Townsend.

Publicity from The Queen's Sister

All good ingredients for a new drama - The Queen's Sister which captures the intimate details of Margaret's colourful, complex and controversial life, some of which is based on fact.

  • THE QUEEN'S SISTER IS ON CHANNEL 4, SUNDAY 27 NOVEMBER, 2005 AT 9PM


    China: The Three Emperors
    Royal Academy, London

    Spring's Peaceful Message, c. 1736, by Giuseppe Castiglione (Chinese name Lang Shining, 1688-1766). Hanging scroll, ink and colour on silk. The Palace Museum, Beijing.
    Spring's Peaceful Message, c. 1736, by Giuseppe Castiglione
    The largest exhibition of its kind staged in England, China: The Three Emperors brings together over 400 pieces from the period 1662-1795.

    As the title of the exhibition suggests, the period covered was dominated by Emperors Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong of what was to be China's last dynasty, the Qing.

    These three leaders shared an awareness of the importance of art as a political tool, using representations of themselves commissioned from the court academy, to propagate their images across the wide area of their rule.

    Pieces on display range from intricately embroidered robes of state, through scrolls and paintings depicting court life, to finely wrought pottery and jade.

    Many of the artefacts are on loan from the Palace Museum Beijing and have not been seen outside China before.

  • CHINA:THE THREE EMPERORS, 1662-1795 IS AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY, LONDON FROM 12 NOVEMBER, 2005 UNTIL APRIL, 2006


    Summer Crossing
    By Truman Capote

    Author Truman Capote
    Author Truman Capote
    This recently discovered first novel by the author of Breakfast at Tiffanys and In Cold Blood is set in the years just after World War II and is the story of 17 year old Grady O'Neill.

    The youngest child of rich, socialite parents, her mother is grooming her for a grand entrance onto the debutante scene.

    Left behind in a stifling Manhattan summer while her parents go to Europe, Grady makes use of her new found freedom to tour New York's bars with her childhood friend Peter, and to pursue a secret relationship with Jewish parking lot attendant Clyde Manzer.

    Capote wrote Summer Crossing by hand in four school notebooks when he was 20. It was found in the Brooklyn apartment he vacated after the success of In Cold Blood, eventually coming up for auction in 2004.

  • SUMMER CROSSING IS PUBLISHED BY PENGUIN ON 17 NOVEMBER, 2005


    I Am My Own Wife
    Duke of York's Theatre

    Publicity from I Am My Own Wife
    Doug Wright's one man play is about the true story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a transvestite and celebrated antiques dealer, who successfully navigated the two most oppressive regimes of the past century - the Nazis and the Communists.

    While openly gay and defiantly in drag, von Mahlsdorf was both hailed as a cultural hero and accused of colluding with the Stasi.

    In the play, Doug Wright travels from New York to Berlin to interview Charlotte, and is instantly enchanted by her colourful accounts of overcoming such obstacles as an oppressive father and a homophobic SS commander.

    But when the German press begin circulating reports that Charlotte was an informant for the Stasi before the Berlin Wall fell, Wright's idealised portrait of her is challenged.

    Jefferson Mays plays Charlotte, Doug and each of the play's 33 other characters. His portrayals have earned him numerous awards including the 2004 Tony Award for "Best Actor in a Play".

    Publicity from I Am My Own Wife

    Doug Wright (creator of both the screenplay and original play of Quills) has received, among others, the Pulitzer Prize and the "Best Play" Tony Award for I Am My Own Wife.

  • I AM MY OWN WIFE OPENS AT THE DUKE OF YORK'S THEATRE ON 10 NOVEMBER, 2005


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