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Newsnight Review 18 November, 2005

Kirsty Wark
Michael Gove
Julie Myerson
Lionel Shriver
David Shrigley
Presented by Kirsty Wark with guests:

Michael Gove
Julie Myerson
Lionel Shriver
David Shrigley


This week:
MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS
STORYVILLE: SIR! NO SIR!
BROOKLYN FOLLIES
SPIN


Mrs Henderson Presents

Publicity from Mrs Henderson Presents

Dame Judi Dench stars in the title role of Mrs Henderson Presents.

The film is based on the true story of eccentric widow Laura Henderson, the owner of the Windmill Theatre in the heart of Soho.

Mrs Henderson, along with her hired manager, Vivian Van Damm (played by Bob Hoskins) is the very first to suggest putting naked girls on the stage in the late 1930s.

Publicity from Mrs Henderson Presents

The Lord Chamberlain, the censor, grants The Windmill a licence on the condition the naked girls don't move, thus imitating art.

The Windmill's tableaux, or naked girls in themed settings, were a hit with British families and the troops, many of whom were off to fight in the war.

It was the only theatre in London to continue playing during the blitz, leading to its famous slogan "We Never Closed".

Publicity from Mrs Henderson Presents

Mrs Henderson Presents is directed by Stephen Frears and also stars Will Young, Kelly Reilly and Thelma Barlow.

  • CERTIFICATE 12A
  • OPENS IN THE WEST END AND KEY CITIES ON FRIDAY 18 NOVEMBER


    Storyville: Sir! No Sir!
    BBC FOUR

    Storyville publicity
    American documentary maker David Zeiger (A Night of Ferocious Joy, Senior Year, Displaced in the New South) turns his attention to a movement he was part of - GIs against the Vietnam War.

    Though there has been much coverage of anti-war protests by students and civilians, the role of active servicemen, including the 500,000 who deserted over the course of the war, has been largely covered up.

    Zeiger has unearthed a wealth of previously unseen footage, from moving footage shot by frontline soldiers, to GI produced anti-war newspapers.

    The programme gained exclusive rights to several documentaries revealing Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland's revue company performing to troops in the Far East and Fonda was persuaded to give an interview reflecting on the time.

  • SIR! NO SIR! AIRS ON BBC4 ON 5 DECEMBER AT 9.05PM


    Brooklyn Follies
    By Paul Auster

    Paul Auster
    Author Paul Auster
    Paul Auster's new novel, Brooklyn Follies, tells the story of Nathan and Tom, an uncle and nephew double-act.

    Nathan Glass is a retired insurance salesman, who's returned to his native Brooklyn to die. He's in remission from cancer, divorced and estranged from his only daughter.

    By coincidence his nephew, Tom, hiding away from his promising academic career and life in general, ends up in the same neighbourhood.

    When Lucy, Tom's nine-year-old niece, comes into their lives they discover a bridge from their pasts that offers them the possibility of redemption.

    Paul Auster's 11th novel is set against the backdrop of the contested US election of 2000, a subject about which he has said he is "burning with passion about".

  • BROOKLYN FOLLIES IS PUBLISHED BY FABER


    Spin

    David Shrigley is a Glasgow based artist, animator and cartoonist.

    David Shrigley
    David Shrigley
    On commission from BBC THREE, he has spent this week creating public art from the daily news agenda for a programme called Spin.

    The aim is to show art responding quickly to daily preoccupations and Shrigley admits the rapid turnaround of at least a piece a day has been a challenge.

    So far his interpretations of daily events have led him to send a giant wearing the slogan "Binge drinking is our national heritage" into various Nottingham bars offering to buy members of the public a drink, and to post a giant billboard of a potter at the wheel with the catch line "Legalise pottery" outside Lancaster Boys School, that David Cameron was visiting.

  • SPIN CAN BE SEEN ON BBC THREE AT 9.30PM ON WEDNESDAY 23 NOVEMBER


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