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Newsnight Review 16 December, 2005

Mark Lawson
Julie Myerson
John Harris
Germaine Greer
Kwame Kwei Armah
Presented by Mark Lawson with guests:

Julie Myerson
John Harris
Germaine Greer
Kwame Kwei Armah


This week:
FILMS - WALLACE AND GROMIT / THE CONSTANT GARDENER
TELEVISION - DOCTOR WHO / DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES
ART - PETER PAUL RUBENS / DIANE ARBUS
PERFORMANCE - PAUL / IBSEN / SCHILLER
BOOKS - LUNAR PARK / ARTHUR & GEORGE

In the final programme of 2005 Mark Lawson is joined by Germaine Greer, John Harris, Kwame Kwei Armah and Julie Myerson for an extended NEWSNIGHT REVIEW OF THE YEAR.

They'll be looking at the highlights - and some of the turkeys - of the last 12 months in the arts including:


Wallace and Gromit

Wallace and Gromit publicity

Nick Park's much-loved duo Wallace and Gromit in their first feature length outing.

Directed in conjunction with Steve Box, the film took five years to make using painstaking stop-frame animation of the specially developed Plasticine figures (nicknamed "Aard - Mix"), with a touch of CGI.

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    The Constant Gardener

    Ralph Fiennes in The Constant Gardener

    The Constant Gardener is based on the best-selling John le Carré novel and is directed by "City of God" director, Fernando Meirelles.

    Ralph Fiennes stars as a man who embarks on a personal odyssey across three continents to expose the truth about a brutal murder.

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    Doctor Who

    Christopher Eccleston in the 2005 series of Doctor Who

    Doctor Who made its long-awaited reappearance in the spring of 2005 after a 15 year absence.

    Christopher Eccleston played the ninth Doctor in the new 13-part series alongside Billie Piper as his companion, Rose Tyler.

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    Desperate Housewives

    The cast of Desperate Housewives

    Desperate Housewives is set in an up-market street called Wisteria Lane in a picture postcard suburb where the houses are framed by picket fences and their inhabitants live, seemingly, perfect lives.

    The truth - and intrigue - lies in the fact that nothing is as it seems, and the lives of the four main characters are far from idyllic.

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    Rubens
    The National Gallery

    © Courtesy of the owner / Photo The National Gallery, London
    The Massacre of the Innocents by Peter Paul Rubens (about 1611-12)

    This exhibition tells the story of the artist Peter Paul Rubens, who started life as a pupil for an artist in Antwerp and became one of the dominant international painters of his time.

    The show traces his artistic progression from his early years in Antwerp to his eight years in Italy.

  • RUBENS IS AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY, LONDON, UNTIL 15 JANUARY, 2006
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    Diane Arbus - Revelations
    Victoria and Albert Museum

    Cropped image from the Diane Arbus exhibition poster
    Revelations is at the V&A until 15 January, 2006

    Diane Arbus was a New York photographer whose work captured 1950s and 1960s America.

    This new exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum is the largest retrospective of her work ever assembled and the first major exhibition in this country for 30 years.

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    Paul
    By Howard Brenton

    Publicity from Paul, at the National Theatre, London
    Adam Godley plays the title character

    Our reviewers will be discussing Howard Brenton's latest provocative drama, Paul, at the National Theatre.

    The play is an irreverent portrayal of the life of St Paul and explores the extraordinary phenomenon of faith.

    It also offers a secular reading of the story of Christ's resurrection, and has brought the Director of the National, Nicholas Hyntner, a sackful of complaining letters.

    Howard Brenton's Romans in Britain spurred Mary Whitehouse to mount a private prosecution when it was first staged, for simulating gross indecency.

  • PAUL IS AT THE NATIONAL THEATRE IN LONDON UNTIL 4 FEBRUARY, 2006

    Ibsen

    2006 is the 100th anniversary of Henrik Ibsen's death and is officially Ibsen Year in Norway. The playwright had an excellent build up to the celebrations in London at least with three works finding renewed success in the West End.

    Eve Best made Hedda Gabler her own, while Damian Lewis led a critically acclaimed Pillars of the Community production at the National Theatre and December saw Michael Grandage's version of The Wild Duck open at the Donmar Warehouse.

  • PILLARS OF THE COMMUNITY IS AT THE NATIONAL THEATRE UNTIL 4 FEBRUARY, 2006
  • THE WILD DUCK IS AT THE DONMAR WAREHOUSE UNTIL 18 FEBRUARY, 2006

    Schiller

    Publicity from Mary Stuart
    Mary Stuart plays at the Apollo Theatre

    2005 brought successes, too, for German playwright Heinrich von Schiller. Bookending the year were Don Carlos at the Gielgud, directed by Michael Grandage, and Mary Stuart at the Apollo, by Phyllida Lloyd.

    With strong eponymous performances from Derek Jacobi and Janet McTeer, both plays found box office success.

  • MARY STUART IS AT THE APOLLO THEATRE UNTIL 14 JANUARY, 2006


    Lunar Park
    By Brett Easton Ellis

    The cover of Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis
    Published by Picador

    Lunar Park is Bret Easton Ellis' fifth novel and draws heavily on his previous body of work.

    Characters from his iconic work American Psycho turn up in Bret's "real life", and a serial killer emulates the behaviour of the fictitious Patrick Bateman.

    Is Bret haunted?

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    The cover of Arthur & George by Julian Barnes
    Published by Jonathan Cape
    Arthur & George
    By Julian Barnes

    Arthur and George grow up worlds and miles apart in late 19th century Britain.

    But as the new century begins, they are brought together by a sequence of events which made sensational headlines at the time as The Great Wyrley Outrages.

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    Newsnight Review is broadcast after Newsnight every Friday at 11pm on BBC Two.

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