This week Kirsty and the panel will be giving their take on the directorial debut of actress Samantha Morton; a play about the murder of James Bulger; a novel by prize-winning author Anne Michael; and Angels & Demons, the latest film from the team behind the blockbuster The Da Vince Code.
Samantha Morton makes her directorial debut in this harrowing tale informed by her own childhood.
The Unloved tells the story of 11-year-old Lucy (played by Molly Windsor), who is placed in a children's home after being neglected by her parents. The care system into which she is placed however, turns out in many ways to be just as inadequate.
The tale has been in the making for many years, with Morton reportedly first considering the film when she was 16.
Kirsty Wark spoke to Samantha Morton
The twice Oscar-nominated actor spent her own childhood in and out of foster care and residential establishments in Nottingham.
What will the panel make of this film's depiction of neglected children, and can it help to raise awareness about the care system for children in this country?
The Unloved will be shown on Sunday 17 May 2009 at 9pm as part of Channel 4's Forgotten Children season.
The panel give their verdict on Anne Michaels' new novel, The Winter Vault
Canadian writer Anne Michaels' debut novel Fugitive Pieces was a critically acclaimed international bestseller, winning several literary prizes including the 1997 Orange Prize.
The Winter Vault, Michaels' second novel, appears amid high expectations.
Several themes from Fugitive Pieces are continued in this book, as the central characters struggle to reconcile their personal stories with history. The book also tackles, with great urgency, the issue of human interference in the environment.
Michaels has published several verse collections and she says The Winter Vault was also written to be read aloud.
Will the panel feel the poetic ear for language serves the story well?
The Winter Vault by Anne Michaels is published by Bloomsbury.