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Friday 18 December: The year in Review

Kirsty Wark is joined by comedian Natalie Haynes, MP Michael Gove, writer and broadcaster Paul Morley and the director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts Ekow Eshun, to discuss the year in arts and wave goodbye to a decade of Newsnight Review before its relaunch in January.

Newcomer Katie Jarvis stars in Fishtank as a troubled teenager.

The panel takes a look at what has been going on in the worlds of TV and film this year, focussing on two big releases - Lars von Trier's Antichrist and Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank.

The controversial Antichrist created waves at Cannes for its explicit and disturbing content - including a scene of genital mutilation. The film was heavily criticised and was almost deemed unclassifiable in the UK.

Fish Tank won novice lead actress Katie Jarvis an award at the Edinburgh Film Festival. The film takes a particularly unflinching look at the life of a dysfunctional single-parent family.

The panel consider which themes have dominated film and TV in 2009.

Antichrist is available on DVD from 11 January 2010. Fish Tank is available on DVD from 25 January 2010.

Enron, at the Royal Court, delves into the circumstances that brought about the energy giant's collapse

The UK is still officially in recession and unemployment is rising but bankers' bonuses continue to defy those conditions and house prices are on the increase. So what does it all mean? Is this the calm before the storm or a sign that crisis has been averted?

The panel discuss how culture in 2009 has reflected our confusion over the economy, with particular emphasis on two plays about high finance.

David Hare's The Power of Yes examines the causes of the credit crash and premiered at the National Theatre. Lucy Prebble's Enron, which opened in Chichester, delves into the circumstances that brought about the energy giant's collapse.

The Power of Yes plays at the National Theatre until 10 January 2010. Enron plays at the Noel Coward Theatre from 16 January 2010.

The kindly Ones
The Kindly Ones has been translated into 17 languages

The panel look at one of the most controversial books of the year, Jonathan Littell's The Kindly Ones, which tells the story of a former SS officer who helped carry out massacres during the Holocaust.

The book was first published in France where it won two major literary awards and has now been translated into 17 languages, following its critical success.

The panel look at why other historical fiction has made it big this year, from Colm Toibin's Brooklyn to Hilary Mantel's Man Booker prize winner, Wolf Hall.

The Kindly Ones is published by Chatto and Windus.


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The now ubiquitous Twitter is a mini-blogging site with an international following

Is 2009 the year that Twitter came of age?

At the start of the year it was mainly seen as a source of celebrity gossip. Then the Iran elections happened and Twitter became a key tool for protest. The US State Department even asked the site's managers to postpone a scheduled maintenance shutdown while the demonstrations in Iran were going on.

Since then Twitterers have used the site to protest against everything from reporting restrictions in the Trafigura case and to a Daily Mail article on Stephen Gately's death.

Is Twitter now serious political tool with international clout? The panel look back at the last year on the mini-blogging site.

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Artist Anthony Gormley invited members of the public to occupy the empty Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square

2009 saw 2,400 members of the public take turns occupying the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square. Interactive theatre was the hit of Edinburgh and the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra from the barrios of Venezuala banged the drum for mass participation in music at the Royal Festival Hall.

Critically approved music, like Mercury Music Prize winner Speech Debelle, struggled, while mass youtube viewings of Susan Boyle propelled her to international stardom.

Has the Noughties seen a transfer of power, in production and consumption to the audience? Is the voice of the audience now the only cultural gatekeeper?

And finally, Newsnight Review launched in 2000. This is our final programme before the show is relaunched in January as The Review Show. Look out for its first appearance on January 22 2010, same time 11pm on BBC Two, new place - Glasgow.

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