Friday 3 July 2009
Here is what is coming up on tonight's programme:
From the web team:
British Foreign Secretary David Miliband has said he is "urgently seeking clarification" of the announcement by a senior Iranian cleric that local staff working at Britain's Tehran embassy will face trial.
Nine embassy staff were held in Tehran last weekend. Britain says all but two have now been freed. Today Ahmad Jannati from Iran's Guardian Council said of the still detained members of staff: "Naturally they will be put on trial, they have made confessions."
Tonight we will be discussing the British-Iranian relationship and why the UK has replaced the United States as the bete noir of Iranian hardline rhetoric.
Also tonight, Palin for President? Not if some in her party have anything to do with it.
We report from Washington on the Republicans who want to destroy Sarah Palin despite her popularity with the party's grassroots.
And Andy Murray's Britishness - is his relationship with the English just a marriage of convenience?
And here's Kirsty Wark with what is coming up on Newsnight Review:
And then on Review, is the Iran of our imagination the real Iran?
It is one of the oldest civilizations, has an extraordinarily young population, is one of the most literate countries in the world, and is a cultural cornucopia.
In the UK the cultural response to the post-election uprising was swift.
On Wednesday the Royal Court theatre mounted a powerful short "scratch" production distilled from the millions of Twitter "tweets" from Iran and beyond.
We'll be talking about the impact of technology in closed societies with our guests Jonathan Freedland, Baroness Haleh Afshar and Iranian writer Azadeh Moaveni.
We'll be revisiting two of the most powerful accounts of modern Iran, the Oscar-nominated film Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, based on her graphic novel, and Azar Nafisi's bestselling Reading Lolita In Tehran.
Shirin is the new film from the Iranian arthouse director Abbas Kiarostami in which we watch 100 Iranian women as they watch a filmed performance of a 12th Century Persian poem about Shirin the Queen of Armenia.
And more on the impact of the net when revolution threatens to destabilise closed societies.
The film Burma VJ is the account of the pro-democracy uprisings in Burma in 2007 as told by citizen journalists with forbidden cameras.
Do join us for all that and more.