Newsnight Review 24 October 2008
Here's Martha Kearney with details of tonight's Newsnight Review.
We're starting Halloween celebrations early with a haunted edition of Newsnight Review and a bewitching panel - Candace Bushnell, Will Self, Ekow Eshun and Sarah Churchwell.
We begin with Ghost Town which is Ricky Gervais's first film in which he plays the lead. After the awful characters in The Office and Extras, he takes on the role of another extremely irritating man Bertram Pincus. He's a British dentist working in Manhattan who after a near death experience on the operating table can suddenly see the dead. Apparently at one press conference, a US journalist praised Gervais for the fake teeth he wore in the film. They were real.
The Widows of Eastwick
We stay with the supernatural for John Updike's sequel to The Witches of Eastwick. The temptresses are much older now, living apart. In The Widows of Eastwick we see them return to the Rhode Island resort town where the counter culture they loved has disappeared.
Our third item features a spook, well a former one, Matthew Macfadyen who is one of a plethora of stars in Andrew Davies' new adaptation of Dickens' novel Little Dorrit for BBC One. This story of literal and figurative imprisonment takes the same form as the highly successful Bleak House. Will it be as successful?
And we will end with the new Royal Academy exhibition Byzantium. This has brought together treasures from all over the world to celebrate the culture which lasted from the foundation of Constantinople in 330 to its sacking by the Turks in 1453.
I hope you will join us tonight. Be afraid.