Newsnight Review: Friday, 16 January, 2009
Here's a look ahead to what's in store this evening on Review:
Ian Rankin, Oona King and Oliver Kamm have mined Barack Obama's autobiography Dreams from My Father, to find clues about what motivates the man who'll be Commander in Chief within days.
Written when he was 33, it details his attitude to race, drugs, and his constant struggle to find his place in the world. But it is his relationship with his father, whom he meets just once in his life, which influences him more than anything else.
If you've read it - tell us what you thought below.
Then its curtain up for a new talentshowtastic Oliver! starring Rowan Atkinson. It has defied the economic crisis to break all box office records, taking £15 million in advance sales. It's the third musical in which the principal parts are played by talent show winners -Jodie Prenger plays Nancy, and the three rotating Olivers are Lawrence Jeffcoate, Gwion Wyn Jones and Harry Stott.
Andrew O'Hagan's novel Be Near Me, set in his native Ayrshire, has been adapted for The National Theatre of Scotland in a co-venture with the Donmar in London. The script has been written by Ian McDiarmid who also stars as Father Anderton, a cerebral, (heavy) wine drinking Oxford educated, Anglo Scottish priest who comes to a parish in a run-down coastal town near Kilmarnock. He strikes up a friendship with a wild, 15 year old, pill-popping boy, with disastrous consequences. The play has opened in Kilmarnock, moves to London's Donmar Warehouse, then goes on tour across the UK.
Anne Hathaway has made her reputation with a series of light and entertaining films including The Princess Diaries and The Devil Wears Prada. But her new film Rachel Getting Married is a much tougher proposition. In this comic/tragedy she plays a recovering drug addict whose past actions have devastated her arty Connecticut family. The drama takes place around the wedding of her older sister played by Rosemary DeWitt, when Kym (Hathaway) arrives home after a nine month stint in rehab.
And we'll be paying a special Review tribute to John Mortimer - a sometime panellist on the programme.
Do join us at 11pm.