Friday 5 June 2009
Here's Kirsty with details of what's coming up in tonight's Newsnight and Newsnight Review:
Meet the new Cabinet, almost the same as the old Cabinet. Has the resignation of James Purnell ironically shored up Gordon Brown's position, but at the cost of the PM's authority?
Just 48 hours ago the Chancellor Alistair Darling was speaking of his job in the past tense, but having hinted that he would decline any other Cabinet post, he remains as Chancellor. The PM has not moved David Miliband either, and Ed Balls remains at Education. There is a promotion though for Alan Johnson to the Home Office, he had been tipped by many as a possible replacement for Mr Brown.
By tonight we will know the full Cabinet and we will have heard from Gordon Brown. Michael Crick and David Grossman will bring us the inside story from Westminster, and we are assembling a battalion of senior political figures to ask whether Gordon Brown has bought himself some time, and what happens now to the Labour rebellion?
And then a tortured soul, oscillating between action and in-action. No, we are not still on politics, we are onto Review with Joe Queenan, Marina Hyde and John Carey.
We will be discussing Jude Law's Hamlet - man against his inner demons and his external enemies. Then man against the undead - the rise of the vampire, blood on the page and on the screen in Guillermo del Toro's book The Strain, and the art-house film Let The Right One In. And then man against machinery in Terminator Salvation starring Christian Bale (behaving in a lot less animated a fashion than on his infamous YouTube on-set outburst).
It will be a rollercoaster ride. And it doesn't end there - don't miss a special edition of Newsnight on Saturday 6 June at 7.30pm on BBC Two when we'll be looking back at all the events of quite a week.