Friday 6 November 2009
COMING UP ON NEWSNIGHT WITH GAVIN ELSER:
Prime Minister Gordon Brown has come under fire from former defence chiefs who have criticised his Afghanistan strategy and questioned his support for British troops there.
During a House of Lords debate, Chief of the Defence Staff Field Marshal Lord Inge said the armed forces had never really believed the prime minister was "on their side".
General Lord Guthrie, also a former CDS, accused Mr Brown of "dithering" over his pledge to send an extra 500 troops to Afghanistan and said the government had failed to provide adequate numbers of helicopters to prevent the loss of British lives.
The criticism came after a key speech on Afghanistan from Mr Brown, hastily arranged at the end of a bloody week for UK forces there.
Mr Brown said it was "simply wrong" to say troops were not getting the support they need and that he was determined to do everything necessary to protect them.
He warned the Kabul government that he will not put UK troops "in harm's way for a government that does not stand up against corruption", but again staunchly defended the mission, saying it is vital for UK security.
Tonight, Michael Crick will be looking at the Downing Street's increasingly uncomfortable relationship with retired generals and assessing whether Mr Brown's speech will have done enough to ease concerns about the operation in Afghanistan.
Also tonight, Richard Watson will be digging into the past of Major Nidal Malik Hasan, who allegedly opened fire at Fort Hood killing 13 people and injuring 30.
US President Barack Obama has warned against "jumping to conclusions" about the US-born Muslim's motivation.
But what did cause an army psychiatrist, whose job it was to help traumatised and injured US troops, turn assailant?
AND HERE IS KIRSTY WARK WITH WHAT IS COMING UP ON NEWSNIGHT REVIEW:
And on Newsnight Review tonight I'll be getting to the dark heart of the week's cultural offerings along with my guests Kim Newman, Sarah Churchwell and Matthew Sweet.
Hammer Horror lives again with a retrospective in London and two new films currently in production.
We look at how the horror landscape has changed since the last Hammer film 30 years ago.
Does Jennifer's Body, unusually written and directed by women, challenge the gender stereotypes of the genre?
And does the success in America of the low budget film Paranormal Activity, soon to be released over here, mean a return to more psychological values in horror after the so-called "torture porn" gruesomeness of recent years?
On stage, the gore of the early 20th Century Grand Guignol theatre is revived in a new work by Carl Grose. Can the horrors of previous generations only ever be played for laughs?
And Paul Auster tells us how he scared himself writing his new work Invisible, a dark page turner of murder, incest, lies and illusion.
Join us at 11pm.