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TUESDAY 17 DECEMBER

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SWEET HOME ALABAMA
Film writer Cherry Potter reviews Sweet Home Alabama, a romantic comedy about a New York fashion designer (Reese Witherspoon) who goes home to Alabama to settle some unfinished business.

Sweet Home Alabama opens in UK cinemas on Friday 20th December 2002, certificate 12A
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BARRY KEEFE
In the 1970s, Barry Keefe emerged as one of the most significant playwrights in the generation born towards the end of the Second World War. Stage and television plays such as Gotcha and Sus were followed by the screenplay for what has become a revered British film: The Long Good Friday. A new volume of his collected plays has recently been published and his play, The Five of Us, is on Radio 4 on Friday. Mark Lawson talks to Barry Keefe about his work.

Barry Keefe's play The Five of Us goes out on Radio 4 on Friday 20 December at 9pm

The Long Good Friday [1981] is on DVD
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ARTHUR RACKHAM
Arthur Rackham often conjures up images of fairies but the illustrator who lived from 1867 to 1939 had a long and varied career which included providing his own version of pictures for books like Wind in the Willows and Alice in Wonderland. Art Historian Lyn Nead reviews this first full-scale exhibition of his work in Britain for over twenty years.

Arthur Rackham (1867 – 1939), Dulwich Picture Gallery, 18 December 2002 - Spring 2003
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REPRIEVE FOR REYNOLDS PORTRAIT
Arts Minister, Baroness Blackstone, has stepped in to prevent an important painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds leaving the country. Portrait Of Omai was first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1776 and features a Polynesian boy brought to Britain in 1774. London's Tate Gallery attempted to buy the painting when it came up for sale last year, but its offer was rejected. John Wilson talks to the Tate's director, Nicholas Serota.
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Back to the Future Trilogy Box Set (1985), Universal Pictures, released 2 December, 2002
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Clueless/Save The Last Dance, Paramount Home Entertainment (UK), released 18 November, 2002

The Piano Teacher, Artificial Eye Film Company Ltd, released 27 May, 2002

Time Out (L' Emploi du Temps), Artificial Eye Film Company Ltd, released 28 October, 2002

Va Savoir, Artificial Eye Film Company Ltd, released 24 June, 2002

At the height of the summer, Artificial Eye Film Company Ltd, released 25 March, 2002

Together, Metrodome Distribution Ltd, released 26 November, 2001

Straw Dogs (1971), Fremantle Home Entertainment, released 7 October, 2002

Cabaret - 30th Anniversary Special Edition (1972), Fremantle Home Entertainment released 9 September, 2002


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