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Saturday Review
Saturday 7.15 - 8.00pm.
Saturday Review offers sharp, critical discussion of the week's cultural events.
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Saturday 24 February 2007
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Letters of Iwo Jima
Tom Sutcliffe and guests discuss the cultural highlights of the week, including Letters from Iwo Jima; Iain Bank's novel The Steep Approach to Garbadale; Uncomfortable Truths - an exhibition about slavery at the V&A; and Channel 5's Kitchen....  
Presenter Tom Sutcliffe

Joining Tom on this week's panel are:
Mary Lawson - novelist
Gillian Slovo - novelist
Alan Plater - writer
The Steep Approach to Garbadale
Iain Banks’s new novel The Steep Approach to Garbadale is his first novel for five years. Previously criticised for being cold and clever, the dedication to this book is “For Lost Loves” – so is his writing now more compassionate?

The Steep Approach to Garbadale, by Iain Banks, is published by Little Brown.

Uncomfortable Truths
Uncomfortable Truths  at the Victoria and Albert traces the connections between the objects in its collection and the Slave Trade. As part of this year’s commemoration of the parliamentary abolition of slavery eleven artists were asked to turn their attention to the links between slavery and the objects in the museum. Five discovery trails in the exhibition lead visitors to particular objects in the permanent collection which have a connection to the slave trade....

Uncomfortable Truths  continues in the galleries at the Victoria and Albert until 17 June

Letters from Iwo Jima
Clint Eastwood’s second film about the Battle of Iwo Jima gives an account of what it looked like from Japanese lines. Filmed almost entirely in Japanese, Letters from Iwo Jima explores the lives of men who understood that they were expected to defend a lost cause, and that they were expected to die doing it.

Letters from Iwo Jima opens in cinemas from Friday

The Reporter
Nicholas Wright’s new play The Reporter sets out to resolve a mystery – that of the BBC reporter James Mossman, who committed suicide in 1971. But what is the play’s appeal for a younger audience?

The Reporter  is in repertory at the National Theatre on the South Bank

Kitchen  stars Eddie Izzard as a celebrity chef whose starred status is threatened by his fondness for vodka. The series is full of sex, drugs and rock lobster. Bad behaviour isn’t novel in recent television drama but the kitchen setting is. Does it work?

Kitchen begins on Wednesday evening on Channel Five at 9.00 and the second part is the following evening at the same time.
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