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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 26th May 2007
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Greenwich Observatory opens its £16 million planetarium; Deborah Warner directs Britten's Death in Venice; Jindabyne, the new film from award-winning Australian director , Ray Lawrence; plus, a child narrates in a new book by Matthew Kneale...
Tom Sutcliffe and guests discuss the cultural highlights of the week

Joining Tom on this week's panel are:

Louise Doughty - novelist
Patrick Gale - novelist
Michael Arditti - novelist

The Royal Observatory Greenwich And Planetarium
Yesterday the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich opened its £16 million redevelopment of the Royal Observatory. The central feature of the redesigned site is the Peter Harrison Planetarium which is equipped with one of the most advanced digital laser projects in the world. The shows in the planetarium will all be presented by astronomers working at the Royal Observatory.

The latest film from the award-winning Australian director Ray Lawrence stars Gabriel Byrne and Laura Linney. It was inspired by a Raymond Carver short story in which a group of men go fishing and find the body of a girl, but instead of immediately reporting it decide to carry on fishing.

Jindabyne is in cinemas from Friday, certificate 15.

Death In Venice
English National Opera’s production of Benjamin Britten’s opera Death in Venice is directed by Deborah Warner and marks the debut of ENO’s new Music Director Edward Gardner. The role of von Aschenbach is sung by Ian Bostridge.

Death in Venice is in repertory at The Coliseum Theatre in London until June 13. It will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on June 30 at 6.30pm.

Guest Choice
This week Laurence Olivier would have been 100 years old. To mark his centenary Michael Arditti has nominated Olivier’s performance as James Tyrone in Eugene O’Neill’s play Long Day’s Journey Into Night. This National Theatre production was directed by Michael Blakemore at the Old Vic in 1971 and then filmed by ATV. The film is available as part of a box set marking Olivier’s centenary.

The Laurence Olivier Centenary Collection is released this week by Network as a ten disc set.

When We Were Romans
Matthew Kneale’s new novel is narrated by a ten year old boy who, together with his sister, is taken to Rome by his mother for reasons that gradually become clear.

When We Were Romans is published by Picador.
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