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Saturday Review
Saturday 7.15 - 8.00pm.
Saturday Review offers sharp, critical discussion of the week's cultural events.
This week
Saturday 8 September 2007
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Alvin Ailey Dance Theater
Ian McEwan’s Atonement on the big screen; All About My Mother, from film to stage; Hari Kunzru’s revolutionary new novel; comic books though the ages; and Alvin Ailey’s high energy African-American dance...
Tom Sutcliffe and guests discuss the cultural highlights of the week

Joining Tom on this week's panel are:

Sharon Foster - scriptwriter
Patrick Gale - novelist
Liz Forgan - Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund

Keira Knightley and James McAvoy star in a film adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel Atonement, directed by Joe Wright. The story centres around the character of Briony, an imaginative eleven year old who makes a false accusation which leads to grave consequences affecting those involved for the rest of their lives.

Atonement opens across the country on Friday, certificate 15

All About My Mother
The Old Vic have mounted a stage adaptation of Pedro Almodovar's Oscar-winning film All About My Mother. The adaptation is by Samuel Adamson and it stars Lesley Manville, Diana Rigg and Mark Gatiss.

All About My Mother is at the Old Vic Theatre in London until 29 November.

My Revolutions by Hari Kunzru
This novel is a departure from his previous books - which explore cultural identity and colonialism – and instead tells the story of a white middle-aged man living a comfortable family life in the Home Counties who turns out to have a history of left-wing terrorism.

My Revolutions by Hari Kunzru is out now in hardback.

Alvin Ailey Dance Theater
The internationally acclaimed African-American modern dance company was founded in Upper Manhattan in 1958 by Alvin Ailey, one of the giants of American dance, and is known for its high energy, vibrant performances. This week they makes a visit to Sadlers Wells in London to present three programmes, combining popular music, gospel, jazz, modern dance and ballet.

Alvin Ailey Dance Theater is at Sadlers Wells in London until 15 September and then tours around the country:

18 - 19 September  - Plymouth Theatre Royal
21 -22 September  - Birmingham Hippodrome
25 - 26 September  - Edinburgh Festival Theatre
28 - 29 September  - Newcastle Theatre Royal
2 - 3 October  - Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall
5 - 6 October  - Bradford, Alhambra
9 - 10 October  - Salford, Lowry

Comics Britannia
From the Beano to Bunty, Commando to Viz, The Eagle to 2000AD, British comics have captivated generations from the Thirties to the present day. This new three part series explores one the of most powerful achievements of British popular culture – the classic comic strips generations of us have grown up with over the past 70 years.

Comics Britannia starts on Monday 10 September on BBC4
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