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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 17 November 2007
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Canopic Coffinette of Tutankhamun - Photo credit: Voegelin, Basel, Ludwig
Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs; playing the mafia at their own game in American Gangster; a new play takes a provocative look at the black British experience; following the small absurdities and major tragedies in the lives of the people of Cranford and Nadine Gordimer’s new collection of short stories.
Joining presenter Tom Sutcliffe on the panel this week are:

Jim White -  journalist and broadcaster
Dreda Mitchell - novelist
Susan Jeffreys - writer

American Gangster
Directed by Ridley Scott, the film stars Denzel Washington as Frank Lucas, a real-life heroin kingpin from Harlem who smuggled the drug into the country in American service planes returning from the Vietnam War. Russell Crowe portrays Richie Roberts, a detective who aims to brings down Lucas’ drug empire.

American Gangster is in cinemas nationwide, certificate 18

Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharoahs 
More than 130 artefacts discovered by British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922 in the tomb of the celebrated pharaoh on show in London, some for the first time since the tomb's treasures were exhibited in the British Museum 30 years ago. Highlights of the exhibition include Tutankhamun's royal diadem - the gold crown discovered encircling the head of the king's mummified body, and one of the gold and precious stone-inlaid coffinettes that contained his mummified internal organs.

Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs is at the O2, London SE10, until 30th August 2008

Statement of Regret
Kwame Kwei-Armah's third play for the London’s National Theatre tells the provocative story of a radical, black intellectual who fosters divisions within his community for personal gain – at a devastating cost. Starring Don Warrington, Oscar James and Ellen Thomas.

Statement of Regret is at London’s  National Theatre

Beethoven Was One Sixteenth Black and Other Stories
Thirteen stories from South African Nobel Prize – winner Nadine Gordimer offer a demonstration of how people's origins, inheritances and histories, and the loss of them, are inescapable.

Published by Bloomsbury in Hardback, 3rd December 2007

Judi Dench, Philip Glenister, Francesca Annis and Michael Gambon star in a five-part period drama, based on three books by Elizabeth Gaskell. The story, set in the mid 19th century, follows the small absurdities and major tragedies in the lives of the people of Cranford.

Cranford begins on BBC1 Sunday 18th November at 9pm
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