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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 26 January 2008
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Johnny Depp as Sweeney Todd
Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street; a theatrical black comedy by The Sea; master paintings from France and Russia; sculpture in the Embankment Gardens and a gripping novel set in Northern Ireland.
Joining presenter Tom Sutcliffe on the panel this week are:

Bidisha – Novelist
Michael Simkins – actor and writer
Richard Cork – art critic

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Directed by Tim Burton the film stars Johnny Depp as a man unjustly imprisoned abroad for 15 years. He escapes back to London where he vows to wreak revenge. Disguised as Sweeney Todd, he returns to his old barber shop above Mrs. Lovett’s (Helen Bonham Carter) pie-making premises with bloody consequences.

Sweeney Todd is on general release cert. 18

The Sea
Playwright Edward Bond’s black comedy starring Eileen Atkins and David Haig. A wild storm shakes a small East Anglian seaside village and sets off a series of events that changes the lives of all its residents.

The Sea is at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London until 19th April 2008

From Russia
From Russia: French and Russian Master Paintings from Moscow and St Petersburg, including works by Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Matisse including his celebrated Dance II, in a new exhibition in the UK.

At The Royal Academy of Arts, Picadilly, London from 20th January to 18th April 2008.

The Truth Commissioner
David Park’s latest novel examines the subjective nature of truth and what could happen if Northern Ireland, like South Africa, created a "truth commission" to delve into its violent past.

The Truth Commissioner by David Park is published by Bloomsbury

Guest Choice – Arthur Sullivan Memorial
Michael Simkins nominates the unusual bronze Sir Arthur Sullivan memorial, by Goscombe John, in London’s Victoria Embankment Gardens as his guest choice.
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