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Saturday Review
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Saturday Review offers sharp, critical discussion of the week's cultural events.
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Saturday 31 May 2008
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Gustav Klimt's Portrait of Eugenia Primavesi 1913/14 © Toyota Municipal Museum of Art
Sex and the City on the big screen; James Bond recreated by Sebastian Faulks; Klimt at Liverpool Tate; Neil Labute’s Fat Pig; and Passionate Victorians on TV.
Joining Tom Sutcliffe on this week's panel are:

Antonia Quirke – writer and critic
Howard Shumann – screenplay writer
Michelene Wandor – writer and poet

Sex and the City
The exploits of New York columnist Carrie Bradshaw, her three friends, and her shoes finally make it to the big screen.

Sex and the City opens Wednesday 28 May, certificate 15.

Fat Pig
A stage comedy by Neil LaBute starring Robert Webb (Mitchell and Webb) as the office worker who falls in love with a girl ridiculed for her size by his colleagues, played by Kris Marshall (from My Family) and Joanna Page (Gavin and Stacey)

Fat Pig is at the Trafalgar Studios in London until September 6.

The first comprehensive exhibition of Gustav Klimt’s work staged in the UK is at Tate Liverpool. The show explores the relationship between Klimt as a leader of the Viennese Secession Group of artists and the products and philosophy of the Wiener Werkstätte (Viennese Workshop, 1903-1932) – a highpoint of 20th-century design.

Gustav Klimt: Painting, Design and Modern Life in Vienna 1900 is at  Tate Liverpool until August 31.

Devil May Care
To mark the centenary of Ian Fleming’s birth, a new James Bond novel has been commissioned from the writer Sebastian Faulks. Setting the story in 1967, the year of ‘the summer of love’, Faulks takes Bond from Paris to the Middle East to fight drug dealers.

Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks is published by Penguin.

Victorians on television:
Channel 4’s new 4 part series Victorian Passions is a season of four films which reappraises and contradicts the traditional view of Victorian society as prudish and straight laced -and BBC1’s drama Florence Nightingale uses original diaries and documents to dramatise a crisis point in the life of this Eminent Victorian.

Victorian Passions: Queen Victoria’s Men
Queen Victoria is usually regarded as prudish and sexually repressed but this drama reveals a very different woman who was desperately romantic and who privately revelled in her own passionate sexuality. Drawing on many of Victoria’s own highly candid diaries, the film explores her relationship with five men who played a major role in her life, including two Prime Ministers and two servants.

Queen Victoria’s Men is on Channel 4 on Monday June 2 at 9.00pm.

Victorian Passions: A Victorian Sex Traveller
Rupert Everett retraces the steps of one of his great heroes – the infamous Victorian explorer and sexual whirlwind, Sir Richard Burton. An anathema to many Victorians, Burton brought us the Kama Sutra and The Arabian Nights, books which shocked Victorian society and sealed his reputation as “Dirty Dick”. But what Burton saw in these books and the lands they came from was another way of life altogether where there seemed to be a far greater understanding of how sex and religion could co-exist than in the Christian West.

A Victorian Sex Traveller is on Channel 4 on Monday June 9 at 9.00pm.

Florence Nightingale
Starring Laura Fraser and written and directed by Norman Stone, this film brings to life the story of Florence Nightingale's spiritual and emotional breakdown after the Crimean War: a moment of crisis that ultimately inspired her revolutionary career in medicine.

Florence Nightingale is on BBC1 on Sunday June 1 at 7.00pm.
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