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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 26 July 2008
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Hadrian at the British Museum; Christian Bale and Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight; West Side Story - the 50th anniversary touring production;  TV drama House of Saddam and a woman’s life bowled a googly in the novel 24 for 3...
Joining Tom Sutcliffe on this week's panel are:

Susannah Clapp – theatre critic
Alkarim Jivani – writer and critic
Catherine O’Flynn – novelist

Hadrian: Empire and Conflict
From the furthest reaches of the empire to the tiniest domestic detail this exhibition at the British Museum throws new light on the contradictory personality of the Roman Emperor.

Hadrian: Empire and Conflict is at the British Museum in London from July 24 to October 26

The Dark Knight

Christopher Nolan’s second film in his Batman Trilogy, starring Christian Bale as Batman and the late Heath Ledger as The Joker, has broken US box office records on its opening weekend. Can the caped crusader destroy organized crime in Gotham City for good?

The Dark Knight is in cinemas nationwide from Friday 25 July, certificate 12A

West Side Story
This 50th anniversary production of Bernstein’s classic comes to Britain having toured Paris, Tokyo and Beijing.

This production by Joey McKneely, is touring as follows:-

London, Sadler's Wells
22nd July to 31st August
Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm
Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm
Sundays at 5.00pm

Woking, New Victoria Theatre
2nd to 13th September at 7.30pm
3rd, 6th, 10th and 13th at 2.30pm

Milton Keynes Theatre
16th to 27th September at 7.30pm
17th, 20th, 24th and 27th at 2.30pm

New Wimbledon Theatre
21st October to 1st November at 7.30pm
23rd, 25th, 30th and 1st at 2.30pm

Glasgow Theatre Royal
11th to 29th November at 7.30pm
13th, 15th, 20th and 22nd at 2.30pm

House of Saddam
This four-part BBC Two drama series tells the story of Iraq under Saddam Hussein’s leadership, from 1979 until his downfall and subsequent execution in 2006. It is co-written by BAFTA award-winning Alex Holmes (Dunkirk) and Stephen Butchard (Vincent).   House Of Saddam focuses on the lives of Saddam’s closest family and an elite few. An intimate portrait of the world of Saddam’s inner circle, it charts the rise and fall of one of the world’s most terrifying regimes.

House of Saddam begins on Weds 30 July at 9pm on BBC2

24 for 3 by Jennie Walker
Jennie Walker is the pseudonym of the poet Charles Boyle who self-published this novella which became a big word-of-mouth success and won the McKitterick prize for a first novel by an author over 40.  As the test match between England and India commences, a woman finds herself torn between her husband, her lover and her sixteen year old son, who hasn’t come home. After five days the match will be won or lost or drawn - but can her future be so clearly categorised?

24 for 3 is published by Bloomsbury
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