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Newsnight Review - Friday, 15 September, 2006

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  • 15 Sep 06, 05:28 PM

dahlia1_index203.jpgThis week the panel, chaired by Martha Kearney, discuss the film The Black Dahlia; the latest novel by William Boyd, Restless; Ta-Dah, the new album by the Scissor Sisters; the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at the V&A; plus Rupert Everett reads from his autobiography in the studio.

Comment on the latest edition of Newsnight Review and let us know whether you agree with our panel Kwame Kwei-Armah, Mark Kermode, Rowan Pelling and Sarah Churchwell.

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  • 1.
  • At 11:57 PM on 15 Sep 2006,
  • Gerry wrote:

I wait with baited breath for the usual "this panelist is a..." or "the bbc is full of oxbridge...", but frankly I can't think of anywhere where an amazing book like William Boyd's Restless will be reviewed by an panel of informed, educated people who really have the chance to say what they think live on television.

  • 2.
  • At 10:30 AM on 16 Sep 2006,
  • Martin wrote:

"black dahlia" - to my recollection it is correctly pronounced "day - lee - ahh" - Martha Kearney pronounced it "Darrr - leee- ahh" - ouch!!!

  • 3.
  • At 11:46 AM on 16 Sep 2006,
  • Trofim wrote:

Yes, I noticed that Martha Kearney could not pronounce the everyday word "dahlia". Perhaps she's never been in a garden.

  • 4.
  • At 05:56 PM on 16 Sep 2006,
  • Michael wrote:

The BBC used to have a pronunciation department but if it still exists it confines itself to arabic and Brazilian names which presenters must be made to drill in like pre comprehensive schoolchildren.

Dahlia I suspect looked to Martha like Dahl as in Roald so she went for it accordingly.

Unfortunately mispronunciation and bad grammar are endemic and chronic and ample evidence of a dumbed down education. eg nobody is sitting any more. People are sat

On the Pope, many people in Miami Florida have reacted angrily to the Muslim backlash against Benedict XVI. Some have even seen the axis between Iran, Cuba, and Venezuela as part of the threat. Others say that the Governments of Iran, Cuba, Venezuela have something in common [as puppets of the Republican/Democratic Dictatorship in USA].

Thanks to all the viewers who thought I couldn't pronounce the simple word "dahlia". True, I have made some stupid mistakes on air in the past but in this case I was using the American pronunciation which is used throughout the film (as I explained in the Newsnight e-mail of that day). In fact I am a big fan of the British DAY-lia in particular the Bishop of Llandaff variety.

Can anybody please tell me what the Newsnight Review panel had to say about The Black Dahlia? I just missed it, and unfortunately the programme is not repeated (as far as I am aware). Were opinions divided?

  • 8.
  • At 06:29 AM on 19 Sep 2006,
  • Tony Snapes wrote:

Its the American pronuciation thats all.

Its the way its pronounced in the USA. Daaa lee ah and Gaaaala for Gala.


Russell (7) - you can watch the latest edition of Newsnight Review online via its website:


Thanks Stuart - much appreciated!

  • 11.
  • At 12:58 PM on 19 Sep 2006,
  • Will Legrand wrote:

I suppose the Review likes to show how extensive its tastes are, but Scissor Hands was definitely one for the teenage market.It sounded like supermarket muzac to me.Please stick to the book reviews,which are Newsnight at its best.

  • 12.
  • At 08:43 PM on 21 Sep 2006,
  • Alan Hollinghurst wrote:

Thank you so much for highlighting the Leonard Da Vinci exhibition.I am a parent of two science mad eleven year olds who think art is only for girls,but we are planning a special trip from Doncaster to see it-they were just fascinated by the drawings in your review.

  • 13.
  • At 03:22 PM on 23 Sep 2006,
  • Mike Tomlinson wrote:

I missed the review of the Scissor Sisters album and sadly this site no longer shows the review in script form. Can I get the review somehow?

  • 14.
  • At 12:03 AM on 05 Oct 2006,
  • J.Barron wrote:

Why, after 'Newsnight' does 'someone', "anyone " be allowed to have a poem read out on the news programme regarding ANY affair.
I,yes me,!!! would like some prime time to devote MY new poem on prime time,preferably after 'Newsnight' How do I go about it?????!!!

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