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Friday, 11 January, 2008

  • Newsnight
  • 11 Jan 08, 04:52 PM

liver_bird203x100.jpgTonight most of Newsnight comes from Liverpool to debate just what being European Capital of Culture means for the city.

Gavin Esler will be joined by Echo and the Bunnymen lead singer, Ian McCulloch, TV impresario Phil Redmond, and "Bread" actress Jean Boht to debate just how Liverpool will benefit from being Culture Capital and what Liverpool today has to offer.

Glasgow local and author Sanjeev Singh Kohli has a report from Glasgow about what being Capital of Culture in 1990 meant for that city.

But we lead tonight with a report from Michael Crick about the increasingly vulnerable position that Peter Hain finds himself in.

We'll debate whether he can survive the weekend with both his ministerial jobs intact - Peter is not only Work and Pensions secretary but also Secretary of State for Wales.

Newsnight Review

This week Martha Kearney is joined by Miranda Sawyer Johann Hari and Ian McMillan.

They'll be reviewing Charlie Wilson's War, Moving Wallpaper and Echo Beach, The Bad Girl by Mario Vargas Llosa and La Cage aux Folles. Find out more on the Newsnight Review website.

Newsnight from Liverpool

  • Newsnight
  • 11 Jan 08, 12:57 PM

liverpool203x100.jpgTonight Gavin Esler and the team are presenting the programme from Liverpool - to mark the start of the city's status as the European Capital of Culture.

We'll be hearing from musicians, artists and performers, and of course some critics.

We have a film from Glasgow, the last British city to be awarded the title.

But what do you think about Liverpool - and about schemes like this?

Does Liverpool deserve the status and will it be good for the city? (Or after today do you expect not to hear about the event again?)

Is the award recognition for a city with an incredible cultural heritage and is the best yet to come or is Liverpool's creative heyday already history?
Do let us know what you think.

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