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Newsnight Review, 6 June, 2008

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  • 6 Jun 08, 02:08 PM

On Review tonight:

We'll take a look at the BBC Four drama about Margaret Thatcher's attempts to be adopted as a Tory candidate: The Long Walk to Finchley. It'll be interesting to see what our panellist - the MP Michael Gove - makes of the way the young Maggie's relationship with the young Ted Heath has been depicted - there's something of a "frisson" there, to say the least. Carol Thatcher is reported to have objected to that aspect of the drama.

'Gone Baby Gone' is Ben Affleck's directorial debut about the disappearance of a four-year-old girl - its UK release was delayed because of the Madeleine McCann case. There's certainly an eerie similarity between her and the young actress. But will our panel think it was overly sensitive to delay it?

Novelist Nick Harkaway secured a £300,000 deal for his first novel - 'The Gone Away World'. He's the son of John Le Carre - but don't expect a cold-war espionage thriller - this is altogether different. It'll be interesting to see if the panel thinks it lives up to the hype.

And - in her own words - "She's not the Dalai Lama...she's just a 'backwoods Barbie' in a push-up bra and heels". Really? It'll be fascinating to get Germaine Greer's take on Dolly Parton's latest album.

What issues should we raise with our guests? Have you read, seen or heard any of the items we're reviewing or do you suggest something else for us to review?

Let us know.


  • Comment number 1.

    The CS Monitor has had several recent articles concerning Iran and how the urban population favors the USA over the mullahs-

    In contrast to the drumbeating for another Western attack-

    might we look at the oppoortunity for improved cultural relations?

  • Comment number 2.

    The panel greatly overrrated Gone Baby Gone. They got too involved int he abstract morality of the film and ignored the absurdity of the plot. It started out grittily and watchably but it took a big dip about an hour in, when all the good guys became bad and the noble detective (Ed Harris) for some totally unexplained reason became an armed robber in his spare time. And the twist at the end when the even nobler Morgan Freeman turned out to have adopted the apparently dead girl was ridiculous, everyone would have realised she was the missing girl, and it was such a clumsily posed moral dilemma whether he was doing the right thing to have taken her away from her scuzzy mother...

  • Comment number 3.

    I don't understand why my last posting (June 6) was referred to the moderators. It was polite and constructive. As far as I can see it was posted to the Newsnight Review forum about last Friday's programme. But from the only other posting it's hard to see what this forum is supposed to be about. It all seems to be badly thought out...

  • Comment number 4.

    i wish that margaret thatcher was still in politics in this current time in our world....

  • Comment number 5.

    At 12:52 pm on 08 Jun 2008, ibisbill wrote:

    probably someone didn't like the it....

    Question: What was your posting on 6 June 2008 was about.


  • Comment number 6.

    I find it interseting to note that both the panel on NN Review and Mark Kermode on the Culture Show gave favourable reviews of the 'Mama Mia' film musical released recently.
    A point raised on both programs was that; though at first the film is awful, unwatchable, cringe-making etc, once this initial shock had been overcome and as the audience emerged on the far side, dark side of cheesiness, the film then becomes bearable, nay, enjoyable! Harmless family fun, or words to that effect.
    Meryl Streep, interviewed on the Johnathan Ross program, explained her reasons for signing-up to do the film. She explained how, following the 9/11 attacks, she decided to take her children to see the Mama Mia musical then playing in New York, as relief from the events happening in NY. She explained how, when the musical finished, the children sung and danced from the theatre (how lovely) and how positive, powerful she though these songs, the story, the music.
    Perhaps today, in the post - 9/11 world of rising oil prices, house prices, debt, food shortages etc etc, our trusty panelists (and Mark)are themselves prone to the unconcious softening of their otherwise tough, stern rigours regarding what passes as passable, ok. In need of a light relief, an escape, a blotting out of daily concerns. Perhaps if this film was released in the mid '90s it would not have even been considered for review on either program.
    Is there not a psychology study which suggest the link between world economics and the length of womens skirts, as portrayed in film. (something along those lines)
    Just a thoght.
    I havn't actually seen the fil myself.
    I don't think I will.


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