Friday, November 28, 2008

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Quote for today
"I hope, and I'm sure, like Londoners, Bombayites are resilient, brave and will withstand this onslaught on the city" - British businessman Sir Gulam Noon, who was forced to barricade himself and several colleagues into a room at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel during the terror attacks in India. Watch the interview here:

More chaos and confusion in Mumbai. Fresh explosions and gunfire at the Taj Palace Hotel and loud blasts at the Jewish centre where commandos have attempted to free several hostages. We - along with the rest of the British media - are investigating comments from the Indian Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh that British nationals are among the captured terrorists. Among our guests tonight, a former CIA operative who has worked in India.

Damian Green
The arrest of a leading Tory MP yesterday has been described as a "mayday warning" for democracy by opposition parties. The Government deny that they had any prior warning of the police action. Michael Crick is on the case.

Aids and South Africa
South Africa's record on Aid is dismal - in fact it is even worse than that. President Thabo Mbeki's denial of the link between HIV and Aids plus some of the bizarre supposed health initiatives associated with that denial have resulted in misery for thousands. Our Science Editor Susan Watts reports on how South Africa is trying to make amends.

And don't forget to scroll down for Newsnight Review at 11pm.


newsnight review
Do you ever get that annoying thing in a film or a play when you recognise an actor and can't place them? It happened to me this week at August: Osage County at the National Theatre. I poked my editor in the ribs and said "Look, he's a really famous actor". Then I began to wonder where I'd seen him. It took to the intermission to place him in the dramatic firmament. Gary Cole is the dodgy dad in Desperate Housewives. Oh and the vice-president in The West Wing. How deep is my cultural hinterland? Or should that be shallow? Anyway that doesn't give a very good indication of the play which had been a huge hit on Broadway with its writer Tracey Letts compared to Eugene O'Neill and Tenessee Williams. It is certainly very enjoyable and I don't often say that about plays which are three and a half hours long, I tell you. But does it really have the same depth as plays by those great masters? I shall leave that to my panel - Jude Rogers, Miranda Sawyer and the Reverend Richard Coles.

We will also be discussing What's Just Happened? A new film which stars Robert De Niro as a harassed film producer. Yes, another Hollywood film about Hollywood. Bruce Willis stretches every acting sinew to play an ageing egomaniac action hero.

The Killers have a lot to live up to with their new album Day and Age after selling more than twelve million albums in the past. This was recorded in Barnes in London and has a distinctly Anglophile air with homages to Bowie and Eno.

And could Wallander do for Kenneth Branagh what Prime Suspect did for Helen Mirren? He plays the Swedish detective in a new BBC drama series based on a series of successful novels set in the small town of Ystad.

Hope you can join us all at eleven,


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