Friday, September 11, 2009

In tonight's Newsnight & Newsnight Review

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Friday 11 September 2230 BST - BBC Two
Presented by Gavin Esler & Martha Kearney

"Nice to see you, to see you nice!"

Tonight we have an interview with Mr Saturday night himself - Bruce Forsyth. The Strictly Come Dancing host will be talking about "event television" programmes, stars' pay and the future of the BBC with Gavin Esler.

Also tonight, under new rules confirmed by the Home Office today parents who regularly drive children for sports or social clubs will have to be vetted and registered, or face a fine of up to £5,000. They are the latest measure aimed at child safety following the murder of two 10-year-old girls by school caretaker Ian Huntley in Soham. The rules will come into force from next month in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. A separate, but aligned scheme, is being set up in Scotland, to be introduced next year.

Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling was scathing in his assessment of the move, saying: "Of course we have to check out those people who have jobs working with children, but the idea that we would vet eleven million parents is complete nonsense."

Child protection minister Baroness Morgan, said the new scheme was "a proportionate, common-sense system". Tonight we will be asking who is right. Is this a necessary response to the threat posed by paedophiles or has the government most perspective?

Join Gavin at 10.30pm and keep reading for news from Martha about an exciting Newsnight Review...

It is the single most explosive idea in history. Darwin's Theory of Evolution is almost as controversial today in some places as it was 150 years ago. On tonight's Review at 11pm we have an amazing panel to discuss the cultural legacy of On the Origin of Species in the light of a wealth of new artistic work - Richard Dawkins, whose new book champions evolutionary theory in the face of creationism, Margaret Atwood whose latest novel deals with the consequences of modern science, Ruth Padel who is a descendant of Darwin and bases many of her poems on his life and work, and one of our regular guests Reverend Richard Coles - who has been devouring Darwin all week with gusto.

We will be discussing Darwin's work, his home life through a new film, Creation, and his cultural impact - then and now - through two exhibitions.

And we'll also hear from Kevin Spacey and Trevor Nunn about an Old Vic production about Darwin.

Do join us at 11pm,


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