The Review Show
|The Review Show|
|Also known as||Late Review (1994–2000)
Newsnight Review (2001–09)
|Directed by||Derek Livesey|
|Starring||Mark Lawson (1994–2005)
Kirsty Wark (2002–)
Martha Kearney (2006–)
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Location(s)||Studio C, BBC Pacific Quay, Glasgow|
|Running time||55 minutes|
|Original channel||BBC Two (1994–2013)
BBC Four (2013–)
BBC World News (2013–)
|Picture format||4:3 (1994–2000)
|Original run||1994– present|
The Review Show is a British discussion programme dedicated to the arts which airs on Friday evenings at 11:00pm on BBC Two. The programme features a panel of guests who review the week's developments in the world of the arts and culture.
The Review Show began life as Late Review in 1994, a strand within The Late Show, an arts magazine which followed the current affairs programme Newsnight, airing on Thursday nights. On 19 March 2000 it moved to a peaktime Sunday evening slot within the Art Zone strand, and the title shortened to Review, before moving to Friday nights from 23 February 2001 where the review show was appended to Newsnight, and renamed Newsnight Review.
Newsnight Review was a consumer survey of the week's artistic and cultural highlights which appeared on Friday evening's edition of Newsnight. The programme featured a chair and a panel of three invited guests who would review a selection of books, plays, films and exhibitions. Mark Lawson was the programme's original main presenter from 2001 to December 2005, having previously presented the Late Review and The Late Show strands. Other presenters included Kirsty Wark, Martha Kearney, John Wilson, Natalie Haynes, Tim Marlow, Kwame Kwei-Armah and Hardeep Singh Kohli. Regular reviewers included Mark Kermode, Tom Paulin, Ekow Eshun and Germaine Greer.
As part of the BBC's commitment to moving programmes out of London, it was announced in 2009 that Newsnight Review would end and be replaced by The Review Show, produced from Glasgow. The final edition of Newsnight Review was aired with an hour-long special with a review of the year on 18 December 2009. The Review Show was launched on 22 January 2010, with the same producer as Newsnight Review, and following the same format of a chair and a panel of guests (normally three) reviewing the arts, and is still presented by Kirsty Wark and Martha Kearney (on 5 November 2010, during the National Union of Journalists strike action, a presenter new to The Review Show stepped in). The programme is normally broadcast on a Friday after Newsnight, but on 19 May 2011 it was broadcast on a Thursday, with Kirsty Wark and guests discussing the future of television.
In February 2013 the BBC announced that The Review Show would be moved to BBC Four and reduced to a monthly, rather than weekly, broadcast. However the duration of each episode will be increased to an hour and will be moved to a primetime slot on Sunday evenings. The final BBC Two episode is scheduled for the 22 March.
- "Newsnight gets arts slot". Newsnight Review. BBC. 2000-11-29. Retrieved 2012-04-14.
- "A decade of Newsnight Review". Newsnight Review. BBC. 2010-01-18. Retrieved 2010-02-05.
- "Friday 18 December: The year in Review". Newsnight Review. BBC. 2009-12-17. Retrieved 2010-02-05.
- Crompton, Sarah (2013-03-03). "The Review Show: does culture matter less than cookery?". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2013-03-08.