16 March 2004
The Film: Starsky & Hutch
For many people, undercover detectives Dave Starsky and Ken 'Hutch' Hutchinson are but a TV memory, their Seventies clothes and their red car with the big white stripe down the side evaporated in the mists of time. Well, they're back and this time they're on the big screen. The original Starsky and Hutch were Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul. The new versions are Ben Stiller as the dark-haired one and Owen Wilson as David Soul. The original TV series was a real smash. Made between 1975 and 1979, everyone watched it - whether they liked or not - and therefore everyone remembers the other characters such as Captain Dobey and the stoolpigeon, Huggy Bear, now played by rapper and MTV star Snoop Dogg. The movie's directed by Todd Philips, who also made the comedies 'Old School' and 'Road Trip'.

Ciarán MacGonigal, Colm Ó Briain and Barbara O'Shea discuss 'Starsky & Hutch'

The Exhibition: New Frontiers
The National Gallery is celebrating the Accession of the 10 new EU Member States with a special exhibition in its Millennium Wing. It's called 'New Frontiers' and it consists of 60 works of art, broadly covering the second half of the 19th and the first half of the 20th Centuries. There are six works each from the National Galleries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Hungary, Poland, Cyprus and Malta. All but one of the works are paintings, and they're generally unknown in Western Europe. They were selected in collaboration with the directors and curators of each of the national collections, the intention being to choose works emblematic of their country's cultural identity.

The Panel discusses 'New Frontiers' at the National Gallery

The Film: Northfork
'Northfork' is the third movie from the Polish brothers, Michael and Mark, who write, direct and produce their own feature films, Michael being the director of the team. Their previous ones were 1999's 'Twin Falls, Idaho' and 2001's 'Jackpot' and, like them, this one is set in America's small-town heartland. This time, it's 1955 Montana and in just two days, the town of Northfork will be flooded - or 'dammed' if you like - when a new hydroelectric dam gets going. So a team of men has to clear out the last, unwilling residents before the waters come. The ensemble cast includes Nick Nolte, Daryl Hannah, James Woods, Anthony Edwards, Claire Forlani, Peter Coyote and Kyle MacLachlan.

The Panel discusses 'Northfork'

The Book: The Master
The author Colm Tóibín was born in Wexford in 1955. His non- fiction books include 'Bad Blood: A Walk Along the Irish Border' and 'Love in a Dark Time: Gay Lives from Wilde to Almodovar'. He has four previous novels: 'The South', 'The Heather Blazing', 'The Story of the Night' and 'The Blackwater Lightship', which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1999. His new novel is called 'The Master' and it's a biographical story about the great American writer, Henry James, author of 'The Portrait of a Lady', 'The Ambassadors', 'The Turn of the Screw' and other classics. The story opens in London in 1895, the time of the ill-fated premiere of James' first play. Already in his 50s, James has exiled himself in Europe but his career is still on the up. Following him around several European cities, Tóibín gives us an intimate portrait of the writer, a man who never resolved his sexual identity and wasn't happy in love.

The Panel discusses Colm Tóibín's 'The Master'

The Discussion: The Arts Council
Things appear to be changing at the Arts Council following the resignation of its Director, Patricia Quinn, last Friday. Her resignation followed a decision by the council, announced the previous day, to "set aside" the 2002-2006 Arts Plan. Quinn was appointed as Director in December 1996. She had strongly backed the Arts Plan, a plan that had experienced difficulties over the past 18 months. There was a big cut in the funds for 2003, and although a 19% increase was announced late last year, the cancellation of multi-annual funding of arts organisations was perhaps a critical blow.

The Panel discusses the latest developments concerning the Arts Council

The Performance: Roger Doyle
The composer Roger Doyle has worked extensively in theatre, film and dance, and wrote the scores for the Gate Theatre's acclaimed production of Wilde's 'Salomé' and Bob Quinn's film, 'Budawanny'. His magnum opus, 'Babel', was released as a five-CD box set to mark Doyle's 50th birthday a few years ago, and a recent commission was to compose a piece for the 'Ulysses' centenary celebrations which are happening this year. He's about to give a rare piano concert, along with fellow composer-performers Trevor Knight and Rebecca Collins. It will take place at the Space Upstairs at The Project, in Dublin's Temple Bar, next Saturday at 8pm.

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