Fri 6 March 2009, BBC News

Review: Friday, 6 March, 2009

By Sarah McDermott
Tonight on Review, everything is history and history is everything, from the new film The Young Victoria , to The Kindly Ones , a shocking novel about The Shoah, written by a young, Jewish author. The book's narrator is a former SS Intelligence officer looking back on the war. He describes in horrifying detail the murder of the Jews and conducts a discourse with the reader about the nature of, and the blame for, the Holocaust. In The Young Victoria , Emily Blunt takes the role of the 18-year-old monarch who had to battle to get the throne and who is feisty and passionate. Paul Bettany is Lord Melbourne, the scheming Prime Minister who is apparently after her hand, and Rupert Friend plays Prince Albert, with whom she falls in love. Does it matter that Julian Fellowes' screenplay is not entirely faithful to history? That's for our guests (novelist and critic Adam Mars-Jones , Kate Williams , author of a book about the youthful Queen, and artistic director of the ICA Ekow Eshun ) to discuss.
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