'The Review Show' to move to BBC Four

Martha Kearney & Kirsty Wark 'The Review Show'

BBC Two's weekly arts programme 'The Review Show' is to move to a monthly hour-long format to BBC Four.

Martha Kearney and Kirsty Wark will remain as presenters in a new primetime slot on the digital channel.

The programme has aired for more than 20 years in a variety of different formats. It features regulars such Ian Rankin and broadcaster Tony Parsons looking back at the week's cultural highlights.

The shows move has already caused inevitable sparks from some of the TV industry figures:

“Who's going to start a petition to save the BBC's Review Show? I want to sign it!” tweeted Channel 4 News culture editor Matthew Cain.

The TV reviewer Boyd Hilton responded: “A MONTHLY Review Show?! Yes in the internet age what we really need is to reduce the frequency of a topical show.”

The move was then defended by BBC Four boss, Richard Klein, he said: “ The range of topics will be, I think, broader but also we'll do what the Review Show does on BBC Two but in a number of different ways hopefully to expand audiences.”

Klein has announced a series of new art programmes including documentaries about some of the country's best-know artists and a look at the history of the National Theatre as it celebrates it's 50th anniversary. There will be features such as An Evening with Joan Bakewell.

He said: Arts, music and culture have always been served as the backbone of BBC Four but this year we're increasing our commitments to topical arts, introducing a number of new strands that will enable us to shine a light on contemporary arts, theatre, literature and film.”.

What do you think about the move to BBC Four? Will this mark the end for 'The Review Show'?


- The Review Show
- Martha Kearney
- Kirsty Wark
- Richard Klein

Written by: MatthewWarcup
Feb 26th, 2013, 6:11 pm

Images courtesy of Digital Spy

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