Friday, November 26, 2010

In tonight's programme

NEWSNIGHT - Friday 26 November 2010 at 10.30pm on BBC 2

Presented by Emily Maitlis
Here's Emily with what's coming up:

Christopher Hitchens is not "battling" cancer - "I rather think," he tells Jeremy Paxman, "it's battling me... you feel as if you're drowning in passivity".

In this painfully honest interview, Hitchens - writer, polemicist, commentator - talks to Newsnight about the disease and whether the diagnosis has changed his approach to death. We bring you that this evening.

In Australia they made voting compulsory when they realised how unpopular voting became under the Alternative Vote (AV) system. That's what the "No to AV" camp are telling us anyway, as they launch their campaign today.

Is it time to change this country's voting system? And will the referendum really rise above traditional party politics? We'll be speaking to Margaret Beckett from the No campaign and a supporter of AV.

Also tonight, we ask the inventor of the Innocent Smoothie and the chef Antony Worrell Thompson what legacy Bernard Matthews has left on the food industry.

The turkey baron - whose death was announced today - became a household name, then a global brand. His turkeys graced the tables of Number 10, and were subjected to much criticism - a la turkey twizzler - under Jamie Oliver. Did Bernard Matthews change this country's food production
for good?

Join me tonight at 10.30pm on BBC Two


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