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Issue No. 2318

The Revolution Will Be Televised

BBC Three on Wednesdays, 10pm

Masquerading as young MPs—Tory James Twottington-Burbage and Lib Dem Barnaby Plankton—Jolyon Rubenstein and Heydon Prowse create havoc at a Lib Dem conference. The programme goes on a journey with these pranksters who ridicule and expose a string of politicians.

In one hilarious scene they turn up at Tony Blair’s house, blag their way in and erect a huge stained glass depiction of Blair as a saint. It provokes laughs, but also points to the ridiculous behaviour of the ruling class.

Salo (120 Days of Sodom)

Glasgow Film Theatre, Tuesday 11 September, 8.20pm

Pier Paolo Pasolini’s 1976 film was dubbed the most controversial film ever made. Fascists capture and torture people for 120 days. Based on a novel by the Marquis De Sade, it explores the degradation of humanity in the final days of Mussolini’s regime.

Pasolini was expelled from the Italian Communist Party for being gay, and was also briefly jailed for blasphemy. A prominent 1960s film-maker, his work often portrays poverty, focusing on the downtrodden, trapped and helpless.

Competition: win tickets to Maggie Maggie Maggie

Hackney Empire, Saturday 1 September

A comedy night with Arthur Smith, Hardeep Singh Kohli, Terry Alderton, Tony Slattery and the Iron Lady herself, Spitting Image’s Steve Nallon. They’ll look explore the Thatcher years as well as politics today.

To win tickets answer the following: what did Thatcher say when asked what her greatest achievement was? Answers to [email protected] by 2.30pm, Friday 31 August

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Tue 28 Aug 2012, 16:56 BST
Issue No. 2318
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