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Workers or Shirkers? A BBC show about the poor that’s undeserving of praise

Ian Hislop uses his new programme about people’s attitudes towards benefits to placate his ‘One Nation Tory’ conscience, writes Tomáš Tengely-Evans

Follow the Money—dredging up the evidence of a criminal society

BBC Four’s Danish detective drama Follow the Money serves up an engrossing feast of corporate intrigue and financial skulduggery, writes?Charlie Kimber

Strange and Familiar—taking aim at class society in Britain

This exhibition takes a stand against our rulers’ attempts to make even the starkest poverty and most obscene degradation seem “natural”.

Marcus Barnes—‘You’re never going to stop people writing on the walls’

Graffiti artist turned journalist Marcus Barnes told Alistair Farrow why he’s relaunched magazine Keep the Faith—and why public space needs defending

The bleakest of views from Inside Obama’s White House

A new documentary series examines the legacy of Obama’s presidency, laying bare its failure to deliver the change it promised, writes Josh Hollands

Delacroix and the rise of modern art

This superb exhibition explores early 19th century French painter Eugene Delacroix’s influence on the movements that would later transform modern art.

Hail Caesar! A trifle nostalgic —but who doesn’t like that?

Joel and Ethan Coen’s Hail Caesar! is a playful romp through Hollywood’s “golden age”—a deliberately vague time and idea in the film.

Reviews round-up

This year’s AV Festival focuses on socialism—the most looked-up word in 2015.

Unexpected Eisenstein—sketching the inspiration from revolution in Russia

An exhibition of Sergei Eisenstein’s drawings reveals some of the Soviet film maker’s power and little known aspects of his work, says?Roger Huddle

Murder—not the normal drama, not the usual take on crime

BBC Two’s dark crime drama Murder breaks new ground in an increasingly crowded field.

Since when is a boss of a sweatshop the real victim?

New Chinese film Factory Boss is riddled with problems and contradictions. And its final message is troubling, writes Robbie Shaw

Damnificados: a magical realist manifesto for the poor

Debut novelist JJ Amaworo Wilson’s magical realist fable celebrates the ingenuity, tenacity and resistance of slum-dwellers.

A family’s dreams crash into racism in this fizzing revival of A Raisin in the Sun

Eclipse Theatre company’s production of A Raisin in the Sun brings to life Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play of US society in turmoil, says?Dave Gibson

Reviews round-up

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City of Thorns—the forgotten refugee camp where lives are left in limbo

New book City of Thorns uses interviews to build a powerful picture of the lives of refugees in the world’s largest camp in Kenya, writes?Ken Olende

Electronic Superhighway—how the internet has transformed art

Electronic Superhighway showcases over 100 artworks that look at the impact of computer and internet technology on artists from the mid-1960s to today.

The Daniel Morgan Murder gets a 10-part podcast serial

Alastair Morgan speaks to journalist and screenwriter Peter Jukes about the murder of his brother Daniel Morgan.

The Innovation Race— Manchester’s Makers Join the First World War

Just one year into the First World War, the British Army was faced by an acute shortage of shells, having fired so many in the imperialist slaughter.

The Big Short puts the spotlight on Wall Street

A film about the global financial crisis has five Oscar nominations.

Trumbo film delivers a powerful blow to McCarthyite terror

A new film about blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo brilliantly avoids the pitfalls of a Hollywood film about Hollywood, says Tomáš Tengely-Evans

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