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Touching tales amid cliche of The People’s History of Pop


Stories of anti-racist reggae and escapism at Wigan Pier survive BBC4’s stale series to show glimpses of music’s transformative power.

Exodus is a unique record of the resilience of refugees


The BBC’s exploration of the refugee crisis in Europe exposes the impact of racist immigration controls on desperate people, writes Margaret Woods

A spirited defence of alcohol against middle class panic


The Tate’s Art and Alcohol exhibition shows how working class drinking has been stigmatised—to avoid any deeper questions

How did Malcolm X think we could defeat racism?


Antony Hamilton’s new book A Rebel’s Guide to Malcolm X holds vital lessons for all revolutionaries, Nadia Sayed and Naima Omar told Alistair Farrow

Michael Moore is taking aim through rose-tinted glasses


US radical director Michael Moore’s film Where to Invade Next? makes some serious points, but badly idealises European society, writes Simon Shaw

Versus—The life and films of Ken Loach


Director Louise Osmond‘s look at the life of radical film maker Ken Loach comes straight from the set of his latest feature I, Daniel Blake, about life on benefits.

Genius of the modern world - Marx’s ideas shine through the sneers


Marx, Genius of the modern world BBC Four, Thursday 16 June, 9pm

Beyond Caring - ‘To the boss, a cleaner is no more than a sturdy broom’


Actor Janet Etuk and director Alexander Zeldin spoke to Alistair Farrow about Beyond Caring, a new play about life on zero hour contracts.

Biting 19th century satire of corruption The Government Inspector has still got teeth


Disabled actors bring to life a timely new production of Russian novelist Nikolai Gogol’s play The Government Inspector

Children’s books—an infantile disorder?


This exhibition is a rare opportunity to see children’s books from 1920s and 1930s Russia.

Everybody Wants Some!! is a coming of age drama that sidesteps the genre’s pitfalls


A film about a college baseball team would normally be painful watching, but Everybody Wants Some!! is a funny ode to growing up, writes Andriana Sotiris

Paul Strand exhibition - Capturing the faces of those unseen


Pioneering American photographer Paul Strand gets the recognition that he richly deserves in this new exhibition.

New Stone Roses single lacks band's original menace


Fans of 90s psychedelic rock band The Stone Roses have waited over twenty years for new material.

Rebellion is a drama that breaks the mold


Netflix’s new drama Rebellion, set during the 1916 Easter Rising, has been greeted with much hype. Some of it is justified.

Superheroes and the fight for competing visions of society


Captain America: Civil War asks, ‘Which side are you on?’ While neither side is appealing that doesn’t stop it being entertaining

In the darkroom—looking at how photography developed


The Science Musuem’s exhibition about photographer Fox Talbot’s life is an exciting insight into how art and science developed

Much Ado About Nothing? Why read Shakespeare?


William Shakespeare was more than the royal court’s bard. On the 400th anniversary of his death,?Tomáš Tengely-Evans looks at his real legacy

Dheepan—fighter’s flight is a unique take on war veteran films


The story of the veterans of failed wars has been a Hollywood staple since Vietnam in the 1970s.

Don't miss rare performance of an epic play about Irish revolutionary James Connolly


The Non Stop Connolly show is an important 1975 epic play about the life of the Irish revolutionary James Connolly.

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

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