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Dickensian brings together old characters in a fresh plot

The BBC’s Christmas special series Dickensian unites some of Charles Dickens’ best-known characters for a murder mystery, writes Mary Brodbin

Tripped—a comedy that doesn’t quite reach its potential

Channel 4’s Tripped is a drugs comedy gone science fiction drama.

The ghosts of Christmas TV past, present and future

So you have Dr Who (Christmas Day, BBC1) and Sherlock (New Year’s Day, 9pm, BBC1).

Two classics of Italian opera are revived in the modern world

Italian composers Pietro Mascagni and Ruggero Leoncavello, together with Giacomo Puccini, were the last representatives of the Italian realist tradition known as “verismo” (realism).

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London Recruits tells story of the young workers and students whoundertook clandestine missions for the African National Congress (ANC) during the apartheid regime.

Starting Again—a hardhitting exhibition that brings refugee families to life

There are few flaws in this new photography exhibition that highlights the pain and joy of reunited refugees living in Scotland, says?Stephen McBroom

Jon Savage’s 1966—when popular music captured the mood of rebellion


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In this programme Ahmed, a 16 year old Syrian, takes us on an unprecedented guided tour—through one of the biggest refugee camps in the world.

Hardboiled cop show Luther is still fresh after five years

The BBC’s crime show Luther is back for a fourth series. But it remains fresh—because it refuses to be a regular cop show, writes?Tomáš Tengely-Evans

Modern Living by Matthew Darbyshire

This collection of artist Matthew Darbyshire’s work looks at how humans relate to the spaces that they live in. He looks at the way people amass objects for the home, shop or office and what these objects say about us and our society.

How far has TV come from the bad old days of racism?

Actors Warren Mitchell and Saeed Jaffrey, who both died this month remind us of a time when TV in Britain was almost all white, writes Yuri Prasad

The Joe Hill Dream—dream you saw him and then get organising

To mark the centenary of Joe Hill’s death, writer John Fay’s new play The Joe Hill Dream is being staged across six theatres in the North West.

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Hunger Games’ finale is a bittersweet tale of defiance

The bleak Hunger Games book and film saga speaks to a generation. The final instalment, Mockingjay part 2, shows why it’s so popular, writes Dave Sewell

Release of ‘lost’ Percy Shelley poem is cause to celebrate

After some backroom profiteering, Percy Shelley’s Poetical Essay: The Existing State of Things has been made public some 200 years after it was thought lost.

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This highly awaited series adapts the classic novel by Philip K Dick—in which the allies lost the Second World War.

Mr Robot Television series takes a swipe at a deeply alienated society

Based around a hacker who hates the corporations, TV series Mr Robot brings out a human story about coping with capitalism, says?Tomáš Tengely-Evans

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Luis Bunuel: Aesthetics of the Irrational | Chicago: The Great teachers’ strike

Barbarians is a bleak, dramatic production that relives the 1970s

A new play staged in a derelict building offers a powerful take on alienation and racism—and is eerily reminiscent of today, writes Antony Hamilton

Blackalicious—fresh sound with a social conscience

Hip hop’s most dexterous MC Imani and his producer—and their band Blackalicious—are back after a ten-year break.

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