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Greta Thunberg’s fight to force action for the climate

Greta Thunberg’s fight to force action for the climate A BBC documentary focuses on the climate activist who inspired a movement. But Thunberg insists it’s not all about one person

The Mauritanian gives a face to the victims of US torture

The Mauritanian gives a face to the victims of US torture This is the true story of a man locked in Guantanamo Bay without charge for 14 years

Menace and mystery in jumpy psychological horror The Night

Menace and mystery in jumpy psychological horror The Night The Night is a horror movie set largely in a small space with just a handful of characters

Ahoy, matey! Pirate series treasures truth of high seas

Ahoy, matey! Pirate series treasures truth of high seas Gabby Thorpe urges Socialist Worker readers to get beyond this docudrama’s corny characters and misshapen plots, and embrace their inner raider

New slowthai album TYRON is more thoughtful—but less angry

New slowthai album TYRON is more thoughtful—but less angry Slowthai’s new album TYRON is one of two halves—the first brash and loud, the second more introspective

Archie Shepp balances hope and despair on Let My People Go

Archie Shepp balances hope and despair on Let My People Go In an era when many artists shun political affiliations, veteran saxophonist Archie Shepp makes a point of wearing his on his sleeve

Adam Curtis mixes stunning images with dodgy politics

19 February 2021
Can’t Get You Out of My Head looks far more interesting than many things on TV, but it puts the blame on ordinary people

Cop drama Bloodlands touches on the Troubles

17 February 2021
Bloodlands sees James Nesbitt star as a cop on the hunt for a serial killer

Trump Takes On the World gives an insight into how he ruled

17 February 2021
The second episode of Trump Takes On the World airs this week. It’s a glimpse inside the ruthless workings of US imperialism

Satire, plotting and snark in Slough House

09 February 2021
This, the seventh outing, sees right wingers marching on the street and tech empires trying to buy into the state.

The Night Hawks—a crime novel where the real drama is people’s lives

09 February 2021
This might sound like some awful twee collection of old-fashioned stories, but it isn’t

Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy—the truth about the war on drugs

29 January 2021
In this new Netflix documentary, a timeline of events unfold during the period of the “crack epidemic” which began in the early 1980s in US cities.

Masterpiece drama It’s a Sin tells the hidden stories of the Aids crisis

29 January 2021
It’s a Sin is both a joyful celebration of self expression—and an angry tribute to those whose lives were betrayed by homophobia

A show that makes racism look absurd

26 January 2021
Bamous—a new BBC comedy show—is a cleverly constructed satire of attitudes towards black people within the BBC and wider society.

A history of hip hop—and a look back at Kanye West

26 January 2021
This new BBC4 documentary by producer Questlove looks at six seminal tracks. The first is a reminder of some of Kanye West’s best work, writes Sarah Bates

Four icons of black liberation argue racism and resistance in One Night in Miami

15 January 2021
One Night in Miami imagines a real life meeting between heroes of the Civil Rights Movement—and brings intense debates to life

Spare Ribs adds new layers to Sleaford Mods’ sound

11 January 2021
This is a brilliant album from the East Midlands two-piece Sleaford Mods

The true story of how the FBI smeared Martin Luther King

10 January 2021
Using newly revealed documents, MLK/FBI delves into how the US ruling class sought to undermine the Civil Rights movement

Baghlan Boy—a warts and all tale of survival and people trafficking

08 January 2021
Michael Crowley tells a story of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants fleeing war, poverty, domestic violence and other horrors crossing continents to try to find a better life

Excel Esports documentary reveals pressure and stress of pro gaming industry

08 January 2021
Here’s an unsettling glimpse inside a new but highly lucrative entertainment industry

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