POLITICAL! The Thick Of It, BBC4, 10.30pm Again, we have to plead incompetence as previewers - not only did we forget to bring this to your attention last week, but we actually forgot to watch it as well. Whoops. Still, we've heard very favourable things about the opening episode so it's with some confidence that we're saying "switch to BBC4 after Kath and Kim and watch this, damn you!" It's a typically high-quality Armando Iannuci show taking a wry look inside the corridors of power, and those in the know are telling us that it makes Yes Minister look like Friends. Tonight, a thorny issue faces the somewhat inept minister (Chris Langham, playing to type but we love him for it) when it becomes apparent he may not be down with the kids. Cue lots of embarrassing attempts to remedy this that will have you watching through your fingertips. It's far more highbrow a recommendation than you might expect from this site, but don't let that put you off - it's not something you should be missing.
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According to Marxist theory, cultural forms such as opera, classical music and the literary works of Shakespeare all fall under the heading of high culture. Low culture refers to a wide variety of cultural themes that are characterised by their consumption by the masses.
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