ENDING! Bad Girls: a Christmas Special, ITV1, 9.00pm
Verily, woe is us. It has not been a good 2006 for LOWCULTURE, as we have witnessed the tragic death of two of our favourite TV shows: first the (perhaps overdue) permanent relegation of Footballers' Wives, and now the end of Larkhall as Bad Girls gets locked up for good. Bah, and indeed humbug. Let's hope Santa brings us some decent telly replacements for Christmas.
Apparently they didn't know this was going to be the final episode ever when it was filmed, but it still acts as a nice little coda to the series anyway, which is rather convenient. Anyway, it's Christmas at Larkhall and there's a distinct shortage of festive cheer, with Sylvia "Bodybag" Hollamby thoroughly abusing her role as the newly-appointed wing governor to be especially mean to everyone, and then of course there's the small matter of Natalie Buxton's corpose rotting somewhere beneath the toilets. Lovely.
Of course, this wouldn't be Bad Girls if it didn't get all screamingly camp at some point, so how about a retelling of A Christmas Carol where, after a falling out with her son Bobby Darren, Sylvia has a large brandy and goes into the land of nod, where the ghost of Natalie Buxton appears to show her what a thoroughly nasty person she is. Oh, how we'll miss this show. God bless us, every one.
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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.
We might not be Marxists, but we do know we loved Footballers Wives. If you do too, you'll know what this is all about.