A better world? Room for improvement Premium

10 August 2017 | by Lucy Lethbridge



Thomas More’s Utopia was published 500 years ago last year, so BBC4’s current three-part series Utopia: In Search of the Dream is not so much in search of a topicality as behind the curve. But in the first episode (8 August), it turned out not to matter much: “Utopia” was dispensed with in the first few seconds and for the rest of the programme its presenter Professor Richard Clay roamed purposelessly through a variety of landscapes and bits of archive footage that he attempted to pin together under the vague idea that “we all want to believe in a better world”.

Well yes, fair enough: who could disagree. But Clay pulled rather too much, in bewilderingly quick succession, out of the utopia bran tub, including Wikipedia, common grazing, and a 1968 episode of Star Trek that contained the first ever interracial kiss on television.


Subscribe now and enjoy access to all parts of the tablet website, Including its 175 year archive...

Article List

Latest Issue

Digital/PDF Version

PDF version (iPad-friendly)

Previous Issues
Latest Tweet
Share Us
Tablet Subscription

Manage my subcription here


Sign up for our newsletter

Sign Up