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Utopia

  • Season 1

Summary

The Utopia Experiments is a legendary graphic novel shrouded in mystery. When a group of strangers find themselves in possession of an original manuscript, their lives suddenly and brutally implode.

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Episode 1: Series 1 Episode 1

Summary

When five strangers from an online comic book forum gain possession of a cult graphic novel, they find themselves pursued by a shadowy organisation who are prepared to kill to track it down

Review

If you can stop yourself from becoming distracted by the fact that presenter Professor Richard Clay sounds just like Brian Cox (the scientist, not the actor) then there’s much to enjoy – and learn – here.

In a three-part series, Prof Clay wonders why the compulsion to dream of a better world is hard-wired into humans. His search takes him to great works of literature, notably Gulliver’s Travels, through to popular culture and the flipside of utopia – dystopia – with The Hunger Games, The Man in the High Castle and The Handmaid’s Tale.

In California Clay watches an avant-garde feminist play about the marginalisation of pregnant women, which looks as good as it sounds. And he talks to Nichelle Nichols, Lieutenant Uhura in Star Trek, about its utopian elements: the striving for peace in a galaxy where anyone was free to roam and an easy acceptance of racial equality. Martin Luther King was a big fan.

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    When five strangers from an online comic book forum gain possession of a cult graphic novel, they find themselves pursued by a shadowy organisation who are prepared to kill to track it down

    Review

    If you can stop yourself from becoming distracted by the fact that presenter Professor Richard Clay sounds just like Brian Cox (the scientist, not the actor) then there’s much to enjoy – and learn – here.

    In a three-part series, Prof Clay wonders why the compulsion to dream of a better world is hard-wired into humans. His search takes him to great works of literature, notably Gulliver’s Travels, through to popular culture and the flipside of utopia – dystopia – with The Hunger Games, The Man in the High Castle and The Handmaid’s Tale.

    In California Clay watches an avant-garde feminist play about the marginalisation of pregnant women, which looks as good as it sounds. And he talks to Nichelle Nichols, Lieutenant Uhura in Star Trek, about its utopian elements: the striving for peace in a galaxy where anyone was free to roam and an easy acceptance of racial equality. Martin Luther King was a big fan.

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