Geoff Norcott to examine class war in BBC Two documentary

Tuesday 18th June 2019, 8:46am

  • Geoff Norcott is to present a TV show called How The Middle Classes Ruined Britain
  • The documentary, looking at "a very peculiar kind of class war", will be shown soon on BBC Two
  • The stand-up comedian is also due to record another show for Radio 4
Geoff Norcott.

Geoff Norcott is to present a BBC Two documentary called How The Middle Classes Ruined Britain.

The one-off show will explore "a very peculiar kind of class war".

Producers explain: "In the aftermath of the Brexit vote, Geoff observes how the working class have become visible for the first time in generations, and to some extent feared by the significant, largely law-abiding, yet most derided 'avocado eating and Waitrose shopping' sector of society.

"The self-proclaimed right-wing comedian, who grew up in a single-parent family on a council estate in south London, reveals the ways in which he thinks the middle class have had their way for too long. His exploration of the inner workings of Britain's class divide starts with his exposure of the hypocrisy of middle class parents using ethically dubious means to get their 'little darlings' into the best state schools.

"His journey into the secret world of middle class privilege takes him from the booming gentrification of inner-city Manchester to the upmarket areas of London, where he uncovers the growing phenomena of 'assortative mating' - marrying someone of similar background and bank balance. There he meets the founder of a new dating app, designed exclusively for the crème of the privately educated middle class, demonstrating just another way people like him are being kept 'at arm's length'."

How The Middle Classes Ruined Britain has already been filmed, and will be shown on BBC Two soon.

Norcott, who is a regular on The Mash Report, is currently working on a new stand-up show and will perform some work-in-progress shows at the Edinburgh Festival in August.

Following the success of his Radio 4 show Geoff Norcott Is Right Leaning But Well Meaning, he is due to record another show for the station, Geoff Norcott's Withdrawal Disagreement, in Chiswick in July. Free tickets

Norcott has published an article in Spiked today, titled "Yes, right-wingers can be funny".

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