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The Mark Steel Lectures

The Mark Steel Lectures

  • TV factual / stand-up
  • BBC Four
  • 2002 - 2006
  • 18 episodes (3 series)

Series telling the story of some of the world's greatest names, from Byron to Pankhurst, in an accessible, comic manner. Features Mark Steel and Martin Hyder.


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The Mark Steel Lecture - Karl Marx

Comedian and journalist Mark Steel talks about the life and work of Karl Marx in this show based on his Radio 4 lectures, claiming his theories are more relevant now than ever before and citing examples to back up his belief that capitalist society has made little progress since the Industrial Revolution.

Further details

As he moved from Paris to London, Marx managed to leave a trail of uncleaned rooms and even more untidy relationships in his wake. Mark picks his way through the discarded Pot Noodle cartons and unexpected children to reveal the real Marx.

You'll discover why the state of Marx's flat caused consternation amongst those sent to spy on him, and get to watch him doing his grocery shopping.

Mark also explains what made Marx's theories so revolutionary and why Marx wasn't a Marxist.

And did we mention the affairs?

Broadcast details

Thursday 27th June 2002
BBC Four
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Mark Steel Host / Presenter
Martin Hyder Ensemble Actor
Guest cast
Carla Mendonca Ensemble Actor
Writing team
Mark Steel Writer
Production team
Becky Martin Director
Phil Clarke Producer
Myfanwy Moore Executive Producer
Steve Matthews Editor
Francesca Antoniou Make-up Designer

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