Emily Thornberry, David Mellor, Andrew Mitchell, White Dee and now James Blunt have all ensured that social class is a hot topic at the moment, just three months before the most hotly contested election in memory. We’re discussing social class in Britain with a series of classic social class comedy films this week at Picturehouse Cinemas across London, and with our unique live social class gameshow on Saturday 24th January at Hackney Picturehouse.

Our three teams will be competing in a series of rounds including Royal Family Fortunes, Name That Spoon and Bankety Bank, looking at all aspects of social class in Britain. And we’ve assembled an amazing line-up of our favourite comedians and writers.

The evening will also include a collection for Josie Long’s charity Arts Emergency, which offers help, information and mentoring to young arts and humanities students considering an arts degree or career.

Social Class Gameshow, Hackney Attic, 7.30pm Saturday 24th January.


Host – Neil Denny

Neil Denny is the producer and presenter of Little Atoms radio show and podcast, which has been broadcasting interviews with leading writers from the worlds of science and the arts on London’s Resonance 104.4FM for over 8 years and recently celebrated it’s 300th show. Twitter: @littleatoms


Viv Groskop
Viv Groskop is a writer, critic, stand-up comedian, MC, literary events host and broadcaster. She is the author of the critically acclaimed “Stand-Up Meets Mid-Life Crisis Memoir” and is the Artistic Director of the Independent Bath Literature Festival. @VivGroskop

AL Kennedy
Al Kennedy is a writer and comic. Her work includes novels, short stories, drama, non-fiction and journalism for a variety of UK and overseas publications.@writerer

Suzanne Moore
Suzanne Moore is an award-winning columnist for the Guardian. In the 2010 UK Election she stood as an independent candidate for the constituency of Hackney North and Stoke Newington. @suzanne_moore

Helen Zaltzman
Helen Zaltzman is a podcaster (on “Answer Me This!”), a broadcaster and writer.  @HelenZaltzman

Chris Coltrane
Chris Coltrane is a comedian, activist, writer, disco dancer and sweet romancer. Chris has been doing stand-up for five years. He started off weird and surreal; nowadays he’s weird and political. He tells tales of protests and mischief, and trying to smash the Tories with punchlines. @chris_coltrane

Shaun Keaveny

Shaun Keaveny is a  broadcaster who presents the breakfast show on digital radio station BBC Radio 6 Music.

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