BBC Two’s Posh People? Tatler and other cultural intermediaries

By Daniel Smith

BBC Two have a new series covering the everyday realities of the high-society magazine, Tatler, the periodical which dates back to the 18th century and so chronicles the goings-ons of British ‘upper class’ life. The series is entitled Posh People: Inside Tatler. For some critics, notably Hadley Freeman of The Guardian, the whole idea of the series is tedious; the whole obsession with social class, especially dramatic polarisations of class in British society, is itself an aberration – not the people included in the documentary. Continue reading