FAC­TUAL

GE­NIUS OF THE MOD­ERN WORLD

Bray People - - ENTERTAINMENT -

THURS­DAY, 9pm, BBC4

This new se­ries re­traces the lives of three great thinkers, start­ing with Karl Marx.

Bet­tany Hughes’s bi­og­ra­phy is full of personal de­tail but, given the wealth of cor­re­spon­dence, is light on the words of the man him­self.

Marx was a bour­geois Prus­sian sent to Bonn univer­sity, where he and other mid­dle-class boys joined a brawl­ing tav­ern club.

There are in­sights into his med­i­cal con­di­tion and his de­pen­dence on his friend En­gels.

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