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Sit-coms are the younger brother of soap operas.

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Lesley Manville as Cathy | photo: www.radiotimes.com

Both deal in the everyday world we all inhabit, where hardship and struggle meet banal familiarity. Both are often regarded as superficial and unreal; they’re seen as cheap, escapist trash, not ‘cultured’. But what is popular can show us a lot about our society and ourselves.