Advent Calendar 4: Margot and the Hipsters lovely Xmas special of The Good Life is the heart-warming tale of Margot Leadbetter, and how she had to spend Christmas 1977 with the earliest hipsters.

Today in Oxford, Felicity Kendal’s kitchen may be bought either at Objects of Use or That New Kitchen Shop On Little Clarendon Street, Don’t Go In It’s Dangerous, where a small happy-bristled brush painted in neutral, labelled in authentic brown paper (attached to the brush via authentic hairy string) costs the same as a small timeshare. And yes, I do obviously want them all.

Male hipsters with paunches: look at Richard Briers in that fisherman’s jumper (part 1). Learn.


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Dr Sophie Duncan is Fellow in English at Christ Church, University of Oxford. She works regularly as a historical advisor and as a dramaturg for theatre, TV, radio and film. She likes theatre, detective fiction and cocktails.

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