With declining social mobility and nearly one million under-24s neither in college nor work in the UK, Janice Turner laments the lack of inspiring onscreen and literary role models. "Instead of tales of bold boys and clever girls, the only vehicle of escape visible to working-class kids is the randomness of reality shows, the big, lucky TV break. Let’s hope the creative minds of this new recession will tell another tale. That The X Factor is unlikely to save you but maybe education can."