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New comedy starring Line of Duty's Vicky McClure and the extraordinary talents of the BAFTA Award winning Television Workshop.

Roots tells the story of Craig Shields, a rich, successful businessman who decides to go back to where it all began - the Workshop in Nottingham that transformed his life - to help similarly disadvantaged kids make something of their own lives. Two problems - they don't want his help and he's got the wrong keys to unlock their potential.

Craig's altruistic homecoming is not what he envisaged. Support he was relying on from old friends and colleagues doesn't materialise. While Craig would prefer to forget most of his troubled Notts past, there is one person that will always have a place in his heart - his long time ex Sandra (Vicky McClure). A spark that was lit 15 years ago is rekindled with Craig's reappearance in Nottingham.

Over the years the Nottingham Television Workshop has produced This is England, Samantha Morton, Vicky McClure and Jack O'Connell, among many others. Anyone who wants to cast funny, authentic, young, working-class actors goes to the Workshop. Fittingly the show is directed by the person that helped launch the careers of the actors mentioned above and who ran the Workshop for 30 years, Ian Smith.

The show was created by Love In Recovery's Pete Jackson and Mario Stylianides. It is written by a brand new writer, Ava Pickett.

Also starring:
Justin Brady
Spike Fearn
Harpal Hayer
Kelly Jaggers
Narisha Lawson
Joel Morris
Jorden Myrie
Ella O’Brien
Rochelle Simpson
and Ben Welch

Created by Pete Jackson and Mario Stylianides
Written by Ava Pickett
Producer: Mario Stylianides
Director: Ian Smith

A Golden Path production for BBC Radio 4

New comedy starring Vicky McClure and the inimitable talent of Nottingham's TV Workshop.