Roots

Actor and playwright Kwame Kwei-armah explores the impact of the TV drama series Roots on black and white Britons 30 years ago, and tells the story of the struggles to bring it to air.
For a whole generation, Roots changed the way we thought about slavery, America and black history. It could easily have been a ratings disaster, being a tough drama where the main characters were black and the villains were white and at a time when there had never been a mainstream series based around black characters. But it broke audience records.

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20070324"Actor and playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah explores the impact of the TV drama series Roots on black and white Britons 30 years ago, and tells the story of the struggles to bring it to air.

For a whole generation, Roots changed the way we thought about slavery, America and black history. It could easily have been a ratings disaster, being a tough drama where the main characters were black and the villains were white and at a time when there had never been a mainstream series based around black characters. But it broke audience records.

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20070324Actor and playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah explores the impact of the TV drama series Roots on black and white Britons 30 years ago, and tells the story of the struggles to bring it to air.

For a whole generation, Roots changed the way we thought about slavery, America and black history. It could easily have been a ratings disaster, being a tough drama where the main characters were black and the villains were white and at a time when there had never been a mainstream series based around black characters. But it broke audience records.

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The Donmar Warehouse's recent acclaimed production of Arnold Wesker's 1958 ""kitchen sink"" drama Roots is brought to Radio 3 - starring Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) as Beatie a young woman finding her voice at a time of unprecedented social change.

It's 1958. Beatie Bryant has been to London and fallen in love with Ronnie, a young socialist. As she anxiously awaits his arrival to meet her family at their Norfolk farm her head is swimming with new ideas. Ideas of a boThe Donmar Warehouse's acclaimed production of Arnold Wesker's 1958 ""kitchen sink"" drama Roots is brought to Radio 3 - starring Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) as Beatie, a young woman finding her voice at a time of unprecedented social change.

It's 1958. Beatie Bryant has been to London and fallen in love with Ronnie, a young socialist. As she anxiously awaits his arrival to meet her family at their Norfolk farm her head is swimming with new ideas. Ideas of a bolder, freer world, which promise to clash with their rural way of life.

When it was first performed in the late 1950s, as part of Arnold Wesker's trilogy of plays, Roots and its writer were heralded as part of a new wave of social realistic drama which put authentic working class voices on stage.

Original Theatre Sound Designed by Ian Dickinson

Directed by James Macdonald

Produced by Catherine Baileylder, freer world, which promise to clash with their rural way of life."

2014032320151004 (R3)"The Donmar Warehouse's recent acclaimed production of Arnold Wesker's 1958 kitchen sink drama Roots is brought to Radio 3 - starring Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) as Beatie a young woman finding her voice at a time of unprecedented social change.

It's 1958. Beatie Bryant has been to London and fallen in love with Ronnie, a young socialist. As she anxiously awaits his arrival to meet her family at their Norfolk farm her head is swimming with new ideas. Ideas of a boThe Donmar Warehouse's acclaimed production of Arnold Wesker's 1958 kitchen sink drama Roots is brought to Radio 3 - starring Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) as Beatie, a young woman finding her voice at a time of unprecedented social change.

It's 1958. Beatie Bryant has been to London and fallen in love with Ronnie, a young socialist. As she anxiously awaits his arrival to meet her family at their Norfolk farm her head is swimming with new ideas. Ideas of a bolder, freer world, which promise to clash with their rural way of life.

When it was first performed in the late 1950s, as part of Arnold Wesker's trilogy of plays, Roots and its writer were heralded as part of a new wave of social realistic drama which put authentic working class voices on stage.

Original Theatre Sound Designed by Ian Dickinson

Directed by James Macdonald

Produced by Catherine Baileylder, freer world, which promise to clash with their rural way of life.

When it was first performed in the late 1950s, as part of Arnold Wesker's trilogy of plays, Roots and its writer were heralded as part of a new wave of social realistic drama which put authentic working class voices on stage.

Original Theatre Sound Designed by Ian Dickinson."

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2014032320151004 (R3)The Donmar Warehouse's recent acclaimed production of Arnold Wesker's 1958 "kitchen sink" drama Roots is brought to Radio 3 - starring Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) as Beatie a young woman finding her voice at a time of unprecedented social change.

It's 1958. Beatie Bryant has been to London and fallen in love with Ronnie, a young socialist. As she anxiously awaits his arrival to meet her family at their Norfolk farm her head is swimming with new ideas. Ideas of a boThe Donmar Warehouse's acclaimed production of Arnold Wesker's 1958 "kitchen sink" drama Roots is brought to Radio 3 - starring Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) as Beatie, a young woman finding her voice at a time of unprecedented social change.

It's 1958. Beatie Bryant has been to London and fallen in love with Ronnie, a young socialist. As she anxiously awaits his arrival to meet her family at their Norfolk farm her head is swimming with new ideas. Ideas of a bolder, freer world, which promise to clash with their rural way of life.

When it was first performed in the late 1950s, as part of Arnold Wesker's trilogy of plays, Roots and its writer were heralded as part of a new wave of social realistic drama which put authentic working class voices on stage.

Original Theatre Sound Designed by Ian Dickinson

Directed by James Macdonald

Produced by Catherine Baileylder, freer world, which promise to clash with their rural way of life.

When it was first performed in the late 1950s, as part of Arnold Wesker's trilogy of plays, Roots and its writer were heralded as part of a new wave of social realistic drama which put authentic working class voices on stage.

Original Theatre Sound Designed by Ian Dickinson.

2014032320151004 (R3)The Donmar Warehouse's recent acclaimed production of Arnold Wesker's 1958 kitchen sink drama Roots is brought to Radio 3 - starring Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) as Beatie a young woman finding her voice at a time of unprecedented social change.

It's 1958. Beatie Bryant has been to London and fallen in love with Ronnie, a young socialist. As she anxiously awaits his arrival to meet her family at their Norfolk farm her head is swimming with new ideas. Ideas of a boThe Donmar Warehouse's acclaimed production of Arnold Wesker's 1958 kitchen sink drama Roots is brought to Radio 3 - starring Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) as Beatie, a young woman finding her voice at a time of unprecedented social change.

It's 1958. Beatie Bryant has been to London and fallen in love with Ronnie, a young socialist. As she anxiously awaits his arrival to meet her family at their Norfolk farm her head is swimming with new ideas. Ideas of a bolder, freer world, which promise to clash with their rural way of life.

When it was first performed in the late 1950s, as part of Arnold Wesker's trilogy of plays, Roots and its writer were heralded as part of a new wave of social realistic drama which put authentic working class voices on stage.

Original Theatre Sound Designed by Ian Dickinson

Directed by James Macdonald

Produced by Catherine Baileylder, freer world, which promise to clash with their rural way of life.

When it was first performed in the late 1950s, as part of Arnold Wesker's trilogy of plays, Roots and its writer were heralded as part of a new wave of social realistic drama which put authentic working class voices on stage.

Original Theatre Sound Designed by Ian Dickinson.

20200131New 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 spawned 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 launched 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
Ian Smith
And Ben Welch

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

A Golden Path production for BBC Radio 4

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

Over the years the Nottingham Television Workshop has spawned 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 launched 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
Ian Smith
And Ben Welch

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

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The Donmar Warehouse's recent acclaimed production of Arnold Wesker's 1958 ""kitchen sink"" drama Roots is brought to Radio 3 - starring Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) as Beatie a young woman finding her voice at a time of unprecedented social change.

It's 1958. Beatie Bryant has been to London and fallen in love with Ronnie, a young socialist. As she anxiously awaits his arrival to meet her family at their Norfolk farm her head is swimming with new ideas. Ideas of a bolder, freer world, which promise to clash with their rural way of life.

When it was first performed in the late 1950s, as part of Arnold Wesker's trilogy of plays, Roots and its writer were heralded as part of a new wave of social realistic drama which put authentic working class voices on stage.

Original Theatre Sound Designed by Ian Dickinson."

DO320140323"The Donmar Warehouse's recent acclaimed production of Arnold Wesker's 1958 kitchen sink drama Roots is brought to Radio 3 - starring Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) as Beatie a young woman finding her voice at a time of unprecedented social change.

It's 1958. Beatie Bryant has been to London and fallen in love with Ronnie, a young socialist. As she anxiously awaits his arrival to meet her family at their Norfolk farm her head is swimming with new ideas. Ideas of a bolder, freer world, which promise to clash with their rural way of life.

When it was first performed in the late 1950s, as part of Arnold Wesker's trilogy of plays, Roots and its writer were heralded as part of a new wave of social realistic drama which put authentic working class voices on stage.

Original Theatre Sound Designed by Ian Dickinson."

DO32014032320151004 (R3)"The Donmar Warehouse's recent acclaimed production of Arnold Wesker's 1958 kitchen sink drama Roots is brought to Radio 3 - starring Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) as Beatie a young woman finding her voice at a time of unprecedented social change.

It's 1958. Beatie Bryant has been to London and fallen in love with Ronnie, a young socialist. As she anxiously awaits his arrival to meet her family at their Norfolk farm her head is swimming with new ideas. Ideas of a bolder, freer world, which promise to clash with their rural way of life.

When it was first performed in the late 1950s, as part of Arnold Wesker's trilogy of plays, Roots and its writer were heralded as part of a new wave of social realistic drama which put authentic working class voices on stage.

Original Theatre Sound Designed by Ian Dickinson.

The Donmar Warehouse's recent acclaimed production of Arnold Wesker's 1958 ""kitchen sink"" drama Roots is brought to Radio 3 - starring Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) as Beatie a young woman finding her voice at a time of unprecedented social change.

It's 1958. Beatie Bryant has been to London and fallen in love with Ronnie, a young socialist. As she anxiously awaits his arrival to meet her family at their Norfolk farm her head is swimming with new ideas. Ideas of a bolder, freer world, which promise to clash with their rural way of life.

When it was first performed in the late 1950s, as part of Arnold Wesker's trilogy of plays, Roots and its writer were heralded as part of a new wave of social realistic drama which put authentic working class voices on stage.

Original Theatre Sound Designed by Ian Dickinson.

The Donmar Warehouse's recent acclaimed production of Arnold Wesker's 1958 kitchen sink drama Roots is brought to Radio 3 - starring Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) as Beatie a young woman finding her voice at a time of unprecedented social change.

It's 1958. Beatie Bryant has been to London and fallen in love with Ronnie, a young socialist. As she anxiously awaits his arrival to meet her family at their Norfolk farm her head is swimming with new ideas. Ideas of a boThe Donmar Warehouse's acclaimed production of Arnold Wesker's 1958 kitchen sink drama Roots is brought to Radio 3 - starring Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) as Beatie, a young woman finding her voice at a time of unprecedented social change.

It's 1958. Beatie Bryant has been to London and fallen in love with Ronnie, a young socialist. As she anxiously awaits his arrival to meet her family at their Norfolk farm her head is swimming with new ideas. Ideas of a bolder, freer world, which promise to clash with their rural way of life.

When it was first performed in the late 1950s, as part of Arnold Wesker's trilogy of plays, Roots and its writer were heralded as part of a new wave of social realistic drama which put authentic working class voices on stage.

Original Theatre Sound Designed by Ian Dickinson

Directed by James Macdonald

Produced by Catherine Baileylder, freer world, which promise to clash with their rural way of life.

The Donmar Warehouse's recent acclaimed production of Arnold Wesker's 1958 ""kitchen sink"" drama Roots is brought to Radio 3 - starring Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) as Beatie a young woman finding her voice at a time of unprecedented social change.

It's 1958. Beatie Bryant has been to London and fallen in love with Ronnie, a young socialist. As she anxiously awaits his arrival to meet her family at their Norfolk farm her head is swimming with new ideas. Ideas of a boThe Donmar Warehouse's acclaimed production of Arnold Wesker's 1958 ""kitchen sink"" drama Roots is brought to Radio 3 - starring Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) as Beatie, a young woman finding her voice at a time of unprecedented social change.

It's 1958. Beatie Bryant has been to London and fallen in love with Ronnie, a young socialist. As she anxiously awaits his arrival to meet her family at their Norfolk farm her head is swimming with new ideas. Ideas of a bolder, freer world, which promise to clash with their rural way of life.

When it was first performed in the late 1950s, as part of Arnold Wesker's trilogy of plays, Roots and its writer were heralded as part of a new wave of social realistic drama which put authentic working class voices on stage.

Original Theatre Sound Designed by Ian Dickinson

Directed by James Macdonald

Produced by Catherine Baileylder, freer world, which promise to clash with their rural way of life."

DO32014032320151004 (R3)"The Donmar Warehouse's recent acclaimed production of Arnold Wesker's 1958 kitchen sink drama Roots is brought to Radio 3 - starring Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) as Beatie a young woman finding her voice at a time of unprecedented social change.

It's 1958. Beatie Bryant has been to London and fallen in love with Ronnie, a young socialist. As she anxiously awaits his arrival to meet her family at their Norfolk farm her head is swimming with new ideas. Ideas of a bolder, freer world, which promise to clash with their rural way of life.

When it was first performed in the late 1950s, as part of Arnold Wesker's trilogy of plays, Roots and its writer were heralded as part of a new wave of social realistic drama which put authentic working class voices on stage.

Original Theatre Sound Designed by Ian Dickinson.

The Donmar Warehouse's recent acclaimed production of Arnold Wesker's 1958 ""kitchen sink"" drama Roots is brought to Radio 3 - starring Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) as Beatie a young woman finding her voice at a time of unprecedented social change.

It's 1958. Beatie Bryant has been to London and fallen in love with Ronnie, a young socialist. As she anxiously awaits his arrival to meet her family at their Norfolk farm her head is swimming with new ideas. Ideas of a bolder, freer world, which promise to clash with their rural way of life.

When it was first performed in the late 1950s, as part of Arnold Wesker's trilogy of plays, Roots and its writer were heralded as part of a new wave of social realistic drama which put authentic working class voices on stage.

Original Theatre Sound Designed by Ian Dickinson.

The Donmar Warehouse's recent acclaimed production of Arnold Wesker's 1958 kitchen sink drama Roots is brought to Radio 3 - starring Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) as Beatie a young woman finding her voice at a time of unprecedented social change.

It's 1958. Beatie Bryant has been to London and fallen in love with Ronnie, a young socialist. As she anxiously awaits his arrival to meet her family at their Norfolk farm her head is swimming with new ideas. Ideas of a boThe Donmar Warehouse's acclaimed production of Arnold Wesker's 1958 kitchen sink drama Roots is brought to Radio 3 - starring Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) as Beatie, a young woman finding her voice at a time of unprecedented social change.

It's 1958. Beatie Bryant has been to London and fallen in love with Ronnie, a young socialist. As she anxiously awaits his arrival to meet her family at their Norfolk farm her head is swimming with new ideas. Ideas of a bolder, freer world, which promise to clash with their rural way of life.

When it was first performed in the late 1950s, as part of Arnold Wesker's trilogy of plays, Roots and its writer were heralded as part of a new wave of social realistic drama which put authentic working class voices on stage.

Original Theatre Sound Designed by Ian Dickinson

Directed by James Macdonald

Produced by Catherine Baileylder, freer world, which promise to clash with their rural way of life.

The Donmar Warehouse's recent acclaimed production of Arnold Wesker's 1958 ""kitchen sink"" drama Roots is brought to Radio 3 - starring Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) as Beatie a young woman finding her voice at a time of unprecedented social change.

It's 1958. Beatie Bryant has been to London and fallen in love with Ronnie, a young socialist. As she anxiously awaits his arrival to meet her family at their Norfolk farm her head is swimming with new ideas. Ideas of a boThe Donmar Warehouse's acclaimed production of Arnold Wesker's 1958 ""kitchen sink"" drama Roots is brought to Radio 3 - starring Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) as Beatie, a young woman finding her voice at a time of unprecedented social change.

It's 1958. Beatie Bryant has been to London and fallen in love with Ronnie, a young socialist. As she anxiously awaits his arrival to meet her family at their Norfolk farm her head is swimming with new ideas. Ideas of a bolder, freer world, which promise to clash with their rural way of life.

When it was first performed in the late 1950s, as part of Arnold Wesker's trilogy of plays, Roots and its writer were heralded as part of a new wave of social realistic drama which put authentic working class voices on stage.

Original Theatre Sound Designed by Ian Dickinson

Directed by James Macdonald

Produced by Catherine Baileylder, freer world, which promise to clash with their rural way of life."

DO320140323
DO320140323The Donmar Warehouse's recent acclaimed production of Arnold Wesker's 1958 "kitchen sink" drama Roots is brought to Radio 3 - starring Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) as Beatie a young woman finding her voice at a time of unprecedented social change.

It's 1958. Beatie Bryant has been to London and fallen in love with Ronnie, a young socialist. As she anxiously awaits his arrival to meet her family at their Norfolk farm her head is swimming with new ideas. Ideas of a bolder, freer world, which promise to clash with their rural way of life.

When it was first performed in the late 1950s, as part of Arnold Wesker's trilogy of plays, Roots and its writer were heralded as part of a new wave of social realistic drama which put authentic working class voices on stage.

Original Theatre Sound Designed by Ian Dickinson.

DO320140323The Donmar Warehouse's recent acclaimed production of Arnold Wesker's 1958 kitchen sink drama Roots is brought to Radio 3 - starring Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) as Beatie a young woman finding her voice at a time of unprecedented social change.

It's 1958. Beatie Bryant has been to London and fallen in love with Ronnie, a young socialist. As she anxiously awaits his arrival to meet her family at their Norfolk farm her head is swimming with new ideas. Ideas of a bolder, freer world, which promise to clash with their rural way of life.

When it was first performed in the late 1950s, as part of Arnold Wesker's trilogy of plays, Roots and its writer were heralded as part of a new wave of social realistic drama which put authentic working class voices on stage.

Original Theatre Sound Designed by Ian Dickinson.

SNT1982a6a5By: Arnold Wesker

Starring: Mary Miller/Marjorie Westbury