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Lemn Sissay's Origin Stories

BBC Radio 4 stand-up series about children raised in care. 4 episodes (1 series) in 2016. Stars Lemn Sissay, Geoffrey McGivern and Alison Belbin.

Lemn Sissay's Origin Stories

Lemn Sissay provides a comic and poetic look at the treatment of children raised in care, orphans and foster children

Genre
Stand-Up
Broadcast
2016
Channel
BBC Radio 4
Episodes
4   (1 series)
Starring
Lemn Sissay, Geoffrey McGivern and Alison Belbin
Writer
Lemn Sissay
Producer
Ed Morrish

Following the success of Lemn Sissay's Homecoming, Lemn Sissay returns to BBC Radio 4 with Origin Stories, a comic and poetic look at the treatment of children raised in care, orphans and foster children in popular culture, comparing them with reality. Because it surely says something about how we view them that we create so many for fiction: Batman was an orphan; Lisbeth Salander, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, was an orphan; Superman was an orphan and a foundling. Cinderella was a foster child. Darth Vader - well, they can't all be winners.

Lemn will explore the gap between fiction and reality, based on his own experiences of growing up in care as well as those of some special guests.

Production Details

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Laugh track
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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 3rd October 2016 on BBC Radio 4 at 11:30am
Last new broadcast
Monday 24th October 2016 on BBC Radio 4 at 11:30am
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Friday 10th November 2017 at 5:30am on Radio 4 Extra
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