Media playback is unsupported on your device

Sting: My Geordie accent only comes out when I'm angry

8 December 2013 Last updated at 10:55 GMT

Sting tells Andrew Marr how going back to his roots helped relieve his writer's block.

Speaking on the programme, Sting revealed he hadn't been able to write anything for eight years.

He said when he want back to his roots and wrote about the community in the North East, speaking in someone else's voice "relieved him of that paralysis".

You can watch the Andrew Marr Show in full on the BBC iPlayer.

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.