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Steven Knight on Sitting Bull

Episode 6 of 9

Steven Knight, screenwriter and director, picks Sitting Bull as his hero. He tells Matthew Parris about his lifelong obsession with Indians, which began in his childhood.

For Steven Knight, the screen writer and director of Peaky Blinders and Taboo, it was easy to nominate his great life. For him there was just one choice, his all- time hero Sitting Bull. As a young boy growing up in Birmingham in the 1970s, Steven was obsessed with stories and tales of Native Indians. At the age of 13, Steven searched for pen-pals and ended up exchanging letters with the great grand-children of Sitting Bull who lived in South Dakota. The correspondence and friendship he built up has continued into his adult life.
Steven, makes his case for why Sitting Bull is a great life and to help unravel this story he is joined by Jacqueline Fear-Segal, Professor of American and Indigenous Histories at the University of East Anglia. The presenter is Matthew Parris and the producer is Perminder Khatkar.

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Matthew Parris, Jacqueline Fear-Segal and Steven Knight after the recording.

Matthew Parris, Jacqueline Fear-Segal and Steven Knight after the recording.

Matthew Parris, Jacqueline Fear-Segal and Steven Knight after the recording.

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Presenter Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest Steve Knight
Interviewed Guest Jacqueline Fear-Segal
Producer Perminder Khatkar

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