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Sgt. Pepper at 50; Jimmy McGovern; RIBA North

Sgt. Pepper at 50: Heading For Home arts festival; Jimmy McGovern on his new drama about a maverick priest; RIBA North, the new national architectural centre in Liverpool.

For the bank holiday, Samira is in Liverpool for the art premieres celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of the album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. She meets Sean Doran, the co-artistic director of the Sgt. Pepper at 50: Heading for Home arts festival, as he transforms the city into a turntable for the album by commissioning 13 world premieres - one for for each track.

Samira also meets two of the artists commissioned to come up with their interpretation of these classic Beatles songs: singer and performance artist Meow Meow has taken on Lovely Rita and is creating a street procession and a sound installation; and dramatist Keith Saha has written a new play inspired by the themes of She's Leaving Home, which will be performed in private homes in Toxteth.

Distinguished television writer Jimmy McGovern has written a new drama for BBC One, Broken, which looks at the life of a priest, Father Michael Kerrigan, played by Sean Bean, as he struggles to minister to a poor community. Jimmy takes Samira to St Francis Xavier church in Liverpool where much of the new television drama was filmed, and which has long inspired him.

And RIBA North is the new national architectural centre in Liverpool. As it finally prepares to open, Samira pays a visit to the new building on the city's waterfront which itself has been the subject of controversy, and arrives in Liverpool at a time when the city's architectural plans have led to it being placed on UNESCO's World Heritage in Danger list.

Presenter: Samira Ahmed
Producer: Ekene Akalawu.

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30 minutes

Chapters

  • Sean Doran

    Duration: 04:58

  • Meow Meow

    Duration: 02:52

  • Keith Saha

    Duration: 05:48

  • Jimmy McGovern

    Duration: 07:33

  • RIBA North

    Duration: 07:07

Sgt Pepper at 50

Sgt Pepper at 50
Sgt Pepper at 50: Heading for Home is on in Liverpool until 16 June 

Photo credit: The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Vinyl Album inset

Main image shows Samira Ahmed and Jimmy McGovern

Meow Meow

Meow Meow
Singer and performance artist Meow Meow
Photo credit: Karl Giant 

10 June — 11 June Procession down Hope Street, Liverpool

She's Leaving Home

She's Leaving Home

Keith Saha's play She’s Leaving Home will be performed in private homes in Toxteth from Thurs 1 June  – Weds 14 June

Photo credit: Brodie Arthur in She's Leaving Home by 20 Stories High

Sean Doran

Sean Doran
Sean Doran the co-artistic director of the
Sgt. Pepper at 50: Heading for Home arts festival

Jimmy McGovern

Jimmy McGovern
Photo credit: Anna Friel in Broken

Broken begins on BBC One on 30 May at 9 pm


RIBA North

RIBA North
RIBA North opens on 17 June

Photo credit: Edmund Sumner

Credits

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Presenter Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest Sean Doran
Interviewed Guest Meow Meow
Interviewed Guest Keith Saha
Interviewed Guest Jimmy McGovern
Interviewed Guest Suzy Jones
Interviewed Guest Joseph Sharples
Producer Ekene Akalawu

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