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Frances Barber in Wolverhampton

Actress Frances Barber is one of six children, her dad a bookie and her mum a dinner lady. With Alice Thomson and Rachel Sylvester, she explores the Wolverhampton of her childhood.

Award winning political interviewers Alice Thomson and Rachel Sylvester take leading figures from politics, business and the arts back to their childhood towns and cities.

The actress Frances Barber, whose work ranges from the RSC to Doctor Who, Inspector Morse and Silk, grew up on a Wolverhampton estate. Her father ran a betting shop and her mother was a school dinner lady. She was one of six children, and the only one to go to grammar school and university.

Frances explores the Wolverhampton of her childhood, where Enoch Powell was her MP, and discusses how her own left wing and pro-European views were shaped by her upbringing and the place where she grew up.

Producer: Chris Ledgard.

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