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Nottingham: Rebel City

With the decline of manufacturing and the rise of the city as a cultural and creative centre, Sandeep Mahal explores the art and culture of Nottingham today.

Ever since the legendary heroic outlaw Robin Hood first stole from the rich to give to the poor, Nottingham has had a tradition of political defiance, addressing social injustice and encouraging free expression. Sandeep Mahal, Director of Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, assesses to what extent that still holds today in the city's rich cultural landscape, and talks to writers, poets, singers and actors about the challenges Nottingham has faced over the years.

Samantha Morton discusses her time as a teenager at the city's celebrated Television Workshop, where Jack O'Connell and Vicky McClure also started their acting careers, as well as a number of young, promising hopefuls often seen in the Nottingham films of director Shane Meadows.

Presenter: Sandeep Mahal
Producer: Jerome Weatherald.

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30 minutes

Community Recording Studio in Nottingham

Community Recording Studio in Nottingham
Tanika, Alesha and Courtney at the Community Recording Studio in Nottingham

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Trevor Rose
Trevor Rose and Sandeep Mahal

Main image: Sandeep Mahal in Nottingham

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Presenter Sandeep Mahal
Interviewed Guest Samantha Morton
Producer Jerome Weatherald

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