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Cancer Coiffures

Dr Seán Williams of the University of Sheffield is writing a cultural history of the hairdresser. In this film he looks at how hair loss and wig wearing is treated in films and TV shows with storylines about cancer, such as The C Word and Sex and the City.

He finds his own assumptions challenged by a group of women who themselves have been treated for cancer.


One of the New Generation Thinkers 2017. New Generation Thinkers is an annual competition run by BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council to select researchers at the start of their careers who can turn their fascinating research into stimulating television and radio programmes.

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5 minutes


Role Contributor
Presenter Sean Williams
Director Mark Bignell

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