Music legend Sting returns to BBC Radio 4 to star in a TV series he co-created “originating” from the city where he grew up.
His I Must Have Loved You tells the story of Jess Doyle, a young singer forced to leave Newcastle in search of success.
Sting plays Vince, her overbearing blues-singing father, in the film which will also feature his “evocative” music.
He co-created the series with Michael Chaplin, who has worked on the BBC series Robin Hood and ITV’s Wild At Heart.
Chaplin said: “It has been a well-deserved pleasure to work with Sting in creating a multi-song story about a musical family in Newcastle.
“The play goes as far as the Grand Canyon, but it’s rooted in the city where we grew up and remains an inspiration.”
Sting has previously appeared in films such as Quadrophenia, and Dune in 1984, as well as earlier Radio 4 adaptations of Mervyn Peake’s Titus Groan and Gormenghast novels.
Alison Hindell, Radio 4 drama and fiction editor, said: “I’m delighted that Sting and Michael have given us such a powerful story, and one that is well known. informed by the first observations of the music industry.
“It’s wonderful to hear it originates in the northeast of England, with a predominantly local cast that adds to its realism and the whole production is enriched by the songs. and Sting’s evocative music.”
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I Must Have Loved You will be broadcast on Radio 4 and available on BBC Sounds from 9:45pm on 19 March.
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