Warning: This programme contains strong language and reference to adult themes.

Known for roles in award-winning shows such as Our Friends in the North and Dr Who, as well as films like 28 Days Later and Gone in 60 Seconds, Christopher Eccleston is one of the UK’s best loved stars of stage and screen.

Lemn Sissay MBE is a BAFTA nominated International prize-winning author, poet and playwright. Roles such as the official poet of the London 2012 Olympics have solidified Sissay as one of Britains most recognisable poetic voices.

Both Eccleston and Sissay were born and raised in working class households in the north of England in the 1960’s. Eccleston’s autobiography I Love the Bones of You and Sissay’s My Name Is Why were both published to critical acclaim in 2019.

Here we present a unique insight into the lives and experiences of two of our most loved and respected Northern artists, both of whom have overcome great hardship to join us here and tell their stories.

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