Lemn Sissay, Queen Victoria's piano, Euphoria

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Aug 12, 201928m
Lemn Sissay, Queen Victoria's piano, Euphoria
Aug 1228m
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Poet Lemn Sissay discusses his new memoir, My Name Is Why, which tells the story of his fractured childhood within the now infamous Wigan care system in the '60s and '70s. Since then he has gone on to become the official poet of the London 2012 Olympics, the Chancellor of the University of Manchester, and most recently won this year's PEN Pinter Prize. This Friday the BBC Proms celebrates the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth with a concert featuring Stephen Hough who will be playing Victoria’s own gold piano that she bought in 1856. Sally Goodsir from the Royal Collection Trust discusses the history of the grand piano which is being loaned for the first time by HM The Queen, as well as Victoria & Albert's keen enjoyment of music. The new HBO drama Euphoria is an uncompromising look at drug addiction, sex and the exhausting pressure of social media on a group of teenagers. The show has garnered criticism for its controversial depiction of sexual violence among young people desensitised by porn – but how accurate a portrayal of life in Generation Z is it? Critic Annie Lord gives us her take on a show purporting to give a no-holds-barred view of growing up in 2019. Presenter Samira Ahmed Producer Jerome Weatherald

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