Free Screening: The Boy With the Topknot @ Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham [27 April]

Free Screening: The Boy With the Topknot

18:00 - 19:30

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Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Centenary Square, Broad Street, B1 2EP Birmingham, United Kingdom
Join us for a free screening of the BBC adaptation of Sathnam Sanghera’s critically acclaimed memoir ‘The Boy with the Topknot’. Born to traditional Punjabi parents and growing up in Wolverhampton, Sathnam moves to London after graduating from Cambridge.

Now a successful columnist for ‘The Times’, Sathnam is trying to tell his family the news he’s been delaying: he wants to marry his English girlfriend, and not enter into an arranged marriage as they expect. As he returns home, he discovers a painful family secret which turns his world upside down and forces him to revaluate his priorities and choices. Sathnam realises he must bring his two separate worlds together or risk losing everything.

‘The Boy with the Topknot’ was produced by Parti Productions and Kudos for the BBC. Sponsored by the Royal Television Society.


Sathnam Sanghera is an award-winning columnist and feature writer for The Times. He has been shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards twice, for his memoir The Boy With The Topknot and his novel Marriage Material, the former being adapted by BBC Drama in 2017 and named Mind Book of the Year in 2009. He has won numerous prizes for his journalism, including Young Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards in 2002 and Media Commentator of the year in the 2015 Comment Awards. He comes from Wolverhampton.

Jenny Wilkes is a well-known voice throughout the West Midlands, having presented many radio shows over the years, both on BBC WM and on network radio. She currently presents The Soul & Motown Show every Sunday afternoon, 1.00-3.00pm on BBC WM, which has a huge following both locally and globally via the BBC iplayer. During her time with the BBC, she has also worked at Radio 1, Radio 4, BBC Five Live, and Midlands Today. She is a committee member of the Royal Television Society Midland Centre and of the West Midlands branch of the Journalists’ Charity. Born in Dudley, Jenny is proud of her Black Country roots. Last year she was honoured to be named, alongside Sathnam Sanghera, as one of the 100 Masters of the Black Country.

Before becoming a scriptwriter, Mick Ford was an actor. He was in the world premieres of David Hare’s Teeth And Smiles, Edward Bond’s The Fool (both at the Royal Court) — in David Hare’s Secret Rapture at the National and Peter Flannery’s Singer at the RSC (for which he was nominated for an Olivier) — he also appeared in films such as ’Scum’ and Alain Tanner’s ‘Light Years Away’. His TV acting credits include ‘The Racing Game’, ‘The Knowledge’, and ’Silent Witness’. As a scriptwriter Mick’s work has included three series of ‘William and Mary’, the four-part drama ’Single Father’ with David Tennant, the adaptation of Blake Morrison’s ’The Last Weekend’, the comedy series ‘Living The Dream’ and ‘The Boy with The Topknot’ for BBC2.

Hailing from Scotland, most recently Lynsey Miller directed The Boy with the Topknot for BBC2. The film attracted the biggest Monday night drama audience for the year & was the channel's highest-rated single drama of 2017 before playing in the World Cinema Competition at IFFI Goa 2017. Lynsey is currently developing a number of original projects including Beating the Drum with BBC Films/Creative Scotland, Looked After with Twelve Town/Sky and Sparrow with Kudos Film and Television. In addition to developing her Film and Television projects, Lynsey also directs commercials and music videos, most recently for NSPCC and Bodyform.
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