December 7th, 2015
Episode 55 of 123 episodes
Country music star Tina C is bringing her life story to Radio 4, starting right at the beginning with her humble origins in deepest Tennessee and taking us all the way to where she stands today - a global feminist icon, and political powerhouse. And she can still knock out a tune or two too. Tina will be joined on stage by a three-piece band who will help her recreate her biggest hits, and a special guest interviewer who will talk to her about her struggles. In this first episode of the series, Tina looks back at her childhood in rural Tennessee. Her humble start in life provides a rich seam of stories which fed into her early work. Family has always been important to Tina - as tracks like Hard Times, Don't Be Afraid to Start Crying, and Tramp on a Trampoline show. From the moment her second album No Dick's As Hard As My Life was released, the world took notice of country music singer Tina C. Since then she has become a global brand. Following 9/11 she has been travelling the world 24/11 working for peace and being a poster girl for American democracy, selling that unique vision of hope to the rest of the world whether they want it or not. Seductive and persuasive, she is here to recruit you to her world view. She is the living embodiment (and what a body) of soft power. Tina C. has performed in venues all over the world from London's Albert Hall to Sydney's Opera House. She has had her own TV show and five series on BBC Radio. You can run but you can't hide from Tina C. Tina is the creation of Christopher Green, a multi-award winning writer and performer. "Tina C is one of my favourite performers. She is witty, often outrageous and always in tune! I can't wait to see what Chris Green comes up with next" Sir Ian McKellan "Working on a script by Christopher Green is as good as it gets. His writing is funny, insightful and has a delicacy that puts it in a class of its own. His work is rather like the man himself, very funny and really rather beautiful". Caroline Quentin "Christopher Green's Tina C is one of the great comic creations of the age. A genuinely fine country singer, but with a twist of satire and insight which is rare and to be highly prized". Stephen Fry Written & performed by Christopher Green. Additional voices: Debra Baker & Leo Wan. The Band: Duncan Walsh-Atkins, Mark Hardisty & Phil Wraith. Special guest interviewer: Dr Raj Persaud. Produced by Victoria Lloyd.