Sting set to star in a radio drama about a singer compelled to leave Newcastle in search of success

Sting also co-wrote the radio drama. Credit: PA Images/Tyne Tees

Tyneside music legend Sting is set to star in a drama he co-created which is "rooted" in the city in which he grew up.

The audio play 'I Must Have Loved You' follows the story of Jess Doyle, a young singer compelled to leave Newcastle in search of success.

Sting plays Vince, her overbearing blues-singing father, in the drama, which will also feature his "evocative" music.

He co-created the drama with Michael Chaplin, who worked on ITV's Wild At Heart.

Chaplin said: "It's been a deeply rewarding pleasure to work with Sting in fashioning a song-strewn story about a musical family in Newcastle.

"The play travels as far as the Grand Canyon, but is rooted in the city where we grew up and which remains an inspiration."

Sting has previously appeared in films such as Quadrophenia and Dune in 1984.

Alison Hindell, Radio 4 commissioning editor for drama and fiction, said: "I'm delighted that Sting and Michael have brought us such a powerful story, and one which is informed by first-hand observations of the music industry.

"It's fantastic to hear it so firmly rooted in the north east of England, with the largely local cast adding to its authenticity, and the whole production is enriched by Sting's evocative songs and music."

I Must Have Loved You will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

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