Sean Harbottle

The titular Blake is played by Dave Johns, a standup comic trading in his comic craft for a more tragic role. He performs opposite single mum Katie, a character forced by the system into roles like mother, carer, thief and prostitute.

Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ’s fingers are moving like small ants, scattering all over the bamboo of the ?àn tranh — a 16-stringed instrument from Vietnam. They crawl across the neck, drawing forth what I imagine you might hear at the pearly gates.

One of the things that made 2016 not quite the most irredeemable year on record was the resurgence of British Grime. Skepta shut down the charts with Konnichiwa and won the Mercury Music Prize for his efforts.

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