2. A Star is Born
By BBC Radio 4
Pandora Sykes tells the story of Britney's hardscrabble childhood and stint as a Disney child star.
In this eight-part series for BBC Radio 4, Pandora traces Britney’s incredible life: from her hardscrabble childhood in rural Louisiana, to her coronation as the inaugural pop princess of the internet, navigating an insatiable celebrity gossip complex; through to a young mother on trial by the paparazzi.
Britney is a pop culture phenomenon. Pandora looks behind that mask - and beyond Britney herself - to explore how Britney became the most Googled person in the world, for almost 7 years, and what it says, both then and now, about the entertainment industry, politics, sex and how we see women in the public eye.
Britney’s public struggles saw her placed in a conservatorship, in which she lost the right to control her finances and day to day life. Thirteen years later, and she is in court, pleading for this controversial legal arrangement to end. We will look at how Britney has been transformed from girl-next-door teen sensation to pop music’s Rapunzel, trapped in a supposedly rotten system.
Pieces of Britney mixes documentary, archive and interviews to tell Britney’s remarkable story. It also features drama, written by playwright Katie Hims, to bring Britney and her extraordinary world to life.
Pieces of Britney is a sympathetic portrayal of Britney, during a time of cultural reappraisal about how we treat women - famous, or otherwise.
Episode 2 Cast:
Britney . . . . . Samantha Dakin
Lynne . . . . . Laurel Lefkow
Jamie . . . . . Elliot Cowan
Young Britney . . . . . Maddie Evans
Young Christina . . . . . Tillie Murray
Young Justin . . . . . Aaron Gelkoff
Bryan . . . . . Joseph Ayre
Other parts were played by Julianna Jennings, Paul Chahidi and Adam El Hagar
Sound design by Peter Ringrose
Produced by Anne Isger and Sasha Yevtushenko
A BBC Audio Production