Inside The Queen's Head

In the week of the Queen's 80th birthday, poet Lemn Sissay begins an arduous journey in search of the hopes, fears and foibles of Her Majesty's subjects - as seen through the bottom of a pint glass in pubs that bear her name.

Producer Philip Sellars.

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01Gay Bar2006041720100719 (BBC7)
20130218 (BBC7)

In the week of the Queen's 80th birthday, poet Lemn Sissay begins an arduous journey in search of the hopes, fears and foibles of Her Majesty's subjects - as seen through the bottom of a pint glass in pubs that bear her name.

Producer Philip Sellars.

Lemn Sissay visits pubs with the Queen's name to meet her subjects. A lesbian anarchist and a male voice choir are in Brighton.

Lemn Sissay visits pubs with the Queen's name to meet her subjects. A lesbian anarchist and a male voice choir are in Brighton.

A lesbian anarchist and a male voice choir are in Brighton.

At the Queen's Head in Brighton, the female-impersonating landlord has replaced the pub sign with a picture of Freddie Mercury.

Lemn finds a lesbian anarchist, a male voice choir and a man who believed the Queen was his mother.

02A Mug's Game2006041820100720 (BBC7)
20130219 (BBC7)

Lemn Sissay visits pubs with the Queen's name to meet her subjects. A variety of migrants, and violence breaks out in London.

A variety of migrants - and violence breaks out in London.

In a tough urban version of the Queen's Head, Lemn finds a cross section of London's many communities: Turks, Albanians, and Black British people drink and play pool in good cheer, but then violence breaks out in a corner of the bar and blood flows inside the Queen's Head.

03Beartown2006041920100721 (BBC7)
20130220 (BBC7)

Lemn Sissay visits pubs with the Queen's name to meet her subjects, including the drinkers of affluent Congleton in Cheshire.

Lemn Sissay visits pubs with the Queen's name to meet her subjects - the drinkers of affluent Congleton in Cheshire.

Lemn Sissay visits the drinkers of affluent Congleton in Cheshire.

At a Queen's Head in affluent Congleton in Cheshire, Lemn meets a fellow poet, learns of the town's role in severing a monarch's head and discusses race politics in town that is 99% white.

04Marooned2006042020100722 (BBC7)
20130221 (BBC7)

Lemn Sissay visits pubs with the Queen's name to meet her subjects, including the drinkers of Amlwch on the island of Anglesey.

Lemn Sissay visits pubs with the Queen's name to meet her subjects - the drinkers of Amlwch on the island of Anglesey.

Lemn Sissay meets the drinkers of Amlwch on the island of Anglesey.

On the island of Anglesey, Amlwch is one of Britain's most deprived towns.

Inside the Queen's Head there, the sign above the bar reads 'No expectations, no disappointments'.

Will the drinkers live up to this bleak motto?

05 LASTSailing By2006042120100723 (BBC7)
20130222 (BBC7)

Lemn Sissay visits pubs with the Queen's name to meet her subjects. Is there a darker side to rowing town, Henley-on-Thames?

Lemn Sissay visits pubs with the Queen's name to meet her subjects.

Is there a darker side to rowing town, Henley-on-Thames?

Lemn Sissay discovers if there's a darker side to rowing town, Henley-on-Thames.

Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire has a reputation as a chocolate box town and host to the grandeur of the Royal Regatta, but is there something darker happening among the bistros and the 4x4s?