the unforeseen consequences of which lead to a story of exclusion, deception, desperation and teen suicide. what made you think that this topic was suitable for a musical? at the beginning, i'm not sure we necessarily thought it would make a great musical, but we were fascinated by the subject. # two friends # true friends on a perfect day...#. i think we are living in a time where we are more disconnected, we are more lonely. we feel like we are less parts of community than we have ever felt before. and so people react to that in different ways. and there is such a desperation to try to find each other in this very crazy, hyper connected but also very disconnected world. dear evan hansen has been a huge hit in america, its theme of isolation in an age of social media resonating deeply with the smartphone generation and their parents.
we started to imagine, "well, what if there was a character at the centre of this story who couldn't connect, who was incapable of connecting, in a world that seems, at least from the outside, totally interconnected 7 what if you are incapable ofjoining that?" and that is really where evan came from. # i don't know if you can tell but this is me just pretending...#. what is your view now of social media? when we started writing the show, we lived in a very different world than we live in now, in the sense that what we were talking about in the show about a young man and this journey through... lies and half—truths online felt like a young person's story in a lot of ways. and it's impossible for us to ignore now in the world of 2019 that lies and the internet and social media, it's not a young person's phenomenon any more. in many ways it drives the news. yes. in both of our countries, i think. they are hoping that sense of shared cultural experience
will see their all—american story succeed in londonjust as hamilton has done, the huge, critical and commercial hit musical about america's founding fathers. will gompertz, bbc news. that's it. newsnight is about to start on bbc two with emily maitlis, now on bbc one, time for the news where you are. have a very good night. hello and welcome to sportsday. coming up on tonight's programme... the republic of ireland fall short in dublin — matt doherty‘s late equaliser not enough for euro 2020 automatic qualification. we made mistakes and we accept the penalty, but can saracens save their season? and we see how a disability football club in kent is changing lives
hello and welcome to the programme. we start with a disappointing night for the irish in their euro 2020 qualifier with denmark. they needed a win to guarnatee their place in next year's finals — but mick mccathy‘s men could only eke out a i—all draw — which sends them into the playoffs. craig templeton reports. five games against denmark in two yea rs, five games against denmark in two years, no irish wins, that had to change or it will be lights out on the qualification. the day they needed a draw and dial tough to break down, ireland fashioned a chance. alan brown made a better
connection but the accuracy was lacking. a connection was all that was needed after a cross. and it never arrived, another opportunity wasted. something you cannot afford to do because when teams like denmark make chances, they take them. a break late with a touch. they kept pushing and when he crossed the ball, he was at the back of the q and the first to make contact. i—i. of the q and the first to make contact. m. sean maguire was close toa contact. m. sean maguire was close to a winner but ireland cannot solve the danish puzzle. they will have to be through the playoffs if they want to be at euro 2020. well the republic of ireland's only hope would've been the unlikey case of switzerland beating gibralter. instead they hammered them 6—1 to easily top group d. denamrk‘s draw in dublin secures automatic qualification a well while the republic of ireland go into the playoffs in march.
elsewhere tonight, a huge win for italy over armenia — as well as spain.. who beat romania comfortably 5—0. none of those results have any real impact on qualification with the top two already decided in these groups — but you can check out all the results on the bbc sport website. saracens aren't going to challenge the huge punishment for breaking the premiership salary cap. the english and european champoions were hit with a 35 point penalty and £5 million fine. owner nigel wray said the club "made mista kes" and accepted the penalties "with humility". sarries have subsequently dropped from third, to bottom of the premiership with —22 points. their former player kyran bracken says it's going to be an extremely tough season. god for if they get radio vacated la st god for if they get radio vacated last year what will happen to the team whether it will implode or whether it will be able to get back
up whether it will be able to get back up quite quickly so who knows what will happen but it is difficult now with the european matches, the question is are they liable to pull out the strongest team or are they allowed to put out a younger team so lots of difficulties with england, europe and the club itself. well england head coach eddiejones came into the sports centre earlier today. he chatted with olly foster about his side just falling at the last hurdle at the rugby world cup, but we started by asking him about the impact saracens' punishment might have on his england side. it could have a significant impact and something that we need to weigh and something that we need to weigh and look at very carefully. obviously they don't like there may be some dislocation between the saracens players and the rest of the clu bs saracens players and the rest of the clubs and that is the reality that we might have to work to mend the relationships a bit harder. there might be some saracens players who
feel like they have to play for the clu b i nstea d feel like they have to play for the club instead of the country. we are just over two weeks now, and when you lost 80,003 world cup final, you it took a long time to get over that. where we are at now, a couple weeks after the final defeat and japan... weeks after the final defeat and japan... i think i am in weeks after the final defeat and japan... i thinkl am in a better position than i was. and i think i need to understand you cannot take anything back but we have been quite successful and refreshing the team from each week and if there was any indication i didn't do it for the final but the difficulty is you have to be the best of beaten, and we had to be the best of beaten, and we had to be the best of beaten, and we had to be at our best and the challenge was equally get close to our best the next week because it was always going to be difficult to replicate that fully. because of human nature. and i think we did everything we could to be at our best but we were just a little bit off. i think the
reality is we went from a team that couldn't make the playoffs to a team thatis couldn't make the playoffs to a team that is second best in the wealth and so we progressed but certainly we are the youngest team to campaign ina we are the youngest team to campaign in a world cup final so that there isa in a world cup final so that there is a growth factorjust in terms of experience and age and to keep developing the english style of game. sam curran looks like he's got the nod ahead of chris woakes for england's first test against new zealand which starts on wednseday. curran says he wants to emulate ben stokes' following his heroics in the world cup and ashes last summer. my role in the side, if i do play, will be contributing to bat at number eight, then bowling and trying to take wickets. i look up to someone like stokes who always contributes as a batter at number five and he comes and takes loads of wickets as well. my main aim is to just keep working hard with bat and ball because i feel when i play my best, i am contributing in both formats. let's have a look a few other stories making the sports news today...
somerset have been docked 2a points after being found guilty of preparing a "poor" pitch for last season's county championship decider against essex. somerset will start next season on minus 12 points, while12 points are suspended for two years. they have 14 days to appeal. hobart hurricanes player emily smith will miss the rest of the woemn‘s big bash, she's been suspended for three months for breaching cricket australia's anti—corruption code — she posted a team line up on social media before it was officially released. australia captain tim paine says england all—rounder ben stokes is using david warner to sell his new book. stokes wrote that warner's sledging inspired his match—winning innings in the third ashes test at headingley. and alex marquez will be joining his older brother marc at the repsol honda team next season, replacing jorge lorenzo, who's retired. alex won this year's moto2 championship, while marc clinched his sixth motogp crown.
on to tennis with the new look davis cup under way in madrid. rather than the old format of home and away ties through the year, there are i8—nations competing in six groups with the final on sunday, belgium got off to a flying start wining both their singles matches to win their opening tie against colombia. steve darcis won his match in straight sets, and then david goffin beat daniel galan in three to secure the victory ahead of the doubles match. karen khachanov and andrey rublev claimed an opening win for russia over defending champions croatia. rublev snapped a five—match davis cup losing streak by posting a convincing straight sets victory over borna gojo, before khachanov recorded his first win in three meetings with borna coric and earn russia an unassailable 2—0 lead over the croatians. canada beat italy 2—0 as denis shapovalov and vasek pospisil produced two
tight victories in the singles. pospisil opened the tie with a 7—6, 7—5 victory over fabio fognini before shapovalov downed matteo berrettini by the tightest of scorelines. a woman from kent says football has been a lifeline for her after a back injury sent her on a downwards spiral into obesity and mental health problems. lorraine humm weighed 2a stone before joining maidstone united and setting up the raiders disability football team 15 years ago. it's now the largest all—inclusive club in kent with 120 players and numerous county and national titles. juliette parkin has been to see them. the driving force behind a club that has changed so many lives. this is lorraine, a woman with a passion for sport and a determination that no
player should ever be left on the sidelines. we will not turn anyone away because what we do is get the men and have a look and see what their ability level is and find them a team and we put players and ability levels said they get good session and obviously frames. established 15 years ago, it is the disability arm of maidstone united football club. it is run by volu nteers football club. it is run by volunteers giving their time for 120 children and adults. 15 metres teams 110w children and adults. 15 metres teams now play in the disability leak with the under six teams the national champions last season. with my disability which is autism, since joining here at this club, it has changed so much. when i am goal, the lads might take it too hard but i get used to it and i enjoy coming here and he gets me something to do at the weekend. it isjust tv
here and he gets me something to do at the weekend. it is just tv and eating really but coming here they make me feel welcome and now i feel pa rt of make me feel welcome and now i feel part of the team know. lorain has had her own experience of hitting rock bottom, and accident and back injury left her unable to be active. getting back into coaching meant she shed the weight and back to being active. i was in a very bad place, sorry, tearing up, it means everything to me. a lot of clubs did this but i do not think anyone else does it on the amount that she does it, 24 hours a day, it is a passion for herand it, 24 hours a day, it is a passion for her and brilliant. not only changing her life but hundreds of others. and isn't that what sport is all about. now we like to bring you a wide range of sports from around
the world so we'll end with the action from the rubik's cube world cup final in moscow from over the weekend. the rules are pretty simple — whoever completes the puzzle fastest is the winner. now for most mere mortals it can take hours — days even — to solve it but not in the case of these experts. the honours in the male category went to teenager max park of the united states. juliette sebastian of france took the title in the speed cubing female category. i cannot really market because i could not do it and it week i did not think. that's all from sportsday. coming up in a moment, the papers. buy from me.
hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. with me is the author and broadcaster, john kampfner and associate director of the right leaning think—tank, the institute of economic affairs, kate andrews. many of tomorrow's front pages are already in. according to the the daily express, the queen has thrown her support behind prince andrew, despite widespread criticism over his tv interview with emily maitlis. but the daily mail says leading businesses and charities are beginning to desert prince andrew over his links with jeffrey epstein. the times also reports the future of the duke of york's main charitable project is in jeopardy. and it carries a chaotic picture of some of those caught up in tear gas — fired by police in hong kong. the guardian also carries a striking picture of the protests, as well as reporting a warning from nhs leaders that hospitals