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Weekend Woman's Hour

1 hour
First broadcast:
Saturday 02 May 2009

Highlights of this week's Woman's Hour programmes with Jane Garvey. Including:

Impressionist Jan Ravens was a founder member of the Dead Ringers team, and few females in the public eye have avoided her comic attention. Fiona Bruce, Sophie Raworth, Ellen MacArthur, the Queen and Ann Widdecombe have all featured in the comedy series, and now Jan is taking her impressions on a national tour. She talks to Jane about her art.

Jenni Murray interviews the new Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy. The post has existed for around 400 years but it nis the first time that it has been awarded to a woman.

In an attempt to create a more open, transparent and accountable system, the family courts have been opened to the media for the first time. Some campaigners have argued that there is very little change, as judges still have wide powers to restrict reporting and media access. On the other hand, some child solicitors say that this openness still poses a risk to vulnerable children. To discuss the issues, Jane is joined by The Times' columnist Camilla Cavendish and Caroline Little, Joint Chair of the Association of Lawyers for Children.

A new fat-busting pill has gone on sale over the counter. Jenni Murray looks at whether dieting mechanisms like these can ever work without confronting the pyschological and emotional issues that may have caused overeating or obesity in the first place.

Jane meets three women who have been following Arsenal football club for nearly 100 years between them. What is it that keeps them going back? Jane speaks to them at Arsenal's Emirates stadium in north London.

How to change your life for the better. In these times of economic uncertainty, many people are re-evaluating their career and goals in life. But taking the plunge and changing your situation can be a daunting prospect, especially if the years have rolled by in a steady job, there is a mortgage to pay and mouths to feed. Jane discusses what steps to take to realise your dreams with the philosopher Alain de Botton, entrepreneur Sahar Hashemi and co-founder of careershifters.org, Catherine Roan.

Plus there is another chance to hear a performance by the opera singer Yvonne Howard.


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