Our national dish - fish and chips - is 150 years old and still going strong. In a 2008 poll of seven thousand Britons on what they most love about this country, it came first, beating the Queen into second place! There are over 10,000 fish and chip shops in the UK and each one has its own appeal. But who was the first person to put together the winning combination and does fish and chips hold its own with 21st century foodies?
Writer Kay Mellor has kept her play, A Passionate Woman, closely guarded over the years. Wary of selling out to Hollywood's production values, she feared that in the wrong hands, the story of a young woman's affair with her Polish neighbour, could be transformed into something unrecognisable from the story based on the life of her own mother. But a new BBC One adaptation of the story has been given the go ahead, with Billie Piper and Sue Johnston taking on the role of Betty, whose affair in 1950s Leeds has consequences that are still being felt decades later. Jenni Murray will be joined by writer Kay Mellor, to discuss A Passionate Woman.
Last week Baroness Ruth Deech gave a lecture at the Museum of London in which she called for a public campaign to discourage marriages between first cousins. It's a practice that's common in many immigrant communities and can put children at risk of serious genetic illnesses. Lady Deech called for more trained genetic counselling -and more openness in discussing the issues. She also warned that marriages between first cousins can be a barrier to integration of minority communities. To discuss these issues Baroness Deech joins Jenni Murray along with Waqar Ahmad, Professor of Social Policy at Middlesex University
In 1995 British mountaineer Alison Hargreaves became the first woman to climb Mount Everest without oxygen. Her strength, skill and determination made her an inspiration to thousands of women, and her achievements were front page news. But three months later she was back on the front pages when she was tragically killed attempting to climb K2. She left behind two young children - Tom, who was 6 at the time and Kate who was just 4. Her death lead to much criticism from the press who questioned how a woman with two young children could risk her life in this way. Now those children have grown up. Tom is 21 and Kate 18. The family have recently moved to the Swiss Alps where Tom is training to tackle some of the peaks his mother climbed. Early in 2011 he intends to attempt his own solo climb of K2. Jenni Murray talks to Tom and Kate and to their father Jim Ballard.