Presented by Jane Garvey.

Some 150,000 UK citizens are stranded abroad due to the flight ban imposed since the eruption of the Icelandic volcano. Thousands more people are stuck within the UK, unable to fly back home - and this is creating some unwanted house-guests. But how happy would you be to have visitors who came for a week suddenly extending their stay maybe indefinitely? Journalists India Knight and Joan Burnie share their thoughts.

Clara Rodriguez is a Venezuelan-born pianist who came to the UK at seventeen, after winning a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music. She has produced five albums showcasing her homeland's composers. Clara joins Jane to talk about Venezuelan classical music and to perform live.

And we hear from Bonita Norris, a twenty two year-old from Wokingham, who is attempting to become the youngest British female to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

The number and rate of self-inflicted deaths in prison has declined in the last two years but for the past 25 years, suicide has been about 20 times more common in female prisoners in England and Wales than in the general female population of similar ages. Jane talks to Dr Seena Fazel, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychiatry at Oxford University, who has investigated the triggers in women prisoners lives that may make them more likely to self-harm or attempt suicide and Chief Inspector of Prisons, Dame Anne Owers who in her most recent annual report underlined her concern at the high rates of self-harm in women's prisons. John and Denise Gunn talk about how they feel the system failed John's sister, Lisa Marley, who took her own life in Styal Prison in January 2008.

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