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01/09/2010

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Wednesday 01 September 2010

From Alexis Colby to Catwoman - what makes a female baddie? Actress Claire Skinner on her new play 'Deathtrap' and her role in the hit TV show 'Outnumbered'. As part of our women and sport season we hear about one listener's passion for country dancing and we look at the family courts. Each year around 20,000 children have their futures decided by the family courts. We ask whether the lifting of reporting restrictions in April 2009 went far enough in opening the system up to public scrutiny? Presented by Jenni Murray.

Chapters

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  • Family Courts

    Jake and Victoria were investigated by social services and police when they were unable to explain an injury to their son. Victoria Ward, Camilla Cavendish and Christina Blacklaws discuss.

  • Claire Skinner

    The actress who is starring as Sue in BBC comedy Outnumbered joins Jenni to talk about her latest theatrical role in Deathtrap.

  • Women and Exercise: Country Dancing

    Listener Ernestine Lawrence dances almost every night and got in touch with us to tell us about it. Reporter Natalie Barrass visits the club - Beckenham Folk Dance Club in London.

  • Female Baddies

    Alexis Colby was named the top 1980s TV villain – the only woman in a list that included J R Ewing and Jeremy Beadle. The film critic Karen Krizanovich and Dr Helen Hanson discuss.

  • Female Baddies

    Alexis Colby (played by Joan Collins) was named the 1980s TV number one villan. She was the only woman among a list of men that included J R Ewing, Dirty Den and Jeremy Beadle. So why was Alexis Colby such a perfect baddie for the 1980s? And who are the female villains today? To discuss Jenni is joined by the critic Karen Krizanovich and Dr Helen Hanson, Lecturer in Film Studies at Exeter University.

  • Family Courts

    Each year around 20,000 children have their futures decided by the family courts. Jake and Victoria were investigated by police and social services when they were unable to explain a serious injury to their three-month-old son William Ward. It took them two years to clear their names and a further three years to win the right to speak completely openly about what happened to their family. So, did the lifting of reporting restrictions in April 2009 go far enough and is it always good thing for the family courts to be open to public scrutiny? Jenni is joined by Victoria Ward, journalist Camilla Cavendish and the child care representative on the Law Society Council Christina Blacklaws.

  • Claire Skinner

    Claire Skinner

    The actress Claire Skinner is best-known for starring as Sue, the harassed mother, in the hit BBC sit-com “Outnumbered”, but her award-winning career spans seasons at the National Theatre and films such as Mike Leigh's 'Life is Sweet' and 'Bridget Jones’s Diary'. She joins Jenni to discuss her latest theatrical role in a murder mystery – in the celebrated thriller: Deathtrap.

    Deathtrap is on at the Noel Coward Theatre London.

    Deathtrap
  • Country Dancing

    In our women and exercise series we've featured netball and stoolball and this week we look at country dancing. Listener Ernestine Lawrence goes dancing almost every night of the week and got in touch with us to tell us about it. We sent reporter Natalie Barrass to one of her clubs, the Beckenham Folk Dance Club in London, to look at the benefits of moving to English country music

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