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05/03/2012

Duration:
58 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 05 March 2012

Hear how Jane and six radio colleagues got on when they completed an assault course to raise money for Sport Relief. Would you consider going part time to save your job? There's anecdotal evidence that people in the public and part time sectors are being asked to cut their hours but how willing should you be to accept a part-time post as an alternative to no job at all? As Abigail's Party reaches its thirty-fifth birthday, we talk to Alison Steadman about the enduring appeal of cheesy-pineapple nibbles and chiffon dresses. With a bill to limit the costs of legal aid back in parliament today, we hear from one Labour peer who argues that too many women who suffer domestic violence will be unable to qualify for financial aid.
Presented by Jane Garvey.
Producer Lucinda Montefiore.

Chapters

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  • Jane's Sport Relief Challenge

    Jane takes the Sport Relief challenge - tackling an army assault course - along with six other BBC radio presenters

  • Reduced Working Hours

    To discuss reduced working hours, Jane is joined by solicitor, Jo Davis, Partner and Head of Employment at BP Collins.

  • Legal Aid Update

    An update on the Legal Aid, Sentencing & Punishment of Offenders bill. If it becomes law, it’s been estimated that 7,000 fewer domestic violence cases will qualify for legal aid each year.

  • Abigail’s Party

    To discuss Abigail’s Party’s enduring appeal, and the memorable character of Beverly, Jane is joined by Alison Steadman, and the journalist Judith Woods.

  • Jane's Sport Relief Challenge

    It’s Sport Relief and this year we’re all being asked to ‘go the extra mile’. That's exactly what Jane did, along with six other BBC radio presenters, who completed an army assault course.

    To vote for your favourite presenter call 0904 959 60 and add 01 for Gemma Cairney, 02 for Matt Williams, 03 for Tom Service, 04 for Jane Garvey, 05 for Rachel Burden, 06 for Shaun Keaveney, and 07 for Tommy Sandhu. Calls cost £1.02 from a BT landline, other networks may vary, and calls from mobiles will cost considerably more. 77.7p per call will go directly to Sport Relief. Lines close at 6pm Thursday 8 March and the results will be announced on Friday 9 March. The presenter who raises the most money will have 7 minutes taken off their total time, through to 1 minute taken off for the presenter who raises the least. The presenter with the fastest time after the deduction will be crowned the winner. For more information and full terms & conditions visit bbc.co.uk/sportrelief

    Sport Relief Radio Assault
  • Reduced Working Hours

    It is recognised that women have disproportionately been victims of public and private-sector redundancies and the most recent official figures also demonstrated that women are increasingly taking up part-time work because of a lack of alternatives, 5.86 million women compared with 2.01 million men. At the same time there is anecdotal evidence of people in both the public and private sectors being asked to work reduced hours. How willing should you be to accept part time work? Jane speaks to solicitor, Jo Davis, Partner and Head of Employment at BP Collins.

  • Legal Aid Update

    The Legal Aid, Sentencing & Punishment of Offenders bill returns to the House of Lords today for final readings. If it becomes law, it’s been estimated that 7,000 fewer domestic violence cases will qualify for legal aid each year. The government last week agreed to broaden the definition of domestic violence used in the bill, after pressure from women’s organisations, legal campaigners and politicians. However, opponents of the bill are not satisfied by this change of heart, and want the evidence criteria in such cases to be widened too.

  • Abigail's Party

    It’s thirty five years since Abigail’s Party was staged at Hampstead Theatre and screened on BBC TV. This week there’s a revival of the play that included: cheesy-pineapple nibbles and chiffon dresses. To discuss the play’s enduring appeal, and the memorable character of Beverly, Jane is joined by Alison Steadman, and the journalist Judith Woods.

    Abigail’s Party is at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London until 21 April.

  • Jane considers the challenge ahead

    Jane considers the challenge ahead

  • Jane tackles the assault course with gusto

    Jane tackles the assault course with gusto

  • Jane finds light at the end of the tunnel

    Jane finds light at the end of the tunnel

  • Jane with (from left) Tom Service, Rachel Burden, and Matt Williams

    Jane with (from left) Tom Service, Rachel Burden, and Matt Williams

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