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Bettany Hughes - Historian

Duration:
58 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 11 April 2012

Historian Bettany Hughes talks about the hidden and, often controversial, history of women in religion. Poet Kathleen Jamie chats about her latest book on nature putting everything from human cells to the Northern Lights under the microscope. Are sex workers in the five London boroughs surrounding the Olympic Village being targeted in the "clean up" operation before this Summer's Games. Plus an investigation into the use of expert witnesses in legal cases - do they need to be better regulated ? And with nearly half of all croupiers being women, what's it like to be on the other side of the gaming table? Producer Laura Northedge.

Chapters

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  • Expert Witnesses

    Jenni is joined by Lucy Allan, who was subject to a Child Protection investigation, and to Dr Heather Payne, Consultant Paediatrician and Chair of the Experts Committee for the Family Justice Council.

  • Bettany Hughes

    Bettany Hughes joins Jenni to discuss the hidden and often controversial history of women in religion, and her new TV programme Divine Women.

  • Croupiers

    What is it like to be a woman in the casino industry? Judi Herman visited The Fylde College and the Regional Gaming Academy in Blackpool where croupiers get their training.

  • Olympic Prostitution

    Jenni speaks to Miriam Merkova from Toynbee Hall – a charity working with prostitutes – about moves to clamp down on prostitution on London’s streets in readiness for the Olympics

  • Kathleen Jamie

    Poet Kathleen Jamie joins Jenni to talk about her second book of nature writing, Sightlines, and the themes that move her writing.

  • Olympic Prostitution

    Is there a police strategy to remove sex workers from the streets of London in readiness for this summer’s Olympic Games? How successful is this, and is it likely to create additional risks for sex workers? Jenni speaks to Miriam Merkova from Toynbee Hall – a charity working with prostitutes – who says she believes measures are already in place to clamp down on prostitution.

  • Bettany Hughes

    When Victorian archaeologists dug up figurines of female deities they hurriedly buried them again in the back rooms of museums, disgusted because they were explicitly sexual. The historian Bettany Hughes has been on a mission - from Ancient Greece and Rome to China and India – to rediscover Divine Women. She finds the evidence of the origins of the worship of the female form and traces the development of goddess worship. She joins Jenni to discuss the hidden, often controversial, history of women in religion.

    Divine Women - starts on BBC 2 on Wednesday 11 April at 9pm

    Bettany Hughes
  • Croupiers

    It was in 2007 that the Gambling Act made it possible for there to be a growth in the number of casinos built in the regions – there are now some 140 in the UK. And there have been lots of job opportunities. Some fifty per cent of croupiers are women, and a number of them have now been promoted and are managing their own premises. So what is it like to be on the other side of the gaming table? Judi Herman visited the Regional Gaming Academy at Blackpool and The Fylde College, where croupiers get their training.

  • Expert Witnesses

    For six years Lucy Allan was a local councillor, with a senior role in scrutinising Children's Services and serving on Fostering Panels, examining the actions of social workers. She was then subject to a Child Protection investigation by the Council's Children’s Services and labelled ‘a significant risk of harm’ to her son. She joins Jenni to talk about why the role and influence of ‘expert witnesses’ is now of such concern to her. And Jenni also talks to Dr Heather Payne, consultant paediatrician and Chair of the Experts Committee for the Family Justice Council joins them.

  • Kathleen Jamie

    She’s been called the sorceress of the essay form. Kathleen Jamie made her name as a poet, but now she’s releasing her second book of nature writing. From rescuing a moth from a drop of water, to pursuing a pod of Killer Whales as they go on a hunting recce around the tiny Atlantic island of Rona, Sightlines is part travelogue, part memoir, and part meditation on our relationship with time, ‘nature,’ and the wilder parts of the earth. Taking in subjects as diverse as human cells seen through a microscope, a whale’s jaw bone, and the aurora borealis – the Northern Lights – Kathleen’s writing constantly invites the reader to see the world around her in a new light. She tells Jenni about the themes that move her writing.

    Sightlines by Kathleen Jamie is published by Sort Of Books

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