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Laurie Metcalf

58 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 16 April 2012

American actor Laurie Metcalf on taking to the London stage in a "Long Day's Journey into Night. The joys and pitfalls of being in an "open relationship". What impact will the Welfare Reform Act have on the relationships of disabled people? And Yasmeen Khan on her documentary "My Name is Not 'Hey baby'" which explores
new initiatives to counter cases of sexual harassment and assault

Producer Caroline Donne.


    As of 30 April, Disability Rights UK estimate that 280 000 disabled people will begin to lose all out of work benefits because of changes being implemented by the Welfare Reform Act. Both the current and preceding governments have sought to cut the cost of supporting disabled people - an estimated £135 billion over the last decade – and this latest change is seen as a part of that process. But is the government really supporting some of the most vulnerable in our society, or are disabled people being unfairly targeted as many disability campaigners claim? Jane is joined by Sue Bott, Director of Development from Disability Rights UK, Harriett Baldwin, MP for West Worcestershire and a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee and Lisa Egan.


    American actress Laurie Metcalf is perhaps best known here for her Emmy award winning role as Jackie in the comedy series Rosanne, and these days can be seen on our TV screens in the US sitcom The Big Bang Theory. However she also has a long career working in theatre, taking on more serious roles, particularly with the legendary Chicago theatre collective Steppenwolf. And now she is here in London starring in the American stage classic Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill – a play which features addiction and despair, and which received rave reviews when it opened in the West End last week. Laurie Metcalf joins Jane Garvey to talk about the demands of the role playing a morphine addicted mother in early 20th century America, and the contrast with her much celebrated comedy role in Rosanne.

    Long Day’s Journey Into Night is at the Apollo theatre in London


    A small number of people are said to be opting for open relationships or open marriages. So what is the allure of an open relationship, can they ever be successful, and how do you negotiate the rules? To discuss, Jane is joined by Amanda Jones, who describes herself as being in a polyamorous open relationship, and by the psychologist and relationship expert Dr Pamela Spurr.


    The idea of being pampered with beauty treatments administered by professionals might sound attractive, but time or cost may make it something that isn’t part of your routine. However with a little patience and rather less cash you can actually achieve good results at home. In the second of our series on DIY beauty treatments, Sali Hughes - who writes, blogs, and tweets about beauty for The Guardian - invited Judi Herman to her Brighton home to show her how it's done. Fake tan used to be orange, streaky and smell of biscuits, but as Sali shows Judi, things in the tanning world have really moved on in recent years.


    Tomorrow evening a Radio 4 documentary, My Name Is Not Hey Baby, examines the issue of sexual harassment - its causes, the sudden groundswell of activity from young female campaigners, and whether it can be stamped out altogether. Reporter Yasmeen Khan joins Jane to discuss the documentary and the difficulties of defining and combating sexual harassment.

    My Name Is Not Hey Baby is on BBC Radio 4 on Monday 16 April at 8pm

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