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The Noisettes

Duration:
58 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 04 June 2012

Shingy Shoniwa of the Noisettes - best known for Don't Upset the Rhythm (Go Baby Go) - talks about the inspiration behind the band's new album and plays live in the studio with Dan Smith.

Why the Government doesn't want to impose mandatory quotas for the number of women on Boards.

Queen Victoria's life revealed through a new exhibition at Kensington Palace. We reveal the crucial role the Palace played in her life. And the joy and pain of first love.

Presented Miranda Sawyer.
Producer Laura Northedge.

Chapters

4 items
  • Women and boardroom quotas

    How realistic is the Lord Davies's 25% target for women on boards? Miranda Sawyer is joined by Business Secretary, Vince Cable and broadcaster and journalist, Janet Street Porter.

  • First Love

    Miranda Sawyer is joined by singer-songwriter Emmy The Great and actress and comedian Lucia Rovardi, who married her first love, Olympian Chris Tomlinson.

  • Ruling Queens - Queen Victoria

    Louise Adamson meets the curator of 'Victoria Revealed,' Deirdre Murphy, to find out about Victoria's childhood.

  • Noisettes

    Shingai Shoniwa and the rest of the band perform “Rag Top Car” from the album Contact.

  • First Love

    Is the first cut really the deepest? Mia Hansen-Love, director of Goodbye First Love, has said the pain and joy of her first love affair inspired her to become a filmmaker. We discuss the power of first loves, both as a source of creative inspiration, and the impact they have on the rest of our lives. Miranda is joined by singer-songwriter Emmy The Great and actress and comedian Lucia Rovardi, who married her first love, Olympian Chris Tomlinson.

  • Ruling Queens - Queen Victoria

    Celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee are now well underway. There was of course another female monarch who celebrated 60 years on the throne - Queen Victoria. A new exhibition at Kensington Palace, called 'Victoria Revealed' tells the story of her life. And as part of this Diamond Jubilee year, the Queen has just launched a new website where the complete collection of Queen Victoria's journals is available online. Kensington Palace is the place where Queen Victoria was born and brought up. Louise Adamson met the curator of 'Victoria Revealed,' Deirdre Murphy, to find out about Victoria's childhood there.

  • Women and boardroom quotas

    Since we launched our Woman’s Hour Challenge, back in February, to the eleven FTSE 100 companies who had no women on their boards, the number has improved by two. It is now more than a year since Lord Davies set out targets for women to hold 25% of boardroom positions on these same boards by 2015, but the government has now told European policymakers that it does not endorse proposals for mandatory quotas in boardrooms across Europe. Research this week from the Equality and Human Rights Commission finds that the men who hold the majority of seats around the tables of the 350 biggest companies listed in London tend to select new members with similar characteristics to themselves, and also questions the idea that there are not enough suitable female candidates to take up roles. So how realistic is the appointment of 99 more women to reach that 25% target, and, anyway, are we aiming too low? Miranda Sawyer is joined by Business Secretary, Vince Cable and broadcaster and journalist, Janet Street Porter.

  • Noisettes

    Since forming in 2003, Noisettes have had a reputation for being one of the rowdiest live bands in London but they hit the big time with the release of their second album Wild Young Hearts in 2009. Singles “Don’t Upset the Rhythm” and “Never Forget” were top 20 hits and, with her bold and theatrical wardrobe, lead singer Shingai Shoniwa became an instant style icon. She and the rest of the band join Miranda Sawyer to perform “Rag Top Car” from the album Contact.

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